Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced a $4,189,231 U.S. Department of Labor grant for the Private Industry Council of San Francisco's welfare-to-work program. "San Francisco: New Ways to Work is an ambitious program that addresses the barriers to employment and helps welfare recipients realize their potential in today's competitive marketplace. This grant represents a solid investment in people and programs that make a difference in the lives of San Francisco residents," Pelosi said.
Ray Holland, vice president of the Private Industry Council was pleased by today's announcement. "This grant helps us a great deal to carry-out our goal of moving welfare recipients into the workforce," Holland said.
San Francisco: New Ways to Work will use the grant to address a number of needs:
In San Francisco, more than 98,000 people live below the poverty line, and about 17,530 children and 7,330 adults receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). "San Francisco's plan can provide real and lasting employment opportunities for welfare recipients," said Pelosi, who serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations subcommittee.
The U.S. Department of Labor has recognized 49 innovative welfare to work programs through a competitive grant process, awarding $186 million nationally.
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