In July 2012, The Portland-Vancouver region received a Department of Labor grant to support Housing Works – a bi-state collaborations between three workforce investment boards and four public housing authorities to develop a model to effectively train and place long term housing residents into sustainable employment. As one of only a handful of pilot sites, the project is charged with producing proven practices that are replicable nationally. Worksystems serves as the lead agency for the grant.
The Housing Works partners are committed to aligning efforts to serve our common customers and achieve shared outcomes. Despite our intent to work together, significant challenges exist to serving this population. To address the challenges, we have established a set of policy recommendations to move our collective work forward.