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Program C: Displaced Homemakers

Program Authorization: R.S. 46:1992; R.S. 46:2521

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Displaced Homemakers Program of the Office of Women Services is to empower individuals is transition who are experiencing life changes due to divorce, separation, death, disability of a spouse, or single parenting.

The goal of the Displaced Homemakers Program of the Office of Women Services is to provide quality services to assist Displaced Homemakers to gain the skills, experience, support and self-esteem needed to become economically self-sufficient.

What is a displaced homemaker? A displaced is an individual who has primarily been a full-time homemaker dependent on someone else’s income. When that income is lost through death, divorce, separation or disablement of a spouse, she becomes "displaced" from her traditional role. Usually, she must find work as soon as possible to support herself and her family.

There are five Displaced Homemakers Centers located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. These programs offer an alternative to women who otherwise would become dependent on public assistance to survive. Services provided at each location include individual and group counseling, personal development, workshops, job readiness training, job development and placement, support groups, informational workshops and referrals for specific assistance, such as legal help, consumer issues and parenting training. The Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Shreveport programs also provide computerized clerical skills training with options in basic clerical, advanced clerical, medical clerical, computerized accounting and customer. The first Displaced Homemaker Center was opened in New Orleans in 1978. Since that time, more than 27,000 persons have used the services offered by the program.

Displaced homemakers generally have a very low self-esteem and self-worth and almost no self-confidence. They often have a general feeling of hopelessness. Many have been accustomed to a middle class lifestyle and are suddenly reduced to below poverty income. This change can be devastating when added to the emotional stress of divorce, stress, or death.

There are approximately 15,000,000 displaced homemakers in the United States according to the Carl D. Perkins legislation passed in 1990 by Congress. The number of displaced homemakers in Louisiana is estimated at 328,655.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during of by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with State General Fund, Interagency Transfers and Fees and Self-generated Revenues. Interagency Transfers are Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) funds from the Department of Labor to provide employment and training services to disadvantaged and unemployed female heads of households. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from the Carl Perkins Vocational-Education Act to provide the cost of transportation and child care for women attending classes and from the local JTPA service delivery areas to provide employment and training services.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$490,146

$1,093,161

25

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$48,688

0

 

Carry forward BA-7 generated by processing Medicaid enrollment forms and used for training clients

$0

$238,996

0

 

Technical BA-7 realigning means of financing to balance to projected revenue

 

 

 

 

 

$490,146

$1,380,845

25

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$14,513

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998-1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$11,182

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$0

($48,688)

0

Nonrecurring carry forward for Medicaid enrollment forms used for training clients

$0

($289)

0

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($24,349)

0

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($1,061)

0

Salary Funding from Other Line Items

$53,512

$0

0

 

Means of Financing Substitution – Replaces Interagency Transfers with State General Fund for training of clients due to lack of funding received from Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)

 

 

 

 

 

$543,658

$1,332,153

25

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$53,512

($48,692)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 96.4% of the existing operating budget. It represents 89.3% of the total request ($1,491,028) for this program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$204,114

 

Tuition, child care, transportation and other support services to clients of the centers for displaced homemakers

$124,498

 

Funding associated with a site manager, one counselor, and two job developer positions to be housed at Centers for Displaced Homemakers

 

 

 

$328,612

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.


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