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Atlanta Business Chronicle Reports: First Step and Other Community Groups Work Together To Decrease Homelessness

Groups work together to decrease homelessness By Tonya Layman – Contributing Writer January 12, 2020 The number of people living on the streets of Atlanta has declined, in part due to several organizations partnering on a common theme: to lead the charge to make homelessness in Atlanta rare, brief and non-recurring. Over the last decade, [...]

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Philadelphia Inquirer Reports: Philly courts hosted a job fair for the pretrial population

by: Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Updated: July 23, 2019 It was an unconventional job fair. There were no splashy banners advertising companies, no branded swag, no suits. Just folks filling out paperwork on the benches of a Philadelphia courtroom Monday — sometimes with a drug test swab in their mouth — waiting for an interview where they’d [...]


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 [...]