Removing barriers to meaningful employment

Obstacles inside and outside of the workplace leave individuals who want to work, out of the economy. These obstacles can include lack of transportation, childcare, and/or adequate employee benefits/support and more.

Part time work often exacerbates the cycle of poverty because of benefit cliffs that lead to a lack of insurance/paid time off/etc that can allow one’s financial situation to be extremely volatile and unforgiving. 

All of these barriers indicate another way in which it is expensive to be poor. 

Reconstruct Challenge: Employment is seeking to find and fund innovations that are working to address barriers to employment in Louisville and Southern Indiana. 


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Addressing barriers to employment

On August 25th in Louisville, Kentucky, five winners received $100,000 to implement their solutions.
finEQUITY advances the financial futures of those impacted by long-term incarceration. It offers no-cost financial tools, such as credit building opportunities, to justice-impacted community members in order to ease access to employment, affordable housing, utilities, phone plans and more.
Dollar For
Dollar For eliminates medical debt by advocating for patients and enforcing hospital charity care policies.
Honest Jobs
Honest Jobs is the nation’s leading fair-chance employment platform, helping people with criminal records find better jobs faster.
Facilities Management Services employs 600 custodians in Metro Louisville. The biggest challenge applicants face to work at FMS is lack of accessible, affordable transportation. Working Your Way to Wheels is a multi-stakeholder strategy that aims to assist custodial workers with owning and maintaining their own vehicle.
Leap Fund
Leap Fund has built benefits cliff coaching program, which includes predicting individualized cliffs, and employers tools, to better understand the scope of a problem, and actually help employees avoid benefits cliffs altogether.


It starts with a challenge

  1. Applications received
  2. Evaluation panel reviews
  3. Top 10 applicants selected
  4. Selection committee interviews
  5. Final 5 companies selected and awarded $100,000 to bring their solutions to Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Challenge launches

February 1, 2022

Applications due

May 27, 2022

Recipients announced

August 2022


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