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Homeless Employment Collaborative

** This program is temporarily unavailable.

Finding employment for homeless individuals, including veterans and those who are formerly incarcerated.

Program participants receive life skills training that prepares them for employment, to return to school, or to enroll and participate in an occupational or vocational training program.

Eligibility and referrals

The program has an annual capacity of 103 clients. To be eligible for the program, an individual must be homeless and 18 years of age or older. Items required for intake are: (1) California ID/ Driver’s License; (2) Social Security Card; (3) One-stop card; (4) Current TB Clearance; and (5) Resume. The intake process lasts approximately 35-40 minutes and involves an in-person interview to create an individualized work plan for the enrollee.

For more information please contact Gerald Miller at (415) 621-5661 ext. 100 or

How it works

The Homeless Employment Collaborative (HEC) targets homeless individuals living on the streets, in emergency shelters, in transitional housing, or in supportive housing programs. Clients receive services provided by a collaborative of organizations including CJCJ, Goodwill Industries, and Swords to Plowshares.

Once enrolled, program staff provide monthly 20-hour Life Skills Training and 20-hour individualized services to clients. The life skills curriculum, Awakening New Futures, provides modules including:

  • Self-esteem
  • Communications and problem solving
  • Application and resume development
  • Interviewing skills
  • Finding and keeping a job

An individualized assessment determines what additional services a client requires. HEC also provides clothing, food, medical care access, school materials, and residential necessities as needed. A case manager assists the client throughout the program, providing referrals to other agencies and introducing job leads as appropriate. On average, HEC places 3-5 clients in employment per month at an average wage of $12 an hour.


Formerly a Northern California Service League (NCSL) program, HEC began operations in 1987 in partnership with Goodwill Industries and Swords to Plowshares. Awakening New Futures is the evidence-based curriculum utilized to deliver the employment reentry services. The curriculum was developed by NCSL in 1988, with updates in 1995 and 1998, and is provided to approximately 150 clients annually.

Gerald Miller, Director of Community-Based Services
Tel: (415) 621-5661 ext. 100
Fax: (415) 621-5466

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
424 Guerrero Street, Suite A
San Francisco, CA 94110

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