create / 2019

MRS HR Jobs Portal

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by MRS HR

To design and maintain an applicant portal that will connect candidates to open jobs that support ending homelessness in Los Angeles County. The portal will cater to applicants that have lived experience in homelessness, criminal justice, and substance abuse.


What does your organization do?

To educate, encourage and empower applicants and employers so that they can promote policies and practices that are essential to a positive workplace, namely: sustainability, inclusion, and diversity

Please list the organizations collaborating on this proposal.

  • ReworkWork. ReworkWork is an organization specializing in diversity and inclusion with an emphasis on recruiting.

Briefly tell us a story that demonstrates how your organization turns inspiration into impact.

My son is an example of someone who needed an opportunity and whose life has been impacted by receiving a second chance. After struggling with addiction and other issues, my son was able to secure a job supporting a County program that helps house the homeless. With my help and experience in human resources, I was able to walk him through the process and connect him to services and techniques to make sure he was able to secure and retain his employment. Many people from vulnerable backgrounds do not have access to this “extra help.” The applicant portal will not only make them aware of jobs but provide services that will allow them to keep a job.

In addition, existing websites are not intuitive and do not provide a link to case managers and other wrap-around services. The hiring hub would be designed to provide a resource to community-based organizations that support clients with lived experience, which includes mental illness access to open jobs that they are qualified and vetted to obtain immediately.

Which of the create metrics will your submission impact?​

  • Minority- and women-owned firms
  • Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions
  • Unemployment (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South LA
  • County of Los Angeles

How will your project make LA the best place to create?

MRS HR has designed a tool that will post and aggregate open jobs that have been made available due to Measure H and other legislation. The applicant portal will create a one-stop shop for applicants and organizations that support job seekers from vulnerable populations.

Current recruiting processes and job portals do not fully support recruiting efforts and have led to open jobs, high turnover, low salary models, and depleted applicant pools. There is an opportunity to develop the first ever job portal that will support applicants with lived experience looking to reenter into the community via jobs that have been created through Measure H and other legislation. The ideal Hiring Hub users are applicants ready to stabilize that have been referred by case managers, probation officers, and other program leaders within social service organizations that have prepared and that can support this unique population, which includes applicants with mental illness and other challenges. The job portal will include a database, applicant-tracking system (ATS), and the ability to capture users as they build and manage their profiles on the site. Applicants and providers will need

Target: Office of Diversion and Reentry, Community Based Organizations, Applicants (specifically with lived experience and other barriers)

Desired Outcome: The job portal will collaborate with the current LA County efforts to create the website JobsCombattingHomelessness.org. The new and improved Reentry Job Portal will create a user-friendly, intuitive site that will connect job applicants to current opportunities.

In what stage of innovation is this project?

Pilot project (testing a new idea on a small scale to prove feasibility)

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

The applicant portal will contain a tracking system that will measure the applicants activity, jobs secured, attendance to job fairs, and relationships with key stakeholders.