Joe enrolled in Transform Milwaukee Jobs in April 2015. A continuation of a statewide initiative launched in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Milwaukee program was one of many “demonstration projects” the stimulus bill funded that are considered transitional jobs programs.
Transitional jobs programs arrange temporary jobs for people who aren’t able to find their own, while also fully or partly subsidizing the wages for that worker. The aim is to make sure everyone who wants a job gets a fair shot at one. It’s not uncommon for employers to hire workers permanently once a program period ends, or for workers to find a permanent job during or shortly after, thanks to experience and often a reference from their transitional worksite. Advocates of transitional jobs programs include the co-author of $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.