Employers

Employing the Homeless


Untapped Talent Pool

Long term, living wage earning employment is absolutely vital, if not the paramount factor, to achieving self-sufficiency. Giving homeless individuals the opportunities and the means to obtain such employment can be a permanent solution if approached with an open mind. Naturally, along with stereotypical assumptions come stereotypical questions. Is someone homeless, reliable? Will they be able to handle a “normal” workload? Can they get to and from work? Are they clean and presentable? The list goes on. While these questions in and of themselves are not inappropriate, as they should be asked of any potential employee; the problem is the presumption that the answers are going to be “no” when being asked of someone who is homeless.

The truth is that available information indicates that substantial percentages of individuals who are homeless not only have a strong desire to work but often have impressive academic backgrounds and previous work histories.  If it is a question of work ethic consider this: Many of these individuals walk many miles per day from shelters to food banks just for a meal. Those who are fortunate enough to find some temporary work usually find it in extremely labor intensive environments like construction, farming, manufacturing, and service industries. They are constantly exposed to living conditions that are not only stressful but in many cases hostile and violent. Their profession is survival – and yet many employers still assume they are lazy.

​Many of these individuals have talents and skills that may not be apparent upon a first look. If given the proper opportunities they will excel well beyond what is expected of them.
              Employers are struggling to fill jobs         and are pursuing new stratagies to overcome hiring difficulties impacted by the talent shortage and skills gap.  
We work with hundreds of qualified, competent, and dependable individuals and have found that most if given the opportunity would gladly accept gainful, legal employment.  Employers benefit by reducing recruitment time and cost and also may be eligleble for hiring incentives.  Its a win-win.  

Employer Hiring Incentives

WOTC

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

WOTC helps targeted workers move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers, while participating employers are able to reduce their income tax liability.
How large is the tax credit?

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Homeless Veterans Program - Employment Toolkit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

WOTC helps targeted workers move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers, while participating employers are able to reduce their income tax liability.
How large is the tax credit?

              Employers are struggling to fill jobs         and are pursuing new stratagies to  overcome hiring difficulties impacted by the talent shortage and skills gap.