COLLAB – Utility Assistance for the Unemployed.

COLLAB - Utility Assistance for the Unemployed.As a job placement partner with small and mid-size companies, we want to find the best talent to fill various positions with our clients. We understand that economic hardships can limit a job candidate’s ability to find stable employment. In partnership with a private organization, we are able to offer assistance to a limited number of job candidates each month who are struggling to pay their utility bill. We have developed a Micro Fund Initiative called COLLAB in collaboration with AMSCOT for making direct payments on behalf of our job candidates to pay their FPL utility bills on a limited short-term basis while in transition to a new job.  Terms and Conditions Apply. For those who qualify, COLLAB makes direct payment to FPL (non-disconnected accounts only) on behalf of the job candidate expressing the greatest need for assistance. This is a Categorical Grant Fund Program that reinvests back into the local community to assist at-risk job candidates who are talented yet face economic difficulties and need utility and transportation assistance on a short-term basis.

Terms and Conditions Apply:

Step 1: Apply for unemployment benefits with the State of Florida. Applying for benefits will establish some level of need. Proof of unemployment is necessary for receiving assistance with your utility bill. You must be a resident of Broward County, Florida.

Step 2: The utility bill must be under $100 per a month and in the “name of the job candidate” as it appears on his or her Social Security card.

Step 3: Job candidate must demonstrate economic hardship in a one-page letter to become eligible for a direct payment of their FPL utility bill via AMSCOT. One direct payment per a household.

Your One-Page Letter of Economic Hardship will grant you one-on-one assistance with your online job search and personalized training on how to use our Job Interview Training Workshop, Job Interview Magic 2.0. COLLAB was designed as a community outreach program to break the cycle of poverty limiting the career potential of so many job candidates living below the poverty line. Through COLLAB,  transportation assistance through Lyft is available for job candidates to lessen the burden of attending their job interviews and upon being hired with one of our clients, he or she will receive one 30-Day BCT (Broward County Transit) Metro Pass to offset any hardship to get to work on time and secure their first set of paychecks. COLLAB is limited to residents of Broward County, Florida.

COLLAB helps disadvantaged job candidates lift themselves out of poverty and transition to their new career opportunity. Transportation shouldn’t be a limitation if you are a talented job candidate with solid qualifications to earn a good living but face basic obstacles in securing to a new job.

COLLAB can make a dent in the cycle of poverty and help elevate well-deserving job candidates into a new, higher-paying career for a bright future.