President's Budget Includes Request for Transitional Jobs

Feb 02, 2010

By Neil Ridley

The President’s FY 2011 budget requests $40 million for a second round of competitive grants to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of Transitional Jobs strategies. The Transitional Jobs model combines short-term subsidized employment, case management and other services to enable individuals with barriers to employment to gain work experience and build skills. This proposed investment will assist disadvantaged jobseekers who face the greatest difficulties in the labor market.

The budget also calls for an additional $2.5 billion for the TANF Emergency Fund, which can be used for subsidized employment. See Making the Employment Connection: New Opportunities to Support Transitional Jobs Programs Using the TANF Emergency Fund for more information. In addition, there is a legislative proposal for a $500 million Fatherhood, Marriage and Families Innovation Fund that would make competitive grants to states for comprehensive fatherhood initiatives and for improving child outcomes through services aimed at custodial parents with serious barriers to self-sufficiency. Transitional Jobs are among the funded activities.

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