For Release on 12/07/2022
TANF Press Release: Building a Race Equity Infrastructure in TANF Programs
Atlanta, GA – The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) announced the award of a 24-month contract to assist Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs assess and improve racial equity for families to K. L. Scott & Associates, LLC (KLS&A). KLS&A will be supported by its subcontractor – A. Reddix & Associates, Inc. (ARDX®). This initiative, Building a Race Equity Infrastructure in TANF Programs (BREIT), will provide organizational development and strategic planning technical assistance to integrate a racial equity lens into the operations of TANF programs.
Research has shown that even in human service programs with race-neutral admissions, disparities between racial/ethnic groups in program access and client outcomes persist. KLS&A will work collaboratively with OFA, Regional TANF Offices, State and Tribal TANF programs to implement a tailored strategy for assessing racial equity within the selected TANF programs. KLS&A will use an integrative design-thinking approach to engage TANF programs in organizational improvements that support equitable outcomes for recipients and families.
Keith L. Scott, founder, and Chief Executive Officer of KLS&A shared that “KLS&A is looking forward to providing assistance to OFA and its stakeholders to make a difference for people facing difficult financial situations. Our desire is to remove inequity wherever it exists, and we thank OFA for the opportunity to support a mutually shared mission”.
Founded in 2013, K. L. Scott & Associates, LLC (KLS&A) is a social equity consulting firm providing independent analysis and advice for local, state, and federal government agencies and non-profit organizations to deliver equitable policy outcomes. KLS&A uses a data-driven approach to provide insights and analysis for organizational development and performance optimization. KLS&A is an SBA Certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business and SBA HUBZone Certified Business.