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Community Jobs

Report | Erin Burchfield, Sarah Yatsko | October 1, 2002

Transitional jobs programs are wage-based work and skill development programs designed to promote employment among those who have little or no work experience. In this model, participants work at short-term, publicly subsidized jobs that combine real work, skill development, and support services to help them

Community Jobs Program Moves People from Welfare to a Career Track

Community Jobs

Report | Erin Burchfield | April 1, 2002

Community Jobs (CJ) is the nation’s oldest and largest transitional jobs program providing paid work experience, training, education, and support services for welfare recipients who have not had success in finding or keeping a job. Based on wage data, the Economic Opportunity Institute assessed employment, jo

What is Community Jobs?

Community Jobs

Fact Sheet | Erin Burchfield | September 27, 2000

Community Jobs is the first and largest program in the nation to provide welfare recipients with paychecks for their work in the public and private nonprofit sectors. A component of WorkFirst, Washington state’s welfare reform program, Community Jobs (CJ) incorporates training, intensive support services, and

Community Jobs Program Timeline

Community Jobs

Fact Sheet | September 27, 2000

Program Timeline August 1997 WorkFirst begins, replacing former welfare system. WorkFirst caseload stands at 90,000. September 1997 The former Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (now the Office of Trade and Economic Development) and the Economic Opportunity Institute begin development of 

Community Jobs Fact Sheet

Community Jobs

Fact Sheet | September 27, 2000

Community Jobs is the first and largest program in the nation to provide welfare recipients with paychecks for their work in the public and private nonprofit sectors. A component of the state’s WorkFirst welfare reform program, Community Jobs incorporates training, intensive support services, and paid work th

Community Jobs: A Ladder Out of Welfare

Community Jobs

Issue Brief | September 26, 2000

In a time of unprecedented prosperity the ranks of the “working poor” are expanding. In Washington State 23% of families earn less than $35,000, the bare minimum needed to support one adult with two children.  Families must work more hours and multiple jobs to catch up  because there aren’t enough of the kind

Community Jobs Outcomes Assessment and Evaluation

Community Jobs

Report | Erin Burchfield, Annette Case, Paul Sommers | September 1, 2000

The new era of welfare reform emphasizing the movement from welfare to work began in 1996 with the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). The PRWORA abolished entitlements to public assistance, created Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and gave pr

Community Jobs Implementation Status Report

Community Jobs

Fact Sheet | May 1, 2000

Community Jobs (CJ) is one component of Washington State’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) “WorkFirst” system that combines waged work, a continuum of supports and mentoring for welfare recipients who are entering work. CJ is the first program in the nation to provide comprehensive, paid work ex

Making Welfare Reform Work for TANF Recipients

Community Jobs

Issue Brief | October 1, 1998

Community Jobs is an innovative public-private partnership serving “hard-to-employ” individuals on TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families). Community Jobs promotes work in the community, skill building and livable wage employment.  The program is the only one of its kind in the nation which provides welfare re

Advocating for Welfare to Work: Community Jobs

Community Jobs

Report | October 1, 1998

Community Jobs is an innovative public-private partnership serving “hard-to-employ” individuals on TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families). Community Jobs promotes work in the community, skill building and livable wage employment. The program is the only one of its kind in the nation which provides welfare rec

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