According to the Williams Institute, LGBT adults experience poverty at much higher rater than Heterosexual adults.
What is PE? Project Empowerment (PE) provides supportive services, adult basic education, job coaching, employability, life skills and limited vocational training, and job search assistance to Los Angeles based LGBT residents living in areas with high unemployment and/or poverty levels. PE seeks to help alleviate widespread joblessness among the LA Native's hard-to-serve population with multiple employment barriers and successfully move them into the workforce.
- 21-50 years old
- Los Angeles resident (as verified through DMV records, lease, or judgment/commitment papers)
- Currently unemployed
- Not receiving government assistance, such as TANF, SSI or Unemployment Compensation (Food Stamps are acceptable)
- Not currently using any illegal substances (there will be random urinalysis conducted throughout program)
- Basic skills deficiency, demonstrated by a lack of sufficient mastery of basic educational skills exhibited by CASAS scores below the 8th grade reading level and/or an English language deficiency with an inability to speak, read, or write the English language
- Lack of secondary school educational credential (high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, “General Educational Development”)
- A documented history of substance abuse
- A history of Job Cycling in which he/she has not maintained employment for more than one (1) consecutive quarter in the past eight (8) quarters, as verified through UI Wage Bumps
- A conviction of a felony