Jobs Have Priority, Incorporated began in 1988 as a Job Club at the Federal City Shelter in downtown DC. The idea was to provide one-on-one mentoring; supportive services such as transportation, tools and uniforms; and training to help the residents find jobs that would lead to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
The Job Club flourished, and the following year Jobs for Homeless People, as we were then known, received a grant through the McKinney-Vento Act to create a pilot program in the shelter. Officially incorporated in 1989, JHP’s model has proven to be successful at helping people transform their lives through meaningful employment and permanent housing. The organization legally changed its name in 1993 to JHP, Inc., an acronym that stands for both Jobs for Homeless People and Jobs Have Priority, names that reflect our mission.
Today, JHP, Inc. operates two shelters in Prince George’s County and one in Washington, DC, in addition to a TANF Employment & Education Program in DC and a Homeless Employment and Assistance Center in DC and Maryland. With the support of our staff, volunteers, and donors, JHP, Inc. aims to continue making large footprints throughout our communities.