Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 1, 2016
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DWD, Employ Milwaukee Announce First Job Center Access Point
Will deploy 'mobile response' equipment, more robust assessment and referral services to HIRE Center, with additional sites being finalized as part of push to bring comprehensive services to local neighborhoods
MILWAUKEE – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen and regional workforce partner Employ Milwaukee will launch the first neighborhood Job Center Access Point on Tuesday, September 13, at the HIRE Center. The centers are part of Governor Walker's announced investment of $4.5 million to strengthen and rebuild Milwaukee in partnership with city, county and community groups.
"We are moving ahead with our action plan to make job search, assessment and counseling services more accessible to those who are not in the workforce system, starting with a location that's well-known and established in the Milwaukee community, including Sherman Park and adjoining areas," Secretary Allen said. "The 'mobile response' equipment we deploy will bring more robust and comprehensive service levels to the HIRE Center, giving residents an opportunity to start along a pathway toward developing skills, removing barriers and, ultimately, finding a good-paying job to support themselves and their families."
Features of the Job Center Access Point include:
- Services to connect adults and youth, both in-school and out-of school, who are not attached to the workforce system with the resources to overcome barriers and move along a path toward gainful employment.
- Operation for one week, including extended evening hours on most days of operation.
- Onboarding participants for employment opportunities through existing networks and programs, and enroll new participants.
- Assess and refer participants to other programs and resources to help them gain independence.
The additional equipment on site will include laptops, routers, peripheral equipment, etc., to establish job seeker assessment and career counseling services and provide direct access to tools such as JobCenterofWisconsin.com.
Exact hours of operation will be announced, along with targeted promotion to neighborhood residents who are not connected to the workforce system.
Additional neighborhood Job Center Access Point locations will be announced in the future as the services rotate from neighborhood to neighborhood in partnering locations, such as schools, churches and community centers.
"Our goal is to provide greater opportunity for residents to become connected to the workforce system," said Earl Buford, President and CEO, Employ Milwaukee. "We want to reach people who are currently not accessing workforce services and inform them about available resources."
Highlights of the Governor's $4.5 Million Plan Include:
- The state, through DCF, will allocate an additional $1.5 million in TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) funds to partner with the city of Milwaukee for employment programs for eligible individuals who want a job.
- The state will provide $2 million to assist in the demolition, deconstruction, and rehabilitation of foreclosed and blighted properties in the city of Milwaukee.
- The state, through DWD, will allocate $1 million of Wisconsin Fast Forward funds to employer-based job training programs for the city of Milwaukee.
- DWD’s Division of Employment & Training has prepared “Mobile Response” equipment with laptops, routers, peripheral equipment, etc., to establish job seeker assessment and career counseling services at various locations in the area in partnership with Employ Milwaukee and other state partners.
- WEDC is engaged with the city of Milwaukee and others about the possibility of providing assistance to the businesses affected during the civil disturbances in Sherman Park.
Comprehensive Overview of Immediate Actions:
Department of Children and Families
- DCF will allocate an additional $1.5 million TANF funds to partner with the City of Milwaukee for employment programs for eligible individuals who want a job.
- Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program (TMJ): Representatives from TMJ partner agencies at mobile response locations to give information and take applications for TMJ program.
Department of Financial Institutions
The state of Wisconsin will provide $2 million to assist in the demolition, deconstruction, and rehabilitation of foreclosed and blighted properties in the City of Milwaukee. The program will be administered in a partnership with the city and the state. There will be matching funds from the city. In 2013, with $2 million provided by the state and $1.1 million from the City of Milwaukee, 205 properties were demolished. The funds will be made available by the Attorney General from the settlement dollars obtained by Department of Justice.
Department of Health Services
- Employment and Job Training Assistance for FoodShare members: DHS will work with ResCare, our FoodShare Employment Training (FSET) vendor to have an FSET staffer on-site of the mobile response to help direct FoodShare members to the FSET program, to eliminate barriers to employment and reduce dependence on government programs.
- Substance Use and Abuse Education, Prevention and Treatment:
DHS will work
with partners at the county level to offer guidance for those who are affected
by addiction or substance use or abuse (including alcohol and heroin), including
enrollment in CCS. Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) is a program for
individuals of all ages who need ongoing services for a mental illness,
substance use disorder, or a dual diagnosis beyond occasional outpatient care,
but less than the intensive care provided in an inpatient setting. The
individual works with a dedicated team of service providers to develop a
treatment and recovery plan to meet the individual's unique needs and goals. The
goal of this community-based approach is to promote better overall health and
life satisfaction for the individual.
- Mental Health Services: DHS will work with partners at the county level to offer screenings and guidance for those who are affected by mental illness, including enrollment in CCS.
- Healthy Families Promotion: DHS will work with partners at the county level to promote Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services, which promote good nutrition for women, infants, children. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, supplemental nutritious foods, and referrals to other healthy and nutrition services.
Department of Workforce Development
- The department will support the Discretionary Grant Application of the city of Milwaukee and Employ Milwaukee to the US Department of Labor Secretary and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to engage job seekers in communities with skills assessment and counseling services.
