Allies for Employment Initiative Summary Report
This summary report discusses CSHs role in Allies for Employment Initiative, which enables tenants of supportive housing greater access to the mainstream employment market.
In January 2008, the MetLife Foundation awarded the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) a grant to implement the Allies for Employment Initiative, a re-granting and technical assistance program that established and enhanced partnerships between the supportive housing industry, private employers, and mainstream workforce systems funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Allies for Employment Initiative funds were dedicated to local planning activities that designed strategies for providing improved access to the mainstream workforce system for tenants of supportive housing, that featured new or enhanced collaborations and cross-agency coordination, and that will, ultimately, be more effective in helping tenants secure and retain mainstream jobs in appropriate employment settings, including the competitive marketplace. CSH developed and issued a Request for Proposals for Allies for Employment Planning Grants and selected Planning Grant recipients in five diverse communities across the country:
This Summary Report documents the remarkable progress and planned next steps for each of the collaborative projects that received an Allies for Employment Planning Grant, and also highlights important lessons that organizations and communities across the country can learn from the grantees' partnerships, activities, and plans. CSH hopes that the progress, plans, and future achievements of the Allies for Employment projects can serve as powerful examples and models for other organizations seeking to enhance employment services, create new economic opportunities, and improve self-sufficiency outcomes for tenants of supportive housing – and for other vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our communities - across the United States. (Authors)
- Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative, led by Community Housing Partnership (San Francisco, CA)
- Property Management Career Pathway Program, led by Career Resources, Inc. (Bridgeport, CT)
- Minneapolis Housing and Workforce Initiative, led by Project for Pride in Living (Minneapolis, MN)
- Specialized Employment Center, led by Miami Valley Housing Opportunities (Dayton, OH)
- Bridges to Housing, led by Neighborhood Partnerships (Portland, OR)
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The Allies for Employment Initiative: Overview and Achievements
Podcast of CSH’s Hot Topics in Supportive Housing Audio-Conference, August 26, 2009: The Allies for Employment Initiative: Accomplishments and Lessons Learned
Bridges to Housing’s Future State Diagram
The Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative’s Memorandum of Understanding (Updated August 2009) (authors)
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