Solving Two Problems with One Program

A partnership in Maine could help repair homes and provide disadvantaged workers with career training.
by | May 6, 2010

Usually, pilot programs address one targeted problem, like providing technical training to a disadvantaged workforce or helping poor homeowners repair their homes. In Maine, a partnership among many different groups hopes to address both the aforementioned problems with one program. The Bangor Daily News reports that the Pathways program will bring together electrical and plumbing unions, technical schools, local agencies and the Maine State Housing Authority for two aims: Train workers for a career in construction while also helping poor homeowners secure greener, up-to-code dwellings. About $500,000 in loans from the MSHA will allow owners of pre-1976 mobile homes to replace it with a new energy-efficient home on their property. Those homes will be constructed by participants attending a nine-month training program at the two participating technical schools, where they will learn construction skills. The training program is funded by grants from the federal Pathways Out of Poverty program and stimulus funds. Program managers hope the first construction project will begin in July. (Photo: (nutmeg)/Flickr)

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