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Four Social Service programs to help Hillsborough
Four Social Service programs to help Hillsborough

HIllsborough County, Florida-- The county's Social Services Division announced its new focus on long-term self-sufficiency for residents.

To help residents accomplish this goal, they are funding four back-to-work programs through a Community Services Block Grant. They are as follows:

  • Adult Education Financial Assistance – County will pay for eligible residents to take the TABE testing used at the beginning of the GED process, attend GED prep classes, take the GED test, and attend English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes. The resident’s case manager will determine which of these services are required to complete a GED, based upon the resident’s TABE score.
  • Hospitality Training – County will pay for residents interested in a career in hotel guest services to attend a nine-week training program provided by Hillsborough Community College. Residents must be able to attend the entire day-time training program. Following the completion of the program, students will receive follow-up assistance in gaining a job.
  • Employment Training Financial Assistance – County will provide financial assistance, as deemed necessary, to residents for employment-related training that will lead to employment upon completion.  The resident’s case manager will determine the type of training, length of term and costs that are eligible for assistance.
  • After-School Care Financial Assistance – County will pay for after-school care for the school-age children of limited number of eligible residents to allow them to maintain their work schedule. Child-care must be provided by a licensed childcare provider, and resident must provide proof and cost of child care services provided.

To qualify, according to the Social Services Department,  residents must have a household income that is 125% below the federal poverty guidelines, meaning less than $13,962.50 for a single person or less than $28,812.50 for a family of four.

For more information, including the complete chart that shows the income limits for all household sizes, visit the Social Services webpage

You may also visit your nearest County neighborhood Service Center. Click here for a map of all six center locations.

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