Philadelphia Inquirer Reports: Philly launched a program to put homeless people to work. Here’s what happened.

by Samantha Melamed (updated June 11, 2019) As a Monday morning rain rinsed LOVE Park and chased early commuters into their offices, 34 people gathered by the LOVE sculpture and waited impatiently for a lottery to begin. Roberto Valdez, an outreach worker from Mental Health Partnerships (MHP), read out the numbers, and wide grins broke [...]

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Los Angeles and San Bernandino Counties Consider First Step Rapid Employment Model to Address Homelessness

The recent e-newsletter from the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness wrote a piece on employment scaling for homeless people in Los Angeles county and San Bernandino county.  It read: Employment has long been a vacuum in homeless policy, an orphan in our policy household. There have been many boutique programs without scale to [...]

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First Step Philadelphia Celebrates One Year Anniversary and the Power of Employment to Transform Lives

Weekly Employment of Over 350 Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in the Region in 2018 and $14.5 Million in Earned Wages Paid Philadelphia, PA – January 31, 2019 On Thursday, January 24, 2019, First Step Staffing (FSS) celebrated the one year anniversary of its expansion to Philadelphia. The event took place at the Wells Fargo Museum [...]