Agenda Item

AGENDA STAFF REPORT

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ASR Control 19-001340

 

MEETING DATE:

01/14/20

legal entity taking action:

Board of Supervisors

board of supervisors district(s):

All Districts

SUBMITTING Agency/Department:

Social Services Agency†† (Approved)

Department contact person(s):

Alyson Piguee (714) 245-6190

 

 

Gregory Manning (714) 541-7410

 

 

Subject: Continuation of Refugee Resettlement in Orange County

 

††††† ceo CONCUR

County Counsel Review

Clerk of the Board

Concur

No Legal Objection

Consent Calendar

 

 

3 Votes Board Majority

 

 

 

††† Budgeted: N/A

Current Year Cost: N/A

Annual Cost: N/A

 

 

 

††† Staffing Impact:

No

# of Positions:

Sole Source: N/A

††† Current Fiscal Year Revenue: N/A

Funding Source: N/A

County Audit in last 3 years: No

 

 

††† Prior Board Action: N/A

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

 

 

1.

Grant the consent to receive any refugee who wishes to resettle in Orange County in Federal Fiscal Year 2020 under the United States Department of Stateís Reception and Placement Program

 

2.

Authorize the County Executive Officer, or designee, to sign the written letter of consent to the Secretary of State of the United States

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY:

 

Granting of the consent to accept the initial resettlement of any refugee in Orange County in Federal Fiscal Year 2020 and authorization of the written letter of consent will lead to the continued support of refugee resettlement in Orange County.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

 

The Social Services Agency (SSA) is requesting that the Board of Supervisorsí (Board) grant the consent to receive any refugee who wishes to resettle in Orange County Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020, and authorize the County Executive Officer, or designee, to sign the written letter of consent for submission to the Secretary of State of the United States.

 

On September 26, 2019, the President of the United States issued Executive Order (EO) 13888, Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement, requiring official consent from state and local government officials for the federal government to resettle refugees in their area.Pursuant to the EO, on November 6, 2019, the Department of State released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) outlining the consent requirements. Additionally, the NOFO stipulated that the Resettlement Agencies (RAs) must provide proof of written consent as a condition of refugee placement approvals and funding.All documentation related to the NOFO must be submitted by January 21, 2020, and should include considerations for consents.Effective June 1, 2020, refugees can only be resettled in locations where both state and local governments consent to their resettlement. The California Governorís Office will be providing consent; however, the timeline of the availability of this consent has not yet been established.

 

On September 25, 2018, the Board approved the current Orange County (OC) Refugee Plan, which covers FFYs 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.The services under the OC Refugee Plan are designed to lead to the earliest possible self-sufficiency for recipients of aid.The primary objective of Refugee Social Services is to assist refugees who have been in the United States for five years or less to become employed within one year and/or to retain employment once established. As designated in the OC Refugee Plan, Orange County contracts with Access California Services to provide Employment, Supportive and Citizenship/Naturalization Services to eligible refugees. In FFY 2017-18, 30 refugees were served in Orange County and in FFY 2018-19, 60 were served.

 

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT:

 

N/A

 

 

STAFFING IMPACT:

 

N/A

 

ATTACHMENT(S):

 

Attachment A - County of Orange Refugee Consent Letter
Attachment B - Executive Order 13888 - Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement