AGENCY: New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) 

DEADLINE: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, pending availability of funds. 

AWARD: CEO will reimburse wages for work-readiness activities for up to 20% of weekly earnings for one to three months. : Participants will earn a minimum wage ($8.00 per hour until December 30, 2014; $8.75 per hour from December 31, 2014) plus up to 25% fringe. 

ELIGIBILITY: Service providers already delivering work-readiness services to youth and/or unemployed adults (for example education services, case management, work readiness, job placement, mental health, or other services). These services should be in place when the subsidized jobs program begins and continue throughout. 

TARGET POPULATION: Hurricane-affected residents ages 16 and above placed in general employment opportunities or to unemployed New Yorkers working directly in support of the recovery efforts in the Sandy-affected neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island. 

SUMMARY: The Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) in partnership with the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) is seeking qualified service providers to deliver a new cycle of NYC Recovers – a subsidized wage program designed to both provide Hurricane Sandy-affected residents with general employment opportunities and to place unemployed New Yorkers in recovery-related work within Sandy-affected communities. Service providers will be responsible for selecting low-income or unemployed New Yorkers 16+. 

The programs supported through this initiative will meet the following qualifications:

  • Service providers will recruit a minimum of five program participants.
  • Participants can work part-time or full-time.
  • Subsidized employment will range from one to three months. Providers can propose a lengthier employment period, with adequate rationale.
  • Work experience should provide valuable job skills that can aid participants in obtaining unsubsidized employment after the subsidy period. Providers should assist participants in making this transition.
  • CEO will reimburse wages for work-readiness activities for up to 20% of weekly earnings.
  • WPP funding should not supplement or supplant any existing CEO City-funded subsidized job or internship initiatives.

Proposed projects must fall into one of the categories below:

  • External Placements: Sandy-affected residents can be placed in clerical, administrative or other positions outside the hurricane-affected neighborhoods. Examples of placement opportunities could include (but are not limited to) small businesses, offices, and the applicant’s central office.
  • Storm Recovery Placements: These projects directly support the local rebuilding efforts in storm-affected areas. Examples could include cleaning-up local community centers or libraries, painting local business, or removing debris.