Tennessee

Testimony

Presented Before the Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, House Committee on Government Reform

June, 2006

MDRC’s study of Jobs-Plus, an employment program for public housing residents, offered the first hard evidence that a work-focused intervention based in public housing can effectively boost residents’ earnings and promote their self-sufficiency. Congress may wish to consider introducing Jobs-Plus in additional housing developments across the country.

Report

Key Features of Mature Employment Programs in Seven Public Housing Communities

February, 2003
Linda Yuriko Kato

Aiming to significantly increase employment and economic self-sufficiency among public housing residents since its inception in 1997, the Jobs-Plus Community Revitalization Initiative for Public Housing Families created and operated on-site job centers at each of seven public housing developments in six cities across the nation.

Report

Lessons from the Jobs-Plus Demonstration

July, 2004
Alissa Gardenhire

This report examines how public housing authorities in six cities implemented one of the most innovative features of the Jobs-Plus demonstration: using incentives plans to keep rents lower than they would have been under existing rules as a way to encourage and reward work among public housing residents.

Report

Design Principles for a Study on Teacher Incentives

February, 2006
Jason Snipes, Janet Quint, Shelley Rappaport, Lynne Steuerle Schofield

This paper, produced by MDRC and the Laboratory for Student Success at Temple University, describes design principles for a study about the use of incentives to recruit and retain high-quality teachers for underperforming schools.

Report

An Examination of the Children at the Beginning of the Jobs-Plus Demonstration

December, 2002
Pamela Morris, Stephanie Jones

Children who live in public housing are commonly thought to be at greater risk of experiencing academic and behavioral problems than other low-income children, but this paper is among the few to explore empirically the characteristics and circumstances of these children.

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