Can a multicomponent employment initiative that is located in public housing developments help residents work, earn more money, and improve their quality of life? The Jobs-Plus Community Revitalization Initiative for Public Housing Families (Jobs-Plus, for short) sought to achieve these ambitious goals in difficult environments. Operated as a special demonstration project in selected
housing developments in six U.S. cities, Jobs-Plus was sponsored by a consortium of public and private funders led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Rockefeller Foundation. MDRC, a nonprofit social policy
research firm, managed the demonstration and evaluated the program. This final MDRC report on the initiative assesses the program’s success in achieving key outcomes for residents and their housing developments. It analyzes the program’s effects — or “impacts” — on residents’ employment rates, average earnings, and welfare receipt by comparing the outcomes for residents of the
Jobs-Plus developments with the outcomes for their counterparts in similar “comparison” developments that did not implement the program. (Because housing developments were allocated randomly to the Jobs-Plus or comparison group, their outcomes provide an especially rigorous basis for estimating program impacts.) The report also examines changes in social and material conditions at the developments. In summary, the findings show that: Read more at: http://www.mdrc.org/publications/405/execsum.html
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