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)


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. Alabama


Arkansas Human Development Corp. Little Rock Ark. Arkansas


Portable Practical Educational Preparation, Inc. Tucson Ariz. Arizona


California Human Development Corp. Santa Rosa Calif. California


Proteus, Inc. Visalia Calif. California


Center for Employment Training San Jose Calif. California


Employers Training Resource Kern County Bakersfield Calif. California


Central Valley Opportunity Center, Inc. Winton Calif. California


Rocky Mountain SER/Jobs for Progress, Inc. Denver Colo. Colorado


New England Farm Workers’ Council, Inc. Hartford Conn. Connecticut, Rhode Island


Florida Department of Education Tallahassee Fla. Florida


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. Georgia


Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. Wailuku Hawaii Hawaii


Proteus, Inc. Des Moines Iowa Iowa


Community Council of Idaho, Inc. Caldwell Idaho Idaho


Illinois Migrant Council Chicago Ill. Illinois


Proteus, Inc, Des Moines Iowa Indiana


SER Corp. of Kansas Wichita Kan. Kansas


Kentucky Farmworker Programs Inc. Bowling Green Ky. Kentucky


Motivation Education and Training, Inc. New Caney Texas Louisiana


New England Farm Workers’ Council, Inc. Springfield Mass. Massachusetts


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. Maryland, Delaware


Eastern Maine Development Corp. Bangor Maine Maine


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. Michigan


Motivation Education and Training, Inc. New Caney Texas Minnesota


United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc. Milwaukee Wis. Missouri


Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities, Inc. Clarksdale Miss. Mississippi


Rural Employment Opportunities, Inc. Helena Mont. Montana


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. North Carolina


Motivation Education and Training, Inc. New Caney Texas North Dakota


Proteus, Inc. Des Moines Iowa Nebraska


New England Farm Workers’ Council, Inc. Manchester N.H. New Hampshire


Pathstone Corp. Vineland N.J. New Jersey


HELP-New Mexico, Inc. Albuquerque N.M. New Mexico


Oregon Human Development Corp. Tigard Ore. Nevada


PathStone Corp. Rochester N.Y. New York


PathStone Corp. Rochester N.Y. Ohio


ORO Development Corp. Oklahoma City Okla. Oklahoma


Oregon Human Development Corp. Tigard Ore. Oregon


PathStone Corp. Harrisburg Penn. Pennsylvania


PathStone Corp. Rochester N.Y. Puerto Rico


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. South Carolina


Black Hills Special Services Cooperative Sturgis S.D. South Dakota


Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Inc. Smyrna Tenn. Tennessee


Motivation Education and Training, Inc. New Caney Texas Texas


Private Industry Council, Inc., dba Futures Through Training Ogden Utah Utah


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. Virginia


PathStone Corp. Rochester N.Y. Vermont


Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington Yakima Wash. Washington


United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc. Milwaukee Wis. Wisconsin


Telamon Corp. Raleigh N.C. West Virginia


Motivation Education and Training, Inc. New Caney Texas Wyoming





National Farmworker Jobs Program Housing Assistance Grants

Organization State Service area(s)


Community Resources and Housing Development Corp. Colorado Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico and Texas


Florida Non-Profit Housing, Inc. Florida Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia


La Cooperativa Campesina de California California California


Motivation, Education and Training, Inc. Texas Texas, Louisiana


Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing Washington Washington and Oregon


Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Ohio Ohio


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


PPEP Microbusiness and Housing Development Corp. Ariz. Arizona


Rural Community Assistance Corp. California Hawaii and California


Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Inc.




United Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Inc.


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







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