U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced this week that the the 2011 Omnibus appropriations bill will include $100,000 for the Hispanic Federation. The funding will be used to create a Latino Workforce Training Initiative, which focuses on helping low-income workers to obtain higher wage and better quality jobs, enabling them to support their families and contribute to the recovery of New York’s economy. Headquartered in Lower Manhattan, the Hispanic Federation works across New York City and the United States. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year’s spending bill.

“This grant will help the Hispanic Federation train eager would-be workers to develop the skills and abilities they need to support themselves and their families,” Schumer said. “By investing in this program, we are helping to ensure the stability and livelihoods of many while improving the economy of New York. I will fight to see this funding through the full appropriations process.”

The Hispanic Federation’s Latino Workforce Training Initiative is designed to break the barriers facing the Latino Community which include a lack of immigration and ESL services and workforce development systems that are not fully equipped to serve the population. In the next year, The Latino Workforce Training Initiative will also partner with agencies to offer intensive civics and immigration training that directly targets low-income Latinos. Unemployment rates for Latinos during this recession have remained particularly high. An employment network that links with both public and private employment agencies will be developed to help these individuals find jobs.