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  • Pima County awarded $270,000 for job search and training services

    Feb 20, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County has been awarded more than $270,000 to provide job search and training services to individuals who have lost or are at risk of losing their homes as a result of foreclosure.

    The award and services are part of an array of programs and direct consumer support funded through the National Mortgage Settlement funds administered through the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

    In 2012, Arizona joined a landmark $25 billion joint federal-state agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage loan servicers (Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo) over foreclosure abuses and fraud and unacceptable nationwide residential mortgage servicing practices. More information about the mortgage settlement programs is available at

    The award will allow Pima County to provide training for in-demand occupations, employment and placement services, as well as case management and peer support services for individuals who are reasonably expected to attain permanent full-time employment within 18 months.

    Eligible individuals include foreclosed homeowners, renters evicted due to foreclosure, participants in transitional housing programs who are homeless as a result of foreclosure or foreclosure-related eviction, and homeowners at risk of foreclosure who will be able to maintain their mortgage payments with appropriate job training.

    The job training program is expected to launch in the next few months. Pima County One-Stop Career Center will implement a “Career Strategies” program at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St., with referral sites at Kino Service Center, 2797 E. Ajo Way; Rio Nuevo Service Center, 340 N. Commerce Park Loop; and the Sullivan Jackson Employment Center, 400 E. 26th St.

    By the end of the first year of funding, Pima County expects to enroll at least 40 people in skill training and projects that 100 participants will exit the program by the end of year two and that 80 percent of those participants will obtain employment.

    For information about employment and training services, contact Pima County One-Stop at 520-243-6700 or visit the One-Stop website. For information about housing resources, contact Pima County Housing Center at 520-624-2947 or visit the Housing Center online.