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© 2013 Spannaus Consulting Connect to Work From Homelessness to Employment
Purposes of the Study Identify successful practices to move persons from homelessness to work Forge local relationships between housing/service providers and employment/training providers Promulgate promising practices © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Three Phases 1. Research 2. Relationship Building 3. Develop a Guide and Disseminate It © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
The C2W Structure Advisory Council: Nicole Amling, Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness Betsy Benito, CSH Mary Sue Cox, Illinois Department of Human Services David Harrison, Madison County CoC Dorothy McBride, Tri-County Opportunities Council, Rock Falls Steve Simmons, Chicago Jobs Council Darsonya Switzer, Macon County CoC Chris Warland, Heartland Alliance Joel Williams, Lake County CoC © 2013 Spannaus Consulting Staff Work: Lore Baker, SHPA Executive Director Fred Spannaus, Lead Consultant Robyn McCoy, Workforce Consultant Funding: Butler Family Fund Grant to SHPA
PHASE #1: RESEARCH Identified 24 model programs; conducted 16 interviews Observation & Advisory Council input Isolated 80+ Promising or Evidence-Based Practices © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Two Basic Approaches: 1. Persons with severely limiting disabilities Goal is not economic Work is therapeutic Fast attachment with supports SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT IPS (INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENT & SUPPORT) © 2013 Spannaus Consulting 2. Persons who can support themselves through work Goal is economic Work is means to an end Step-by-step process More deliberate screening, training and placement assistance
Every High-Outcome Project Had a Majority of These Six Elements: Six Common Elements Every High-Outcome Project Had a Majority of These Six Elements: Right Scaling Motivated Participants One-on-One Interactions © 2013 Spannaus Consulting Open-Ended Commitments Collaboration Long-Term Employer Partnerships
1. Right Scaling Fit within size and capacity of the organization Start small Dont overestimate how much time, money and energy can be invested © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
2. Motivated Participants People who want to work, work out better Screening for motivation Conversation shifts when desire to work is expressed Use evidence-based approaches: Motivational interviewing Harm reduction Stages of change © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
3. One-on-One Interactions High dosage of individual time Individual practice Limited use of classroom and online delivery of knowledge © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
4. Open-Ended Commitment No ending date Indeterminate length of enrollment Everyone stays in the program until they get adequate employment Report every day for skill building, job search, and/or volunteer duties © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
5. Interorganizational Collaboration Great programs never go it alone Great leaders who collaborate naturally Active in local networks Respected by peers Focus on outcomes, not ownership or credit © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
6. Long-Term Employer Partnerships Treat employers as full partners Involve employers in planning and design Solve employers problems – never ask for favors or charity Respect business needs © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Other Learnings People need purpose I work at… I am a student at… I volunteer at… © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Other Learnings (contd) Focus on strengths Organizationally and individually Distinct roles Case manager (advocacy and service coordination) Employment specialist (job and career issues) © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
PHASE #2: RELATIONSHIP BUILDING Homeless System Public Workforce System © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
The Homeless System Continua of Care (20 in Illinois) Service providers Housing providers Driven by HUD © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
The Public Workforce System LWIAs (23 in Illinois) Illinois WorkNet Centers (One-Stops) Driven by DOL © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Misconceptions CoCs may think that WIBs should take unskilled persons, train them, and get them into well-paying jobs with benefits. And do it all now. WIBs dont care about persons experiencing homelessness. WIBs dont understand our financial and regulatory constraints. WIBs may think CoCs should get their customers into affordable, decent housing today, and solve all their other problems too. And do it right now. CoCs expect us to perform miracles with high-barrier clients. CoCs dont understand our financial and regulatory constraints. © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
What C2W Has Done Networking among Illinois CoC systems SHPA-HAIL monthly conference calls Google group Update CoC Contact list Liaisons for employment cases Networking among Illinois LWIA systems Met with Illinois Workforce Partnership Liaisons for homelessness cases © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
The Crosswalk Concept The Vision: Each CoC with an employment liaison, and each LWIA with a homelessness liaison The Goal: Joint case coordination Unified goals for housing, service and employment Joint staffings Whats the point? People do better with housing when they are working towards stable employment. People do better in employment & training programs when they are stably housed. © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Crosswalk: A Pilot Model Macon County Macon County CoC and Macon-DeWitt LWIA MOU for referrals and joint case management Testing the concept Issues: Low numbers Data sharing © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
PHASE #3: GUIDE Over 80 Promising or Evidence-Based Practices Our Challenges: How to make it real, not just Show & Tell How to make it helpful for a wide range of practitioners © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
The Matrix Concept All practices are sorted by two dimensions: 1. Category (Collaboration, Planning, Screening, Supportive Services, Placement, etc.) 2. Timeframe for Implementation: Within three months 3-12 months One year or longer © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
User Process 1. Hop the link from SHPA website, or go straight to C2W site 2. Select category 3. Select timeframe © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Live Demonstration [www.ConnectToWork.org]www.ConnectToWork.org © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
Questions? © 2013 Spannaus Consulting
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