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  • HUD awards $1 million to support homeless efforts

    May 03, 2016 | Read More News
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    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced May 2 awards of $355 million to support efforts across the country to assist those living with homelessness. The announcement included awards of nearly $1.1 million to Tucson and Pima County.

    Sullivan Jackson Employment CenterThese Continuum of Care (CoC) grants support the Obama Administration's efforts to end homelessness and build upon the $1.6 billion in funding HUD awarded through a first round of funding made in March.

    In Pima County, programs and funding amounts include:
    • Pima County Project Advent Rapid Rehousing, $418,241
    • Pima County La Casita, $200,199
    • Pima County One-Stop Rapid Rehousing, $200,681
    • Pima County new Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) expansion, $200,000
    • Old Pueblo Community Foundation/Agave Project, $64,003
    The largest award ($418,241) supports the county’s Project Advent Rapid Rehousing program, administered by the Sullivan Jackson Employment Center (SJEC). Sullivan Jackson is the only program of its type in Arizona and one of just four satellite American Job Centers in the nation providing employment assistance to people experiencing homelessness. 

    In Fiscal Year 2014-15 under Project Advent, SJEC moved 158 clients through 30 units of housing. The turnover was the result of clients finding stable employment and moving out into unsubsidized housing; 58 percent of clients exited the program at the six-month interval. 

    Steve Nelson, project coordinator at Sullivan Jackson, said the HMIS expansion allows Sullivan Jackson to implement the coordinated entry process. “That’s a systems approach to referrals within the continuum of care,” he explained.

    Nelson said a 20 percent employment rate for homeless job seekers is seen as successful. “But 61 percent of Sullivan Jackson clients are earning incomes upon completion of the center’s program,” which includes a Job Offer Academy, an intensive, hands-on job-hunting preparation course broken into modules covering such issues as interview appearance, job market analysis and writing better applications and resumes. 


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