MDRC and Hostos Community College | Jobs-Plus Replication at the NYC Housing Authority

We were engaged to facilitate the replication of the successful, evidence-based Jobs-Plus employment initiative at Jefferson Houses in East Harlem. We helped both to design and implement the initiative, which connects clients to job opportunities and supports that will enable them to maintain employment. In the first phase of the engagement, we analyzed NYCHA rent policies and public assistance rules to model families’ take-home pay from earnings increases. This informed a key component of the initiative: income counseling and the development of service strategies for combining earnings increases, work supports, and the NYCHA Earned Income Disallowance to increase residents’ income and self-sufficiency. In the second phase, we worked with government and nonprofit stakeholders to propose packages of rent incentives and income supports that would eliminate the disincentive to employment and “make work pay.” In the final project phase, we facilitated efforts to tailor the program design to the local community and managed the program implementation.

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