Breaking the Cycle Program Launched in Maine
Fedcap’s Breaking the Cycle program was officially launched in the State of Maine on January 30th, with the opening of four Opportunity Centers. The Breaking the Cycle program was established by Fedcap after we were selected by Maine officials to provide statewide services under their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, called ASPIRE. The state had not met TANF work participation rates and believed Fedcap could do a better job. There are approximately 3200 TANF cases throughout Maine, and the state is committed to working with Fedcap to end poverty for these individuals, families and children.
Under our contract with the state, Fedcap will provide education and training that leads to sustainable employment, as well as connections to services for those with barriers to work. The model is the same as that of our highly successful WeCARE program in NYC, which pioneered cutting edge vocational and independent medical assessments to determine functional capacity for employment.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Office of Family Independence (OFI) to put more Mainers back to work and help break the cycle of poverty for TANF adults across the state,” said Grant Collins, Fedcap Senior VP of Workforce Development. “We look forward to working with these individuals and families at our community-based Opportunity Centers, to provide opportunities for economic well-being, including those with barriers to work.”
The Breaking the Cycle program will operate out of 16 Opportunity Centers. The four Centers that opened on January 30th are located in South Portland, Sanford, Lewiston and Skowhegan. The 12 remaining Opportunity Centers opened their doors on February 6th. TANF families will be served by a team of 145 employees. A new proprietary case management system, FedcapCARES, will track Fedcap’s performance for the state.
The six-year, $62 million contract marks the first time the State of Maine has contracted for management of its entire TANF program. The Breaking the Cycle program commences with the state’s TANF workforce participation rate at 16 percent. Fedcap’s goal is a participation rate of 50 percent within 18 months.