Employment and Homelessness

Education and sustainable employment can make an enormous difference in people’s ability to pay for housing. Most people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness want to work. In fact, many are employed but earn too little to meet their basic needs. Unfortunately, it is not always clear how best to help people experiencing homelessness to improve their incomes. One of the most effective strategies to support individuals to move out of homelessness and into permanent housing is increasing access to meaningful and sustainable job training and employment. This page provides research, tools, and guidance for homeless service providers looking to connect individuals to employment with sustainable wages and permanent housing.

Resources

SNAPS Employment Strategies in Rapid Re-Housing Programs

The following documents and case studies offer snapshots of organizations and their RRH programs, highlighting key features of their RRH approaches, their varied strategies to helping participants find employment and/or increase earned income, common participant challenges, and community collaborations that may improve employment outcomes.

SNAPS Housing and Employment Works

The following SNAPS Fact Sheets discuss employment for people experience homelessness and provide an overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), rapid rehousing (RRH), and the HEARTH Act.