• Program Education
  • Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–June 30, 2005
  • Location Chicago, IL, United States
  • Geographic Focus Chicago

About this grant

Alternative staffing services work to connect disadvantaged workers with temporary and temporary-to-permanent employment. Suburban Job-Link has been providing transitional employment and commuter transportation for low-income workers in Chicago since 1970.Funding will enable Suburban Job-Link to increase the hours of billable labor each year; place 60 new hires per month; add one new transit-accessible employment contract each month; and ensure that each new job provides a margin of at least 50 cents per hour to offset supportive service costs. The University of Massachusetts-Boston will monitor and evaluate the implementation of this project through site visits, quarterly reports and interviews.Suburban Job-Link, founded in 1970, was the first nonprofit, community-based organization in the United States to start and operate a market-based alternative staffing service.