U. S Labor Dept. awards $81m aids to seasonal farmworkers

 The U.S. Department of Labor has 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.

Thomas Perez

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.

 

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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