Workforce Investment Act Disadvantaged Adult
Portion: $9.4 million
Allocation Method: The funds are allocated by federal formula for local distribution. More than $8 million is to be distributed in this method to local workforce areas, with remaining funds reserved for the administration of the program and for statewide efforts.
Program Overview
The WIA Disadvantaged Adult Program funds job-preparation initiatives to help eligible adults as defined by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). The ARRA provides training and employment opportunities through the One-Stop Career Center System.

Federal Requirements and Restrictions
There is a 5% administrative cost limit for States and a 10% administrative cost limit for local areas.

Program Eligibility
By law, funds designated for local areas are distributed based upon formulas included in the Workforce Investment Act. In each of the local areas, the Chief Elected Official establishes a Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Together they designate a One-Stop Operator which is the focal point of service in the respective areas. While State staff is at the One-Stops, the operation is overseen in every case by a locally designated One-Stop Operator. Locally, decisions are made regarding selection of service providers. This process focuses on economic demand and client interest/ability. Most training is done by organizations outside the One-Stop including: community colleges, public vocational schools, private vocational schools, other colleges, and other groups (which may include faith and community groups) that have been approved to provide training.

Individuals are eligible for One-Stop services if they are:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Low income individual as determined by their local WIB
  • Citizen or legal alien
  • Selective Service Registration (Males)


Project Prioritization

  • Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention: The Governor has established mortgage foreclosure intervention/prevention as an important goal. LWD will target ARRA funds to provide additional services to eligible workers at risk of mortgage foreclosure.
  • Prisoner Re-entry Assistance: LWD has been an active partner in the Governor’s Public Safety Plan. With these additional resources we may be able to provide better services to this group who, as a result of the recession, may find employment even more difficult to get and retain.
  • Faith- and Community-Based Organizations: With the rising unemployment levels, One-Stop Career Centers are seeing long lines of people looking for unemployment insurance benefits and re-employment assistance. While a number of the people coming to the offices need the help available on-site, there are many whose needs may be resolved with limited assistance. By working with Faith- and Community-Based Organizations, we may be able to expand the reach of the One-Stop Career Centers through coordinated assistance centers at interested organizations. The result should be shorter waits at the One-Stop Career Centers; additional locations where assistance is available; and a network of new partners for the workforce system.

 
Important Program Dates
The ARRA requires that the funding must be spent by June 30, 2011. Federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor requires 80% of funds to be obligated by June 30, 2009. As required by the U.S. Department of Labor, New Jersey will submit a State Plan for the use of these ARRA funds to ensure the quickest and most effective use of these funds.

To find your local One-Stop Center, please visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s website at: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wnjpin/findjob/onestop/services.html