Implementing Jobs-Plus: Lessons Learned
This webinar shares operational lessons learned from the implementation of the Jobs-Plus program, a model proven to help public housing residents find work. Jobs-Plus was conceived in the mid-1990s by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Rockefeller Foundation, and MDRC. It had three parts: (1) employment services at on-site job centers, (2) changes in rent rules that provided financial incentives to work, and (3) community support for work through neighbor-to-neighbor conversations. MDRC tested this model in six public housing developments in six cities and found that residents did much better – they earned 14 percent more during the program period and kept earning more even after it ended. Based on this evidence of success, Jobs-Plus is already expanding to 10 additional locations in two cities, and HUD has recently invited proposals from housing authorities in other cities to apply for funds to replicate the model as part of a national Jobs-Plus Pilot Program. This webinar features experts who have extensive knowledge and experience working with the Jobs-Plus model in local contexts and will hopefully help guide public housing authorities learn more about how to design and implement the dynamic Jobs-Plus model.