Department of Health and Human Services — The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
Policy and Advocacy Assistant Director for Skills and Workforce Development
February 11, 2016
Department of Health and Human Services
Assistance to Refugees and New Entrants: $2.185 billion [FY 2016 Enacted: $1.629 billion; 34 percent increase]. These programs assist refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, survivors of torture, Special Immigrant Visa holders, and trafficking victims with becoming successful members of American society. Additionally, these programs help coordinate and implement the care and placement of unaccompanied minors who are awaiting the adjudication of their immigration cases.
- Transitional and Medical Services: $581.357 million [FY 2016 Enacted: $490 million; 18.6 percent increase]. These funds support the provision of case and medical assistance to eligible refugees, entrants, asylees, and trafficking victims, as well as foster care services to unaccompanied refugee and other minors. Additionally, funds U.S. voluntary resettlement agencies to provide resettlement services to refugees including case management, job development and placement, and interim housing and cash assistance to help refugees become employed and self-sufficient. The request would support a total of 213,000 humanitarian arrivals, including 100,000 refugees.
- Social Services: $176.927 million [FY 2016 Enacted: $155 million; 14.1 percent increase]. This program supports services that address participants’ barriers to employment through interpretation and translation; childcare; healthcare; citizenship and naturalization services; and other services that will support participants in obtaining jobs within one year of enrollment.
- Unaccompanied Children: $1.321 billion [Fiscal Year 2016 Enacted: $948 million; 39.3 percent increase]. These resources are dedicated at providing care to unaccompanied children who are in HHS custody while awaiting immigration proceedings. An additional contingency fund of up to $400 million is also requested. These additional funds would be triggered only if the caseloads exceed levels that could be supported with available base funding.