Innovations in Community Development: HomeBASE: Building Assets and Securing Employment
This pilot Welfare-to-Work program combined housing and job placement services with resounding success. When the three-year initiative ended in 2002, 744 families have been relocated into fit and affordable housing, and 500 family members had been placed in jobs. HomeBASE used decent housing as the first step and the foundation for the economic stabilization of the families. It also used community-based services, and a long-term, one-on-one program coach who provided personal support and services. This profile is one in a series entitled Innovations in Community Development, which documents effective community revitalization programs developed by Enterprise Community Partners and others in partnership with nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, local governments and corporations. It will serve those looking to replicate large-scale programs as well as those researching the industry's leading efforts. It discusses the need, implementation, partners, financing, accomplishments and lessons learned.