$5.5 Million Grant Links Housing and Employment
The success of a pilot project that provided intensive employment support for Home Forward residents led to a winning bid for a $5.5 million workforce innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that extends these efforts to nearly 500 housing authority residents across the Portland metro area. The expanded program will be led by the workforce agency, Worksystems, Inc., and involve four housing authorities and three workforce agencies.
The original collaboration between Home Forward and Worksystems, Inc. began in 2010 with funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Two key success factors will be replicated: tiered services that provide workforce orientation, skills training, and job placement and support, and a team approach that encourages groups of participants to help each other. Income rose dramatically, with the strongest gains for those who participated in the group model.
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