Hundreds of single parents and displaced homemakers will benefit from a new federally funded pilot employment assistance project in Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch says.

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved $500,000 for the first year of a two-year project for the Utah Single Parent Economic Independence Demonstration Project," said Hatch, R-Utah."This project will involve hundreds of single parents and displaced homemakers, most of them currently on welfare. Under this project, businesses will provide training and education internships."

Utah self-sufficiency programs providing job training and assistance to single parents and divorced or widowed women thrust into the job market without skills have made strides, Hatch said.

"The Utah Legislature has appropriated some funds and now with these federal dollars, we will begin to see some real progress made in this struggle to overcome the obstacles."

"We know the (self-sufficiency) idea works," he said. And with the new pilot program "we'll have proof that it will not only work in Utah, but can be a successful prototype across the country, with benefits to millions."