Urban aid bill means more jobs for Maryland youths Low-income families eligible for program


Up to 300 Baltimore County youths who had been unable to secure summer jobs through the county's employment program may get the $4.25-an-hour jobs after all, thanks to a federal emergency urban aid bill signed this week by President Bush.

The legislation will provide the county with an additional $633,355, enough to boost the number of summer jobs this year to 950, the highest level since 1988. Last year, the county had money for only 450 summer jobs.

All told, Maryland will receive $5,565,517 in new federal jobs money.

Gloria Sandstrom, who administers the county's jobs program, said she has about 300 applications on hand from youths who had tried but failed to get jobs this summer. New applications will be accepted at county employment and training offices until July 2.

The summer jobs program is for members of low-income families who are between the ages of 14 and 21. Generally, a youth from a family of four will qualify only if the family's income does not exceed $16,000 a year, Ms. Sandstrom said. However, a youth with physical or learning disabilities may qualify even the family's income is higher.

Ms. Sandstrom said her staff is trying to find new work sites and expand the work force at others. For example, to help absorb new employees, the 70-member crew for cleanup assignments around the county will be increased to 100 or 110.

The summer employment program starts Monday. Half-day remedial math and English classes will be available.

The release of federal funds will help summer job programs throughout the state. Baltimore will receive $4.2 million this year, allowing it to provide jobs for at least 3,500 more youngsters than previously planned. Applications are available at city mayor stations, Urban Services centers and recreation centers. The ZTC jobs program is open to city residents ages 14 to 21 from low-income families. The maximum qualifying income for a family of four is $15,930.

o The additional $128,562 that Anne Arundel County will receive means 100 more people there will get summer jobs this year. Cecil and Harford counties will split $368,437.

Carroll and Howard counties will split $80,144. Bruce Wahlgren, administrator for the Howard County Employment and Training Center,said the county had planned on serving only 75 teen-agers. The additional money will provide minimum wage jobs for 23 teen-agers already on the waiting list, he said.


Baltimore: Office of Employment Development, 396-JOBS

Baltimore County: Office of Employment and Training, 887-HIRE

Anne Arundel County: Office of Manpower, 222-1319

Harford County: Susquehanna Region Private Industry Council Inc., 939-4240

Howard County: Employment and Training Center, 313-7262

Carroll County: Job Training Partnership Act, 857-2693 or 848-4500.

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