The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has announced that $400,000 has been awarded to help increase employment opportunities for job seekers in Rochester and the Bronx.

Catholic Family Center of Rochester and the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, in the Bronx, have each been awarded $200,000 through the Wage Subsidy Program to help low-income individuals with barriers to employment get jobs.

The Wage Subsidy Program grant recipients will use the funds to recruit and enroll participants, develop jobs with employers and provide ongoing services to ensure successful entry into unsubsidized employment. Individuals with multiple barriers to employment, including receiving public assistance for an extended period, lack of education and very limited English proficiency, among others, are targeted.