The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has awarded a three-year, $1.7 million grant to the National Economic Development and Law Center to help Flint residents secure jobs in the health and manufacturing sectors.
NEDLC, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit focused on public interest law and planning, will oversee the Flint Sector Employment Initiative, to be launched this summer, and will also provide technical assistance and capacity-building services to participating organizations. The initiative is designed to link workforce-development programs and support services, create working agreements with area employers, and conduct an outreach and recruitment campaign with the goal of helping low-income workers and boosting industry in the Flint area.
With the support of a previous grant from the foundation, NEDLC began investigating the possibility of an employment initiative in the Flint area in 1999 and released a report last year detailing the challenges and opportunities presented by such an effort. The report, The Flint Sector Employment Project: Findings and Recommendations From the Research Phase, shows that the healthcare and manufacturing sectors hold the greatest promise for new jobs for the area's low-income workers.
"This initiative will provide more opportunities for stable, living-wage employment for many Flint-area residents," said Mott president William S. White. "Improving access to such opportunities is key to helping families lift themselves out of poverty."