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Community Jobs Fact Sheet

Community Jobs is the first and largest program in the nation to provide welfare recipients with paychecks for their work in the public and private nonprofit sectors. A component of the state’s WorkFirst welfare reform program, Community Jobs incorporates training, intensive support services, and paid work that all lead toward  permanent economic self-sufficiency. Community Jobs creates a wage ladder for very low-income people and is one of the state’s most successful programs serving hard-to employ individuals.

Goal:  To achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency for individuals who are moving from welfare to work.

Key program elements:  Community Jobs is a work program.

  • Participants earn a paycheck for hours worked.
  • Participants step onto a job ladder that leads to economic self-sufficiency and steady employment.
  • Participants begin a structured plan toward a living wage and independence from welfare.
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