ERIC Number: ED372261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Employment and Training for America's Homeless: Report on the Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program. Report to Congress.
James Bell Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.
The Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program (JTHDP) was evaluated to assess its implications for providing effective employment and training services for homeless persons. Findings indicated that it is feasible to establish employment and training programs at the local level to serve the general homeless population and specific subgroups. Only a small percentage of the homeless population were being served by Department of Labor employment and training programs. A wide variety of public and private agencies successfully established and operated employment and training programs for homeless persons. JTHDP experience underscored the importance of providing a comprehensive range of services, which often required linkages with other service providers. Comprehensive and ongoing participant assessment was critical to identifying specific obstacles to employment and to tailoring services to needs. Other necessary program components were short-term job search/placement services and long-term follow-up and support. JTHDP experience indicated that about one-third of homeless participants in a mature national employment and training program would be likely to secure jobs, about 40 percent would be likely to upgrade housing, and about one-fourth would secure permanent housing. Costs varied substantially across sites. (Appendixes, amounting to approximately one-half of the report, include synopses of JTHDP exploratory phase, phase I, and phase II projects and detailed breakdown of participant characteristics.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development.
Authoring Institution: James Bell Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.