The U.S. Department of Labor will provide $150,000 in grants to three Oakland groups as part of a $3.8 million commitment to faith-based and community organizations helping hard-to-serve populations prepare for and succeed in finding work, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, announced today.
“These programs are helping people who are most in need of employment to get the skills and assistance that they need to find and keep a job,” Lee said in her news release. “We all have a stake in making sure that everyone, and especially people in vulnerable communities, has access to employment opportunities. These grants for these programs are helping us to do that and should be seen as an important investment in the health of our community.”
The Labor Department says projects receiving these awards serve welfare recipients, high-school dropouts, ex-offenders, and others who facing challenges in finding work. Grantees will provide career counseling, life-coaching, mentoring, links to their local One-Stop Career Center, and other services designed to prepare people to enter the workforce. Out of 348 applicants, 59 new awardees were chosen to receive funding of up to $60,000 each, and 14 previous recipients successfully competed to expand their work with grants of $30,000 each. Grassroots faith-based and community organizations with annual social services budgets under $500,000 were eligible to apply.