The City of Philadelphia has a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As part of that, the Department of Commerce has created this program. The Fair Chance Hiring Initiative (FCHI) supports local businesses by referring Philadelphia job seekers returning from incarceration for open positions and providing financial incentives to businesses in the form of wage reimbursements and retention grants.
Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the city's population. About 300,000 Philadelphians have had contact with the criminal justice system. Integrating these individuals into the workforce is a priority.
This program helps provide returning citizens with opportunities. Fair Chance Hiring Initiative benefits both these residents and the businesses that take part.
This program was introduced as an alternative to the Philadelphia Re-Entry Program (PREP) Tax Credit.