ARPA Programs: Human Services

The Department of Human Services will focus their ARPA funding on employment, job training, and small business growth. The goals will be to support the City’s local workforce and families, as well as to help economically disadvantaged residents rebound from the pandemic.

The following are the programs/projects with ARPA funding  allocations: 


Name of Project/Program

Amount Allocated


Certifications and Trainings for Employment

The City of Miami’s Opportunity Center will partner with organizations to conduct certifications and trainings that lead to direct hires. This project will ensure that the Opportunity Center will be the conduit to all relevant resources for job seekers and employers.



Miami-Dade College Workforce Program



On-the-Job Training & Apprenticeships

On-the-job training (OJT) will be an apprenticeship and an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where jobseekers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential.



Workforce Navigators Readiness Program

Workforce Navigators Readiness Program is a collaboration between the City of Miami and Summer Jobs connect Program. The program is designed to assist underemployed City residents and accelerate the hiring process towards employment for hard to fill positions in within specific partners.



Small Business Navigators

Small Business Navigators will reach out to 100 small businesses within all five (5) districts in the City of Miami affected by COVID-19 and help them recover from the pandemic’s economic injury by assisting with technology implementation, digital literacy, social media, sales, accounting and capital and credit.



Day Care

This program will allow a two-year allocation for free child care for qualifying City of Miami residents.




This project will ensure that funds are allocated to cover the cost of ride share transportation for travel to work and childcare for dependents.



Grocery Gift Card Program

Provide grocery gift cards to alleviate residents’ ability to provide food support to those affected by the COVID19 Pandemic.