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Jobs Plus Initiative
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2020
Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)
Awards grant funding to public housing authorities (PHAs) to implement locally based employment programs for public housing residents. Provides a financial incentive and a wide range of employment, education, and support services designed to increase self-sufficiency, economic and housing stability. Seeks to build a culture of work and create stronger, more cohesive communities for individuals and families living in public housing.
Jobs Plus initiatives must include 3 core program components:
Employment-related services that are
responsive to resident needs as well as local trends
and conditions. On-site services include but are not
- Career exploration and job readiness workshops
- Job search and job placement assistance
- Entrepreneurship workshops
- Work experience such as on-the-job training, internships, pre-apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships
- Facilitated connections to education and training opportunities
- Rapid re-employment after a job loss
- Proactive post-placement support, such as job retention and career advancement coaching
- Technology training and access to computers, phones, fax, copy machines, supplies for employment-related activities
- Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID) financial incentive offered to participants in order to offset rent increases that may occur due to a rise in earned income. JPEID excludes 100% of a participant's incremental earned income from the Family Rent calculation for up to 48 months.
- Community support for work (CSW) activities that engage the entire public housing community and foster an environment that is supportive of and complementary to direct employment-related program services. CSW may include structured as well as non-traditional activities to build trust and strengthen a culture of employment, such as social activities, the use of community coaches, and informal types of assistance and mutual aid among residents.
In addition, grantees are required to establish partnerships with Workforce Development Boards, American Job Centers, local social service agencies, educational institutions, and job/vocational training organizations. Programs may also work with agencies and organizations to provide services necessary to support employment, including but not limited to:
- Childcare services and afterschool programs
- Transportation assistance
- Financial literacy workshops
- Legal services
- Domestic violence prevention services
- Services for formerly incarcerated, returning, and reentering individuals
- Life skills
- Smoking cessation
- Other appropriate local business support
Amount of Funding
Award amounts are based on the number of non-elderly households in the public housing development served by the program. Maximum award amounts are as follows:
- $2,300,000 for housing projects with 200-400 non-elderly households
- $3,000,000 for housing projects with 401-600 non-elderly households
- $3,700,000 for housing projects with more than 600 non-elderly households
Award floor: $1,500,000 per project
Project period: 54 months
Estimated number of awards: 5
Estimated total program funding: $15,000,000
Applicants must provide matching funds for 25% of the project costs. Matching funds can be cash and/or in-kind contributions and may be from non-federal or other federal sources.
Who Can Apply
Eligibility is limited to public housing authorities (PHAs) that operate one or more public housing projects and meet the following criteria:
- Have a minimum project size of 200 households in which at least one resident is less than 65 years old
- Have at least 40% of households, excluding elderly households, that report no earned income in the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Inventory Management System (IMS) or IMS/PIC, previously know as the Office of Public and Indian Housing Information Center (PIC).
- Serve a public housing project that is contiguous, unless the applicant can demonstrate that the program will succeed in a non-contiguous and/or scattered housing project
A list of eligible public housing projects can be found in Appendix B of the funding announcement. Projects not listed in Appendix B may request a Review of Eligibility if they believe a combination of projects will meet eligibility requirements.
PHAs that received a Jobs Plus grant award in fiscal year (FY) 2016, FY 2017, FY 2018, or FY 2019 are not eligible for this opportunity.
Additional eligibility information, including threshold eligibility requirements, can be found in the program guidance.
What This Program Funds
Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing
Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.
For programmatic or technical
TTY at 800-877-8339
Topics This Program Addresses
Community Planning and Coalition Building • Education and Training • Employment • Housing and Homelessness • Social Services