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ETA News Release: [03/24/2010]
Contact Name: Mike Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0377-NAT

US Department of Labor announces $12 million in funds for prisoner re-entry programs

24 current grantees to receive additional support to continue services

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $12 million in additional funding to 24 programs that are currently operating prisoner re-entry programs through the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders initiative.

"Rehabilitated ex-offenders are returning to communities across the country in record numbers. And today's funding continues our commitment to supporting programs that will help them re-enter society and transition to stable careers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Launched in 2004, the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders initiative provides grants to faith-based and community organizations to help strengthen urban communities and assist ex-offenders re-entering the community. This funding is accomplished through employment-centered programming that incorporates job training, mentoring and other supportive services. Department of Labor grant funds are used to provide a variety of services to ex-offenders including workforce development services, job training, on-the-job training, work experience, basic skills remediation, counseling, case management and mentoring.

In 2008, the Labor Department held a limited competition among 30 existing first-generation grants and subsequently funded 24 of the 30 grants for a fourth year of program funding and operation. The department currently is providing $500,000 in fifth-year funding to each grantee.

These programs operate in conjunction with grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, which provides funding to state criminal justice agencies that offer pre-release and referral services to soon-to-be released offenders.

Visit http://www.doleta.gov to learn more about the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs and initiatives.

Editor's Note: A list of grantees and funding amounts is below.


Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Initiative Grantees

Applicant

City

State

Total Grant Award (including $500,000 awarded today)

The Primavera Foundation Inc.

Tucson

Ariz.

$2,916,765

Arizona Women's Education and Employment Inc.

Phoenix

Ariz.

$2,916,765

Metro United Methodist Urban Ministry

San Diego

Calif.

$2,933,553

MAAP Inc.

Sacramento

Calif.

$2,916,765

Fresno Career Development Institute Inc.

Fresno

Calif.

$2,916,765

The Empowerment Program

Denver

Colo.

$2,916,765

Community Partners in Action Inc.

Hartford

Conn.

$2,935,635

OIC Of Broward County Inc.

Ft Lauderdale

Fla.

$2,918,105

The Safer Foundation

Chicago

Ill.

$2,927,361

The Directors Council

Des Moines

Iowa

$2,916,765

The Church United for Community Development

Baton Rouge

La.

$2,915,041

Odyssey House Louisiana Inc.

New Orleans

La.

$2,985,363

Episcopal Community Services of Maryland

Baltimore

Md.

$2,910,932

Span Inc.

Boston

Mass.

$2,916,765

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency

Pontiac

Mich.

$2,916,765

St. Patrick Center

St. Louis

Mo.

$2,916,765

Connections to Success

Kansas City

Mo.

$2,915,158

Career Opportunity Development Inc.

Egg Harbor City (serving Atlantic County)

N.J.

$2,916,765

Talbert House

Cincinnati

Ohio

$2,916,765

SE Works Inc.

Portland

Ore.

$2,916,765

Connection Training Services

Philadelphia

Pa.

$2,916,765

Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

San Antonio

Texas

$2,925,378

Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas

Dallas

Texas

$2,916,765

People of Color Against AIDS Network

Seattle

Wash.

$2,916,765