Systems Working Together to End Homelessness: WIOA and HUD Combined State Planning
by Melissa YoungOct 20, 2015
Under the newly-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the public workforce system aims to increase employment and economic opportunity for jobseekers facing barriers to employment, including homeless jobseekers. At the same time, there is growing awareness and accountability in the homeless services system around increasing employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness. WIOA allows states to submit Combined State Plans describing how the workforce and homeless services systems can work together. This is a unique opportunity for these systems to align services to help meet their shared goal of increasing employment and economic opportunity among homeless jobseekers.