DEED awards Pilot Re-Entry Competitive Grants to 13 Minnesota Organizations
8 Mar 2023
Today, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the Pilot Re-Entry Competitive Grant award recipients. Thirteen organizations across the state are being awarded a total of $3 million to provide training and employment services to more than 650 people coming home from Minnesota correctional facilities.
Organizations receiving this funding will provide one-on-one career counseling and job search navigation, short and long-term skills training including on-the-job training and case management and support services, such as assistance with transportation and childcare. These services will be provided to Minnesota residents who have not worked for at least 15 weeks in the past year and are within six months of release from a State of Minnesota correctional facility or jail.
“These critically needed funds will assist individuals who are involved in the justice system to connect with employment and training services plus support services before and after their release,” said DEED Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development Marc Majors. “Many justice system-involved people have the ability, talent and skills to begin employment when they return to their communities, but they are often an overlooked talent pool – a group of workers we hope Minnesota employers will seriously consider for their employment opportunities.”