TWC provides assistance for Cameron County residents

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 4:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:47am

Many residents throughout Cameron County are experiencing an economic drought.

Various federal agencies provide Texas Workforce Commission with a $22 million budget that trickles down to the 28 TWC boards across the state.

"The two biggest chunks of that $22 million are childcare and Workforce Investment Act-WIA funding," said TWC Cameron County executive director Pat Hobbs. "The childcare is about $11 million of the $22 million. So about half the funding is for childcare to support parents who are working or going to school."

These funds help serve about 3,700 children annually throughout the area.

"The other big chunk is about $6 million," said Hobbs. "That's WIA funding and that funding is for adults, dislocated workers-those that have lost their job through no fault of their own, and youth...both in school and out of school. And the primary use of that funding is for training programs or support services."

In this program, about 2,000 people are served and provided with services like gas cards, work clothes and equipment.

Because various people in the program are required to look for work or at least be in training so they can do so in the future, TWC monitors their participation to make sure the funds are being used for the right things:

"If they quick looking or whatever, then we're the ones that can cut 'em off so to speak."

But Hobbs says overall, most people do not abuse the system, which may be a result of the strict qualifications:

"This is something that's valuable to them and can help them get out of a rut and I think the large majority of them appreciate the assistance," said Hobbs.

 

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