Employment, Health Care, and Housing

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Drawing from the paper “Work Matters: Employment as a  Tool for Preventing Homelessness and Improving Health” by the National Transitional Jobs Network and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, this 1.5 hour webinar will summarize workforce development models, asset-building strategies, federal funding sources, and recommendations for employment and homeless services providers seeking to address the employment goals of their participants.

Poor health, unemployment, and homelessness are interconnected conditions that can exacerbate and reinforce each other. A physical or mental health condition that results in loss of employment can, in turn, lead to homelessness if an individual exhausts savings. Lack of housing increases an individual’s exposure to disease and can worsen preexisting medical conditions. Poor health only makes it more difficult to secure and maintain employment to pay for housing. Employment, in short, is a significant social determinant of health. Employment-related services may be provided as part of a health center’s case management activities. The quick guide and this webinar support integration of employment-related interventions with the already robust primary care and housing services being provided by health care for the homeless projects and related service providers.


  • Brian Zralek, MSSW; Consumer Advocate, National Health Care for the Homeless Council; Nashville, Tennessee
  • Chris Warland, MA; Manager of Program Quality and Technical Assistance, National Transitional Jobs Network; Chicago
  • Michael Graff-Weisner, MPP; Vice-president of Programs & Government Relations, Chrysalis; Los Angeles
  • Caitlin Schnur, MA; Policy and Research Assistant, National Transitional Jobs Network; Chicago
  • Wendy Lauser, MS; Director of IMPACT Employment Services, Pine Street Inn; Boston