For most of the people that Jobs Have Priority serves, homelessness is a multi-generational problem. Most grew up in poverty and have experienced housing instability all their lives. So JHP provides them with the skills they need to imagine and create a better life. Managing three shelters in the DC area (all at maximum capacity), JHP provides food and safety, as well as counseling, support groups, day care, and financial assistance, to 382 individuals. Two homeless employment and assistance centers reach 422 residents from nine emergency shelters. A case manager works one-on-one with each individual or family to pinpoint the challenges in finding a job and a home and craft next steps. Collaborative agreements with other service providers, the business community, and management companies jumpstart the employment and housing search for shelter clients, and JHP supports them as brand-new employees and tenants. Each year, JHP places 300 people in jobs and 280 in permanent housing. These are difficult, critical steps out of poverty and into a new life. You can be the catalyst.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of homeless people placed in jobs last year (July 2012 to June 2013):   418
  • Number of homeless people moved from shelter to permanent housing:   316
  • Percentage of people placed in jobs who are still working after one-year.:   60%

Awards & Recognition

2013/14 accepted into the Catalog of Philanthropy
2010 received the Baptist Award for outstanding contributions in community development
2008 Featured in a CSET video on veterans and substance abuse
2006/7 Catalog of Philanthropy
2005 featured in the Spirit of Giving Guide


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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Jobs Have Priority is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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