ERIC Number: ED359359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Job Training for the Homeless: Report on Demonstration's First Year. Research and Evaluation Report Series 91-F.
Bailis, Lawrence N.; And Others
An interim evaluation analyzed the first year of operation of the Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program (JTHDP). Data were collected from quarterly progress reports and evaluation reports submitted by 32 local JTHDP projects. The projects exceeded planned levels of clients served and achieved other positive outcomes, including average wage at placement higher than the minimum wage and upgraded housing; they served a diverse group of homeless persons including many with barriers to employment. Many local projects adopted service delivery models that differed from the traditional model--direct employment, long-term support through sheltered/subsidized employment, and a recovery approach for those struggling with or recovering from alcohol or other drug dependency. Case management was a critical service and the service most frequently used by project participants. The projects varied considerably in the degree to which they used sophisticated assessment tools. Eleven projects used assessment methods that went beyond interviews by an intake worker or case manager through the use of standardized assessment tools; six others reported that staff made referrals to other agencies for sophisticated assessment. Job search assistance, job development and placement, and vocational/occupational skills training were the most popular employment and training services offered. Projects frequently offered remedial education, counseling, and subsidized employment services. Postplacement services were important. The projects worked with other community agencies to promote referral and other collaborative relationships. It has become increasingly evident that efforts to help the homeless demand coordination among employment and training program operators and education, welfare, and social service programs. The first year experience of the JTHDP also makes it clear that the high prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse problems among homeless people indicates that still more linkages are necessary. (Synopses of JTHDP projects are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Alcohol Abuse, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Demonstration Programs, Drug Abuse, Economically Disadvantaged, Evaluation Methods, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Job Training, Measures (Individuals), Models, Participant Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Referral
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development.
Authoring Institution: R.O.W. Sciences, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987