LETS (Living Expenses while Training Stipend) Initiative
LETS Train Initiative (Living expenses while training stipend)
Funded by a grant from the Thompson Charitable Foundation, the LETS Train Initiative will provide living expenses in the form of a monthly stipend to dislocated coal industry workers in Buchanan and Tazewell Counties who have enrolled, or who plan to enroll, in an occupational skills training program.
Laid-off coal industry workers often cite their "need to work" as a major reason for not enrolling in intermediate-term training because it often exceeds the length of time that they may draw unemployment insurance benefits. The LETS Train Initiative will provide $1,200 per month as a minimum subsistence payment for up to 5 months while in training. To be eligible, applicants must:
• Live in Buchanan County or Tazewell County; and
• Have been laid-off from a coal mining company, a coal-fired power plant, or a coal supply chain company; and
• Have exhausted or are no longer receiving unemployment insurance benefits; or
• If currently working, earn 80% or less now than what they earned when employed by a coal-related business; and
• Have applied for any available social services assistance, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Fuel Assistance; and
• Agree to receive counsel and planning in budgeting, credit repair, and savings plans.
For more information, contact:
Stephen Mullins, Pathways Workforce System Navigator
Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board
P.O. Box 2439, 116 South Flanagan Avenue, Suite C, Lebanon, VA 24266
276-883-5038 (direct office line)