A City of Alexandria, Virginia program that supports low-income families in achieving independence through employment was ranked #1 in Virginia three times during Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.
The Alexandria Workforce Development Center’s Virginia Initiative for Employment Not Welfare (VIEW) Program, under the auspices of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), provides employment related services to City residents who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits.
VIEW Participants are provided with vocational counseling, job readiness training, job placement assistance, and supportive services to assist with job placement and retention. VIEW focuses on the participants’ strengths and provides services to help them overcome job-related challenges, as well as personal, medical and family challenges that affect employment.
“The VIEW program is one of many ways Alexandria supports families in need,” said Kate Garvey, Director of Community and Human Resources. “VIEW helps promote individual dignity and workforce development, while reducing the need for public assistance.”
According to VDSS, Alexandria’s VIEW participants earned the highest average wages of clients in January, May, and June 2015, and the second highest in five additional months. Also during FY 2015, the program ranked in the top 5% of all 120 localities for each month of the fiscal year and attained ninth ranking in the state for the percentage of clients who retained employment for at least three months, at 86%. Since its inception in 1996, the City’s program has consistently received top rankings for highest average monthly earnings for clients and job retention rates.