Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment

Learning skills for a job in food service at the New Leaf Bakery in Spokane, WA

Meaningful and sustainable employment is the key to creating and maintaining housing stability. Unemployment, underemployment, and low wages relative to rent burden put millions of families at risk of homelessness and are frequent causes of homelessness.

At the same time, individuals experiencing homelessness face obstacles to finding and maintaining employment. As a result, connecting people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness with job training and placement programs is critical to nsuring they have the tools they need for long-term stability and success. Further, facilitating access to work supports like childcare subsidies and transportation assistance can help increase the likelihood that individuals will be able to retain employment.

An overview of employment programming and homelessness by Deputy Director Anthony Love  

An October 2011 update on federal program advancements on employment programs over the last year   

Building Changes' Mark Putnam on successful practices for effective programs

Seattle/King County's Workforce Development Council's Marléna Sessions: working together to use resources effectively     


Below users will find information and resources related to

  • Job training and placement programs for individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Improving access to mainstream workforce programs and services
  • Adult education services and subsidies
  • Use of work supports and incentives to increase employment retention and stability
     

Additional Resources

Building Bridges to Self-Sufficiency: Improving Services for Low-Income Working Families

Jennifer Miller March 2004 In 2001, MDRC and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices began...

Next Step: Jobs Promoting Employment for Homeless People

David A. Long and Jean M. Amendolia September 2003 This report—“Promoting Employment for...

Serving the homeless through the One-Stop system: A case study

Jennifer Henderson-Frakes June 2004 In the summer of 1999, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded...

Creating Hope Through Employment for People Who are Homeless or in Transitional Housing American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Joe Marrone January 2005 Persons with significant disabilities, especially those with problems relating to mental illness...

Recognizing Work as a Priority in Preventing or Ending Homelessness

Gary Shaheen and John Rio July 2007 The literature speaks to the importance of employment in...

Barriers to employment for people with schizophrenia

Robert A. Rosenheck 2006 There is growing interest in identifying and surmounting barriers to employment for...

Recognizing Work as a Priority in Preventing or Ending Homelessness

Gary Shaheen and John Rio July 2007 The literature speaks to the importance of employment in...

Barriers to Employment for People With Schizophrenia

Robert Rosenheck, Douglas Leslie, Richard Keefe, Joseph McEvoy, Marvin Swartz, Diana Perkins, Scott Stroup, John...

Cognitive and clinical predictors of work outcomes in clients with schizophrenia receiving supported employment services: 4-year follow-up

Susan R. McGurk 2006 In order to evaluate whether the long-term provision of supported employment services...

Evaluation of Disability Employment Policy Demonstration Programs

Lynn Elinson, William D. Frey, Martha A. Beemer, and Beth Slotman June 1, 2005 Evaluation of Disability...

The Meaning of Computers to a Group of Men Who Are Homeless

Kathleen Swenson Miller, Stacey Bunch-Harrison, Brett Brumbaugh, Rekha Sankaran Kutty and Kathleen FitzGerald April 2005 The...

Social Support, Drug Use, and Employment Among Low-Income Women

Victoria L. Brown and Micah A. Riley January 2005 This study examined social support and its...

Creating Hope Through Employment for People Who are Homeless or in Transitional Housing American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Joe Marrone January 2005 Persons with significant disabilities, especially those with problems relating to mental illness...

Serving the homeless through the One-Stop system: A case study

Jennifer Henderson-Frakes 2004 In the summer of 1999, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded Social...

Building Bridges to Self-Sufficiency: Improving Services for Low-Income Working Families

Jennifer Miller 2004 In 2001, MDRC and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices began an...

Next Step: Jobs Promoting Employment for Homeless People

David A. Long and Jean M. Amendolia September 2003 This report—“Promoting Employment for...

Impact of public support payments, intensive psychiatric community care and program fidelity on employment outcomes for people with severe mental illness

Sandra D. Resnick 2003 This study explored the relationship of public support payments, intensive psychiatric community...

Barriers to work among recipients of housing assistance

Mary Corcoran 2003 This article describes how current and former welfare recipients receiving housing assistance differ...

Next Step Jobs—Promoting employment for homeless people: A cost-effectiveness analysis of the Next Step Jobs Initiative

David A. Long 2003 This report—“Promoting Employment for Homeless People” —by...

Vocational outcomes among formerly homeless persons with severe mental illness in the ACCESS program

Judith A. Cook 2001 This study examined the vocational outcomes of 4,778 formerly homeless individuals with severe...

Ethnographic findings from the Washington, DC vocational services study

Ernest Quimby 2001 Based on a 20-month period of participant observations and interviews of persons receiving...

Employment and Training for America’s Homeless: Best Practices Guide

Susan Kessler Beck 1997 The Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program (JTHDP) was authorized under...

Employment and Training for America’s Homeless: Final Report on the Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program

John W. Trutko 1998 The purpose of this report is two-fold: (1) to analyze the results of...

Impacts of the Project NetWork Demonstration: Final Report

Robert J. Kornfeld 1999 The Social Security Administration (SSA) initiated Project NetWork in 1991 to test case...

A randomized clinical trial of supported employment for inner-city patients with severe mental disorders

Robert E. Drake 1999 This study evaluated the effectiveness of two approaches to vocational services for...

Employment outcomes for clients with severe mental illness in a PACT model replication

Robert E. Becker 1999 Outcomes of clients with severe mental illness in a psychosocial and vocational...

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)

The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) helps Veterans experiencing homelessness gain meaningful employment and increases...

Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program

The Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program provides case management and employment counseling services to Veterans...

Job Corps

The Job Corps Program is designed as a holistic career development program for low-income young...

Stand Downs

Stand Downs are events that take place around the country that last one to three...

Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program

The Veterans’ Workforce Investment Programs provides funds to assist Veterans experiencing homelessness in gaining...

YouthBuild

The YouthBuild program provides funds to non-profit organizations to provide an alternative education pathway and...

Pathways to Employment

Meaningful and sustainable employment is the key to creating and maintaining housing stability. Unemployment, underemployment,...