The U.S. Department of Labor is making available approximately $12 million in grants to provide employment development and support services for formerly incarcerated women as they move from imprisonment to their communities.

"Communities benefit when formerly incarcerated individuals are able to smoothly and effectively reintegrate into their neighborhoods," says Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The programs funded through today's grant announcement will make this transition easier, resulting in more stable families and brighter futures."

To receive the grant, employers must provide these women with job training leading to credentials in high-demand industries; employment preparation; mentoring and providing access to supportive services, such as housing and treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues; and parenting assistance. Although these grants are designed to help formerly incarcerated women, services funded by the grants are also open to eligible formerly incarcerated men.

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