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Alternative Staffing Project

Options for Independence

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2009–December 31, 2009
  • Location Houma, LA, United States
  • Geographic Focus New Orleans

About this grant

Years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, the region is still trying to recover from the disaster. Despite a low unemployment rate, there are approximately 750,000 people who are employable but unable to find work. Alternative staffing organizations, which are temporary staffing firms owned and operated by community-based agencies, have the potential to bridge the gap between the needs of employers and employees. This grant will support the continued development of Options for Independence, one of three alternative staffing organizations created to serve people with barriers to employment in the south Louisiana area.