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$1M from Md. labor department to fund workforce solutions to address homelessness

Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson announced Wednesday nearly $1 million in funding to support and train jobseekers experiencing homelessness or in need of eviction prevention. MD Labor is partnering with Maryland’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) on this critical prevention initiative.

These entities will develop and implement innovative strategies that integrate workforce and housing resources to support at risk jobseekers. Due to the number of high-quality and innovative proposals received by MD Labor, the funding announced today is nearly double that of the department’s initial commitment to this pilot which was announced earlier this year.

Selected grantees have cultivated robust partnerships with statewide workforce development partners and organizations that provide services to those experiencing homelessness. Funding will be used to support jobseekers experiencing homelessness by providing training and employment opportunities that lead to economic security and family-sustaining wages.

Over the next three years, it is expected that more than 350 individuals will benefit from services provided through these grants. Funded projects cover nearly all corners of the state, from Western Maryland to Southern Maryland and communities in-between.

Selected recipients include:

Organization Funding Amount Region Served
Allegany College $195,000 Allegany and Garrett Counties
Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development $200,000 Baltimore County
Horizon Goodwill Industries $199,000 Washington and Allegany Counties
LifeStyles of Maryland $198,976 Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Charles Counties
Maryland Center For Veterans Education and Training $200,000 Baltimore

Stevens Amendment: 100% funded with federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act formula funds.