Welfare-to-work groups will share $21 million Federal grants target the poor in Baltimore

November 21, 1998|By Daniel Valentine | Daniel Valentine,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Four Baltimore-area welfare-to-work programs will split roughly $21 million in federal grants, officials announced yesterday.

Vice President Al Gore announced $273 million in grants at a town meeting in Washington. The grants, given to organizations that help people on welfare find jobs, were created in 1996 as part of the federal balanced budget amendment.

The four organizations were among 75 receiving grants nationwide and the only programs selected in Maryland.

"I congratulate these communities for helping welfare recipients across this country move off welfare into good jobs. This is civic commitment at its best," Gore said.

Of the four programs based in the Baltimore area, two target Baltimore. The other two programs are national in scope and will use part of the money for local efforts.

The Baltimore Office of Employment Development, which has six career centers, plans to use its $3.3 million grant to establish a job search center in the Gilmor Homes public housing community.

A spokesman for the Prince George's Private Industry Council DTC said it plans to use a $4.9 million grant to teach reading and math to single parents in Baltimore through Sylvan Learning Centers.

Catonsville Community College will receive $1.2 million of the $4.9 million grant given to the Johns Hopkins University.

The program works with community colleges in 10 states to help train and certify workers on welfare.

The Enterprise Foundation, a nationwide organization that teams with businesses to create jobs for welfare recipients, received the largest grant for Maryland, $8 million.

It will target four Baltimore communities, Cherry Hill, Pigtown, Sandtown-Winchester and Druid Heights.

We're thrilled," said Patrick Jackson, a spokesman for the foundation. He estimated that 26,000 adults receive welfare in the Baltimore area.

"It's a huge opportunity to work with community groups in specific Baltimore neighborhoods," he said.

Pub Date: 11/21/98

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