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ETA News Release: [05/23/2012]
Contact Name: Mary Brandenberger or Jason Kuruvilla
Phone Number: (202) 693-4651 or x6587
Release Number: 12-1045-NAT

US Labor Department announces $20.5 million in grants to support, help ensure success of formerly incarcerated adults returning to work in their communities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced grants totaling $20,518,598 to 18 nonprofit organizations across the country to fund employment-related services for formerly incarcerated adults who are returning to high-poverty, high-crime communities. These grants represent the fifth round of funding under the department's Reintegration of Ex-Offenders-Adult program, through which more than $98 million has been awarded to date.

"A strong support network is the key for formerly incarcerated individuals to successfully transition back to their communities," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The federal grants announced today will help to establish this network, while also providing job training to ensure long-term stability and success."

Grantees will use the funds to provide occupational training that leads to credentials in high-demand industries; mentoring; and assistance in connecting formerly incarcerated adults with supportive services such as housing, substance abuse programs and mental health treatment.

In 2010, nearly 709,000 people were released from state and federal prisons, an increase of almost 20 percent from 2002. Research indicates that, without assistance to make a successful transition, the majority of former offenders return to criminal activity. This program aims to break that cycle.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.doleta.gov/RExO/aboutRExO.cfm.

Editor's note: A list of the grantees, their locations and award amounts follows this news release.




Reintegration of Ex-Offenders-Adult Program Grantees

Grantee

City

State

Amount

Arizona Women's Education & Employment Inc.

Phoenix

Ariz.

$1,212,000

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph Inc.

Kansas City

Mo.

$1,212,000

Centerstone of Indiana Inc.

Bloomington

Ind.

$1,212,000

Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa

Tulsa

Okla.

$1,025,858

Friends Outside in Los Angeles Inc.

Los Angeles

Calif.

$1,212,000

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana

New Orleans

La.

$1,025,858

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina Inc.

Greenville

S.C.

$1,025,858

Impact Services Corp.

Philadelphia

Pa.

$1,201,137

Living Classrooms Foundation

Baltimore

Md.

$1,025,858

OIC of Broward County

Ft. Lauderdale

Fla.

$1,212,000

SER-Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc.

Houston

Texas

$1,025,858

SNAP Financial Access

Spokane

Wash.

$1,212,000

Span Inc.

Boston

Mass.

$1,025,858

Spectrum Resources

Des Moines

Iowa

$1,211,405

The Dannon Project

Birmingham

Ala.

$1,212,000

The Fortune Society Inc.

Long Island City

N.Y.

$1,212,000

Tri-County Urban League

Peoria

Ill.

$1,042,908

Word of Hope Ministries

Milwaukee

Wis.

$1,212,000

Total

 

 

$20,518,598