Program Authorization: R.S. 46:1992; R.S. 46:2521
The mission of the Displaced Homemakers Program is to provide workforce preparation and self sufficiency services to individuals who have been homemakers, employed or unemployed for a substantial number of years and because of the death of a spouse, separation, or divorce, have lost their main source of income.
The goal of the Displaced Homemakers Program is to provide information, support and training to single parents, displaced homemakers and dislocated workers that will allow them to become gainfully employed and economically and emotionally self-sufficient.
It is estimated that there are 328,655 displaced homemakers in Louisiana. Female heads of household are disproportionally poor. Homemakers seldom have a work history, because their primary role was to provide for the needs of their families in the home. However, despite this lack of a work history, this population has acquired many skills that can be transferred effectively to a work setting.
There are five Displaced Homemakers Centers located in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. These programs offer an alternative to women who otherwise would become dependent on public assistance to survive.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. During FY 1998-99, the Displaced Homemakers Program will assist 375 Displaced Homemakers Center participants in developing resources and necessary skills to obtain unsubsidized employment.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Displaced Homemakers Program will assist 120 Training Program participants in receiving general clerical and medical clerical job training skills.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Displaced Homemakers Program will assist 30 program participants in receiving computerized accounting job training and 15 program participants in receiving customer services job training.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Displaced Homemakers Program will provide career enhancement services to 75 Training Program participants.
5. In FY 1998-99, the Displaced Homemakers Program will assist 900 program participants enrolled in developing and implementing a personal action plan for transitioning themselves into the workforce.
6. In FY 1998-99, the Displaced Homemakers Program will provide skills training to 165 enrollees in the Skills Training Program.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund, interagency transfers and fees and self-generated revenues. Interagency transfers are Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) funds from the Department of Labor to provide employment and training services to disadvantaged and unemployed female heads of households. Fees and self-generated revenues are derived from the Carl Perkins Vocational-Education Act to provide the cost of transportation and child care for women attending classes and from the local JTPA service delivery areas to provide employment and training services.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 106.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 95.1% of the total request ($1,133,269) for this program. The net increase in this program is primarily associated with the attrition adjustment and the transfer of funding associated with a Regional Manager position from the Administrative program.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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