Founded in 1985 by Erikson alumna Toby Herr, Project Match engages in program development and research in a range of fields related to low-income populations, including welfare-to-work, workforce development, housing, and community development.
Project Match’s employment model for community-based organizations and its case management system for welfare agencies have both been replicated at sites around the country.
Having provided employment services in Chicago for more than 20 years, Project Match recently expanded its own direct-service activities, focusing on the city’s West Haven neighborhood, where a mixed-income community is being built to replace the Chicago Housing Authority’s Henry Horner Homes. New Project Match initiatives to promote stabilization of this emergent community target families across socioeconomic strata and provide services to adults, teens, and children.
In 2008, Project Match was one of only eight nonprofits internationally to receive the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.