ICF assists the Office of Community Services in administering key aspects of the Assets for Independence program and the AFI Resource Center. AFI is a program that supports asset building efforts nationwide through grant funds to nonprofits and state and local government agencies.
ICF currently supports intensive technical assistance to the grantees, outreach to potential applicants, grants management systems and processes, management information systems, grantee training and events, conference development, communications and information sharing, and management of AFI Resource Center websites. ICF support also includes deployment of regional asset building consultants to work with ACF regional offices on increasing the dissemination of asset building strategies, especially to targeted populations including Native Americans, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, fathers and families in the child support system, refugee communities, and families with young children.
AFI grantees assist participating low-income individuals and families to save earned income in Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and attend financial education training in order to promote economic self-efficiency. Specifically with regard to the early learning community, the AFI initiative aims to increase awareness about asset building among child care providers, referral networks, Head Start staff, and others. Under a previous contract, ICF provided comprehensive support to the AFI Resource Center, the center of operations for the AFI program. ICF also raised the program's profile among key constituencies and helped increase the number of fundable AFI grant applications.
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