Programs Put Clients To Work - HUD User News FWD

Tom Boland (
Sat, 31 Jul 1999 22:46:27 -0700 (PDT)


Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 17:50:14 -0400
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Subject: Programs Put Clients To Work

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A private medical center in Detroit helps Empowerment Zone (EZ) residents
prepare for healthcare jobs. A Neighborhood Networks Learning Center in
suburban New Orleans operates a business in which clients gain work
experience before moving to permanent jobs. An employment program in
Cleveland monitors job openings with a network of local employers and then
matches EZ residents to those jobs.

These are just a few examples of the creative ways in which public housing
authorities, community development agencies, and community-based
organizations have responded to the challenges and opportunities posed by
welfare reform. "From Welfare to Work: Using HUD's Programs to Help Families
in Transition," recently released from HUD's Office of Policy Development
and Research, details 25 programs designed to help public assistance clients
comply with the new Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program
rules. TANF requires clients to find work within 2 years of receiving
assistance and sets a maximum 5-year lifetime limit on eligibility.

The programs featured in "From Welfare to Work" typically collaborate with
partner agencies, tap into multiple funding sources, and pursue
relationships with employers that need job-ready workers. Some programs
offer their clients substantial coaching on soft skills, such as
punctuality, reliability, appropriate dress, and effective communication.
Others support clients who want to become homeowners. All programs receive
funds from the full range of HUD programs and other Federal, State, and
local sources.

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