March 2016 Jobs Plus FY15 Grantee Convening, Washington, DC
On March 22-24, 2016, representatives from 18 Jobs Plus Pilot Grants convened at HUD Headquarters. Newly-awarded and former grantees, along with their local Department of Labor Workforce Investment Board partners and resident leaders discussed the three pillars of Jobs Plus – Community Support for Work, Financial Incentives and Employment Related Services and engaged in robust discussion on first-year experiences of the program, the importance of forming partnerships and collaborations with their local and Federal partners, and partner engagement. Mayor Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton, MA and Chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee advisory board for the United States Conference of Mayors, provided the opening remarks. View the March 2016 Convening Agenda.
The purpose of the Jobs Plus Pilot program is to develop locally-based, job-driven approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. The place-based Jobs Plus Pilot program addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through income disregards for working families, and a set of services designed to support work including employer linkages, job placement and counseling, educational advancement, and financial counseling. Ideally, these incentives will saturate the target developments, building a culture of work and making working families the norm.
These grants will employ several principles of the President’s Job Driven training checklist to ensure that public housing residents are connected to a program that is using evidence-based practices that work for job seekers and employers.
Labor Market Data: Successful programs will first consider the data in their local community –where are the jobs and what industries offer the most opportunities for residents to achieve long-term employment and progression along a career pathway.
Career Pathways: Successful programs will also promote a seamless progression across work-based training and education, so individuals are obtaining new training and credentials.
Work Experience: Successful programs will support learning opportunities with employers –including on-the-job training, internships and pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships –as training paths to employment.
Access to Training: Successful programs will break down barriers to accessing job-driven training and hiring for any public housing resident who is willing and able to work, including access to job supports and relevant guidance.
Key Partnerships: Finally, a successful Jobs Plus Pilot program is collaboratively designed and implemented by high-performing local housing authorities, residents of public housing developments, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and American Job Centers (also known as One Stop Career Centers), local businesses and employers, and other organizations that provide supportive services within that community.
Other suggested partners include higher education institutions, philanthropic organizations, human service agencies, vocational rehabilitation agencies, business-related and other non-profit organization and community and faith based organizations.
For information or questions on the Jobs Plus Program, please contact Jayme Brown at Jayme.A.Brown@hud.gov.
- MDRC has consolidated their Jobs Plus publications on this webpage.
- Drawing on lessons from the original demonstration and existing Jobs-Plus replication sites, MDRC will share operational lessons for public housing agencies responding to HUD's NOFA for the Jobs-Plus Pilot (This webcast is not sponsored by HUD.) This November 3, 2014 webcast will be archived and available for download on HUD's Webcast Archive.