- Allocation of $1 Million of Wisconsin Fast Forward funds to Employer-Based Job Training Programs for the city of Milwaukee. Governor Walker will announce a specific round of Fast Forward grants available to provide state worker training in the city of Milwaukee. This could include grants for both adults and youth in the city of Milwaukee.
- These items are in addition to standard federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I services, Wagner-Peyser funded services, Unemployment Insurance (UI) services, and other program services that are routinely available to Milwaukee-area job seekers and employers.
- Provide an Access Point for Job Seekers: DWD's Division of Employment & Training (DET) has prepared "mobile response" equipment with laptops, routers, peripheral equipment, etc., to establish job seeker assessment and career counseling services at remote locations in partnership with Employ Milwaukee and other state partners. The equipment is imaged to access JobCenterofWisconsin.com, assessment tools, and the VPN network to enable staff and counselors to provide services when request at non-job center locations in Milwaukee neighborhoods. Additional state agency services to be included.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Response Strategies:
- Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) staff will identify current DVR job seekers/consumers in defined area, including those youth in area high schools, and offer support and services within DVR's scope, and information and referral to services offered by other state/community agencies. This applies to both DVR General and DVR PROMISE programs.
- DVR staff will identify mental health services from culturally competent organizations that provide holistic services and therapeutic practices such as trauma informed care, treatment of post-trauma stress disorder, child and adolescent therapy, coping strategies, case management services and care coordination.
- Once access points have been identified in the Sherman Park community, DVR will contribute staffing resources to provide information about DVR services; conduct DVR eligibility determinations, and offer soft skills training opportunities, interview and resume preparation workshops, and on-site recruitments for employers in the city and area that need to fill immediate job openings.
- DVR business services consultant staffing resources will work in collaboration with the Employment Milwaukee business services team and other workforce development partners to identify employers and connect dislocated workers to employment opportunities in the city of Milwaukee and the greater Milwaukee area.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
- WEDC is engaged with the city of Milwaukee and others about the possibility providing assistance to the businesses that were affected during the disturbances in Sherman Park.
- WEDC will focus on working with its many partners who serve the city of Milwaukee, including the minority chambers of commerce and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) to identify programs available to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
- WHEDA Housing Resource for Milwaukee Northside Mobile Stations: For those in need of stable housing, a WHEDA resource that can be promoted as part of the neighborhood mobile stations would be: www.WIhousingSearch.org. WHEDA, along with the Department of Health Services and the Department of Administration, Division of Housing, teamed up to offer this website for state residents. The website is a free resource for persons looking for an affordable place to rent and also has a valuable database of resources for homelessness, people with disabilities, homeownership, public housing, and other social services.
- WHEDA Foundation Housing Grant Awards. WHEDA will announce that the WHEDA
Foundation, Inc. is awarding $102,470 in housing grants to six special-needs
housing providers in the Transform Milwaukee corridor. These grants, awarded
during WHEDA’s annual Housing Grant Program competition, help housing providers
build new facilities or make improvements to their existing facilities.
- Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee ($25,000), WestCare Wisconsin, Inc.
($25,000), United Community Center ($25,000), Social Development Commission
($10,000), The Salvation Army ($10,000), and Cathedral Center, Inc. ($7,470) for
a total of $102,470 in grants. From these six grant recipients, four will be
using grant monies to provide updates to their existing facilities and two are
providing assistance to Milwaukee residents:
- Social Development Commission will use WHEDA grant monies to repair homes for low-income Milwaukee County residents seeking to use the Weatherization Assistance Program.
- Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee will use WHEDA grant monies to provide critical home repairs/emergency repairs to elderly low-income homeowners and veterans in Milwaukee.
- Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee ($25,000), WestCare Wisconsin, Inc. ($25,000), United Community Center ($25,000), Social Development Commission ($10,000), The Salvation Army ($10,000), and Cathedral Center, Inc. ($7,470) for a total of $102,470 in grants. From these six grant recipients, four will be using grant monies to provide updates to their existing facilities and two are providing assistance to Milwaukee residents:
- Entrepreneurship Training Grant Announcement of $380,000 to Dedicated Partners
that Provide Training to Support Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in the city
- $200,000 for Operation Dream, which offers an entrepreneurship training program for African-American males ages 11 to 18 living in Milwaukee neighborhoods. The training program is designed to guide older boys into responsible adulthood and independence through employment and leadership.
- $100,000 for Asset Builders, to be used for the Go4it program, which is an entrepreneurship training and business accelerator program currently operated through a series of workshops for youth ages 16 to 24. The grant funding will enable the Go4it program to be offered specifically to Milwaukee teenagers ages 16 to 18 as well as allow participants to receive counseling and technical assistance. The Milwaukee specific training will focus on four industry sectors: finance, media, health, and trades.
- 80,000 for BizStarts, which offers a program called BizForge. The program starts with an intake session to identify where an entrepreneur is in the process of developing a business. The participant is then mentored by Bizstarts with lessons in marketing, sales, and business planning. Funding for this program will allow the program to hire additional staff to reach and serve more Milwaukee- area entrepreneurs.