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Workforce Referral Networks: The Hot New Approach to Local Hiring

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This article was reposted from City Limits, an independent online news source.

JobsFirstNYC, from the “Innovations in the Field” series

A 2015 map of partners in the Lower East Side Employment Network

In low-income communities throughout the city that are discussing large development projects or neighborhood rezonings, residents frequently demand guarantees of local hiring. It’s a concern of obvious importance—a matter of ensuring wealth generated by neighborhood change is distributed equitably. And it’s especially relevant where new development threatens to exacerbate displacement pressures for existing low-income residents. If

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