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Jobs Strategies in the Era of Welfare Reform

A Community-Based Model of Legal Services

By Greg Volz & Brad Caftel

Sector employment intervention, a systemic approach to community economic development, seeks to connect residents of poor communities to employment opportunities, livable wages and benefits, good working conditions, and advancement opportunities. The experience of the local legal services provider in Chester, Pennsylvania, illustrates the effectiveness of sector employment intervention. There the legal services provider used it to encourage collaborative approaches for the promotion of training and employment opportunities for low-income residents.

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