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Welcome, Reception, & Integration Grant Program

Concerning the creation of a grant program for community-based organizations to provide appropriate services for migrants who are within one year of arrival in the United States, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Human Services
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

The bill creates the statewide welcome, reception, and integration grant program (grant program) in the department of labor and employment (department) to provide grants to community-based organizations that provide culturally and linguistically appropriate navigation of services and programs to migrants who are within one year of arrival in the United States. A grant may be used for:

  • Conducting an intake and assessment of needs;
  • Providing cultural orientation; case management; employment services or referrals to employment services; housing, housing-related services, or referrals to housing; English as a second language classes or referrals to classes; financial orientation; referrals to mental and physical health services; interpretation and translation services; transportation services; and immigration legal assistance or referrals to immigration legal services;
  • Distributing emergency and transitional supplies;
  • Assisting migrant parents to enroll their children in public school or summer programs, including early childhood programs; and
  • Other eligible expenses.

The bill requires the department to issue a request for proposal for a nonprofit organization to administer the grant program.

For the 2024-25 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $2.5 million from the general fund to the department for the grant program.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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