Gov’t Plans $1 Million For Refugee Job Training

Thomas Phippen | Reporter

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to spend $1 million on job training and English classes for refugees next year.

HHS expects to divide the funding between 12 organizations that will provide, “management, training and technical assistance, specialized English language training, and mentoring” for refugees entering the U.S. (RELATED: Govt Spends $1.5 Million To Teach Refugees, Immigrants About Farming)

Any organization that receives a grant, “may also provide refugee participants with financial assistance for costs related to the establishment or re-establishment of credentials, such as obtaining educational credits or enrollment in required certification programs,” according to the HHS announcement.

HHS announced the Refugee Career Pathways for 2017 grant on grants.gov. Announcing it so far in advance of the actual request for applications helps “provide more time for applicants to prepare,” according to grants.gov.

The department said more information will be available in April, 2017, when it publishes an official request for proposals.

The announcement comes as the U.S. prepares to accept large numbers of refugees from the Middle East. HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) already provides cash assistance, welfare and job training to refugees.

In fact, refugee resettlement amounts to less than 60 percent of ORR’s annual budget. The rest of the money goes to help victims of human trafficking and provide services to unaccompanied alien children.

The funding of this grant may be dependent on whether HHS receives the entire requested budget for the next fiscal year. The department requested a total of $2.2 billion for all, “refugee and entrant assistance” in 2017, which is $510 million more than it had to spend in its 2016 budget.

The U.S. will accept a total of 45,000 refugees in the next two years, and at least 10,000 before September, 2016. (RELATED: The First Syrian Refugees Hit US Soil As Obama Resettlement Surge Begins)

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