Require Workforce Development in Family Shelter

Families experiencing homelessness are often employed. In FY21, 565 people entered a Win shelter while working. But the cost of living for a family is still too high to live independently in New York City without a good paying job. By increasing investment in workforce development programs, NYC can ensure families leaving shelter can pay for their next home. To help families find stability, it’s essential that parents can get stable, well-paid jobs and teenagers are supported in pursuing education and have the right skills to enter the workforce. Win recommends legislation requiring the Department of Homeless Services to create, implement, and fully fund income building programs in family shelters for all people 14 years and older to assist with job search, training and education, job retention and advancement, and financial literacy and planning.