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Policy Brief - Sustained Earnings Gains for Residents in a Public Housing Jobs Program: Seven-Year Findings from the Jobs-Plus Demonstration


Authors: Riccio, James A.     MDRC    

Report Acceptance Date: January 2010 (8 pages)

Posted Date: May 16, 2023

The Jobs-Plus demonstration tested whether a program that combined employment and training services, new rent rules to "make work pay," and neighbor-to-neighbor outreach centering on work could make a difference in the economic prospects of public housing residents. Jobs-Plus operated in six housing developments across the country from 1998 to 2003, with the program model in place at most sites by 2000. A 2005 MDRC report showed that the program produced substantial earnings gains for residents in three of the six sites during the first four years after the program rolled out. A new analysis extends the follow-up to seven years - three years after the program ended - for the three sites with positive effects. Those sites had fully implemented and sustained all three program components; thus, they offer the best test of the Jobs-Plus concept. The goal of the extended analysis was to determine whether their positive effects would continue after the program ended.

This report is one in a series of reports on Jobs Plus:


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