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For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2019
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Jamil Rivers

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Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners urges Congress to reopen the Job Corps program in Homestead


MIAMI – Recently the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution urging the United States Congress to reconvene the Job Corps program in Homestead and reopen the Homestead Job Corps Center after the current use of the property ceases.

Since March 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has continuously used the facility to operate the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children ages 13 to 17.  On April 3, 2018 the Department of Labor announced its decision to close the Homestead Job Corps Center permanently.

“I thank my colleagues for joining me in support of this very important program,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, the sponsor of the legislation. “While the Homestead Job Corps Center was located in my district, this program provided academic, career technical and employability skills training for at-risk youth from communities across South Florida. This Board is committed to providing youth with opportunities to improve their lives.”

Job Corps is a national education and career technical training program administered by the Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor.  Job Corps offers services at no cost to participants and is the nation’s largest federally funded primarily residential training program for at risk youth ages 16 to 24.