Program Overview

The Jobs-Plus program at Mill Brook Community Center is a workforce development program modeled after a pilot program designed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC). The pilot produced a positive impact on residents’ earnings throughout the 4-year pilot timeframe and into the 3-year follow-up period. Because of its success, New York City established the nation’s first replication of Jobs-Plus in 2009 and chose the Mill Brook Community Center as one of its replication sites.

The Jobs-Plus program at Mill Brook Community Center officially began in April of 2013. The program will target 1,600 working age residents in the Mill Brook Housing Complex over 3 years and place a minimum of 560 in employment, with a focus on long-term employment and financial stability.

The Jobs-Plus program uses the one-stop model to raise and sustain the level of employment and earnings of public housing residents. Jobs-Plus services are tailored to the individual needs of both the unemployed and employed residents of public housing

What Is Offered

Employment activities, financial services and educational services are provided in the program.

Employment activities include:

  • Job placement
  • Resume preparation
  • Interviewing preparation
  • Sector-based trainings
  • Referrals to HHA training

Financial services include:

  • Financial counseling
  • Credit recovery
  • Debt reduction
  • Banking introduction
  • Earned income disallowance certificate
  • ETIC

Education services include:

  • Pre-HSE and HSE classes
  • Microsoft Suite
  • College preparation

How to Apply

To learn more about the Jobs-Plus program at East Side House’s Mill Brook Community Center, please contact Mustafa Tabakovic, Department Director of Adult Education & Workforce Development at East Side House at (718) 304-0155 ext. 256.