US Labor Department Announces $64.5M in Grants as Part of Obama Administration’s Efforts to Break cycle of Poverty, Crime and Incarceration

Awards provide services for at-risk youth; currently and formerly incarcerated individuals

WASHINGTON –(ENEWSPF)–June 24, 2016.   What’s next for the 600,000 people released from federal and state prisons annually, millions more leaving county and local jails, and others in danger of falling into the cycle of poverty, crime and incarceration? With the help of $64.5 million in grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Labor, the answer for some will soon be in-demand skills, access to good jobs and a stronger foundation of support within their communities.

To address the employment and life challenges faced by many people involved with the criminal justice system, the department is awarding grants to 40 organizations providing services in 26 U.S. states and the District of Columbia through four programs – Reentry Demonstration Projects for Young Adults, Training to Work, Pathways to Justice Careers, and Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release.

“America works best when we field a full team, but far too many people who have been involved with the criminal justice system are being left on the sidelines,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants are an important step in fulfilling our promise as a land of second chances by moving beyond locking people up and instead working together to unlock their potential.”

The grants were part of a series of new actions taken to reduce recidivism and promote reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals announced today by the Obama administration at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress. Secretary Perez joined Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Education Secretary James King, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at the event.

Reentry Demonstration Projects for Young Adults

Youth adults who exit the correctional system face myriad challenges that include a lack of education and employment skills, antisocial attitudes and values, mental health and substance abuse problems, medical issues, lack of housing and family issues. To help these young people reinvent their lives, grants totaling $31.3 million are being awarded to seven organizations to provide job training and a path to meaningful employment.

The grants will help design programs for adults ages 18 to 24 that apply evidence-based interventions, such as mentoring, career pathways, registered apprenticeship, family reunification and other promising practices with a focus on providing occupational training and credentials. The department will conduct a rigorous evaluation of each program to build upon the evidence base in the area of reentry.

Reentry Demonstration Project Grantees City State Service Areas

Amount

The Dannon Project Birmingham Ala. Birmingham, Anniston and Hobson City, Ala.; Florence, S.C.

$4,500,000

Latino Coalition for Community Leadership Santa Barbara Calif. Aurora/Denver, Colo.; Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Long Beach and Los Angeles, Calif.

$4,500,000

Eckerd Youth Alternatives Inc. Clearwater Fla. Washington, D.C.; East Tampa, Fla.; Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties, S.C.

$4,500,000

Goodwill Industries International Rockville Md. Austin, Texas; Detroit, Mich.; Houston, Texas; Johnstown, Pa.; New Orleans, La.

$4,500,000

Strive International  Inc. New York N.Y. Baltimore, Md.; Hartford, Conn.; New Orleans, La.; New York, N.Y.

$4,300,000

Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America Inc. Philadelphia Pa. NW and SE Minneapolis, Minn.; Miami-Dade County, Fla.

$4,500,000

Centerstone of Tennessee Inc. Nashville Tenn. Carbondale and East St. Louis, Ill. and Nashville, Tenn.

$4,500,000

Training to Work

The program will award grants totaling $21.2 million to 16 organizations to serve individuals in high-poverty and high-crime areas, including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-designated Promise Zones, which have a large proportion of citizens returning from incarceration and typically experience high rates of recidivism. These grants offer returning citizens in a state or local work release program an opportunity to participate in a career pathway program that defines and maps out a sequence of education, training and workforce skills training resulting in skilled workers that meets the needs of local employers. Additionally, these programs will provide services such as case management, mentoring, and follow-up services.

Training to Work Grantees City State Amount
The Dannon Project Birmingham Ala.

$1,360,000

Volunteers of America of Los Angeles Los Angeles Calif.

$1,360,000

OIC of Broward, dba OIC of South Florida Ft. Lauderdale Fla.

$1,360,000

Tampa Bay Academy of Hope Inc. Tampa Fla.

