Hartford Foundation's $302,000 Grant to SINA to Help Match South End Residents with Jobs

Trinity a Partner in Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance Effort to Boost Community Economic Development

Hartford, Connecticut, February 27, 2018 – (The following is excerpted from a Hartford Foundation for Public Giving news release.)

There are over 100,000 jobs in the city of Hartford, yet Hartford residents hold fewer than 17 percent of those jobs. Despite a range of workforce preparedness programs in Hartford, high unemployment rates in south-central Hartford exceed both the national average and the city average. The large number of jobs available in Hartford versus the high unemployment rate is largely attributed to the mismatch between the skills needed for these jobs and the skills of the city’s workforce. However, research done by the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) indicates that many jobs in the city’s south end require only a high school diploma or less.

SINA, a partnership between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and Trinity College, works with community stakeholders to restore economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods of south-central Hartford. In an effort to employ more south-end residents, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded a three-year, $302,000 grant to SINA to support a new program that matches south end residents with jobs available among SINA’s partners.

“We are delighted to have the support of the Hartford Foundation for this program,” said SINA executive director, Melvyn Colon.  “It provides vital support to a program we have spent years putting together.  SINA’s partners need good employees, neighborhood residents need good jobs. We are working with a strong group of partners in the job training field who will help prepare neighborhood residents for jobs in the institutions. Job training programs and institutional employers influence labor demand and supply at the regional level. The innovation that marks this program is to introduce a place-based approach to meeting institutional labor demand so that the hiring practices of the institutions promote community economic development.”

Read more here on the website of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.