Photo courtesy of San Diego Workforce Partnership
Photo courtesy of San Diego Workforce Partnership

A San Diego employment-services program was one of 17 anti-poverty centers across the state named Wednesday as recipients of grant funding from the California Department of Community Services and Development.

The County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, Community Action Partnership will receive $75,000 to expand its Connect2Careers Program, which is aimed at providing work experience for low-income and disabled youth.

The state awarded $1.2 million in grants to 17 programs, including housing and financial services initiatives in Los Angeles and Riverside.

The awards were made under the Community Services Block Grant and target the reduction of poverty and homelessness in children, families, veterans, the disabled and others.

“The hurdles faced by low-income families and individuals moving out of poverty can be overcome through a targeted and coordinated approach,” said CSD Director Linne Stout. “These programs target particularly vulnerable populations to address barriers to education, housing stability, employment and career training, and financial security.”

— City News Service