Scaling Up a Place-Based Employment Program: Highlights From the Jobs Plus Pilot Program Evaluation
The original Jobs Plus demonstration was launched in 1998. Of the six sites that were part of the demonstration, only three fully implemented the model. When fully implemented, the model increased tenants’ earned income by 16%. The Jobs Plus model was replicated in 2011 in San Antonio and the Bronx through the Social Innovation Fund (SIF).
HUD is now in the process of scaling up the Jobs Plus model. In April, 2015 HUD announced the first cohort of Jobs Plus grant awards to nine sites. This is an interim report evaluating the start-up of the nine grantees in the first cohort. These sites have implemented the model more quickly and fully than the original demonstration and the SIF replication sites. Within the first 18 months, all nine sites had begun structuring their programs, building partnerships, and implementing the core components of the Jobs Plus model.