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Promoting Work in Public Housing: The Effectiveness of Jobs-Plus


Authors: Bloom, Howard     Riccio, James A.     Verma, Nandita     MDRC    

Report Acceptance Date: March 2005 (292 pages)

Posted Date: May 16, 2023

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 goals at selected public housing developments in six cities: Baltimore, Chattanooga, Dayton, Los Angeles, St. Paul, and Seattle. Jobs-Plus was conducted as a research demonstration project from 1998 to 2003 with sponsorship from a consortium of funders, led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Rockefeller Foundation. The program - which was targeted to all working-age, nondisabled residents of selected public housing developments and implemented by a collaboration of local organizations - had three main components: employment-related services, rent-based work incentives that allowed residents to keep more of their earnings, and activities to promote neighbor-to-neighbor support for work. This final report on MDRC's evaluation of Jobs-Plus describes the program's impacts.

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


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