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Project Empowerment Program

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The District of Columbia Project Empowerment Program (PE) provides supportive services, adult basic education, job coaching, employability, life skills and limited vocational training, and job search assistance to District of Columbia residents living in areas with high unemployment and/or poverty levels. PE seeks to help alleviate widespread joblessness among the District’s hard-to-serve population with multiple employment barriers and successfully move them into the workforce.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Project Empowerment, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
  • 22-54 years of age
  • District resident (must have valid photo ID)
  • Currently unemployed
  • Not receiving any governmental assistance, such as TANF, or Unemployment Benefits (Food Stamps and SSI are permissible
  • not currently using any illegal substances
In addition to the above criteria, participants must demonstrate a substantial need for intensive employment assistance by exhibiting at least three (3) of the following:
  • Basic skills deficiency (determined by CASAS testing score)
  • Lack of a secondary education credential (No high school diploma or GED)
  • A documented history of substance abuse
  • Homelessness
  • A history of job cycling (not maintaining steady employment)
  • A conviction of a felony or previously incarcerated

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Poject Empowerment participates are enrolled in the program on a rolling basis.  Potential participates in Project Empowerment are referred directly from the American Job Centers located throughout the District of Columbia.


Project Empowerment Comparative Analysis Report – November 2015 

Service Contact: 
Department of Employment Services
Contact Phone: 
(202) 698-5599
Contact Fax: 
(202) 673-6993
Contact TTY: 
(202) 698-6086
Contact Suite #: 
2nd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm