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Michigan Workfare Project Ends With Many Still On Welfare

February 4, 1985

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan’s nine-month workfare program ends today with about a third of the 7,000 participants headed for jobs, a second third due more training and the rest headed back to the welfare line, the project director says.

The $21.5 million project, begun in May, put volunteers from the welfare rolls into state-subsidized jobs with non-profit or local government agencies for 30 hours a week at minimum wage.

The participants spent the remaining 10 hours each week training, interviewing or otherwise preparing to find work.

Project director Doug Ross said that about a third of the participants have shown that ″with a little training, something to enhance their marketability, they’re in a position to find something within six months.″

Another third will be guided into ″some intense job training,″ probably paid under the federal Job Partnership Act, which should lead to a private job, he said.

And 38 percent - about 2,660 - ″will be going back on welfare, if they’re not already there,″ he said. ″They were not able to translate the opportunity into a step forward.″

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