How Meaningful, Sustainable Work Prevents Homelessness
Meaningful and sustainable employment is the key to creating and maintaining housing stability. Unemployment, underemployment, and low wages relative to rent are frequent causes of homelessness and burden millions of families with the risk of becoming homeless. Connecting people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness with job training and placement programs is critical to ensure they have the tools they need for long-term stability and success.
People living in shelters who are employed
per hour is what a worker would have to earn to afford rent
spent on Food and Groceries in Guaranteed Income projects across the country in August 2022
Barriers to Employment
Many members of the homeless population have to combat barriers that can be almost insurmountable in such a competitive environment. Facilitating access to work supports like childcare subsidies and transportation assistance can help increase the likelihood that individuals will be able to retain employment. Lack of access to technology also serves as a disadvantage for the homeless individuals searching for work.
Ending homelessness will require closing the gap between incomes and housing costs. In such an equation, jobs that pay a living wage are critical. Government, labor, and the private sector must work in concert to ensure that all Americans who can work have an opportunity to obtain a job, which pays a living wage, and the necessary supports, such as child care and transportation in order to keep it.
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