Enhances opportunities for families and youth experiencing homelessness to earn a steady income and secure stable housing.
When parents experiencing homelessness are asked to name the one thing that would help most in getting their family back on its feet, their most common answer is: “Employment”—more than even financial or housing assistance.
Building Changes is leading the effort in Washington state to coordinate the services of the homeless and workforce systems as a way to mitigate or eliminate the unique barriers that people experiencing homelessness face in getting hired and keeping a job.
By supporting the two systems to work together in a more collaborative way, we are helping families and youth experiencing homelessness to fully access and participate in employment services. This helps them obtain good jobs with wage and career advancement opportunities, which in turn improves their opportunities to become and remain stably housed.
Resources from the Building Changes library:
- Coordinating Employment and Housing Services: A Strategy to Impact Family Homelessness
- Housing and Employment Navigator: An Innovative Cross-System Model
- Webinar: Making Rapid Re-Housing Work: Helping Households Increase Income
- Employment Strategies in Rapid Re-Housing
- Employment Navigator: Connecting Homeless Families to Workforce Systems
- Integrating Rapid Re-Housing & Employment: Program & Policy Recommendations for Enhancing Rapid Re-Housing (Heartland Alliance National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity)