Federal Grant to Fund Job Training for Former Inmates

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Hilary Powell

February 18, 2014 — The federal government wants to put more ex-offenders back to work.

The United States Department of Labor announced a grant program on Tuesday to help individuals in state prison work release programs.

Nearly $30 million is available for community partners as part of the second round of the Training to Work — Adult Reentry grant program. The Department says the money will be issued in fifteen grants to selected groups who apply.

Grant officials say the effort is set to help job seekers gain industry-recognized credentials, mentoring, and case management. The office says favors giving funds to community groups in areas with high rates of recidivism.

U.S Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says the program is a second chance for released inmates to contribute to their community.

“We are a nation that believes in second chances,” Perez says. “Investing in the job skills of individuals while they are in work-release programs helps them to find work and more quickly reconnect with and contribute to their communities.”

Perez adds special consideration will be given to applications who intend to serve areas designated as “Promise Zones” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Any nonprofit organization that meets the grant requirements may apply.


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