America Works succeeds by helping each candidate succeed. It is the only 100% performance-based organization of its kind. Rather than spending taxpayer dollars on education and training programs, which produce limited results, it saves taxpayers by moving candidates from government programs into private-sector employment. That's one reason it's popular with policymakers as well as politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Here's a summary of the cost savings that result when America Works is hired.
Governments get what they pay for: Outcomes, not process. Contracting agencies incur no expenses until America Works places a candidate into a job - and that candidate remains employed for a predetermined period, typically 90-180 days. Only then is America Works paid in full. The New York State Department of Labor determined that 88% of the people placed by America Works remain off the welfare rolls three years later.
REDUCED GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCY
Calculated conservatively, welfare payments for a family of three cost an average of $15,000 every year. The average family remains on welfare for 10 years for a total lifetime cost for each family of $150,000. In contrast, the one-time fee charged by America Works is a genuine bargain. This is particularly true when America Works' extraordinarily high retention rates and performance-based contract terms are factored in.
Below are some statistics and comments from studies and our own records.
America Works of New York, Inc. has always met, or exceeded its placement goals.
– HRA & DHS Evaluation
Of all clients served by America Works of Maryland, 74% have remained off welfare.
– Columbia University Evaluation
The “work first” approach produced “substantial gains in employment and reductions in welfare receipt during the first year,” gains that were sustained with the program.
– Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation Study
The average welfare family would cost the taxpayers $250,000 over ten years. It costs about $5,000 and two months for America Works to make those families self-sufficient.
America Works gives out 3,500 metro cards a month, to help our clients get to work.