Pueblo County Redirects Stimulus Money To Low-Income Students

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Federal stimulus money is being shifted from a job-training program in southern Colorado.

Pueblo County had originally intended the money for a job program aimed at training people to apply for new positions. Officials say it didn't work because employers found the paperwork to be a burden. Only two dozen people out of more than 200 in the program found jobs.

While some of the original stimulus money, totaling $452,000, has been used in the job-training program, Pueblo County is taking the remaining $124,000 and using it to help low-income students. The money is going into a home-lunch program, which provides low-income students with take-home lunches for the weekends. More than 15,000 students stand to benefit from the redirection of the money.

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