DOL Devotes $6.5 Million in Grants to Improve Housing for Migrant Farmworkers

DOL Devotes $6.5 Million in Grants to Improve Housing for Migrant Farmworkers

The program will issue eight grants focusing on safe, sanitary housing and economic mobility.

In an effort to address housing challenges faced by migrant and seasonal farmworkers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has earmarked $6.5 million for grants aimed at enhancing living conditions for these workers. The initiative seeks to provide safe, sanitary housing, with 70 percent of the funding directed towards permanent housing.

According to a recent release, the funding—channeled through the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration under the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP)—will distribute roughly eight grants. These grants will support organizations that can effectively provide housing services in states with high populations of eligible workers.

The targeted regions include Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Washington. Authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, this financial support will connect farmworkers and their dependents with temporary and permanent housing solutions.

Applicants vying for the grants must demonstrate a deep understanding of the farmworkers' housing needs as well as project plans that improve housing conditions while supporting workers' educational and career goals, fostering economic mobility. More information on the NFJP Grants for Housing Services is on Grants.gov.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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