Over the summer, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $81 million in grants through the National Farmworker Jobs Program to provide additional employment, training and housing assistance to farmworkers and their families. Recipients included 63 organizations throughout the U.S.
La Cooperativa, the non-profit organization responsible for the production of La Voz newsletters, received an $800,000 grant for temporary and emergency housing assistance. In addition to producing La Voz, La Cooperativa works with member agencies to provide various forms of housing assistance, seasonal and year-round housing centers, payment aid programs, and hotel vouchers. Five organizations coordinate their services through La Cooperativa, serving 31 counties and over 55,000-farm workers per year.
Migrant and seasonal farmworkers often experience chronic unemployment and underemployment due the seasonal aspect of the agriculture industry. The $800,000 grant provided will help La Cooperativa and its member agencies better serve struggling agriculture workers. For information on how you can receive housing and job assistance, contact one of the following organizations that serves your county.
The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. The H-2A employers must demonstrate that qualified U.S. workers are not available for the job and the employment of temporary foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers similarly employed. Preference in hiring will be given to qualified U.S. workers before employers are allowed to bring in foreign workers under the program.