This brief explores the employment experiences of public housing residents during the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) partnership in the Family Case Management Demonstration. The Demonstration was an innovative effort to test the feasibility of providing comprehensive support services, including pre- and post-job help, for fragile public housing families. 

December 30, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The results of Chicago Housing Authority’s attempts at helping its public housing residents find jobs.

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    How intensive case management may help participants toward self-sufficiency.

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    Why employment doesn't always translate into financial stability.

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    What it takes to employ people with complex poverty problems.

Key Takeaway

There might be a new way to increase income for public housing residents

Eight years after Chicago’s Transformation Plan inception, most residents were living in better housing and in substantially safer neighborhoods. However, nothing from the Panel Studies showed that these quality-of-life improvements translated into employment gains or increased earnings for CHA residents. The Chicago Family Case Management Demonstration implemented intensive support services to see if those employment outcomes could be changed. 

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