Last week, the Commonwealth announced $1.7 million in state funding to help place over 300 homeless individuals throughout the state, with some of that money going to directly help the homeless in Westford.
The Career Center of Lowell, also known as CCL, received $250,000 as part of the grant for its 1st S.T.E.P (Sustainable and Transitional Employment Program).
CCL serves Westford along with six other municipalities in the Lowell area with programs to help the homeless gain skills to become employable and self-sustaining in partnership with Community Teamwork Inc., the Lowell Transitional Living Center and other organizations.
“The Career Center of Lowell looks forward to implementing our 1st S.T.E.P (Sustainable and Transitional Employment Program) initiative,” said CCL director Barbara O’Neil. “This opportunity, provided through the Commonwealth Corporation, allows the CCL and its partners to make a meaningful impact for the participants. By focusing on comprehensive case managed employment support services, one-on-one and group classroom instruction, and job placement, we know the program will be very successful.”
Joanne Goldstein, Labor and Workforce Development secretary for the Patrick Administration, believes the funding will play a significant role toward improving the lives of the homeless in the Lowell area and other parts of the state.
“Supporting employment programs for homeless individuals is one of the many resources the Patrick Administration is committed to providing so that homeless individuals and families can return to a path of stability and self-sufficiency,” she said. “There are countless programs throughout the Commonwealth focused on this cause, and we are pleased to partner with seven exemplary organizations to train and place hundreds in sustainable employment.”
The grant funding is targeted for several programs across the state to support training for unemployed or underemployed residents, 18 years or older, who are homeless and in need of training and or job placements.