Homeless women and families have unique needs related to securing income for housing.
There is a clear service gap for this population. CCI’s new workforce initiative was developed to help increase income for both housing and food security. The program leverages CCI’s expertise in working with this population along with community partners within a new model of employment-focused support for the homeless.
CCI’s Women’s Independence Program (WIP) is a new approach to workforce development within the homeless provider service arena. WIP is unique because it addresses employment barriers specific to women and families struggling with homelessness through a combination of onsite intensive individual support; life-tools; consistent, positive behavior reinforcement; incentives; and access to community resources that will help a marginalized population transition out of homelessness and on to self-support. WIP leverages case management services and a deep understanding of clients’ struggles, recognizing the common lack of healthy support systems.