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JOLI Legislative Authority

Published: October 13, 1988
Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Statute/Legislation

PUBLIC LAW 100-485 -- OCT. 13, 1988


  1. IN GENERAL.--The Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the "Secretary") shall enter into agreements with not less than 5 nor more than 10 nonprofit organizations (including community development corporations) submitting applications under this section for the purpose of conductingdemonstration projects in accordance with subsection (b) to create employment opportunities for certain low-income individuals.
  2. NATURE OF PROJECT.--(1) Each nonprofit organization conducting a demonstration project under this section shall provide technical and financial assistance to private employers in the community to assist them in creating employment and business opportunities for those individuals eligible to participate in the projects as described in this subsection.

    (2) For purposes of this section, a nonprofit organization is any organization (including a community development corporation) exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code in 1986 by reason of paragraph (3) or (4) of section 501(c) of such Code.

    (3) A low-income individual eligible to participate in a project conducted under this section is any individual eligible to receive aid to families with dependent children under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act and any other individual whose income level does not exceed 100 percent of the official poverty line as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised in accordance with section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981.

  3. CONTENT OF APPLICATIONS; SELECTION PRIORITY.--(1) Each nonprofit organization submitting an application under this section shall, as part of such application, describe--
    1. the technical and financial assistance that will be made available under the project conducted under this section;
    2. the geographic area to be served by the project;
    3. the percentage of low-income individuals (as described in subsection (b)) and individuals receiving aid to families with dependent children under title IV of the Social Security Act in the area to be served by the project; and
    4. unemployment rates in the geographic areas to be served and (to the extent practicable) the jobs available and skills necessary to fill those vacancies in such areas.
  4. In approving applications under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to applications proposing to serve those areas containing the highest percentage of individuals receiving aid to families with dependent children under title IV of such Act.
  5. ADMINISTRATION.--Each nonprofit organization participating in a demonstration project conducted under this section shall provide assurances in its agreement with the Secretary that it has or will have a cooperative relationship with the agency responsible for administering the job opportunities and basic skills training program (as provided for under title IV of the Social Security Act) in the area served by the project.
  6. DURATION.--Each demonstration project conducted under this section shall be commenced not later than September 30, 1989, and shall be conducted for a 3-year period; except that the Secretary may terminate a project before the end of such period if he determines that the nonprofit organization conducting the project is not in substantial compliance with the terms of the agreement entered into with the Secretary under this section.
  7. EVALUATION AND REPORT.--(1) The Secretary shall conduct an evaluation of the success of each demonstration project conducted under this section in creating job opportunities and may require each nonprofit organization conducting such a project to provide the Secretary with information as the Secretary determines is necessary to prepare the report described in paragraph (2).

    (2) Not later than January 1, 1993, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress a report containing a summary of the evaluations conducted under paragraph (1), together with such recommendations as the Secretary determines are appropriate.

  8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.--For the purpose of making grants to conduct demonstration projects under this section, there is authorized to be appropriated not to exceed $6,500,000 for each of the fiscal years 1990, 1991, and 1992.