Bridges to Work: Access to Jobs
July 1, 1997
The economic gap between the Nation's inner cities and suburbs has widened significantly during the last decade. Unemployment and poverty have increased in many inner cities while many suburbs have prospered. Through unique local employment, transportation, and empowerment partnerships, Bridges to Work (BtW) will help to close that gap. BtW is a new empowerment research demonstration program that will operate for 4 years in Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. BtW is administered jointly by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit research and program development organization, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The initiative, which connects inner-city residents with suburban employment opportunities, brings local partners together to provide job placement, transportation, and support services to assist lower income, inner-city residents in becoming self-sufficient and working toward strengthening regional economies.