ERIC Number: ED434232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Mobilizing Public Housing Communities for Work: Origins and Early Accomplishments of the Jobs-Plus Demonstration.
Riccio, James A.
This report describes the Jobs-Plus approach, an attempt to transform low-work, high-welfare public housing developments into high-work, low-welfare communities. It highlights the rationale of the approach, the way the demonstration has been set up to test the approach in the field, and what has been accomplished so far by the seven cities chosen to design and implement Jobs-Plus at the local level. Chapter 1 provides the context by discussing the problem of concentrated joblessness in inner cities and public housing and the growing policy interest in creating a better mix of income groups within public housing by increasing residents' employment. Chapter 2 discusses the three components of Jobs-Plus (employment-related activities and support services, financial incentives to work, and community support for work) and why they were considered important to achieving the program's goals. Chapter 3 describes the characteristics of the housing developments where Jobs-Plus is operating and how and why the cities they are in were selected for the demonstration. Chapters 4-5 discuss the sites' early practices and experiences, first in building the local partnerships that were to design and operate Jobs-Plus and then in crafting the program's three main components to fit local conditions. Interspersed throughout chapter 5 are profiles of each site's emerging Jobs-Plus program. Chapter 5 ends with a note on the next steps in the study. Appendixes summarize the overall research plan for evaluating Jobs-Plus. Contain 47 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Development, Community Involvement, Demonstration Programs, Employment Programs, Incentives, Job Development, Job Search Methods, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Program Development, Program Implementation, Public Housing, Public Policy, Unemployment, Welfare Recipients
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, MN.; Surdna Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Note: Also supported by the Ford Foundation, Ambrose Monell Foundation and Alcoa Foundation.