Peer Workforce Navigator Program

Department of Labor

Allocation: $1,000,000

Status: Active

The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly and dramatically impacted the ability of many Mainers to support themselves and their families, particularly people in low- and moderate-income jobs, workers of color, workers with dependent care responsibilities, and workers with lower levels of educational attainment.

Through partnerships with worker groups, labor unions, and other community-based organizations, the Peer Workforce Navigator program will assist individuals in communities hit hardest by the pandemic with addressing basic needs and finding employment. In this two-year pilot, peers employed by local community organizations will help individuals find reemployment services and job training programs. They will also connect individuals with child care, transportation, and other concrete resources that address basic needs necessary to persist in work or education.