ERIC Number: ED409458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Getting from Here to There. The Bridges to Work Demonstration. First Report to the Field. Field Report Series.
Palubinsky, Beth Z.; Watson, Bernardine H.
Research has shown that three main barriers impede the ability of inner-city, low-income job seekers to find employment in the suburbs: an administrative or information barrier, a physical barrier, and a social barrier. The Bridges to Work demonstration program was designed to test the idea that improved access to suburban jobs can significantly improve outcomes for low-income urban workers and their neighborhoods. The elements of the Bridges to Work model are designed to address each of the three barriers described. Bridges elements include the following: (1) a placement mechanism across the metropolitan area to connect residents of inner-city neighborhoods to suburban job openings; (2) a targeted commute to allow residents to reach those suburban destinations; and (3) limited support services aimed at mitigating problems created or exacerbated by the daily commute to distant and unfamiliar job locations. Following 2 years of planning, 5 sites--in Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, and St. Louis--began 4 years of project operations in late 1996. The sites are designed to answer questions about the strategy, policy, concerns and funding shifts. At present, the five sites are grappling with immediate concerns: (1) administrative barriers among the agencies and jurisdictions involved; (2) physical barriers involving transportation providers; and (3) social barriers, including racism and lack of supportive services. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.