ERIC Number: ED355426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
An Upward Spiral? The Gate Project: A Case Study of the Role of Training in Addressing Homelessness in Central London. Monographs in Continuing Education.
In 1990, the London Enterprise Agency, a private sector consortium dedicated to inner-city regeneration in London, established a project to address homelessness. Later called GATE (Guaranteed Accommodation and Training for Employment), the project had three central features: a focus on employment as a means of tackling homelessness; the use of a guarantee to motivate and support a vulnerable client group; and the explicit linking of employment with housing. The program was built around a training program that guaranteed homeless participants employment if they achieved certain job-relevant goals. The training aimed to develop the personal skills necessary to get a job. Initially, the program attempted to guarantee both jobs and housing through a partnership with housing organizations, but scarcity of accommodation made this impossible. From autumn 1990 to December 1991, 70 trainees participated in the program. The success rates of participants were outstanding: 69 achieved the GATE goals and qualified for a guaranteed job, and 58 entered employment with the linked employer. Monitoring and follow-up for 12 months after the program showed retention and promotion rates higher than average, in the employers' opinion. All 24 participants in the pilot gained "move-on" housing negotiated by GATE. The project also explored these issues: efficacy of "adult compacts," ethos and appropriateness of a private sector approach to a social problem, and potential and limitations of partnership, particularly those between public and private sectors. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Employment, London (England).; London Enterprise Agency (England).
Authoring Institution: City Univ., London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)