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Creating Community Employment Pathways A Strategy to Improve Employment Outcomes for Homeless Job Seekers in the Mainstrea...
  “ To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and m...
Challenges to Making Work a Priority <ul><li>People Have Complex Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Practitioner Beliefs & Skills ...
2010 Federal Strategic Plan – key objectives <ul><li>#5 Increase meaningful and sustainable employment for people experien...
Adequacy of 10 year plans Put DOES terminals and staff in Resource Centers, shelters.  Need to assess for employment and t...
Will your plan increase homeless employment? <ul><li>“ Collaboration and cooperation between mainstream agencies for servi...
What Homeless Job Seekers Want? <ul><li>To Be Met By Us Where They Are At (Welcomed) </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance to prepa...
How Are We Doing? Entered Employment Population Program 22% Homeless Mentally Ill Access to Community Care & Effective Ser...
How Well Has Our Community Done? <ul><li>Are your plans substantive and offer a detailed strategy  </li></ul><ul><li>Do pr...
Community Employment Pathway <ul><li>A means by which key stakeholders in local workforce development and homeless assista...
Community Employment Pathway <ul><li>Modeled after the US DOL Community Audit Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>A Guidebook pro...
Access, Training & Support  Improve    Outcomes
What might happen as a result of CEP? <ul><li>Collaboration between workforce and homeless agencies  </li></ul><ul><li>A d...
Preparing for Change <ul><li>Setting The Climate for Change </li></ul><ul><li>Structures Supporting and Inhibiting Change ...
Researching  <ul><li>Opportunities in the Labor Market </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping Services and Supports </li></ul><ul><li>D...
Establish Task Groups <ul><li>Demand Siders  – Labor market & employers </li></ul><ul><li>Supply Siders  – Job seekers & t...
Developing the CEP Plan <ul><li>Drafting the Formal Report </li></ul><ul><li>Low-hanging Fruit and Long Term Options </li>...
Implementing Career Paths <ul><li>Moving Forward with Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Staff Capacities </li></ul><u...
Monitoring Progress & Evaluation <ul><li>Career Path Progress in Targeted Occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Percent of Workers...
Impacts of CEP Individuals Organizations  & Services Communities
Property Management Partnerships <ul><li>Targets the Affordable Housing Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago and Bridgeport ...
Property Management in Affordable Housing Certified Property Manager Assistant Property Manager Leasing Specialist Propert...
Seattle & King County, WA <ul><li>Launched Pathways Employment Initiative  </li></ul><ul><li>Engaged 60+ stakeholders to o...
Research Says… <ul><li>Cook  - Programs that work with homeless mentally ill persons may better serve their clients by pla...
CEP Resources <ul><li>http://www.hudhre.info/documents/CEPGuidebook.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforc...
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Pre-Conference Session: Advanced Employment Strategies (Rio)

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Ending homelessness through employment and housing requires a focused effort aimed at building linkages with the mainstream workforce system, using innovative, proven strategies and advocating for the necessary resources and supports. Homeless jobseekers with barriers to employment are disadvantaged in the best of times. In the current economy, agencies need better tools and skilled practice. In this pre-conference session, we will help participants make use of new the Community Employment Pathway guidebook provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create training and job opportunities, explore how hopeFound has combined a Housing First, work first program using motivational interviewing as a cornerstone practice. Speakers also addressed the need for local and national advocacy for financial resources, employment encouraging policies, and access to mainstream services.

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Pre-Conference Session: Advanced Employment Strategies (Rio)

