Magazine article Policy & Practice

San Francisco Program Helps Jobless Parents

Magazine article Policy & Practice

San Francisco Program Helps Jobless Parents

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the wake of reports of rising unemployment, here's a reminder about a city program that uses stimulus funds to help certain jobless parents find work.

The program, called Jobs Now, offers private and nonprofit employers a 100 percent wage subsidy until next September if they hire San Francisco residents who:

* Have at least one minor child

* Are unemployed

* Meet certain household income requirements

For instance, if one spouse is out of work and the couple has two children, the family can earn up to $3,675 a month and still be eligible for a wage subsidy to the unemployed adult.

Noelle Simmons, with the San Francisco Human Services Agency, said the parent being subsidized must live in San Francisco, but the person can work for an employer in another city or county.

Other counties are developing similar wage subsidy programs intended for jobless parents in their own jurisdictions.

These programs will all tap into about $300 million to $400 million in stimulus funds being channeled through the state, according to Frank Mecca of the County Welfare Directors Association of California. …

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