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IMPACT Matters: February 2012

IMPACT Matters: February 2012

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February 2012
New Report Release: Social IMPACT Research Center EvaluatesChicagoNeighborhood JobStart, a Transitional Jobs Response to the GreatRecession
In 2010, the 2016 Fund for Chicago Neighborhoods and the Illinois Department of HumanServices leveraged philanthropic funds and federal TANF Emergency Funds to create Chicago Neighborhood JobStart. 
JobStart placed low‐income youth and adults from historically high‐
unemployment neighborhoods into temporary jobs with local employers, subsidized their wageand payroll costs, and provided and providedsupportive services to help them maintainemployment.The 
 evaluationof Jobstart included review of program records,interviews, and participant, employer, and staff surveys. The full report highlights the following:In the course of 4 months, JobStartrecruited and trained 1,618 participantsand placed 1,518 into transitional jobs.On average, adult participants worked 9.1 weeks and earned twice their averagehousehold income upon entering JobStart.JobStart participants earned $3.9 million in wages through the program. Assumingthey spent 70% of wages earned in the retail sector of Cook County, JobStart wageswere associated with a $5.1 million increase in demand for goods and services acrossall sectors, a $1.2 million increase in household earnings, and an increase inemployment of 44 jobs across Cook County.Among JobStart employers who responded to an evaluation survey, the majorityreported that employing JobStart participants resulted in moderate positive effects onbusiness performance in the areas of productivity, quality of work, number of customers or clients they were able to serve, customer or client satisfaction, andworkforce satisfaction with workload.Visit our JobStart page to download the full evaluation report and summaries.
New Report Release: Porter County Plan to End Homelessness
Faced with an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness and a systemstrained doing what it can to address the issue, service providers, shelter and housingproviders, community members, faith-based organizations and local funders commissionedthe Social IMPACT Research Center to create a Plan to End Homelessness for Porter County. 
Have YouHeard?
(FP2O) released a
statement highlightinghow the proposedstate budget willimpact Illinoisansexperiencing poverty.
Poverty in Illinois is atits highest point indecades. At a timewhen need is growing,the proposed statebudget for fiscal year2013 poses manythreats to people inpoverty.
 Read the press releasehere.
What AboutMyCommunity?
IMPACT has been hardat work crunchingdata!
The 2006-2010American CommunitySurvey data book isnow available.

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