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Breaking the homelessness–jail cycle in Denver

Individual Author: 
Gillespie, Sarah
Hanson, Devlin
Cunningham, Mary K.
Pergamit, Mike
Kooragayala, Shiva

An experiment in supportive housing is beginning to pay off for the city of Denver, its homeless residents, and a group of investors banking on social impact. This fact sheet highlights early results from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative. (Author abstract)

 

Employment after prison: A longitudinal study of releasees in three states

Individual Author: 
Visher, Christy
Debus-Sherrill, Sara
Yahner, Jennifer

In this brief, we explore the reality of finding employment after prison from the perspective of 740 former male prisoners in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. Interviews were conducted as part of a comprehensive, longitudinal study entitled Returning Home: Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry. Eight months after prison, 65 percent of respondents had been employed at some point, but only 45 percent were currently employed. Those who held a job while in prison or participated in job-training programs had better employment outcomes after release.

Implementation and early training outcomes of the High Growth Job Training Initiative: Final report

Individual Author: 
Lauren Eyster
Nightingale, Demetra Smith
Barnow, Burt S.
O'Brien, Carolyn T.
Trutko, John
Kuehn, Daniel

The High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) was a national grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Between 2001 and 2007, more than 160 grants were awarded to establish industry-focused job training and related projects designed to meet the industry's workforce challenges. This report is the third and final in a series from the national evaluation of the HGJTI conducted by the Urban Institute, the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Capital Research Corporation.

Promising approaches to integrating community health workers into health systems: Four case studies

Individual Author: 
Lauren Eyster
Bovbjerg, Randall R.

The productive roles that community health workers (CHWs) can play in health care are drawing increasing interest among US policymakers, providers, insurers, and other stakeholders. While there is a growing interest, little has been documented about the scope of practice, supervision, and human resources standards implemented by states and by employers of CHWs, or how CHWs are financed. Such dimensions of implementing CHW models are important to promoting interventions that integrate CHWs.

Expanding economic opportunity for young men and boys of color through employment and training

Individual Author: 
Spaulding, Shayne
Lerman, Robert I.
Holzer, Harry
Eyster, Lauren

Young men of color have long experienced lower earnings and higher unemployment compared to young white men. Many factors have contributed to these negative outcomes: persistent discrimination, hiring practices of employers, geographic and social isolation, substandard secondary education, lack of career and postsecondary educational guidance, inadequate career and technical education, and higher incarceration rates. This paper focuses on promising strategies for improving the labor market outcomes of low-income young men of color.

Promoting social and economic mobility in Washington, DC: Challenges and choices for the new mayor

Individual Author: 
Acs, Gregory
Eyster, Lauren
Schwabish, Jonathan

As Mayor Bowser settles into her office, she leads a city that is growing more prosperous. Yet too many DC residents are not sharing in that prosperity. Since the last recession began in 2007, median income in DC has grown by three times the national average, reaching nearly $61,000 in 2013. Yet DC’s unemployment rate persistently remains about 1 percentage point higher than in the nation as a whole. Removing barriers to mobility and creating meaningful opportunities for all DC residents to prosper require various strategies.

Understanding local workforce systems

Individual Author: 
Eyster, Lauren
Durham, Christin
Van Noy, Michelle
Damron, Neil

A local workforce system encompasses the organizations and activities that prepare people for employment, helps workers advance in their careers, and ensures a skilled workforce exists to support local industry and the local economy over time. This brief explains who a local workforce system serves, the organizations involved, and the functions it performs. We offer a useful framework for readers to better understand their own local workforce systems and identify new ways to support their local workforces and economies. (Author abstract)

 

TAACCCT approaches, targeted industries, and partnerships: The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program brief 3

Individual Author: 
Eyster, Lauren
Cohen, Elissa
Mikelson, Kelly S.
Durham, Christin

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program is a $2 billion federal workforce investment aimed at helping community colleges across the nation increase their capacity to provide education and training programs for in-demand jobs. This brief is one of four briefs from the national evaluation of the TAACCCT grants produced by The Urban Institute under contract to the US Department of Labor.

TAACCCT goals, design, and evaluation: The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program brief 1

Individual Author: 
Mikelson, Kelly S.
Eyster, Lauren
Durham, Christin
Cohen, Elissa

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program is a $2 billion federal workforce investment aimed at helping community colleges across the nation increase their capacity to provide education and training programs for in-demand jobs. This brief is one of four briefs from the national evaluation of the TAACCCT grants produced by The Urban Institute under contract to the US Department of Labor.