The state is dedicating $1,312,500 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to reopen 26 sheltered workshop programs at 28 sites across the state. All have been closed since early March as a result of the COVID-19
“This issue is close to my heart. This is crucial funding that will reopen the doors to workshops for individuals with developmental disabilities, providing a safe work environment that cultivates their skills and abilities at a time when it is needed most,” said Steve Sweeney, the Democratic president of the state senate. He added, “The COVID crisis and shutdown has been especially hard for those who relied on these workshops as safe havens where they gain invaluable experience with fair compensation for their work. This gives them a sense of purpose and pride as they are engaged in meaningful work.”
Each workshop provider can apply for up to $25,000 for the initial reopening. Eligible reopening costs include instituting social distancing and intensified cleaning, purchasing PPE and providing remote opportunities for individuals in these programs.