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ETA News Release: [06/29/2011]
Contact Name: David Roberts or Joshua Lamont
Phone Number: (202) 693-5945 or x4661
Release Number: 11-0998-NAT

US Labor Department announces nearly $84 million for career training and housing assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $83,941,360 in grants through the National Farmworker Jobs Program to combat the chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal farmworkers who depend primarily on agricultural labor jobs. A total of $78,253,180 will go to 52 organizations nationwide to provide training, employment and support services for farmworkers and their families. An additional $5,688,600 will go to 16 organizations to provide temporary or permanent housing assistance.

The National Farmworker Jobs Program helps eligible workers improve their agricultural job skills, and train for careers in emerging industries and occupations that offer higher wages and more stable employment. The program also offers services such as child care, health care and transportation assistance.

"Agricultural workers face significant barriers to stable employment, and all too often it is their families who pay the price," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These grants address this reality by not only helping workers improve and expand their job skills, but also by providing housing and other crucial support services."

The housing assistance grants will provide permanent housing assistance, temporary and/or emergency housing assistance, or a combination of both. Permanent housing assistance services include pre-development and development services; project management; and resource development to secure acquisition, construction or renovation, and other operating funds for farmworker housing. Temporary housing assistance services include housing units for temporary occupancy, the management of such housing units, emergency housing payments and case management. Services typically are provided in more than one state or areas of a single state.

The National Farmworker Jobs Program is authorized by Congress in Section 167 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and grants are allocated through a formula that estimates the number of eligible workers in each state or territory. Puerto Rico and 45 states each have one grantee. California has five grantees. There are no grantees in Alaska. Connecticut and Rhode Island are considered a combined service delivery area, as are Maryland and Delaware.

The grants cover a two-year period but are funded on an annual basis. The awards announced today are for July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. Second year allocations will be dependent on the funds available through the fiscal year 2012 appropriations process and on grantees' compliance with all current and future departmental guidance.

Editor's Note: A chart listing the grantees, their locations and award amounts follows this news release.


National Farmworker Jobs Program Grant Awards

Grantee

State

Amount

Telamon Corp.

Ala.

$791,926

Arkansas Human Development Corp.

Ark.

$1,144,854

Portable Practical Educational Preparation Inc.

Ariz.

$2,132,576

County of Kern

Calif.

$2,107,959

Central Valley Opportunity Center Inc.

Calif.

$1,927,835

Center for Employment Training

Calif.

$8,208,464

California Human Development Corp.

Calif.

$3,790,340

Proteus Inc.

Calif.

$3,950,219

Rocky Mountain SER/Jobs for Progress Inc.

Colo.

$999,986

New England Farm Workers' Council

Conn./R.I.

$391,109

Florida Department of Education

Fla.

$4,146,020

Telamon Corp.

Ga.

$1,532,229

Maui Economic Opportunity Inc.

Hawaii

$330,485

Proteus Inc.

Iowa

$1,176,640

Community Council of Idaho Inc.

Idaho

$1,074,827

Illinois Migrant Council

Ill.

$1,437,203

Telamon Corp.

Ind.

$923,526

SER Corp. of Kansas

Kan.

$1,074,936

Kentucky Farmworker Programs Inc.

Ky.

$1,210,852

Motivation Education & Training Inc.

La.

$910,782

New England Farm Workers' Council

Mass.

$322,032

Telamon Corp.

Md./Del.

$489,431

Eastern Maine Development Corp.

Maine

$293,084

Telamon Corp.

Mich.

$1,399,272

Motivation Education & Training Inc.

Minn.

$1,234,045

United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS Inc.

Mo.

$985,854

Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities

Miss.

$1,297,176

Rural Employment Opportunities Inc.

Mont.

$597,263

Telamon Corp.

N.C.

$2,690,959

Motivation Education & Training Inc.

N.D.

$607,492

Proteus, Inc.

Neb.

$1,088,204

New England Farm Workers' Council

N.H.

$101,931

PathStone Corp.

N.J.

$696,249

HELP - New Mexico Inc.

N.M.

$946,732

Oregon Human Development Corp.

Nev.

$179,751

PathStone Corp.

N.Y.

$1,656,708

PathStone Corp.

Ohio

$1,259,904

ORO Development Corp.

Okla.

$1,272,692

Oregon Human Development Corp.

Ore.

$1,971,923

PathStone Corp.

Pa.

$1,544,889

PathStone Corp.

Puerto Rico

$3,058,359

Telamon Corp.

S.C.

$966,905

Black hills Special Services Cooperative

S.D.

$620,254

Tennessee Opportunity Programs Inc.

Tenn.

$857,418

Motivation Education & Training Inc.

Texas

$6,673,042

PIC Inc.

Utah

$289,213

Telamon Corp.

Va.

$927,817

PathStone Corp.

Vt.

$190,798

OIC of Washington

Wash.

$3,090,088

United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS Inc.

Wis.

$1,250,652

Telamon Corp.

W.Va.

$196,339

Motivation Education & Training Inc.

Wyo.

$233,936

Total

$78,253,180.00

 

National Farmworker Jobs Program Housing Assistance Grant Awards

Grantee

State

Areas Served

Permanent

Temporary

Total

PPEP Microbusiness & Housing Development Corp.

Ariz.

Yuma County, Ariz.

$176,232

$178,669

$354,901

People's Self-Help Housing

Calif.

California's central coast

$75,551

$75,551

Rural Community Assistance Corp.

Calif.

Oahu, Hawaii

$112,996

$2,791

$115,787

SELF Help Enterprises

Calif.

California's San Joaquin Valley, including Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties

$188,877

$188,877

South County Housing Corp.

Calif.

Unincorporated areas of Monterey County, Calif; city of Soledad, Calif.

283,316

283,316

Community Resources and Housing Development Corp.

Colo.

Alamosa, Crowley, Delta, Gunnison, Las Animas, Mesa, Montrose, Otero, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties in Colorado;
Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma counties in Arizona; Canyon, Bannock, Bonner, Bingham, Cassia, Clark, Gooding, Jerome, Minidoka, Power, Twin Falls and Owyhee counties in Idaho; and Dona Ana, Chaves and Luna counties in New Mexico

$76,118

$311,116

$387,234

Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County Inc.

Fla.

Belle Glade, Pahokee, Canal Point and South Bay, Fla.

$297,105

$297,105

Florida Non-Profit Housing Inc.

Fla.

Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia

$519,247

$188,514

$707,761

Proteus Inc.

Iowa

Des Moines, Fort Dodge and Iowa City, Iowa

 

$65,295

$65,295

Telamon Corp.

Mich.

Michigan

$55,686

$55,686

Telamon Corp.

N.C.

Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia

$671,878

$165,907

$837,785

Pathstone

N.Y.

New York, Vermont, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Puerto Rico

$748,346

$146,718

$895,064

ORO Development Corp.

Okla.

Altus, Miami, Muskogee, Clinton and Oklahoma City, Okla.

$42,588

$42,588

Tennessee Opportunity Program Inc.

Tenn.

Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb and Warren counties in Tennessee

$41,557

$41,557

MET

Texas

Louisiana, Texas

$463,382

$145,244

$608,626

Office of Rural Farmworker Housing

Wash.

Benton, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit and Yakima counties in Washington; Clatsop, Jefferson, Marion, Morrow, Tillamook and Washington counties in Oregon

$283,316

$283,316

United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS Inc.

Wis.

Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota

$341,204

$106,947

$448,151

Total

 

 

$3,982,020

$1,706,580

$5,688,600