Systems Working Together to End Homelessness: WIOA and HUD Combined State Planning
Author(s)/Creator(s): Young, Melissa
Publishers: Heartland Alliance National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity
Publication Date: Oct 20, 2015
Copyright Info: Copyright 2015 Heartland Alliance National Initiatives on Poverty &, Economic Opportunity.
Document Type: Issue/Policy Brief
Geographic Area: North America-United States
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.