HUD has a strong commitment to providing employment opportunities, training,
and supportive services to assist low-income persons in becoming self-sufficient.
workforce development initiatives such as Family Self-Sufficiency, Youthbuild,
and the Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program, many PHAs
operate a variety of employment and training programs for residents.
research indicates that many of the families that remain on TANF are challenged
by multiple employment barriers, including minimal education, limited skill levels,
and poor work histories. Further, few housing authorities have the staff, resources,
or expertise to provide the level of training and employment services needed to
overcome participant barriers. Therefore, it is critical that housing authorities
partner with their local DOL One-Stop centers and other
community-based employment and training providers. These organizations can help
PHAs recruit work-ready families while also offering training and placement services
to voucher recipients in need of more extensive assistance.
The employment and training information listed below is useful
to housing authorities that want to improve existing programs and/or recruit partners
to provide employment-related services. When reviewing these and other resources,
housing authorities should consider the goals and objectives of their program
and create a service strategy that meets the needs of both WtW participants and
Guidance for Developing Employment Programs
Employment and Training