Developing Responsible Individuals with Valuable Education (DRIVE) Program
Developing Responsible Individuals with Valuable Education (DRIVE) Program offers housing and job training for individuals who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. In 2020, the Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began a partnership to increase ridership on public transportation across the state. Initially, the focus was to expand services to residents that lived in public housing authorities and tax credit apartments. In addition to transportation, other needs came into focus. The need for gainful training and employment among those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. To address this need, MHC, MDOT, Grace House, and other organizations have joined forces to provide needed services to these individuals.
MHC is the state recipient of the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). One of the eligible activities provided through the ESG program is essential services which include Employment Assistance and Job Training (24CFR576.102(iv)). In 2020, MHC received $18 million in ESG-Cares funds to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID. The ESG-CV funds and its flexible wavers (CPD-21-08) served as the building block for the DRIVE program. DRIVE can assist those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by helping them find both stable employment and housing.
DRIVE offers a variety of training programs and job placements thanks to community partnerships.
- Medical Assistant
- Pharmacy Tech
- Heavy Equipment Operator (accepting applicants with a criminal background)
- Diesel Technology (accepting applicants with a criminal background)
- The ESG program can pay for the rent of those who qualify for up to two years, depending on funding availability and family need.
- The average annual income after completing DRIVE is more than double the average income participants had at program entry.
- The average training is approximately 3 weeks.
- Participants who graduate will obtain a license to work in the chosen field.
- DRIVE offers assistance and recommendation letters to help find jobs.
Since the start of the program...
49 individuals have been enrolled
49 individuals were homeless/at risk of homelessness
22 individuals have completed their training
Program participant's income increased by a gross average of $2,000/month
100% of individuals who have received their certification are placed in jobs
“Together We Are Better”
To carry out this program, we have partnered with several local organizations that help identify candidates. These partnerships continue to grow and evolve as the program does. If you are interested in seeing if you might be a good candidate for the program please see a list of available partners below.
PH: (601) 353-1038
PH: (769) 208-8166
- Mississippi Dept of Transportation (MDoT)
- City of Jackson
MHC Staff Contact
AVP of Grant Management