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Funding Would Aid Development of a Latino Workforce Training Initiative to Help Low-Income Workers

Schumer Worked Closely with Subcommittee to Include Funding in FY 2011 Spending Bill

Bill Will Now Be Sent To The Full Senate Appropriations Committee

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill with includes $100,000 for the Hispanic Foundation. The funding will be used to create a Latino Workforce Training Initiative, which focuses on helping lowincome workers to obtain higher wage and better quality jobs, enabling them to support their families and contribute to the recovery of New York's economy. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.
"This grant will help break the necessary employment barriers facing the Latino community, helping to give many the skills and abilities they need to obtain the jobs necessary to support themselves and their families," Schumer said. "By investing in this program, we are helping to ensure the stability and livelihoods of many while improving the economy of New York. I will fight to see this funding through the full appropriations process."
The Hispanic Foundations Latino Workforce Training Initiative is designed to break the barriers facing the Latino Community which include a lack of immigration and ESL services and workforce development systems that are not fully equipped to serve the population. In the next year, The Latino Workforce Training Initiative will also partner with agencies to offer intensive civics and immigration training that directly targets lowincome Latinos. An employment network that links with both public and private employment agencies will be developed to help these individuals find jobs.
Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, it will be sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee which is set to pass the bill this afternoon. Following approval by the Full Committee and the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.