State Agencies Partner to Develop Employment Options


BALTIMORE (6-30-08) The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) announced the formation of an innovative partnership to address the employment needs of two under-employed segments of the population.

A Memorandum of Understanding, signed by both Secretary Thomas Perez and Secretary Brenda Donald, will make $5 million of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds available to develop job readiness, placement and retention programs for temporary cash assistance customers, and for children aging out of foster care. The programs will focus on providing skills, assistance and access to resources to obtain unsubsidized employment.

“We are pleased to partner with DLLR to creatively address the employment needs of young adults and the chronically unemployed,” Secretary Donald said. “As ‘One Maryland,’ it’s our job to erase artificial boarders and to tear down barriers in order to more efficiently assist the citizens of Maryland.”

The overall objective of the MOU is to develop a sustained partnership between DLLR and DHR and facilitate the coordination of Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs) and Local Departments of Social Services, which will design and operate programs for the employment and retention of Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) applicants/recipients.

“So often the populations we serve have overlapping needs and require similar services. By partnering to provide greater access to job readiness and placement services, we can provide more opportunities to more Marylanders in a more streamlined way,” Secretary Perez said. “This partnership is about helping as many Marylanders as possible to realize their full potential and better their lives.”

The call for project proposals was issued June 16, 2008, from the Division of Workforce Development to the twelve local Workforce Investment Area Directors across the state. Applications for projects must be received by July 18, 2008. Project funding amounts will vary depending upon the project and scope of services offered.

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