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The Community Action Board (CAB) of Santa Cruz County connects subsidized workers to employers through the State’s CalWORKs program. CalWORKs is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child or children in the home. CAB’s subsidized employment program is known as SmartHIRE.

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  • Opportunity to hire pre-screened candidates for subsidized employment
  • Maximum reimbursement is up to $12,000 per employee, for up to six months
  • Employee must be enrolled in CalWORKs

SmartHIRE workforce representatives will provide qualified candidates for the employer to interview. The employer decides who to hire. The subsidized employment position will need to start at $13 per hour and have a work schedule between 25 and 40 hours per week. The employer must be able to retain the employee after the subsidized employment period ends. The wage reimbursement to the employer will be between $1,750 to $2,000 per month, depending on the agreed-upon hours and wage of the employee. Payroll period records will be submitted indicating the number of hours the employee worked each week.

The SmartHIRE Agreement with CAB may take an average of two weeks to process.

Contact: For more information about subsidized employment with SmartHIRE, please contact the Community Action Board.

Process for Hiring a SmartHIRE Worker

Employer and CAB Signs SmartHIRE Agreement

Candidate Interviews with Employer

Subsidized Employment Contract Begins

Monthly Check-in with Program Specialist until Contract Ends

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