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Employment Program Models for People Experiencing Homelessness: Different approaches to program structure

January 1, 2012

Most individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness want to work and a growing number of service providers and policymakers have taken notice. Although choosing the right employment program model can seem like a daunting task, research and wisdom from the field shows that multiple models have proven effective or promising in attaching the most disadvantaged jobseekers to work and helping them advance to employment options that meet their long-term needs and interests. Additionally, these models can be helpful in building upon existing skills or developing new skills necessary to enter and succeed in employment today. This best practice brief highlights what is known about these employment approaches to attachment and advancement, covering each model's purpose, elements, principles, funding, and research evidence, with examples from the field.

Populations Experiencing Homelessness: Diverse Barriers to Employment and How to Address Them

January 1, 2012

People experience homelessness for many reasons including financial insecurity, a lack of affordable housing, and difficulty accessing services such as medical care. Effective employment programs take special care when serving individuals facing these barriers. This best practice brief outlines the common employment barriers for these populations and provides considerations for tailoring employment services and prioritizing supportive services to best meet their needs.

Service Delivery Principles and Techniques: Helping People Experiencing Homelessness Engage in Services and Succeed in Employment

January 1, 2012

Individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness are motivated to engage in services, employment and other life changes at different times and in different ways. Understanding how to meet people where they are and help foster the process of change can bolster program successes with people experiencing homelessness.

Employment Program Components: Considerations for Modifying Programming for People Experiencing Homelessness

January 1, 2012

Employment programs typically include assessment, job search assistance, work readiness training, occupational training, job placement, and retention services. Research and experience suggest that programs can best meet individual needs, strengths, and interests by modifying these elements to ensure flexible services that support each individual's personal and developmental needs as they transition to employment. This best practice brief highlights a menu of enhancements and examples that programs may consider in providing supportive, flexible services for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.