Performance Improvement 2009. Do Welfare Recipients Receiving Career and Job Search Assistance Stay Employed and Get Promoted?

01/01/2009

The study assessed the interim impacts of the Enhanced Job Club (EJC) program in Los Angeles, California. EJC was part the Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) project, which was designed to identify and test innovative models designed to promote employment stability and wage progression among welfare recipients and other low-income groups. EJC targeted applicants of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance benefits who were unemployed and who were in Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) program, California’s mandatory Welfare-to-Work program.

The program did not increase employment retention or advancement over the follow-up period. Nor did it did affect public assistance receipt or income levels over the follow-up period.

Report Title: The Employment Retention and Advancement Project: A Comparison of Two Job Club Strategies: The Effects of Enhanced Versus Tradition Job Clubs in Los Angeles http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/welfare_employ/employ_retention/reports/era_la/era_la.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Michael Dubinsky, 202-401-3442
Performer: MDRC
PIC ID: 8926

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