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CREATING A “WORK-READY”
    SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
       ENVIRONMENT
 HomeWORK
  “The establishment of meaningful roles and purpose
 beyond the limitations of a mental health diagnosis or
disability, the opportunity to take a risk and fail, and the
   development of one’s own life in the community are
                       imperative”
                          - Lynde
              HomeWORK
            Things   to think About:
-What is the place of employment in ending
  homelessness
-Should employment and housing be linked?
   -How?
-Should work receive the same importance as social
  services?
   -If yes – Why; If no – Why Not
   -What is your view? What is your tenants view?
            HomeWORK
The HomeWORK project is a unique approach to
helping supportive housing tenants enter the
workforce (or advance in their employment),
improve their earnings, and/or strengthen their
education and training. This project will support
your program and your staff to be current with
industry best practices, to establish or strengthen
their ties to local workforce agencies, and to
deliver their services more efficiently and
effectively.
            HomeWORK

           What   we used to think:

Individuals with employment barriers,
homelessness or disabilities are unable to or
don’t want to work.
             HomeWORK
               What   we know:

With the right interventions and assistance in
place, individual who have had experience
with homelessness, employment barriers and
those with disabilities, not only can, but want
to work
              HomeWORK

                    What we know:

Tenant employment and self-sufficiency is a central
role of hope and empowerment in changing the
course of individuals’ lives. For most individuals
employment is seen as a highly valued activity, which
affords them a valued role in the building of their
own self-esteem, mastery, and sense of community.
It puts money in their pockets, gives them structure to
              HomeWORK
        IT’S ABOUT EMPLOYMENT!

- Prioritize Job Development in the design and
  start up phase
- Rapid job search and placement in competitive
  jobs helps tenants see the rewards of
  participation
            HomeWORK
       PEERS   ARE POWERFUL!

Peer support groups within agencies have been
shown to be an extremely powerful tool in
motivating tenants to work
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            Signs your Organization is Vocationalized:

1. Written mission includes tenant employment as a central
   purpose of the organization.
2. A high-ranking staff member has authority and responsibility
   for implementing employment services.
3. The key staff person for employment services has experience
   and/or training in job development, job training, vocational
   counseling and/or developing business enterprises.
4. Communication mechanisms are in place among social
                   HomeWORK
            Signs your Organization is Vocationalized

5. There are well developed partners amongst the supportive
   housing and employment community where each agency
   understand how the other works with hard-to-employ tenants.
6. Prepare for Accountability – Draw up MOU’s between the
   partners with expected outcomes in writing
7. Provide a regular opportunity for employment agencies, One
   Stops, BRS, etc. to outreach at supportive housing sites to
   make one-one contact with tenants
8. Organize “Team Meetings” with your partners to discuss
   progress; best practices and/or lessons learned. Review
   regularly what is working and what is not working.
                      HomeWORK
                 Signs your Program is Vocationalized:

1. Tenants are asked about their job-related skills and employment goals at
    intake.
2. Tenants are informed, verbally and in writing, of the employment resources
    and opportunities available to them
3. Tenants are able to use available resources in the building (computer, fax)f
    or developing a resume, sending letters, making and getting phone calls
4. Support groups and other activities around employment issues are attended
    by tenants
5. Tenants are recognized for their successes along the education, employment
    continuum
                 HomeWORK
        CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT

   Support the tenants possibility and build a
    desire to work
   Identify Pros/Cons
    –   Work with the tenant to identify and address
        barriers
    –   Link the tenant with peers who have work
        experience
              HomeWORK
       CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT

Establish Trust and Rapport
Inspire Hope
Identify Individual Strengths
Identify Individual Barriers
              HomeWORK
      CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT
 Make resources available, such as computer, a
  fax machine, desk, resources for transportation
  and resources for clothing
 Provide resources and a comfortable area for
  tenants to research employment
 Offer employment-related benchmarks such as
  graduations and promotions
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      CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT
 Make employment an agency goal

 Engage tenants in an employment focus early

 Integrate Employment into service/treatment
  plans
 Make the goals for employment manageable
  and easy for the tenant achieve
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       CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT
   Identify staff to work on employment with
    tenants that have experience in employment
   Arrange staff schedules around work
    schedules
   Make employment a role of every staff
    member
   Develop and support collaboration with the
    employment agencies and resources
              HomeWORK
      CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT

 Visiteducation/employment facilities
 Offer information, assistance, trainings on
  resume’ writing; interviewing skills and job
  searches
 Assist the tenant in developing work skills

 Assist with conflict resolution
              HomeWORK
      CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT

 Assist  with or connect the tenant with planning
  and guidance to understand how work will
  affect their benefits
                 HomeWORK
   Integrating Employment Services into Housing Programs

    Ideally, programs have dedicated staff to work on
    employment and education goals with clients

    Staff roles around employment may overlap or vary
    depending on funding sources

    Senior agency staff needs to be responsible and
    accountable for tenant employment

    Identify the employment outcomes you wish to achieve
                 HomeWORK
   How do you know if your agency is Maximizing
                    Resources
    Employment staff are aware of employment training
    resources in their area

    Your agency has partnerships with employment and
    training programs, such as One Stop Career Centers

    Many tenants are referred to a variety of occupational skills
    training programs, literacy programs, educational
    programs, GED programs
             HomeWORK
How do you know if your agency is Maximizing
                  Resources

 Eligibletenants are referred to the State
  Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency
 The organization works with the VR agency to
  coordinate the tenants use of VR services
                 HomeWORK
                 What are the Options?

   Become an employer: hire in-house/Ticket to Work
   Job Development
    – Takes Time; options limited if you only use your
      case manager
    – Hire employment dedicated staff makes sense
   Use Partnerships
   Get involved in building Career Pathways (Property
    Management Career Path – Partnership with
    Housatonic Community College)
                                     HomeWORK
CONTACTS:

Wendy Coco: CSH (203)789-0826 Ext.3
wendy.coco@csh.org


Fran Martin: CSH (203)789-0826 Ext.2
francesca.martin@csh.org

Letticia Brown-Gambino, Project Coordinator: CSH
(203)789-0826 Ext.5 letticiabrowngambino@yahoo.com


Marcie Thompson, Benefits Coordinator: Career Resources
(203) 953-3244 thompson@careerresources.org

Muriel Tomer, Employment Facilitator: Columbus House
(203) 777-5965 Ext. 202 murielt@columbushouse.org


Margaret Jones, Employment Facilitator: Mercy Housing
(860) 808-2047, mjones@Mercyhousingct.org




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