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Build Career Pathways

One of the most effective ways to support individuals as they move out of homelessness and into permanent housing is increasing access to meaningful and sustainable career training and employment pathways. 

Programs designed to connect people to career pathways need to be accessible and responsive to people who have experienced homelessness and employment strategies need to be coordinated with housing and other interventions.

Strategies

  • Coordinate employment services with housing and homelessness assistance to ensure that job development and training strategies focus attention on people who are experiencing or most at risk of homelessness and support their long-term housing stability.
  • Review federal program policies, procedures, and regulations to identify educational, administrative, or regulatory mechanisms that could be used to improve access to work support.
  • Identify ways Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and TANF programs can help people who are experiencing or most at risk of homelessness, including people with multiple barriers to employment.
  • Develop and disseminate best practices on helping people with histories of homelessness and barriers to employment enter the workforce, including strategies that take into consideration transportation, child care, child support, domestic violence, criminal justice history, disabling conditions, limited work experience, and age appropriateness.
  • Improve system-wide coordination and integration of employment programs with homeless assistance programs, survivor assistance programs, and housing and permanent supportive housing programs.
  • Increase opportunities for work and support recovery for Veterans with barriers to employment, especially Veterans returning from active duty, Veterans with disabilities, and Veterans in permanent supportive housing.