South Dallas Employment Project
The South Dallas Employment Project (SDEP) was established in February 2020 by Redemption Bridge, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit intermediary, in partnership with the State Fair of Texas. The overarching goal of the SDEP is the development of a holistic model that will support “Opportunity Populations” living in or returning to South Dallas in five identified contiguous ZIP Codes obtain the skills, competencies, knowledge and capabilities to lead sustainable lives.
The SDEP brings together businesses, government, educational institutions, workforce agencies, and nonprofit social enterprises to align and integrate resources focused on engaging employers from different industry sectors that have the largest unmet, non-duplicated job demand in Dallas, that also provide a living wage and career opportunities.
The SDEP has identified eight specific “Strategic Objectives”, and has established “Critical Achievements” (CAs) for each strategic objective, as well as the strategies and tactics for each CA:
1. LIVING WAGE
Provide living wage employment, through training, utilizing “Nationally Recognized Industry Certifications”, providing individuals with the skills and competencies needed to be employed at a living wage in industry sectors with significant unmet demand that offer career pathways and a sustainable wage.
Provide adequate affordable housing within the identified area, to include rental and home ownership for all populations.
Provide adequate transit options, to include both public transportation and affordability of vehicle ownership.
4. HEALTH WELLNESS & RECOVERY
Provide adequate access within the five designated ZIP Codes of health, wellness, and recovery services.
5. COMMUNITY CONNECTIVITY
Provide direct support to individuals returning to the community to connect them into the community with positive peer influences, including access to direct support with Living Wage Employment, Housing, Transportation, Health Wellness and Recovery, and Digital and Access and Literacy.
6. DIGITAL ACCESS & LITERACY
Develop a strategic approach to provide Broadband Access, as well as access to equipment and devices, affordable plans, and digital literacy.
7. PUBLIC POLICY
Advocate to change public policies that inhibit opportunity populations, and support public policies that enable opportunity populations.
8. JUSTICE & RACIAL EQUITY & EQUALITY
Integrate the issues of racial equity, justice, and trauma informed care into everything we do, working with our partners to conduct racial equity audits, offering training to support their understanding and implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.