Job Programs for Reentry Populations - Careers For Cause

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

County Spending Category
1.3 Care First, Jails Last
Federal Expenditure Category
Assistance to Unemployed or Undermployed Workers (e.g. job training, subsidized employment, employment supports or incentives)
Project Launch Date
02/28/2022
Anticipated End Date
12/31/2024

Project Contacts

Indicators & Metrics to Date

  • Number of Workers Enrolled in Sectoral Job Training Programs
    334
  • Number of People Participating in Summer Youth Employment Programs
    0
  • # of partnered community colleges who will serve as training partners
    0
  • Number of Workers Completing Sectoral Job Training Programs
    280
  • Partner with homeless provider
    2
  • Partner with community-based organizations to administer program
    3
  • Establish Partnership with LAHSA
    0
  • percentage of people experiencing homelessness
    47
  • percentage of veterans served
    5
  • percentage of system impacted individuals
    29
  • percentage of job placements
    62

Target Populations

  • Systems Impacted Individuals
  • Systems Involved Individuals
  • People Experiencing Homelessness

Project Description

Careers for a Cause (C4C) is an eight-week training program that supports individuals with lived experience in homelessness or the justice system in building skills and connecting to work in the homeless services and social services field. This program seeks to address our local homelessness crisis, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic, meet a labor need for thousands of homeless and social services jobs created with Measure H revenue, and build a compassionate and qualified workforce. From 2019 to 2022, C4C was successfully piloted in SD2, which according to the LAHSA Homeless Count Report, is the supervisorial district with the largest volume of unhoused residents in Los Angeles County. With ARPA funds, in 2022, we will enhance and expand C4C, adding new supportive and employment services as well as expanding to each of the supervisorial districts for a goal of 220 individuals trained. C4C is an equity-focused investment that supports Cares First, Jails Last. The program is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and meet urgent community needs by providing case management, training, paid internships, and job placement assistance to those most in need. C4C project enhancement and geographic expansion is shown as necessary based on the following American Recovery Plan Act indices: Covid-19 Vulnerability and Recovery Index Concentrated Disadvantaged Tracts Tenant Vulnerability Incarceration Impact Social Vulnerability These indices are disaggregated in the Equity Explorer by population need levels from Highest to Lowest. The C4C Project expansion will align its services using the indices to target areas ranked from Highest to Moderate need.

Goals & Objectives

Goal Description Target LA County residents who are low-income and self-identify lived experience in homelessness or justice-involvement build skills and connect to high-demand employment in the homeless and social services field, creating an empathetic workforce and ensuring living wages. Along with LA County residents who faced justice-involvement build in-demand skills for the labor market and access supportive services and job placement services.

Objective Description The objective is to provide homeless services job training to a total of 220 individuals countywide.

Activity Description To engage in subrecipient partnerships with 2-6 homeless services providers (community-based organizations) who will serve as the area specific contracted homeless service coordinator(s) providing case management, occupational therapy, training stipend distribution, and coordination of job placement.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Program Outcome Partner with homeless provider 2.00 6.00
2 Program Outcome Partner with community-based organizations to administer program 2.00 6.00

Activity Description To partner with six community colleges who will serve as training partners for the C4C program.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Service Delivery # of partnered community colleges who will serve as training partners 2.00 6.00

Activity Description To engage, convene, and gain commitment from homeless services providers to hire interns/employees and provide mentorship.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Service Delivery Partner with homeless provider 2.00 6.00

Activity Description To collaborate with LAHSA to improve homeless services agency partnership, commitment, and job placement outcomes.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Service Delivery Acquiring LAHSA collaboration 1.00 1.00
2 Program Outcome Establish Partnership with LAHSA 1.00 1.00

Outcome Description Our goal of job training is job placement for these individuals and the resulting economic stability that will help with providing a longer road to lifelong self-sufficiency.
Indicators
# Type Name Baseline Target
1 Program Outcome Number of Workers Completing Sectoral Job Training Programs 260.00 220.00
1 Service Delivery percentage of people experiencing homelessness 50.00 70.00
1 Service Delivery percentage of veterans served 5.00 20.00
1 Service Delivery percentage of system impacted individuals 29.00 30.00
1 Service Delivery percentage of job placements 54.20 60.00