Jobs Plus ATX
What is Jobs Plus?
Jobs Plus is a new program that helps public housing residents at Booker T. Washington Terraces and Chalmers Courts work their way to long-term employment and self-sufficiency. The Jobs Plus team will assist residents by introducing them to partner organizations who specialize in various employment services, by providing financial incentives that make work pay by building a community that will support and celebrate working residents.
The Jobs Plus team is committed to aiding residents to meet their goals by introducing and referring them to partner organizations. These organizations will help residents with:
- Job skills training
- Computer literacy training
- Career counseling
- Job placement services
- Higher education classes
- Classes for those interested in owning a business
- Support for career advancement
Jobs Plus also offers incentives for getting and sticking with a job. By signing up for Jobs Plus, residents become eligible for Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard (JPEID). When a resident is on JPEID, 0 percent of their wages from employment are counted when calculating rent. This means that residents' rents will not increase because of employment.
Financial coaching and training will be available to all participants. Jobs Plus staff will help residents move their way up in the career of their choice and on their way to earning higher wages and becoming financially independent.
Are you a leader in your community? Have you finished school or worked recently? Do you like to talk to your neighbors, share information and encourage their success? You may be just the person to work for Jobs Plus ATX as a Jobs Plus Community Liaison. Community Liaisons are residents of Chalmers Courts or Booker T. Washington Terraces that work 10-20 hours per week on behalf of Jobs Plus.
In addition, employment success will be celebrated by the whole community. Jobs Plus will be hosting a variety of events such as:
- Basketball tournaments or other recreational activities
- Gatherings for Jobs Plus participants and community members
- Events that recognize and celebrate major achievements
If you are interested in becoming a Jobs Plus participant or Community Liaison, please contact Kate Levell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 477-4488 ext. 3415.