By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the County Department of Child Support Services and IVROP.

Since July of this year, DCSS provided support to IVROP in its efforts to seek federal funding for two programs from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. The applications for that funding were approved. IVROP is one of the few agencies nationwide that were approved to receive grants for healthy marriage and community-centered responsible fatherhood programs.

Gustavo Roman, Director of DCSS, said that over the next three years, IVROP will receive $800,000 each year for each project, for a total of $4.8 million dollars. It is projected that Project Juntos and Project Padres will serve over 200 fathers and 300 couples who have active child support cases within Imperial County. To accomplish this goal, IVROP will receive referrals from DCSS to help fathers who are receiving public assistance, those who are delinquent in their child support payments and other fathers who were previously incarcerated. IVROP will provide services for building healthy marriages by teaching relationship and parenting skill, conflict resolution, financial management and job or career and advancement.

In other news, the board approved and authorized a contribution of $10,000 to The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation for the Mega-Region economic development strategy. The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Commerce –EDA— to develop a mega-region economic development strategy with focus on business expansion.

The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation has requested that the Imperial County Workforce Development Board join this initiative by contributing a total of $10,000 to further its development. The Workforce Development Board has recommended the Imperial County approve the contribution in Workforce Investment Funds toward the overall cost.


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