Congressman Al Green Announces New Job Training Grants to Assist Unemployed Workers in Houston

Jan 13, 2010 Issues: Social Security

(Houston, TX)--Today, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) announced $3.1 million in new grant funding authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to assist unemployed workers in Houston.

The Department of Labor has awarded a $3.1 million Pathways Out of Poverty grant to SER – Jobs for Progress, Inc.  Service, Employment, Redevelopment (SER) will use this funding to provide on-the-job training and job placement for approximately 300 individuals in weatherization, energy efficiency, and energy efficiency assessment.  Upon successful completion of pre]apprenticeship training, participants will receive training in one of three occupations: 1) Weatherization Worker Technician coupled with Green Advantage certification; 2) Solar Panel Installer; or 3) HERS Energy Rater/Whole House Diagnostic.  

“The fact that people will have the opportunity to obtain training will lead to job creation that will also have a domino impact on the community," Congressman Al Green. "So, we are not only talking about the people that actually received the training and assistance, but also the families who will benefit, the communities who will benefit, and the nation which will be a better place as a result.”

Today’s grant funding announcement is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) which was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009.  Congressman Al Green voted in favor of this legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Of the $500 million in Green Jobs training grant funding authorized by the law, $147 million has already been made available in Pathways Out of Poverty grants across the country. 

Pathways Out of Poverty grants will integrate training and supportive services into cohesive programs that will help targeted populations attain economic self-sufficiency through employment in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.  Despite the economic downturn, these green industries present many potential opportunities for individuals to learn in-demand skills and build new careers.