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Awardee:

D.C. Workforce Investment Council and

D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration

609 H. Street N.E., Room 521

Washington, D.C. 20023-4347

Contact: Joi Yeldell

Phone: (202) 279-6174

Proposed Award Amount: $ 697,333

Community Served: The City of Washington, D.C.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities

Summary Paragraph: The D.C. Workforce Investment Council, in partnership with the D.C. Rehabilitation Services Administration of the D. C. Department of Human Resources, plans a comprehensive effort to establish a One Stop employment center for the disabled within its One Stop Center at 2626 Naylor Road S.E. The grant will fund a Project Coordinator, who will head up a public outreach campaign, starting with a kick-off breakfast with faith-based community organizations. This person will also coordinate efforts among the three partners for this project: the D.C. Department of Employment Services (Wagner-Peyser Act and WIA), the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration. These partnering agencies render direct services, are funded through federal agencies, and have several community-based intake or feeder sites. This coordination will result in seamless service and in 1) increasing the awareness and utilization of the comprehensive One Stop services by the disabled population, 2) increasing the capacity of the targeted One Stop Center to ensure that the disabled have equal access to all services provided to the general public, and 3) increasing the number of employers hiring disabled job applicants. Benefits coordinators and job coaches funded by this project will enhance the partners efforts to serve the disabled and to negotiate services.

Partnerships: D.C. Department of Employment Services (Wagner-Peyser Act and WIA), the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration.