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Homelessness and joblessness are inextricably linked. Stated simply, being homeless makes it difficult to find a job and not having a job makes it difficult to find and maintain a home. This chapter provides an overview of the nexus between homelessness and joblessness, with a particular focus on individual and systemic barriers that make it difficult for homeless people to find and keep a job. The chapter also introduces the importance of addressing the twin challenges of homelessness and joblessness through a collaborative community planning process that involves both the homeless assistance and workforce development systems. (Authors)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has developed a series of training products addressing the employment needs of individuals who are homeless. These include a toolkit on Financing Employment Services, a guidebook on Coordinating Community Plans, a guidebook on Creating Community Employment Pathways, and a series of nine audio lectures. The lectures are intended for providers and offer tips on outreach, engagement, working with the employment system, and more. The link to the audio lectures is All of these products are available on the HUD Homelessness Resource Exchange. (Authors)

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