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Destination: Work

The majority of homeless men and women can — and want to — work.

Destination: Home is forging pathways to employment. Combined with housing interventions like Rapid-Rehousing, access to increased income leads to self-sufficiency, meaning, and purpose. Our target is living-wage jobs that lead to careers in high-growth industries. We are building a systematic end to homelessness by igniting social enterprise and bringing together separate workforce and housing systems in new ways.

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High-Growth Industry Pathways

Healthcare

An 8-week training combining Certified Nursing Assistant skills with workplace professionalism training prepares young adults for careers in healthcare. This Leaders Up developed curriculum equips graduates to pass the state board exams and enter employment. After six months of work experience and support from the Silicon Valley Children's Fund/TeenForce, hospitals like Valley Medical Center and Kaiser are primed to hire these individuals at a living wage and beyond.

Building & Construction Trades

Working Partnerships conducts an established industry orientation and training program while providing supportive services, and guides graduates into apprenticeships and jobs.

Goodwill is launching a rapid HVAC training. Students learn by installing and repairing industrial equipment while also receiving support services. Local employers helped develop the training curriculum and agree to hire successful graduates.

The Building Trades Council helps facilitate relationships with employers and local unions representing 24 trades, toward the hiring of participants from these initiatives.

Advanced Manufacturing

An on-the-job-training mechanism developed by Work2Future gives employers incentive to hire candidates in a variety of living wage career paths including auto manufacturing, technology component assembly, and machining. Participants earn a stipend, receive transportation and child care assistance, and job placement.

Technology & Professional

We are exploring pathways into light technology and growing professional fields through the Center for Employment Training (CET)REDF, and others. These would create supported apprenticeship style opportunities in such fields as transportation, helpdesk, media design, low-voltage installation, data analysis, and administrative positions.

Build the Solutions: Social Enterprise

1Social enterprises prepare individuals coming out of homelessness for career success.
2Men and women gain paid employment experience and in-demand skills through a supported work environment, launching into existing career ladders.
3Businesses generate revenue while meeting a need in the community.

Serve the Person

Community resources combine to provide nearly 1,000 households temporary housing subsidies as they work to stabilize and achieve self-sufficiency. Through employment, families can successfully transition off of the subsidy and open these resources to the next family in need.

For those housed in permanent supportive housing, these initiatives offer supplemental income and meaningful daily activity, helping increase quality of life and housing stability.

Through a revamped homelessness prevention system, households on the brink of homelessness gain access to stable and well-paying jobs, stopping homelessness from occurring for hard working individuals and families struggling to survive.

Capacity Projections 2017-2020

Pilot Year 1 Pilot Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Healthcare 15 30 60 120
Building & Construction 75 160 235 310
Advanced Manufacturing 40 80 120 240
Technology/Administrative 10 20 40 80
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Performance Measurement & Collective Impact

Through a shared performance management system, we expect the outcomes to inform the way forward. Job placements, retention, living wages, and the number of households graduating into self-sufficiency are among the priority metrics.