Employment supports recovery and can help people experiencing homelessness gain income, stable housing, and a sense of purpose.

Employment can play an important role in recovery. People with histories of homelessness, including those with disabilities, often want to work given the opportunity and support to do so. When people who previously experienced homelessness are placed in housing, many develop feelings of isolation. Employment not only provides income, but offers a structured activity with a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Also, employment promotes membership in the community and social inclusion.

The following are helpful tips for case managers and employment specialists for helping clients pursue employment:

  • Set and support vocational goals
  • Help clients determine their strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify the resources clients need to be successful
  • Support clients in developing their job skills
  • Match clients with appropriate job opportunities

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Last Updated: 04/19/2016