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Utah and Montana GenLEX Initiative

In June 2012, Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS), in partnership with Montana’s Department of Labor, was awarded a Workforce Innovation Fund Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to carry out the consortium’s “Next Generation Labor Exchange (GenLEX)” initiative. The University of Utah’s Social Research Institute (SRI) was awarded the contract to serve as the third-party evaluator. This included providing a research design and statistical analysis for the evaluation of three sets of LEX test components introduced through the GenLEX project.

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Family Employment Program

In fall 2011, the Social Research Institute (SRI) of the University of Utah’s College of Social Work partnered with Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) to conduct a longitudinal study of new FEP participants beginning their experience with cash assistance, following a significant redesign of the FEP program.

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TANF Rapid Rehousing Evaluation

The purpose of this report is to provide data to inform the content of the Request for Grants (RFG) through which DWS will be soliciting proposals from community entities to provide rapid rehousing and homeless prevention services to TANF eligible families.

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Palmer Court Employment Pilot

Utah’s most aggressive effort to end chronic homelessness and reduce overall homelessness started in 2004. Although “Housing First” guides the plan, providing employment and work readiness activities was part of this vision. Beginning in 2010, plans were developed to provide supported employment opportunities for formerly chronically homeless individuals. Palmer Court, a permanent supportive housing (PSH) facility with both single adults and families, was selected as the employment pilot test site.

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Humanitarian Center Program

Since October 2009, the Humanitarian Center Program has provided daily jobs skills training (4 hours) and English language classes (4 hours) to refugees seeking to gain employment to help support themselves and their families. This partnership program between Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the LDS church seeks to “help participants improve their employable skills so that they will be job-ready and able to move into family-supporting paid employment at some time within approximately 12 months of program entry.”

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Last Updated: 5/29/19