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ReferencesRunning head: EMPLOYING THE HOMELESS 1Bridging the Gap Between the Homelessness and EmploymentLorraine AcostaJohnson & Wales UniversityEMPLOYING THE HOMELESS 2America: the land of opportunity. Where one can achieve anything that they put their minds to, no matter who they are, and where migrants come to seek the “American Dream.” This dream is,literally, just a dream to the homeless population in our country because of the very limited opportunities they have. The key to creating and maintaining housing stability in the first place issustainable and meaningful employment as underemployment, unemployment, as well as low wages in relativity to rent are the constant causes of homelessness (NCH). However, people that are experiencing homelessness are faced with every-day obstacles when it comes to finding and maintaining employment. Consequently, connecting these individuals with job placement and training programs is crucial to make sure they have the necessary tools they need to maintain long-term stability and success. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 553,000 homeless individuals in the U.S. in 2018 (Forbes, 2018). Some of the struggles they face when trying to find employment include, but are not limited to, having young children with no access to child-care and, therefore, not being able to work, chronic health or substance abuse issues, lack of access to transportation, poor credit, which prevents them from finding work or housing, and low educational levels. These barriers contribute to the types of employment available to an individual, which often don’t pay enough to cover a small studio apartment, much less support a family. Employment programs only meet some of the basic needs, but often struggle to provide adequate income (NCH). An evaluation of the Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program (JTHDP) showed that the very few employment programs that are successful provide access to a number of services, like housing, which, aside from disabilities and other health problems, is the biggest struggle when trying to find a job. In response to this problem, my study proposes to investigateEMPLOYING THE HOMELESS 3why these successful programs have not been replicated and established across the country and providing several options on how this can be accomplished. I plan to carry out an investigation on how the country’s budget for these matters has been used so far and provide changes that could help fix this national issue.EMPLOYING THE HOMELESS 4ReferencesBuilding a Movement to End Homelessness. (n.d.). Retrieved from National Coalition for the Homeless: https://nationalhomeless.org/issues/economic-justice/McCarthy, N. (2018, December 20). The U.S. Cities with the Most Homeless People in 2018. Retrieved from Forbes:


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