The Department of Health and Human Services announces $16.7 million in new grants to boost the U.S. economy and create sustainable jobs for low-income individuals

The Department of Health and Human Services announces $16.7 million in new grants to boost the U.S. economy and create sustainable jobs for low-income individuals

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced $16.7 million in new grants to support 39 community economic development (CED) projects. The grants, which align with Community Economic Development Month in October, will catalyze the creation of more than 575 new full-time jobs with sustainable wages for individuals living in low-income communities in 26 states.

“Sustainable community development is a matter of equity. By uplifting communities, we pave the way for economic stability and mobility for families across the country,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “When we support individuals so they can earn livable wages in their home country.” To support their families, we give them the opportunity to thrive. The Community Economic Development Program strengthens our families and communities.”

Seventy-five percent of the jobs created under each CED grant will be allocated to low-income individuals. Each grant recipient will also provide support services to address barriers low-income individuals may face in obtaining and maintaining sustainable employment.

“Our goal is to promote long-term, sustainable economic mobility, with the goal of ending the cycle of poverty and unemployment in families. Through CED, we partner with community development companies to maintain momentum in creating and expanding businesses and job opportunities.

Grants are administered by ACF’s Office of Community Services (OCS). The primary goal of the CED program is to expand employment opportunities for low-income individuals in communities facing persistent poverty and high unemployment rates, and to help remove barriers to reliable employment. Funding allows grant recipients to provide critical wraparound support services to low-income communities, such as child care, transportation, and financial literacy.

“This year we are excited to reach new communities through economic development. On top of traditional grants, we have provided new planning grants to communities in states that do not have an active grant, some of which have never received a CED grant before,” said OCS Director Dr. Lanick Howard. “These new grants, in addition to new awards in the Energy Communities to support the President’s Energy Community Initiative and the White House-led Justice 40 Initiative, hold the promise of strengthening sustainable economies in the communities that need them most, so that no one is left behind. ”

A significant share of the awards announced today will benefit underserved communities as identified by the Equity 40 Initiative. Of the 18 recipients awarded a new CED Project Grant, 10 recipients indicated that their proposed business would be located in an underserved community; Of the 21 recipients who received a CED planning grant, 19 recipients could develop a future CED project in an underserved community.

OCS administers multiple anti-poverty programs to reduce the causes and consequences of poverty, increase opportunity and economic security for individuals and families and revitalize communities.

For more information about CED grants, read the project descriptions for all active CED projects.

To learn about other anti-poverty strategies for ACF’s Office of Community Services, visit

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