Skid Row to Employment The Seamless Transition

Skid Row to Employment The Seamless Transition

SRO Housing Corporation Opening Doors and Transforming Lives… “Skid Row” to Employment: The Seamless Transition Introductions Leslie Estrada, M.P...

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SRO Housing Corporation Opening Doors and Transforming Lives…

“Skid Row” to Employment:

The Seamless Transition

Introductions Leslie Estrada, M.P.A. Program Manager – Avenues to Work Rosalind Harris Program Manager - Specialty Programs

A Little History…



“Skid Row” – Logging Mills Pacific Coast



Residential Hotels – 19th Century



Transient/Seasonal Workers

Skid Row Los Angeles Today • Central City East • 50-Block Sector East of Downtown

• Homeless Population in LA County is 23,539 (2011)* • 66% of the homeless population is between the ages of 18-54* * From LAHSA Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count 2011

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Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Housing Corporation •

Established February 1984



Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless and very low income persons



A Few Examples of Supportive Services: • Recovery Programs • Food Services • Case Management • Mental Health Services • Employment Services

Avenues to Work (ATW) Goals •

Enroll 235 program participants per year



50% of participants will increase their income through employment



50% of those employed maintain employment for at least 120 days

ATW Participant Profile: Gender Male

Female

Transgender

1%

29%

70%

ATW Participant Profile: Age 30% 25%

23%

25%

27% 23%

20% 15% 10% 5%

3%

0% 20's

30's

40's

50's

60's

ATW Participant Profile: Race

1% 2%

American Indian/Alaskan Native Asian

1% 1% 30%

Hispanic

65% White Black or AfricanAmerican

Multiple

Characteristics of ATW Participants 95% Slept in emergency shelter last night • 38% Homeless > 1 Year • 32% Homeless due to underemployment •

Graduate degree from Princeton Ex-professional athletes

Published author Lawyer and Doctor

• Limited socialization skills • Little work experience • Gaps in employment • Felonies • Active parole or probation • Registered sex offenders

ATW Services Offered • • • • • • • • • • •

Employment Workshops On-The-Job Training Mock Interviews Personalized Job Leads Case Management Services Interview Clothes Hygiene Products Counseling Services In-House Computer Lab Housing up to 90 days Food Services

Employment Specialist vs. Case Manager Roles Employment Specialist Job Leads Weekly Job Search Forms Job Coaching Résumé On-going Weekly Communication • Transportation Support • • • • •

Case Manager • Supportive Services • Savings • Housing/Program Resources • Personal Hygiene Items • Employment Retention

ATW Participant’s Responsibilities • • •

• • •

Job Search Forms Computer Lab— 3 days/week - 1 hr/day Savings – 60% Drug Testing – Random Follow all rules for housing and food services Communication with Employment Specialist and Case Manager

Keys to Avenues to Work Success 

Celebrating all accomplishments- large and small

Creating linkages with community partners 

Achievements • • •

Exceeded goals for 2012-2013! No need for outreach Team Approach: oProximity oWeekly Staff Meetings oResource Sharing oEmployment Specialist Case Presentations oRing the Bell!

Class Graduation

Questions? Leslie Estrada, M.P.A. Program Manager – Avenues to Work [email protected] Rosalind Harris Program Manager – Specialty Programs [email protected]