THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE ANNOUNCES $102.9 MILLION IN SECOND YEAR FUNDING FOR SIX STATES' WELFARE TO WORK PROGRAMS
Washington, DC -- Vice President Al Gore announced today that six states will receive $102.9 million for the second year of their Welfare-to-Work programs. The funds are provided to states out of $3 billion appropriated by Congress for Welfare-to-Work in 1997.
The six states are: Alaska, $2.7 million; Kansas, $6.2 million; Illinois, $45.3 million; Indiana, $13.5 million; Minnesota, $13.5 million; and New Jersey, $21.7 million.
"While millions of people have made the move from welfare to work, there are still many who need our help," Vice President Al Gore said. "This administration is committed to helping long-term welfare recipients and non-custodial parents get the work experience and skills they need to find and keep good jobs and support their families."
"It's not just about getting a job, but keeping a job," Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman said. "The kind of support his funding will give our newest workers can mean the difference between success and failure. And we have to do all that we can to help move people from dependency to self-sufficiency. These grants will help do that."
The Clinton/Gore Administration's Welfare-to-Work reauthorization proposal, reflected in legislation recently introduced by Congressman Cardin and Senator Akaka, will invest an additional $1 billion to help even more long-term welfare recipients move into lasting unsubsidized employment and help more low-income fathers meet their responsibilities to their children.
These funds will be used to fund a variety of services and activities, including community service and work experience, on-the-job training, and post-employment and support services to address issues of child care, transportation and housing.
Each of the states funded today has been proactive in developing and implementing strategies to help long-term welfare recipients achieve self-sufficiency.
Under the 1997 Budget Reconciliation Act, $2.2 billion was allocated to states by formula based on their population of poor people. An additional $711.5 million is being awarded competitively by the secretary of labor to local communities for innovative projects.
Additional information about the welfare-to-work program can be found at http://wtw.doleta.gov/.
Grant Recipient: Department of Community and Regional Affairs
Division of Community and Rural Development 333 West 4th Avenue, Suite 220 Anchorage, AK 99501-2341 Contact: Yvonne Chase, Director (907) 269-4607
Amount of Grant: $2,708,771
Match Provided: $1,354,385
Total Investment in the state of Alaska: $4,063,156
Grant Recipient: Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs 620 East Adams Street Springfield, IL 62701 Contact: Mr. Herbert D. Dennis, Job Training Division Manager (217) 785-6006 (email@example.com) Amount of Grant: $45,324,088 Match Provided: $22,662,044
Total Investment in the State of Illinois: $67,986,132
Grant Recipient: Indiana Workforce Development Indiana Government Center South 10 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana Contact: Craig E. Hartzer (317) 232-7670 Amount of Grant: $13,578,432 Match Provided: $6,789,216
Total Investment in the State of Indiana: $20,367,648
Grant Recipient: Kansas Department of Human Resources 401 SW Topeka Boulevard Topeka, Kansas 66603 Contact: Heather M. Whitley, Director (785) 296-7874 Amount of Grant: $6,202,330 Match Provided: $3,101,165
Total Investment in the State of Kansas: $9,303,495
Grant Recipient: Minnesota Department of Economic Security 390 North Robert Street St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 Contact: Jim Korkki (651) 296-6061 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Amount of Grant: $13,537,096 Match Provided: $6,768,548
Total Investment in the State of Minnesota: $20,305,644
Grant Recipient: Division of Employment and Training
New Jersey Department of Labor John Fitch Plaza Trenton, New Jersey Contact: Connie O. Hughes, Director (609) 663-0491
Amount of Grant: $21,708,979
Match Provided: $10,854,489
Total Investment in the State of New Jersey: $32,563,468
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