“Workforce Development Programs give residents more opportunities toward self-sufficiency,” said Freeholder Director Sandi Lazzara. “I can’t think of a more important focus then helping residents find good jobs, and simultaneously lowering the number of residents that rely on welfare and other government assistance programs.”
The funds for workforce development were provided through five different grants:
- $259,000 was awarded through Work First NJ, a program that seeks to remove people from welfare by helping them secure employment or training opportunities to make them attractive to employers.
- $4,748,174 was provided through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Act (TANF), which provides assistance to families while providing employment opportunities, with a specific emphasis on ensuring children are cared for in their own homes.
- $2,296,439 was provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides funds to assist needy families to purchase quality and nutritious food.
- $2,985,970 was provided through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which is designed to help all job seekers access employment and work training.
- $1,370,514 of the funds from WIOA are earmarked specifically to aid dislocated workers.
“A skilled workforce is vital for building a strong and vibrant economy in Passaic County,” said Freeholder John W. Bartlett, Esq. “These grant funds allow us to engage with job seekers and offer career training that helps residents find jobs. Recipients, local businesses, and all taxpayers benefit as more residents get the training needed to find good jobs and provide for their families.”