This paper offers real data to provide HPOG grantees and other workforce development projects with insight into career pathway strategies that may be overlooked. In particular, it explores a phenomenon referred to as "the benefits cliffs effect." It examines families that encounter benefits cliffs in eight states and describes strategies for working with HPOG participants and other low-income individuals to confront it.
In November 2013, Catrina came to the Southland Health Care Forum (SHCF), a Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program funded by the Office of Family Assistance, after experiencing a number of set-backs in her life. Her contentious divorce just finalized, she was in danger of losing her home and had not worked in four years. Catrina faced the daunting task of rebuilding her life and becoming self-sufficient.
To provide the tools needed for long-term self-sufficiency, Action for a Better Community Inc., (ABC) offers supportive services that focus on helping participants achieve the minimum reading and math proficiencies necessary to pass state level healthcare exams.
Paulette Bush went through most of her life wondering just what her calling was. With the help of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, she was able to create a career from a desire to experience something more out of life.