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This advocacy resource makes the case for why Congress must enact an equity-centered national subsidized employment program as a part of COVID-19 economic recovery legislation, with a special focus on how subsidized employment strategies can benefit jobseekers experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. This resource was produced in partnership among Heartland Alliance, the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP), and the National Youth Employment Coalition. Subsidized employment advocates can use this resource to inform visits with elected officials about why subsidized employment must be a part of building back a better, stronger, and more inclusive and equitable economy in the wake of the COVID-19 recession.
This advocacy resource makes the case for why Congress must enact an equity-centered national subsidized employment programas a part of COVID-19 economic recovery legislation, as called for in the White House's proposed American Jobs Plan. This resource was produced in partnership among Heartland Alliance, the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP), and the National Youth Employment Coalition. Subsidized employment advocates can use this resource to inform visits with elected officials about why subsidized employment must be a part of building back a better, stronger, and more inclusive and equitable economy in the wake of the COVID-19 recession.
Letter to Congress to Include an Equity-Centered National Subsidized Employment Program in the American Jobs ActMay 6, 2021
Heartland Alliance joined the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the National Youth Employment Coalition, and nearly 100 national and local organizations calling on Congress to include an equity-centered national subsidized employment program as a part of the forthcoming recovery package as recommended by President Biden in his American Jobs Plan. Through large-scale federal demonstrations and Heartland Alliance's experience running subsidized employment programs, we know that subsidized employment is an effective strategy for getting people who would not otherwise be working rapidly connected to jobs and earning income. This includes workers who have been displaced due to economic downturns as well as those who face chronic unemployment even when the economy is growing.
Developed in partnership with 16 national organizations, this framework lays out an equity-centered national subsidized employment program that can support an inclusive COVID-19 economic recovery. This framework describes a national subsidized employment program designed to quickly and efficiently get people working when it is safe to do so as well as ensure that people who have been left out of and left behind by our labor market have access to economic opportunity. This framework explicitly centers racial and gender equity.
Jobs for ALL: Recommendations for Ensuring Equitable Access & Outcomes for Subsidized Employment and Jobs Guarantee ProposalsNovember 19, 2019
For several years Heartland Alliance has been in conversation with a variety of stakeholders to develop and draft model federal, state, and local policies that establish subsidized and transitional jobs programs. This discussion paper pulls together our insights from programs across the country, research, and participant input to form a set of recommendations to spur debate, dialogue, and action.With over two decades of experience in advocating for, designing, implementing, evaluating, and improving subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs we have a long history of engaging with partners who have implemented variations on these programs across the country and we have spent considerable time learning from and listening to the perspectives of individuals who have participated in these programs. Our evolving perspectives on addressing poverty and inequity, which are grounded in human rights, have contributed significantly to the recommendations we put forth.
Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems CollaborationMarch 30, 2018
Drawing from in-depth interviews with public workforce and homeless service systems leaders and the work of our five Connections Project sites, this paper identifies common barriers to public workforce and homeless service systems collaboration and recommends how to address these barriers in order to help ensure that homeless and unstably housed jobseekers can access economic opportunity and stabilize in housing.
Preventing & Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward - 2017 National SummitOctober 18, 2017
Preventing & Ending Homelessness through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward A national summit in collaboration with Heartland Alliance, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Funders Together to End Homelessness along with the support of the Melville Charitable Trust and the Oak Foundation.
In recent years, there has been a surge in Children's Savings Account (CSA) programs being planned and launched in Midwest communities by state and local governments, community foundations, and nonprofit organizations. This is no accident. Since 2017, Heartland Alliance has led targeted efforts to promote the spread of CSA programs in the Midwest through a collaborative regional approach.This report documents the development of the Midwest CSA Consortium, outlines the growth of CSAs in the region since the start of the Consortium in January 2017 through the end of 2020, and spotlights the diversity and variation in CSA programs throughout the region.
People experiencing homelessness often face challenges connecting to the employment supports they want and need. Asset mapping is a process by which communities can gain a clearer understanding of available services, the systems and agencies that deliver them, and how individuals connect to those services in order to improve referral pathways and ensure people receive the services they need.This resource outlines the steps of L.A. County's asset-mapping process for two cluster communities in the county: South Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. We hope this resource will provide communities with one example of potential steps and resources to consider as they develop their own asset-mapping process.
Hearts and Minds in Houston: Implementing and Evaluating Cross-Trainings on the Value of Employment for Ending HomelessnessNovember 3, 2020
Many communities struggle to ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to appropriate, effective employment services. Through their work with Heartland Alliance's National Center on Employment and Homelessness (NCEH), stakeholders in Houston, TX, identified cross-system training as a promising means to build buy-in and commitment from staff and leaders from both the workforce development and homeless services systems around prioritizing employment outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. NCEH partnered with Houston stakeholders to develop, deliver, and evaluate a training curriculum for personnel from multiple systems aimed at increasing their knowledge and positively changing their attitudes and beliefs about homelessness and employment. This paper discusses the impact of the cross-system trainings and gives recommendations to other communities seeking to build buy-in for similar cross-system coordination work.
These comments were provided in response to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness' request for feedback on the revised Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This feedback reflects input from experts across Heartland Alliance, including Heartland Alliance Health, Hearltand Human Care Services, and Heartland Housing, among others.
Never Fully Free: The Scale and Impact of Permanent Punishments on People with Criminal Records in IllinoisJune 29, 2020
This first-of-its-kind study confirms that more than 3.3 million people in Illinois could be impacted by permanent punishments as a result of prior "criminal justice system" involvement, which is more accurately referred to as the "criminal legal system" given the well-documented inequities that bring into question whether the system actually brings justice to people who come into contact with it."Never Fully Free: The Scale and Impact of Permanent Punishments on People with Criminal Records in Illinois," lifts up that permanent punishments are the numerous laws and barriers aimed at people with records that limit their human rights and restrict access to the crucial resources needed to re-build their lives, such as employment, housing, and education. The report recommends a broad dismantling of permanent punishments, so that those who have been involved with the criminal legal system have the opportunity to fully participate in society.The data illustrates the dramatic number of people who may be living with the stigma and limitations of a criminal record in Illinois. Since the advent of mass incarceration in 1979, there are an estimated 3.3 million adults who have been arrested or convicted of a crime in Illinois. Under current laws, these individuals have limited rights even after their criminal legal system involvement has ended. In fact, the report uncovered a vast web of 1,189 laws in Illinois that punish people with criminal records, often indefinitely.
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