Boston Employment Network Career Fair
Marriott Copley Place Hotel
Wednesday October 21, 2015


For Immediate Release: October 21, 2015

Contact: Cayenne Isaksen (617) 646 1028


BOSTON – The Boston Employment Network (BEN) today joined with over 20 employers at the Boston Marriott Copley Place for its first-ever job fair to provide work opportunities for homeless individuals. Employers with open positions in Security, Retail, Food Services, Hospitality, Housekeeping, Marketing, Transportation, Healthcare and Street Maintenance and Tourism will be providing information about job opportunities and interviews. The BEN is a strategic component of Mayor Walsh’s “Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston: 2015-2018.”

“We must do more as a community to better connect Boston’s homeless individuals with the resources they need to gain economic independence,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  “Together with our partners we are continuing to tackle complex issues in our campaign to end Veteran’s and Chronic Homelessness in Boston. Providing access to employment for homeless individuals in our system will help these individuals move from shelter to stable permanent housing.”

The BEN is seeking to increase homeless individuals and families earned income by offering coordinated access to job skills training, job attainment, career advancement and job retention services. The network is engaging and educating employers, train staff and share resources, and develop best practices.

The BEN is a partnership of the City of Boston together with Saint Francis House, Boston Public Health Commission, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Pine Street Inn, Project Hope, and Project Place. The work of the BEN is made possible, in part, by funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development who provided $1.6million in funding for employment programs.

“We are honored to be a part of the Boston Employment Network, together with the City of Boston and our partner organizations,” said Karen LaFrazia, Executive Director of St. Francis House. “Poverty is a leading contributor to homelessness, which is why a good, stable job is one of the most effective strategies to ending homelessness. A meaningful job affords people the means to secure housing and leave homelessness behind for good”

Over 100 job seekers from BEN organizations were in attendance to learn about potential career opportunities and interview for open job positions.