ERIC Number: ED355984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program: U.S. Department of Labor--Employment and Training Administration. Final Evaluation Report.
Elgin Community Coll., IL.
This report evaluates the Fox Valley Consortium for Job Training and Placement of the Homeless which involves five educational, social service, and community organizations in activities to facilitate the educational development and financial independence of homeless participants. The consortium consists of: the Community Crisis Center (area shelter for homeless women and children); the public aid office; the Salvation Army; a Hispanic community based organization; and alternatives (Elgin Community College). The consortium was formed to coordinate area service providers, provide job training and placement, assist homeless people in finding housing, and collect data on the homeless to help create more permanent solutions. Specific program activities or services include an active and ongoing recruitment campaign; a holistic case management team approach; assessment of participants' immediate and long-term needs; weekly seminars on occupational decision making and job-readiness skills; job placement and development; assistance in entering vocational training programs at Elgin Community College; job retention services; support services; and intervention to place participants in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent housing. An evaluation of of the project revealed the following: (1) between May 1, 1991 and April 30, 1992, 532 homeless people were served, 274 were enrolled in training programs, 129 were placed in full- or part-time jobs, and 76 were still employed after 13 weeks; (2) 58 participants were assisted in finding permanent housing, and 50 were placed in emergency housing; and (3) since the implementation of a policy requiring participants to meet with Certified Substance Abuse Counselors or Mental Health Specialists, to follow through on referrals, and to attend the weekly occupational seminars, participant retention has increased from 44% in 1988-89 to 64.41% in 1991-92. Information on the evaluation methodology, program participants' characteristics, consortium members, and program services and outcomes is included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Agency Cooperation, Community Colleges, Community Programs, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Programs, Helping Relationship, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Job Placement, Job Training, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Supported Employment, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Elgin Community Coll., IL.