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Services for Displaced Homemakers

A displaced homemaker is a person who:

  • Previously provided unpaid services to their family (for example, a stay-at-home mom or dad)
  • Currently is unemployed or underemployed and
  • Plans to find a job and begin a career

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, displaced homemakers are considered dislocated workers. Through a network of Career Centers, the New York State Department of Labor provides a variety of services to displaced homemakers (e.g. dislocated workers) including but not limited to:

  • Career pathway development and counseling
  • Help applying for jobs with interview preparation, resume and cover letter writing
  • Job search strategies, readiness, and referrals
  • Career and computer workshops
  • Information about training and educational services
  • Referrals to services, such as childcare, medical, housing, transportation, financial literacy needs

To find the nearest Career Center, enter your zip code on this page:

Displaced Homemaker Program providers funded by the Displaced Homemakers Self-Sufficiency Assistance Act serve people who have been displaced from their careers as unpaid homemakers. It offers services to help with barriers to self sufficiency including: child care, transportation, housing, basic necessities, or employment. Others may face emotional challenges, medical needs, or legal problems.

In addition, Displaced Homemaker services may include:

  • Assertiveness and decision-making training
  • Career exploration
  • Crisis intervention and counseling
  • Dressing for success
  • Job search strategies and job clubs
  • Referral to community service agencies
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Occupational trainings

The goal of the Displaced Homemaker Programs is for people to expand the employment and self sufficiency options of displaced homemakers. If you, or someone you know, may benefit from this program, contact the Displaced Homemaker Program nearest you.

Displaced Homemaker Program Providers in New York State
Albany Elizabeth Miller - Executive Director
Capital District Women's Employment and Resource Center
175 Central Avenue, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 242-8249
Bronx Blanche Kellawon - Project Director
The Research Foundation of the City University of New York on behalf of Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5833
Brooklyn Lisa Berman - Project Director
Agudath Israel Fresh Start Program
4006 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 506-6500 X219
Jeannette M. Spaulding - Executive Director
Marcy Holmes - Director Employment Training Center
Schoharie County Community Action Program
795 East Main Street,Suite 5
Cobleskill, NY 12043
(518) 234-2568 X3024
Marc Bossert - Project Director
Deanna Nantista
Suffolk County Department of Labor
725 Veterans Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(631) 853-6922;
or (631) 853-6582
Hempstead LaVonne Erskine - Project Director
Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County, Inc.
134 Jackson Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 292-9710
Ithaca Kate Shanks-Booth - Executive Director
Displaced Homemaker Center of Tompkins County
315 North Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-1520
Chari Jones - Director of Employment Services
Project LIFT at Fulton Montgomery Community College
2805 State Hwy. 67
Johnstown, NY 12095
(518)-736-3622 X8974
Long Island City Adjoa Gzifa - Associate Director
Home to Work Center for Displaced Homemakers
31-10 Thomson Avenue,
Room C-314
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-5347
Chari Jones - Director of Employment Services
Schenectady Community Action Program
913 Albany Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 374-9181
Syracuse Kate Shanks-Booth - Executive Director
Women's Opportunity Center
901 James St. #2
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 446-0550
Troy Elizabeth Miller - Executive Director
Capital District Women's Employment and Resource Center
120 Defreest Ave
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 225-3131
Utica Stephanie Eghigian - Executive Director
Women's Employment and Resource Center
Adirondack Bank Building
185 Genesee St., Suite 601
Utica, NY 13501
(315) 793-9700
Valhalla Alice Walsh - Program Specialist
Project Transition at Westchester Community College
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 606-5628

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