  1. 1. Creating Community Employment Pathways A Strategy to Improve Employment Outcomes for Homeless Job Seekers in the Mainstream Workforce Development System A New HUD Guidebook:
  2. 2.   “ To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” -Albert Einstein
  3. 3. Challenges to Making Work a Priority <ul><li>People Have Complex Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Practitioner Beliefs & Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Linear Service Approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of Entitlements </li></ul><ul><li>Funders Uncertainty About Whether or Not There Is a Compelling Argument </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2010 Federal Strategic Plan – key objectives <ul><li>#5 Increase meaningful and sustainable employment for people experiencing or most at risk of homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>#6 Improve access to mainstream programs and services to reduce people’s financial vulnerability to homelessness </li></ul>
  5. 5. Adequacy of 10 year plans Put DOES terminals and staff in Resource Centers, shelters. Need to assess for employment and track employment in system. Could also do over time after program exit; requires follow-up survey Prevention, interim housing, permanent supportive housing Partners: Dept of Employment Services (DOES), employment assistance providers % of families & individuals who increase income from employment between program entry and exit 3. Increase income from employment Comments Relevant Components/ Partners Measure Goal
  6. 6. Will your plan increase homeless employment? <ul><li>“ Collaboration and cooperation between mainstream agencies for services. Similar to housing production, it will be important that many District agencies work collaboratively. For example, Department of Employment Services efforts will be vital to helping people who are homeless to find jobs and increase their income.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Homeless Job Seekers Want? <ul><li>To Be Met By Us Where They Are At (Welcomed) </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance to prepare for and secure satisfying work </li></ul><ul><li>Access to jobs that offer growth, a living wage and that are available in their community </li></ul><ul><li>Timely, respectful work support services at the right intensity (counseling, transportation, etc.) </li></ul>
  8. 8. How Are We Doing? Entered Employment Population Program 22% Homeless Mentally Ill Access to Community Care & Effective Services and Supports (ACCESS) 61% Homeless Veterans Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) 58% Mentally Ill, Not Homeless Supported Employment 55% Serious Mental Illness 3% Homeless Employment Intervention Demo Project (EIDP) 47% Chronic Homeless Ending Chronic Homelessness (ECH) 36% Broad Spectrum of Homeless Job Training for the Homeless Demo Program (JTHDP)
  9. 9. How Well Has Our Community Done? <ul><li>Are your plans substantive and offer a detailed strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Do programs target or engage homeless job seekers </li></ul><ul><li>What is the % of homeless people entering and maintaining employment </li></ul><ul><li>How much is spent for employment assistance to those who are homeless </li></ul>Inclusive focus Plans + Engagement + Outcomes + Money
  10. 10. Community Employment Pathway <ul><li>A means by which key stakeholders in local workforce development and homeless assistance agencies can better understand business and labor force trends and, on that basis, develop informed strategies to respond to worker and business needs. </li></ul><ul><li>A strategic planning and ‘strategic research’ approach to taking a close look at the needs of their community </li></ul>
  11. 11. Community Employment Pathway <ul><li>Modeled after the US DOL Community Audit Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>A Guidebook produced by ICF and AHP for U.S. HUD </li></ul><ul><li>Projects initiated in Washington State, the District of Columbia, Chicago and Detroit </li></ul>
  12. 12. Access, Training & Support Improve Outcomes
  13. 13. What might happen as a result of CEP? <ul><li>Collaboration between workforce and homeless agencies </li></ul><ul><li>A detailed blueprint of specific strategies and services to increase the employability of individuals experiencing homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Reach consensus employment service financing options </li></ul><ul><li>Improve access to workforce services and improve employment supports </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the labor market participation of people experiencing homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Increased understanding of the needs of homeless job seekers as well as employers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Preparing for Change <ul><li>Setting The Climate for Change </li></ul><ul><li>Structures Supporting and Inhibiting Change </li></ul><ul><li>Making Decisions to Support Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing the Planning Process </li></ul>A New HUD Guidebook to Make Work A Priority
  15. 15. Researching <ul><li>Opportunities in the Labor Market </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping Services and Supports </li></ul><ul><li>Determining Job Seeker Interests, Experiences and Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Community Models </li></ul>A New HUD Guidebook to Make Work A Priority
  16. 16. Establish Task Groups <ul><li>Demand Siders – Labor market & employers </li></ul><ul><li>Supply Siders – Job seekers & training programs </li></ul><ul><li>Support Siders – Supportive services, treatment, & housing </li></ul><ul><li>Program Design – Best practices & implementation issues </li></ul>
  17. 17. Developing the CEP Plan <ul><li>Drafting the Formal Report </li></ul><ul><li>Low-hanging Fruit and Long Term Options </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilizing Support for the Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Secure Funding and Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Government Partnerships </li></ul>A New HUD Guidebook to Make Work A Priority
  18. 18. Implementing Career Paths <ul><li>Moving Forward with Employers </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Staff Capacities </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers to Effective Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing Barriers </li></ul>A New HUD Guidebook to Make Work A Priority
  19. 19. Monitoring Progress & Evaluation <ul><li>Career Path Progress in Targeted Occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Percent of Workers Advancing </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfaction of Workers and Employers </li></ul>A New HUD Guidebook to Make Work A Priority
  20. 20. Impacts of CEP Individuals Organizations & Services Communities
  21. 21. Property Management Partnerships <ul><li>Targets the Affordable Housing Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago and Bridgeport </li></ul><ul><li>Community College Based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized Certification </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Coaching & Support </li></ul>
  22. 22. Property Management in Affordable Housing Certified Property Manager Assistant Property Manager Leasing Specialist Property Management Clerk I & II
  23. 23. Seattle & King County, WA <ul><li>Launched Pathways Employment Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Engaged 60+ stakeholders to own Pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Identified 11 early victory action opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Identified additional long-term strategy opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Researched employer needs in key industries </li></ul>
  24. 24. Research Says… <ul><li>Cook - Programs that work with homeless mentally ill persons may better serve their clients by placing as great an emphasis on providing employment services as on providing housing and clinical treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>Drake - Integration of approaches, disciplines, and interventions at the level of service delivery produces better outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Trutko – DOL grants substantially helped build and intensify partnerships among those involved – and grantees indicated that these collaborations likely would be sustained in the future. </li></ul>
  25. 25. CEP Resources <ul><li>http://www.hudhre.info/documents/CEPGuidebook.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/communityaudits/docs/finalreport/finalreport.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.seattle.gov/housing/homeless/employmentreport.pdf </li></ul>

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