Faced with a growing demand for resources and a dwindling stream of funding, the City of Portland must redefine how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars are allocated to emphasize, to the greatest extent possible, successful and measurable outcomes.
With this in mind, the members of the 2012 CDBG Priorities Task Force agreed that CDBG funding should be focused on sustainable workforce development that moves Portland residents out of poverty into sustained employment.
The goal is to fund sustainable workforce development proposals that combine resources and build partnerships between public and private entities with a goal of moving Portland residents out of poverty into sustainable employment and financial stability, by:
Investing in Portland businesses to expand and create jobs
Engaging Portland’s residents in a continuum of services to increase their professional capacity, financial stability, and ability to maintain employment
Program participants will then be placed and supported in the newly created jobs in the partnering Portland businesses.
The CDBG Working Group is tasked with defining and implementing this goal.