Pima County was awarded more than $270,000 to provide job search and training services to people who have lost or are at risk of losing their homes because of foreclosure.
The award is part of a group of programs funded through the National Mortgage Settlement funds via the Arizona Attorney General's Office. In 2012 Arizona was part of a $25 billion joint federal-state agreement with the country's five largest mortgage loan services over foreclosure abuse and fraud.
"The grant can serve people who have been impacted by the crisis in a variety of ways," said Dorothée Harmon, program manger with Pima County One Stop Career Center.
Those who will qualify for the services include foreclosed homeowners, evicted renters, individuals in transitional housing programs who are homeless because of foreclosure or eviction, and homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure, she said.
The funds pay for training for in-demand jobs, employment and placement services, and case management services for people who are expected to be employed full-time within 18 months.
The program is expected to kick off in the next few months, with the county placing a "Career Strategies" program at the Pima County Housing Center, among other sites.
The county said it expects to enroll at least 40 people in the training program by the end of the year, have at least 100 participants, with at least 80 percent of them obtaining employment.