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Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing Projects

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its partners within DOL, the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in cooperation with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), funded on September 29, 2003, for a potential five year effort, projects to increase and improve employment opportunities for chronically homeless individuals with disabilities through a local partnership with HUD housing providers. The goal of the DOL cooperative agreements is to enable persons who are chronically homeless to achieve employment and self-sufficiency, thereby preventing unnecessary institutional placements. The DOL awards to the communities listed below are supplemented by parallel HUD permanent housing grants. These demonstration grants will begin or expand the delivery and implementation of "customized employment" strategies for homeless individuals with disabilities so that they may live, work, and fully participate in their communities.

Chronic Homelessness Project Sites

Portland, Oregon
Worksystems, Inc. will organize a coalition of 17 local organizations, including faith based organizations, from the housing, disability, employment, employer and veteran communities, to coordinate permanent housing services with customized employment services in an effort to end the cycle of chronic homelessness for individuals within the Portland community. The key operational component of this project will be the Community Services Team (CST), which will use a strength-based assessment and treatment plans and motivational interviewing to engage individuals in self-determined service planning. The CST will deliver a full array of services in a facilitative manner, eliminating obstacles. Customized employment strategies such as job carving, micro-enterprise development, individual development accounts (ITA's) and peer mentors will be the hallmarks of this effort.

Contact:
Clover Moe
Worksystems, Inc.
711 Alder Street, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97205
cmoe@worksystems.org

Boston, Massachusetts
The Boston Private Industry Council will organize a coalition of local organizations from the housing, disability, employment, employer and veteran communities in a combined effort to coordinate permanent housing services with customized employment services so as to end the cycle of chronic homelessness for individuals within the Boston community. Through an extensive collaboration, the project will create a blend of housing and employment services that will be presented in a seamless and coordinated fashion, providing ease of access to consumers. The integration of housing and support services with customized employment services will help program participants to move more effectively towards self-sufficiency. The project will build a continuum of employment services. This effort will increase connections and capabilities of the One-Stop Career Centers and of other service systems to serve persons with disabilities who are chronically homeless.

Contact:
Dennis Rogers
Boston Private Industry Council
2 Oliver Street
Boston, MA 02109
dennis.rogers@bostonpic.org

San Francisco, California
Under the leadership of the Private Industry Council of San Francisco, Inc., this award will help the community implement the concept of offering "vocationalized" housing to a representative number of targeted individuals, in order to begin to create a culture of work with the hope of ending the cycle of chronic homelessness for individuals within the San Francisco community by offering new strategies for servicing this rapidly growing population. This effort will seek to better combine and coordinate the multiple services and agencies that deliver vocationalized housing in an effort to improve both the involvement of the area's workforce development system, including the area One-Stop Career Centers, and the employment options for the chronically homeless.

Contact:
Zelda Saeli
Private Industry Council of San Francisco, Inc.
745 Franklin Street. Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94102
zsaeli@picsf.org

Indianapolis, Indiana
Under this award, the Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Inc. will create a new "System of Care" approach designed to combine and coordinate the various service delivery partners, including in the employment and housing areas, in a way which offers the consumer no wrong doors for entry into the system. This approach will also organize a process that includes housing developers and employers as direct participants with service providers, consumers and community members to design, implement, manage and fund individual plans of care that support sustainable living with full participation in community life, including through employment.

Contact:
Carolyn Brown
Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Inc.
151 North Delaware Street, Suite 1600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
cbrown@ipic.org

Los Angeles, California
Under the leadership of the Workforce Development Division of the Community Development Department, City of Los Angeles, ten Los Angeles agencies representing the public and private, community-based and faith-based sectors have joined together to better integrate the permanent housing, mental health and other workforce development programs serving persons with disabilities who are both chronically homeless and mentally ill. All partners are committed to improving and enhancing the coordination of activities among agencies that operate emergency shelters, provide support services to the homeless, offer mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, provide permanent, supportive, affordable housing and develop employment opportunities. Customized employment services will be provided and coordinated with housing and other needed services in order to break the cycle of chronic homelessness.

Contact:
Jaime Pacheco-Orozco
City Of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board
215 W. Sixth Street, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213)847-1747
jpacheco@cdd.lacity.org