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Council, allies secure additional $1 million for CIES!

Thanks to the advocacy of the Council's Employment Committee and membership, we were pleased to see the House increase funding for Comprehensive Integrated Employment Services funded through the Department of Transitional Assistance. The increase was part of an amendment the Council supported.

The Council and our advocacy coalition partners were supporting an amendment that would increase the Employment Services Program line-item, which funds a number of important programs, including CIES. The full amendment would have also increased funding for the Young Parents Program, transportation benefits, as well as restore funding for programs operated by Mass. Office of Refugees and Immigrants.

Following news of the increase, Joanne K. Hilferty, president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and chair of the Council's Employment Committee said, "We're glad to see the House moving in the right direction to increase funding over last year's historically low level for the Department of Transitional Assistance Competitive Integrated Employment Serivce (CIES) program. CIES is about people and jobs. This is the state's only program to help individuals on welfare get the support they need to get a job and move to independence. We hope the Senate will continue to restore funding so that more people have the opportunity to work and become taxpaying members of their communities." 

The Council, our members, and partners now turn to the state Senate where we will continue advocating for more adequate funding across ESP programs, and in particular to create more gains for CIES, which has faced devestating cuts over the last four years. 

For more information about ESP / CIES advocacy, please contact Kevin Gilnack.