To advance its workforce training and reentry program in collaboration with the California Workforce Development Board, Homeboy Industries has been awarded $15 million from the State of California’s 2021–2022 budget (CWDB). $5 million of the funding will be for Homeboy Industries to build Hope Kitchen, which will serve as a training facility for formerly incarcerated individuals.
For more than 33 years, Homeboy Industries has helped those affected by gangs and those who have been in prison reorient their lives so they may become valuable contributors to society by offering excellent jobs, job training, and full wraparound assistance.
The money will be distributed over several years as part of a collaboration with the State of California. It is intended to assist the growth of employment possibilities within Homeboy Industries’ social enterprise firms and through job placement options.
The workforce development program will address the issues affecting marginalized people, magnified even more so during the pandemic by the challenges of affordable and stable housing, the digital divide, food insecurity, and access to employment.