AUTHORITY: Implementing and authorized by the Displaced Homemakers Assistance Act [20 ILCS 615].

SOURCE: Adopted at 4 Ill. Reg. 19, p. 189, effective April 29, 1980; codified at 6 Ill. Reg. 15178; recodified from 47 Ill. Adm. Code 150 at 8 Ill. Reg. 7799; transferred from 56 Ill. Adm. Code 2640 (transferred by P.A. 87-878) at 16 Ill. Reg. 17177; amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001; amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 10202, effective July 30, 2001.


Section 365.5  Introduction (Repealed)


(Source:  Repealed at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.10  Scope and Purpose


It is the purpose of this rulemaking to develop rules and regulations for funding and administration of the Displaced Homemakers Assistance Act. These rules and regulations will ensure maximum and efficient utilization of appropriated General Revenue Funds for the program in the State of Illinois.


Section 365.20  Policy and Applicability


The policy of the Department of Labor will be to develop programs, funded through General Revenue appropriations, that will implement, expand, and enhance services to displaced homemakers throughout the State.  These programs will assist displaced homemakers through:


a)         personalized counseling and referral,


b)         workshops for assessment of skills and career orientation,


c)         assistance in writing resumes and acquiring other preoccupational skills,


d)         skill training for employment,


e)         job placement assistance, and


f)         any method likely to improve the employability of the displaced homemaker.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.30  Use of Funds


Funds from General Revenue appropriations will be used for administration, wages, materials, tuition, and other expenses that are necessary costs of the Displaced Homemakers Program.


Section 365.40  Duration of Program


a)         Grants will be effective during the appropriate state fiscal year which begins July 1, and will have a termination date of June 30, the last day of the same Fiscal Year.


b)         If any funds remain uncommitted at the end of the state fiscal year, such funds shall be returned by check to the State of Illinois.


Section 365.50  Eligible Target Group


a)         The target group is displaced homemakers, to which assistance is necessary for them to be able to become independent and to gain economic security.  In Section 3 of the Displaced Homemakers Assistance Act [20 ILCS 615/3], a displaced homemaker is defined as follows:


            "Displaced homemaker" means a person who (1) has worked in the home for a substantial number of years providing unpaid household services for family members; (2) is not gainfully employed; (3) has difficulty in securing employment; and (4) was dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by such income, or was dependent on federal assistance but is no longer eligible for such assistance.


b)         The Department of Labor intends General Revenue Funds to be used to provide services to displaced homemakers, particularly in the areas of job training and job placement.  The displaced homemaker, in order to be eligible to receive tuition-paid training through the program, must show a financial inability to pay tuition.  Financial inability will be determined by a sliding fee scale based on income.  The sliding fee scale will be developed by each Displaced Homemakers Center, subsequently approved by the Department of Labor. The Department will provide a sample which is reasonable.  Tuition and stipends will be awarded only on a financial need basis and amounts will vary with the area according to costs of community college classes and other education or training available.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.60  Eligible Organizations for Funding


The Department of Labor may fund, for the purpose of the General Revenue funded Displaced Homemakers Program, not-for-profit corporations, community organizations, State and private colleges and universities.  Only those organizations which have demonstrated that they are currently providing services to displaced homemakers will be funded through this Displaced Homemakers Program.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.70  Availability of Information to the Public


The Department of Labor shall make available to the public a copy of this Part for participation in the Displaced Homemakers Program.  Requests For Proposals (RFPs) will be mailed to organizations on a solicitation list of potential providers, maintained by the Department of Labor and kept up-to-date by new names and addresses being added upon request.  The public shall have the right to inspect published State rules on program and administrative requirements for funding and operation of the Displaced Homemakers Program. This Part will be available at the Department of Labor's Chicago office.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.80  Application Process


a)         The Department of Labor shall make RFPs describing proposed projects before awarding of funds.  RFPs will be issued in May in order that programs can start up on July 1.


b)         Consistent with the RFP process, when funds become available, a deadline is established for the submission of proposals.  It takes approximately three weeks after the deadline for submission of proposals for the proposals to be reviewed, for recommendations for funding to be made and confirmed by the Director of the Department of Labor, and for the applicants to be notified of approval or denial of applications (proposals).


c)         The RFP shall require any organization or agency applying for funds to provide the following information in the proposal (application):


1)         Cover Page


A)        Name of project


B)        Name of organization or agency submitting proposal


C)        Date of submission of proposal


D)        Contact person


E)        Mailing address


F)         Telephone number


G)        Total amount of funds requested


H)        Starting and ending dates of program


I)         Signatures of authorized representatives


2)         Project Summary


A)        Need for project should be established


B)        Brief explanation of proposed program


C)        Brief explanation of past year's performance, including the following:


i)          How many displaced homemakers received or are receiving preemployment skills training and/or job skills training?


ii)         How many displaced homemakers have been placed in employment or academic, vocational, or skills training for employment?


