HPOG 1.0—Emergency Assistance provided the option to receive emergency financial assistance in addition to standard HPOG services. It was an enhancement of HPOG 1.0, which provided education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other individuals with low income for occupations in the health care field expected to pay well and experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

HPOG 1.0—Emergency Assistance provided the option to receive emergency financial assistance in addition to standard HPOG services. It was an enhancement of HPOG 1.0, which provided education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other individuals with low income for occupations in the health care field expected to pay well and experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

HPOG 1.0 Emergency Assistance grantees provided standard HPOG services and, to a subset of participants, the option to receive emergency assistance to cover unexpected expenses. These expenses could include car repair, child care, eviction prevention, and utility payments.

HPOG 1.0 refers to the first round of five-year HPOG grants that ACF awarded in 2010. HPOG 1.0 funded grantees that were required to (1) help participants develop skills relevant to the health care industry; (2) support career pathways that allowed participants to build a career by advancing through successively higher levels of education and training and to exit into employment at multiple possible points; (3) provide training leading to credentials recognized by employers and the health care industry; (4) provide supportive services, such as financial counseling or job retention services, to help participants overcome barriers to training participation and employment; and (5) provide training at accessible times and locations. The most common occupational training programs were six-to-eight week courses to become a nursing aide, orderly, or attendant; some registered nursing programs could last up to four years.

All HPOG 1.0 programs served TANF recipients and other individuals with low income, but different programs set different financial, academic, and behavioral criteria to determine whether applicants were eligible. HPOG 1.0–Emergency Assistance was implemented in the following locations: Full Employment Council (Missouri), Bergen Community College (New Jersey), and the New York Research Foundation of the City University of New York-Hostos Community College. The evaluation of HPOG 1.0—Emergency Assistance also examined the effectiveness of: HPOG 1.0 - Facilitated Peer Support, HPOG 1.0 - Noncash Incentives, and HPOG 1.0.

Year evaluation began: 2013
Populations and employment barriers:
Intervention services: Supportive services
Setting(s): Urban only

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term Little evidence to assess support favorable $-162 per year -0.06 1236
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods No evidence to assess support

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1