Because people experiencing homelessness are often disconnected from society – lacking a permanent address, consistent access to the internet, or a phone number – it can be difficult for them to search for employment opportunities. With inconsistent access to laundry services, showers, or transportation modes, those experiencing homelessness as employees also often present unique challenges to employers. Organizations and programs exist to help make this interaction more amenable for both parties – by connecting those experiencing homelessness with employment opportunities and by working with employers to help them better respond to the unique circumstances of employees experiencing homelessness. Job search assistance programs often work more effectively, too, when they are run hand-in-hand with professional skills training and general life skills development, to help those experiencing homelessness be fully qualified for a broader array of opportunities and to help them succeed in those opportunities to the fullest capacity in their new positions.
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Chrysalis Gives a Hand Up, Not Hand Outs Los Angeles, California
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