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Labor Department awards $81M to provide training, support and housing assistance to seasonal farmworkers
Program provides services for nation’s agricultural workers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $81 million in grants through the National Farmworker Jobs Program to provide additional employment, training and housing assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. Recipients include 63 organizations in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers often experience chronic unemployment and underemployment due to the nature of the agriculture industry. The NFJP is designed to help participants retain and stabilize their current jobs, and acquire new skills and better living arrangements to start careers that provide higher wages and stable, year-round employment.

“The hardworking men and women who tend our farms help power the American economy and feed millions of families across the country and around the world,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Farmworkers deserve the opportunity to flourish, and these grants will help provide the firm foundation they need to build a better future for their families.”

The department will award NFJP Employment and Training Grants totaling $75,885,000 to 52 organizations in 49 states and Puerto Rico, with the exception of Alaska. The department is also awarding $5,509,657 in NFJP Housing Assistance Grants to 11 organizations in regions needing farmworker housing services.

The NFJP is part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to raise the standards of living for migrant and seasonal farmers, and adheres to the job-driven training principles presented in 2014 by the Vice President’s Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity report.

For more information on the National Farmworker Jobs Program, visit https://www.doleta.gov/Farmworker/html/NFJP.cf.m.

A list of awarded grantees and locations is available at https://www.doleta.gov/grants/grants_awarded.cfm.

Editor’s note:  A list of grant recipients, locations, service areas and award amounts follows this news release.

National Farmworker Jobs Program Employment and Training Grants

Organization

City

State

Service area(s)

Award

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

Alabama

$767,959

Arkansas Human Development Corp.

Little Rock

Ark.

Arkansas

$1,110,208

Portable Practical Educational Preparation, Inc.

Tucson

Ariz.

Arizona

$2,068,038

California Human Development Corp.

Santa Rosa

Calif.

California

$3,601,465

Proteus, Inc.

Visalia

Calif.

California

$3,944,141

Center for Employment Training

San Jose

Calif.

California

$7,799,430

Employers Training Resource Kern County

Bakersfield

Calif.

California

$2,203,209

Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc.

Winton

Calif.

California

$1,831,770

Rocky Mountain SER/Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Denver

Colo.

Colorado

$969,723

New England Farm Workers’ Council, Inc.

Hartford

Conn.

Connecticut, Rhode Island

$379,273

Florida Department of Education

Tallahassee

Fla.

Florida

$4,020,549

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

Georgia

$1,485,859

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Wailuku

Hawaii

Hawaii

$320,484

Proteus, Inc.

Des Moines

Iowa

Iowa

$1,141,031

Community Council of Idaho, Inc.

Caldwell

Idaho

Idaho

$1,042,300

Illinois Migrant Council

Chicago

Ill.

Illinois

$1,393,708

Proteus, Inc,

Des Moines

Iowa

Indiana

$895,577

SER Corp. of Kansas

Wichita

Kan.

Kansas

$1,042,405

Kentucky Farmworker Programs Inc.

Bowling Green

Ky.

Kentucky

$1,174,208

Motivation Education and Training, Inc.

New Caney

Texas

Louisiana

$883,219

New England Farm Workers’ Council, Inc.

Springfield

Mass.

Massachusetts

$312,287

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

Maryland, Delaware

$474,620

Eastern Maine Development Corp.

Bangor

Maine

Maine

$284,214

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

Michigan

$1,356,926

Motivation Education and Training, Inc.

New Caney

Texas

Minnesota

$1,196,700

United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc.

Milwaukee

Wis.

Missouri

$956,019

Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities, Inc.

Clarksdale

Miss.

Mississippi

$1,257,920

Rural Employment Opportunities, Inc.

Helena

Mont.

Montana

$579,189

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

North Carolina

$2,609,522

Motivation Education and Training, Inc.

New Caney

Texas

North Dakota

$589,107

Proteus, Inc.

Des Moines

Iowa

Nebraska

$1,055,272

New England Farm Workers’ Council, Inc.

Manchester

N.H.

New Hampshire

$98,846

Pathstone Corp.

Vineland

N.J.

New Jersey

$675,178

HELP-New Mexico, Inc.

Albuquerque

N.M.

New Mexico

$918,080

Oregon Human Development Corp.

Tigard

Ore.

Nevada

$174,311

PathStone Corp.

Rochester

N.Y.

New York

$1,606,571

PathStone Corp.

Rochester

N.Y.

Ohio

$1,221,776

ORO Development Corp.

Oklahoma City

Okla.

Oklahoma

$1,234,177

Oregon Human Development Corp.

Tigard

Ore.

Oregon

$1,912,247

PathStone Corp.

Harrisburg

Penn.

Pennsylvania

$1,498,136

PathStone Corp.

Rochester

N.Y.

Puerto Rico

$2,965,804

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

South Carolina

$937,644

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative

Sturgis

S.D.

South Dakota

$601,483

Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Inc.

Smyrna

Tenn.

Tennessee

$831,470

Motivation Education and Training, Inc.

New Caney

Texas

Texas

$6,471,095

Private Industry Council, Inc., dba Futures Through Training

Ogden

Utah

Utah

$280,460

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

Virginia

$899,738

PathStone Corp.

Rochester

N.Y.

Vermont

$185,024

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington

Yakima

Wash.

Washington

$2,996,573

United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc.

Milwaukee

Wis.

Wisconsin

$1,212,803

Telamon Corp.

Raleigh

N.C.

West Virginia

$190,396

Motivation Education and Training, Inc.

New Caney

Texas

Wyoming

$226,856

Total

 

 

 

$75,885,000

 

National Farmworker Jobs Program Housing Assistance Grants

Organization

State

Service area(s)

Award

Community Resources and Housing Development Corp.

Colorado

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico and Texas

$709,576

Florida Non-Profit Housing, Inc.

Florida

Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia

$710,914

La Cooperativa Campesina de California

California

California

$800,000

Motivation, Education and Training, Inc.

Texas

Texas, Louisiana

$590,266

Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing

Washington

Washington and Oregon

$274,770

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio

Ohio

$250,000

Pathstone Corp.

New York

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

$952,202

PPEP Microbusiness and Housing Development Corp.

Ariz.

Arizona

$445,321

Rural Community Assistance Corp.

California

Hawaii and California

$198,380

Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Inc.

Tennessee

Tennessee

$105,000

United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc.

Wisconsin

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

$473,228

Total

 

 

$5,509,657

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