The San Diego Workforce Partnership will place more workers in subsidized employment positions to put more local workers on track to self-sufficiency. On Tuesday, the county board gave the Health and Human Services Agency the go ahead on expanding the local Subsidized Employment Program, and making a deal with the partnership to place the new program participants.
Last year, the CAlifornia legislature decided to strengthen the effort setting up job deals for job seekers who can get left out of the private job deal market. Increased funding for the CalWOrks welfare-to-work program guarantees the partnership can serve dozens more job seekers who visit their career centers and their partners in the community. The new state money for the SUbsidized Employment Program adds to state and federal CalWOrks funding SDWP will use to run the program.
Job opportunities the program participants take give San Diegans relief from unemployment and dependence on welfare. Employers receive cost payments that help them create job opportunities at worksites and keep them open. The subsidy also pays for the staff services given to participants to move them into unfunded jobs they can work, and pay for a self-sufficient life.
The board also decided to give the Health and Human Services Agency a go ahead on giving local low-income workers a timely notice on changes to lining up the Medi-Cal user ranks. The Affordable Care Act guaranteed more low income workers can use Medi-Cal. Opening up the program eligibility. And, making improvements to the enrollment process. The January 1st changes made the Medi-Cal pool larger. A county approval on increased notice funding pays for the county agency sending notices to a larger number of low-income SanDiegans.
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