I congratulate these communities for helping welfare recipients across this country move off welfare and into good jobs -- this is civic commitment at its best.
Today, at a town hall meeting of faith-based and non-profit groups, employers, and individuals who have moved from welfare to work, Vice President Al Gore will announce the awarding of $273 million for 75 federal Welfare-to-Work Competitive grants to fund innovative local welfare to work projects. Joined by Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, the Vice President will discuss the Administration's continuing efforts to reduce the welfare rolls and restore the basic values of work, family, and personal responsibility.
Building On The Success Of Welfare-To-Work. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have made moving people from welfare to work one of their top domestic priorities. Today, the Vice President will announce that $273 million for 75 federal Welfare-to-Work Competitive grants will go to communities in 44 states, with 61 percent for urban areas, 15 percent for rural areas, and 24 percent for areas that include both urban and rural areas. These grants will allow projects -- run by local governments as well as business, labor, educational, and other groups -- to address the need for jobs, child care, transportation, basic skills, and English proficiency as well as substance abuse and health issues that some individuals face as they move from welfare to work. Some of these grants will also increase the employment of fathers whose children are on welfare so they can better support their children. These grants come from $3 billion in Welfare-to-Work funds that the President fought for and secured in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
Leading The Effort To Move People Off Welfare Rolls And Onto Pay Rolls. Since the President signed the Welfare Reform law in 1996, welfare caseloads have fallen dramatically, and are now at their lowest level in 29 years, and an increasing number of welfare recipients are going to work. Since the passage of this legislation:
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