Breaking the Cycle for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

by Secretary Hilda Solis on June 30, 2011 · 3 comments

All too often, migrant and seasonal farmworkers suffer from chronic unemployment and underemployment due to the cyclical nature of the work, and the below average pay.  These workers also face significant barriers in the workplace due to low levels of education, limited English proficiency, and lack of stable housing.  

So this week, I was thrilled to be able to announce nearly $84 million in grants to help these families break the cycle of poverty through job training, support services, and housing assistance as part of the National Farmworker Jobs Program.
 
The National Farmworker Jobs Program was authorized by Congress in 1998  help combat chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by these workers.

More than $78 million will be shared by 52 organizations nationwide to deliver training and support services for migrants and seasonal farmworkers and their families. In addition, more than $5.6 million is being awarded to help provide temporary or permanent farmworker housing in numerous areas.

Through this program, eligible workers have the chance to upgrade their agricultural job skills or acquire new skills in emerging industries and occupations that offer higher wages and more stable work. The program also provides crucial support services such as child care, health care, and transportation assistance which can help them take part in needed training.

These grants are one of the many ways that the Labor Department is helping workers improve and expand their professional skills. At the same time, we remain committed to enforcing our nation’s laws, so that businesses that play by the rules, don’t have to compete against those who don’t.

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