SA: Ready to Work
SA: Ready to Work, a proposed training and education initiative, builds on the City of San Antonio's COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Plan which serves as the immediate response to the significant and urgent need to assist San Antonio residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SA: Ready to Work will be tax supported, if approved by voters, through a 1/8th cent sales tax. $38.5 million would be available for the program annually, with a four-year estimate of $154 million. This education and workforce program would begin serving San Antonio residents in fall 2021 and extend through December 2025. Each year of the initiative, up to 10,000 residents will be served with a total of up to 40,000 residents served over the four years.
The core services proposed in SA: Ready to Work are:
- Tuition Assistance – for workforce training and two- and four- year degree completion.
- Wraparound Services – to help navigate barriers and promote training and degree completion, with referrals to available social services.
- Emergency Financial Assistance – for the unexpected expenses that can compromise a participant’s ability to focus on training completion.