The mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
In July 2020, the Department’s Employment and Training Administration announced the awarding of $90,992,062 through two grant programs, Pathway Home and the Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP), focused on assisting justice-involved individuals in gaining meaningful employment.
Note: REO-related funding is closed for FY 2020
The REO program provides funding for justice-involved youth and young adults and adults who were formerly incarcerated. The program's goal is to develop strategies and partnerships that facilitate the implementation of successful programs at the state and local levels that will improve the workforce outcomes for this population. Overall, the program seeks to improve criminal justice practices, including case management and mentoring; support transitions for ex-offenders, including program and job retention; strengthen partnerships to provide strong supportive services and seamless transitions; and ensure sustainability for reentry programs.
The FBP provides fidelity bonds to employers, giving them access to job seekers and opening doors of opportunity through a unique hiring incentive tool that targets individuals whose backgrounds can pose significant barriers to securing or retaining employment. Employers receive the FBP bonds free-of-charge as an incentive to hire these individuals and the bonds protect the employer against losses caused by the fraudulent or dishonest acts of the bonded employee.
The HVRP is an employment focused competitive grant program of the Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), the only federal grant to focus exclusively on competitive employment for homeless veterans. Over the years, HVRP's targeted approach has been very successful. In Program Year 2016 over 22,000 homeless veterans were served in American Job Centers, HVRP served over 16,000 participants in 2016, with roughly 8,000 being co-enrolled in American Job Centers.
Additional reentry and justice-related funding from the Department of Labor can be found at doleta.gov/grants/.