Deaf and Hard of Hearing SFP Award – PY 23-24

Workforce Services Information Notice                                                         


Issued: October 20, 2023

The Employment Development Department’s Workforce Services Branch is pleased to announce the award of five grants totaling $2.65 million of Wagner-Peyser 10 percent Governor’s Discretionary funds for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program.

The DHH Program ensures that services provided to deaf and hard of hearing individuals are, at minimum, equal to services received by non-deaf and non-hard of hearing individuals. Funds will be used to provide employment and training services to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing within the following California regions: San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sacramento, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Tulare, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Alameda.

The awardees will use funds to support deaf and hard of hearing individuals with enhanced services and training within select America’s Job Center of California (AJCCs) locations throughout California. The program will ensure effective communication and increased service opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing individuals by providing specialized counseling, interpretive services, job placement, follow-up services and advocacy, and specialized training to assist them in becoming job ready.

The DHH awards support deaf and hard of hearing individuals who are available for and seeking employment. These job seekers may also need additional skill enhancement training to become job-ready individuals. The EDD expects the period of performance to be 12 months. A list of the awardees and descriptions of their projects is available on the EDD Workforce Development Solicitations for Proposals webpage.

If you have questions regarding the DHH grant solicitation, please email

/s/ Kimberlee Meyer, Chief
Central Office Workforce Services Division

Federal Funding Disclosure: This Deaf and Hard of Hearing SFP is funded by a grant award totaling $2.65 million (100%) from the U.S. Department of Labor, with $0 (0%) financed from non-federal sources.