3)         Program Planning Summary

            The program must show that displaced homemakers will be provided services as described in the applicant's proposal, or if an applicant is starting a new program, the list of services to be provided must be shown. The program must emphasize job training and placement techniques for displaced homemakers.


4)         Assurances and Certifications

            The organization or agency making application shall assure and certify that it will abide by applicable State rules, regulations, and requirements and provide copies or description of the following certification and other required information:


A)        That the proposal must identify any salaried personnel as being in new positions when salary is to be paid through the Displaced Homemakers Program funds.


B)        That displaced homemakers receiving tuition must show a financial need.


C)        That there is compliance with Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Provisions of the Department of Human Rights.


D)        That there will be compliance with the following Acts and Regulations, should the proposal be funded:


i)          Displaced Homemakers Assistance Act;


ii)         Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 20002);


iii)        Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 USC 201 et seq.);


iv)        Equal Employment Act of 1972 (42 USC 2000 et seq.);


v)         Minimum Wage Law [820 ILCS 105];


vi)        Eight Hour Work Day Act [820 ILCS 145];


vii)       One Day Rest in Seven Act [820 ILCS 140];


viii)      State Property Control Act [30 ILCS 605];


ix)        Department of Central Management Services purchasing rules (44 Ill. Adm. Code 1, Standard Procurement);


x)         Property Control Manual of the Department of Central Management Services;


xi)        Displaced Homemakers Program Regulations (56 Ill. Adm. Code 365).


5)         Budget Summary

            A proposed budget must be submitted.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.90  Internal Review Procedure for Applications


a)         All proposals submitted for funding shall be reviewed by the Department of Labor, according to criteria, rules, and regulations set forth in Section 365.30, Use of Funds, and Section 365.80, Application Process.


b)         Upon completion of the review by the Department of Labor, a preliminary recommendation for approval or disapproval will be made.  The preliminary recommendation shall then be forwarded to the Director of Labor who will make the final decision to approve or disapprove a particular program.  All applicants shall be notified of approval or denial of proposed programs under the Displaced Homemakers Program.  A contract will be signed between the Department and the successful applicant, setting forth all terms of the funded program, including, but not limited to, the requirements of Section 365.80, Application Process, and Section 365.100, Record Maintenance and Reporting Requirements.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.100  Record Maintenance and Reporting Requirements


a)         Grantees will be required to submit the following reports:


1)         Monthly and quarterly progress reports.


2)         Final program evaluation report within 90 days after the end of the project.


b)         Grantees will be required to maintain the following records:


1)         a separate accounting system for the Displaced Homemakers Program funds granted by the Department of Labor;


2)         a journal showing cash disbursements as cited in the budget;


3)         a general ledger summarizing cash receipts and disbursements; and


4)         a file for each person being paid out of the Displaced Homemakers grant to include time sheets, salary and travel vouchers.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 916, effective January 5, 2001)


Section 365.110  Monitoring and Evaluation


a)         The Department of Labor may monitor and evaluate all grants made to eligible grantees through the Displaced Homemakers Program.  Grant programs will be monitored for compliance with this Part.  The right to make unannounced monitoring visits during the duration of the grant is reserved.


b)         If, during a visit, problems are discovered, the Department would provide technical assistance and attempt to rectify the situation.  In the event that the program could not be brought up to standard, the Department would be compelled to consider discontinuance of the program.


c)         Programs will be evaluated for effectiveness of the program and for benefit to displaced homemakers and to the State.  The effectiveness of a program will be judged according to how nearly the program completes the objectives and reaches the goals outlined in the signed agreement. Evaluations will occur both during the operation of the program and upon its completion.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 10202, effective July 30, 2001)


Section 365.120  Non-Compliance


a)         The Department shall determine under this Part whether a program might not be in compliance with the goals and objective outlined in the signed grant agreement.  The Department would give written notice to the grantee specifying the nature of the deficiency and giving the grantee 30 calendar days in which to:


1)         cure the defect;


2)         commence to implement a plan of corrective action consented to by the Department; or


3)         file an objection to the Department's finding of deficiency.


b)         If the grantee files an objection, the Department shall investigate the matter and present the facts and findings to the Director of the Department for a final determination.  All grant funds are subject to the provisions of the Illinois Grant Fund Recovery Act [30 ILCS 705]. The grantee may submit any written or oral statement for the consideration of the Director.  During the pendency of the determination of the objection, the Department may either continue to make payment to the grantee or suspend payments.  The Department is authorized to suspend payments if, in the sole discretion of the Department, payments would jeopardize funding of the Department or prevent the Department from obtaining appropriate reimbursement from the State government.  In the event of termination, the Department may retain all suspended payments.


(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 10202, effective July 30, 2001)