$1,360,000

Emerson Park Development Corp. East St. Louis Ill.

$1,357,275

Workforce Inc. Indianapolis Ind.

$1,360,000

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc. Grandville Mich.

$1,200,000

Fathers` Support Center Saint Louis Inc. St. Louis Mo.

$1,359,872

Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow Las Vegas Nev.

$1,360,000

Structured Employment Economic Development Corp. New York N.Y.

$1,360,000

PathStone Corp. Rochester N.Y.

$1,000,000

Greater Durham Workforce Development Board Durham N.C.

$1,360,000

The RIDGE Project Inc. McClure Ohio

$1,360,000

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio  Inc. Toledo Ohio

$1,359,812

TRWIB Inc. (Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board) Pittsburgh Pa.

$1,358,939

SER – Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc. Houston Texas

$1,359,995

Pathways to Justice Careers

The program will award grants totaling $6.5 million to five non-profit organizations and two local governments to provide mentorship and career training to youth ages 16 to 21 that are at risk of dropping out of high school, becoming involved in the criminal justice system, or already hampered by juvenile records. Justice and emergency services personnel will mentor students to explore career paths as police officers, firefighters, lawyers, paramedics and other related professions.

These grants will use a career pathways model – an articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career/technical courses resulting in educational and skills credentials – adapted for in-school youth. Participants will be encouraged to graduate from high school or earn a high school equivalency degree and to either enter the workforce or pursue further pertinent training or post-secondary education.

Pathways to Justice Careers Grantees City State Amount
Friendly House Inc. Phoenix Ariz.

$1,000,000

Pima Prevention Partnership Tucson Ariz.

$1,000,000

Youth Policy Institute Los Angeles Calif.

$1,000,000

San Diego County Office of Education San Diego Calif.

$1,000,000

Action for Boston Community Development Inc. Boston Mass.

$1,000,000

City of Minneapolis Minneapolis Minn.

$500,000

Philadelphia Youth Network Inc. Philadelphia Pa.

$1,000,000

Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release

To help integrate government services offered by correctional facilities with federally funded workforce development programs and assist soon-to-be-released inmates transition to working life in their communities, approximately $5.5 million in grants to 11 organizations operate specialized American Job Centers inside correctional facilities. Approximately 2,500 American Job Centers are located in communities throughout the country, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by local workforce investment boards. By placing specialized centers inside of county, municipal, or regional jails and correctional facilities, local inmates will receive services to prepare for employment and increase their opportunities for successful reentry into their home communities.

This is the second round of Linking to Employment Activities Pre-release grants designed to build partnerships between local correctional systems and the local workforce systems to connect individuals with criminal records who are transitioning to a range of community-based services that lead to employment and a renewed future. Previously, the department awarded $10 million to 20 organizations in 14 states in June 2015.

Linking to Employment Activities Pre-release Grantees City State

Amount

South Bay Workforce Investment Board Inc. Hawthorne Calif.

$500,000

San Diego Workforce Partnership Inc. San Diego Calif.

$500,000

County of Orange Santa Ana Calif.

$500,000

The WorkPlace Bridgeport Conn.

$499,875

County of Cumberland Bridgeton N.J.

$500,000

RochesterWorks Inc. Rochester N.Y.

$500,000

County of Westchester on behalf of Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board White Plains N.Y.

$500,000

Community Action Organization of Scioto County Inc. Portsmouth Ohio

$471,042

Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County Inc. Oregon City Ore.

$500,000

City of Providence Providence R.I.

$499,672

Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council Vancouver Wash.

$500,000

These initiatives are part of the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to help Americans who have paid their debt to society reintegrate into their communities and lead prosperous, law-abiding lives. Many of the grants align closely with the administration’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative which seeks to close opportunity gaps still faced by too many young people and often by boys and young men of color.

Related Material:

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Sources: http://www.dol.gov,  www.whitehouse.gov

 

 

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