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People experiencing homelessness often face challenges connecting to the employment supports they want and need. Asset mapping is a process by which communities can gain a clearer understanding of available services, the systems and agencies that deliver them, and how individuals connect to those services in order to improve referral pathways and ensure people receive the services they need.This resource outlines the steps of L.A. County's asset-mapping process for two cluster communities in the county: South Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. We hope this resource will provide communities with one example of potential steps and resources to consider as they develop their own asset-mapping process.
This resource provides a rationale for and guidance on integrating income and employment-related questions into coordinated entry assessments and a set of sample questions communities can use to assess the employment needs and interests of people experiencing homelessness.
Subsidized employment is more than an opportunity for workers with barriers to employment to earn a paycheck. Transitional jobs (TJ) programs often use the TJ placement as an opportunity for participants to address barriers to successful employment, acquire new skills, and learn how to become a worker in the context of a real, wage-paid, time-limited job. As a result, it is important for employer partners to understand the role they can play in TJ participant development as well as how TJ participant development benefits their business.This resource is a one-page handout that program providers can give directly to employer partners who are considering or have agreed to offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. This document describes the roles and responsibilities that employer partners have in helping subsidized workers develop skills and become more work-ready, including tips for fostering worksite mentorship, providing constructive feedback on work performance, and managing disciplinary situations with a focus on performance improvement.
Many transitional jobs (TJ) or subsidized employment programs rely on a strong network of employer partners who offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. To cultivate relationships with new employers and build a robust network of partners, TJ or subsidized employment program staff may need to show employers how their business will benefit by bringing on time-limited subsidized workers.This resource is an example of the kind of one-page handout that program providers can develop to give to potential employer partners to help make the business case for offering time-limited job positions to subsidized workers. This resource is intended for use as a template that program providers can reference in creating their own, program-specific document.
Taking Care of Business: Transitional Jobs and Subsidized Employment Programs Benefit the Business CommunityNovember 19, 2014
This brief draws from employer survey data, program evaluation evidence, and other relevant research to show how businesses benefit through partnerships with transitional jobs (TJ) and subsidized employment programs. The first section describes how businesses benefit by offering time-limited job positions to subsidized workers. The second section describes how businesses benefit by hiring employment program graduates into unsubsidized positions.We encourage employment program providers, administrators, planners, and other workforce development stakeholders to use this brief to formulate effective "business cases" for why employers should offer employment opportunities to subsidized workers or hire program graduates into unsubsidized jobs.
A central goal of transitional jobs (TJ) and many subsidized employment programs is to assist participants in securing permanent, unsubsidized jobs following program completion. To cultivate relationships with employers and build a robust network of hiring partners, TJ or subsidized employment program staff may need to show employers how their business will benefit by hiring TJ and subsidized employment program graduates.This resource is an example of the kind of a one-page handout that program providers can develop to give to employers to help make the business case for offering permanent, unsubsidized jobs to TJ and subsidized employment program graduates. This resource is intended for use as a template that program providers can reference in creating their own, program-specific document.
For transitional jobs (TJ) or subsidized employment programs to cultivate employer partners effectively, it is necessary to have job development professionals on staff. Successful job development professionals have strong skills in sales and networking, industry knowledge, previous experience recruiting employers, and established employer relationships.This resource is an example of a job description for a Business Services Representative. Employment programs may also choose to call this role a Job Developer. This document describes a Business Services Representative's essential duties and responsibilities, qualifications, and competencies. This resource is intended for use as a template that program providers can reference in creating their own, program-specific job description.
Transitional jobs (TJ) programs provide experience, skill building, and earned income to chronically unemployed job seekers with the goal of helping them secure permanent, quality employment in the competitive labor market. Job development, or the process of helping to identify, cultivate, and match job opportunities for subsidized workers to transition into the unsubsidized labor market, is a core component of the TJ strategy.This brief draws from available research, program evaluation findings, and input from experts in the field to offer promising strategies to improve job development success. We encourage employment program providers, administrators, planners, and other workforce development stakeholders to use this brief to help plan and implement an effective job development strategy and better engage with employers.
Transitional jobs (TJ) and subsidized employment programs can make a compelling social and economic impact. These programs have been shown to make communities safer, improve outcomes for participants' children, strengthen vulnerable families, grow local economies, and mitigate the impact of poverty.Workforce development stakeholders can use this one-page resource to understand and promote the social and economic value of TJ and subsidized employment programs. In particular, workforce development stakeholders can give this resource to potential employer partners who want to develop a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program or grow the impact of their current CSR activities.
Key questions to consider in applying for Workforce Innovation Funds.
Many federal funding opportunities for Transitional Jobs take the form of competitive grants made directly to Transitional Jobs providers. In order to help TJ providers with preparing federal funding applications, the National Transitional Jobs Network offers these tips for responding to federal solicitations.
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