The US Department of Labor has declared the allocation of $52 million in Pathway Home funds to deliver job training and services prior to release for those in incarceration.

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of $52 million in grant funding for organizations that provide reentry services to incarcerated individuals. This funding aims to bridge the gap between release from prison or jail and enrollment in a workforce development program, ultimately helping to enhance reintegration efforts and reduce recidivism.

These grants, authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, will allow organizations to establish partnerships with employers to assist participants in acquiring training and industry-recognized credentials for successful transition into employment and their communities. The Employment and Training Administration will award grants for up to 20 projects that provide justice-involved individuals with legal assistance, counseling, job search strategies, and other foundational skills prior to release.

The funding, ranging from $1 million to $4 million per recipient, will also support apprenticeships, occupational training, and supportive services for participants after they return to their communities. This Pathway Home Grant Program aligns with the administration’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to ensure that 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments go to marginalized, underserved, and overburdened communities.

Applicants that align their training with a specific infrastructure project funded by the Biden-Harris administration’s Investing in America agenda will receive special consideration during the review process. To learn more about eligibility for the Pathway Home grants and to apply, visit the Department of Labor’s website.  

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