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The center also will have services geared toward the Hispanic community, including those seeking work from contractors at the Home Depot site. In addition, the center will offer a wide range of classes, from language immersion to financial literacy and assistance with preparing local and federal income-tax forms.

Without doubt, the center envisioned for Ward 5 has the potential to be a national model showcasing how employment and training services focusing on blacks, Hispanics and any other underserved group can be incorporated in a single inclusive facility. As the debate about immigration reform continues, my focus is on bringing employment and training services into the neighborhoods that need them the most.



D.C. Council

Ward 5