The Department of Health and Human services has approved a $500,000 grant for a two-year project to assist single parents and divorced homemakers in Utah find employment.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the program, meant to help single parents get off welfare rolls, will help businesses train several hundred individuals while offering daycare services and other support.The Utah Legislature has appropriated money to support the project as well. Hatch said that since 1983, 7,000 families have joined self-sufficiency programs and 546 cases were dropped from welfare rolls.

In 1985, an intern program put a third of the 1,706 parents enrolled into paying jobs. In Davis County, Hatch said, 8,000 took part in a self-sufficiency program and 5,500 are now involved in job search, training, high school completion, and work.