The disbursement, the largest in the Trust’s recent history, is expected to serve an estimated 3,200 residents.
Mayor Kim Janey, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) today announced the disbursement of $2.7 million in Neighborhood Jobs Trust (NJT) funds to 30 community-based organizations that provide job training, education, and support services to Boston residents. Bolstered by the strength of Boston’s commercial development market, $2.7 million is the largest NJT disbursement in at least 15 years and is expected to help grantees leverage an additional $7.7 million in funds. The 30 community-based organizations will serve an estimated 3,200 low- and middle-income residents seeking employment in sectors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including technology, culinary, healthcare, and human services.
“Now, more than ever, workers are seeking higher paying jobs and quality employment,” said Mayor Janey. “This historic disbursement of Neighborhood Jobs Trust funds will enable residents to acquire the skills they need to position themselves for better opportunities. The City’s employers are in great need of their skills, and we are grateful to the 30 job training programs that answered the call to build a stronger workforce.”
“The building boom that Boston has experienced in the last several years has resulted in millions of dollars in linkage funding to support needed workforce training programs for Boston’s residents,” said BPDA Director Brian Golden. “The 30 organizations awarded in this round of funding will strengthen our local economy by supporting thousands of Boston residents in finding quality, high-paying jobs.”
The Neighborhood Jobs Trust is a public charitable trust replenished by linkage fees from developers of large-scale commercial projects in Boston. Since 2014, new development approved by the BPDA has generated over $80 million in linkage fees to support affordable housing and workforce training. Earlier this year, the BPDA approved a 42 percent increase in linkage fees in Boston. The increase raised the fees to $15.39 per square foot, of which $13.00 is dedicated to affordable housing and $2.39 is dedicated to workforce training.
The NJT grant recipients were selected through an open Request for Proposals (RFP) process administered by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD). The RFP, released in June 2021, garnered 37 proposals, which were evaluated by a team of OWD staff and outside experts.
Among this year’s grantees are three organizations receiving first-time NJT funding: Haitian Multi-Service Center, which will offer English instruction and job training in healthcare and human services; X-Cel Education, which will train young adults for careers in water management and conservation; and Immigrant Family Services Institute, which will provide English instruction and training for the medical assisting, culinary, or retail sectors.
“The immigrant community in Boston faces extreme hardship and challenges, which are only deepened by the impacts of COVID-19,” said Dr. Geralde Gabeau, executive director of the Immigrant Family Services Institute. “We are so grateful to partner with the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development to provide career and job opportunities to our clients who have been impacted so greatly by COVID-19.”
Many previously funded organizations, including Resilient Coders which provides training to young people of color for careers in software development, were also selected for grants again this year based on the strength of their ability to deliver strong outcomes for trainees.
“Every day of the Resilient Coders bootcamp, my fingers were on the keyboard to apply new programming concepts that I had learned,” said Anvy Tran, a 2021 graduate who is now a software engineer at Audible. “The skills, confidence, and community that I have gained from Resilient Coders have given me the ability to pursue career opportunities that otherwise would not have been available to me.”
The full list of Fiscal Year 2022 NJT grant recipients can be found below.