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Win-Win: Equipping Housing Providers to Open Doors to Housing for People With Criminal Records

July 12, 2019

In Illinois, nearly 5 million adults, 50% of the population, are estimated to have an arrest or conviction record. Housing is foundational for employment success, family stability, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, criminal history checks are a typical part of the housing application processes, and many people with records are declined housing opportunities they would otherwise be a good fit for, but for the criminal record.  Our goal for Win-Win was to develop user-friendly guidance about the use of criminal records in screening and housing applicants, and to provide recommendations that housing providers can adopt and adapt, in whole or in part, to increase housing opportunities for people with criminal records.  

Criminal Justice; Reentry

Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

December 10, 2018

Comment letter from Heartland Alliance in in regards to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018, expressing our strong opposition to the rule in its entirety.

Letter to the Congressional Progressive Caucus In Support of a Racial Equity Agenda

March 1, 2016

This letter to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus expresses our support for their work to advance a racial equity agenda and to address the pervasive structural racism that leaves deep and lasting negative impacts on the lives of people of color.

Criminal Justice; Unemployment

Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty

February 3, 2016

Poverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color, and people of color fare far worse on nearly every measure of well-being. In the latest of its annual reports on poverty, "Racism's Toll," Heartland Alliance's Social IMPACT Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out public policies that have and are actively creating these racial inequities.


Letter to the White House: Ban the Box For Federal Jobs

October 13, 2015

In this letter, Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives Team urges the White House to adopt a federal "fair chance" hiring policy so that formerly incarcerated Americans and people with convictions in their past are not unfairly shut out of employment and have a fair chance at a job with federal agencies and federal contractors.

Criminal Justice; Reentry

Working to End Homelessness Innovation Workshop: Conference Booklet

April 1, 2015

This is the booklet that was distributed to attendees of the Working to End Homelessness (WEH) Innovation Workshop, which took place in Washington, DC. The WEH Innovation Workshop aimed to help Connections Project finalists strengthen their ideas for systems-level innovations to increase employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers

Comments to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OSCE) on Proposed Rulemaking to Modernize and Increase the Flexibility and Efficiency of the Child Support Program

January 15, 2015

This document contains Heartland Alliance's comments to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), which has released a proposed regulation to modernize the child support program and increase its flexibility and efficiency in securing reliable support for families. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to update existing rules, some of which are 35 years old, and make changes that would help modernize the program. Heartland Alliance's comments to the proposed rule commend many of the needed changes proposed by OCSE. In particular, the rule permits much-needed job services for eligible noncustodial parents, vital changes to how orders are calculated, and improvements to the handling of orders while the noncustodial parent is incarcerated.

Child Support

Strategies for Engaging Employers and Social Enterprise Initiatives

August 20, 2012

Presentation slides from the NAWRS/NASTA 2012 Annual Workshop, August 20, 2012

Subsidized Employment Programs: Lessons Learned from the ARRA Initiative

August 19, 2012

Presentation slides from the NAWRS/NASTA 2012 Annual Workshop, August 19-22, 2012

Publicly Funded Jobs: An Essential Strategy for Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress Throughout the Business Cycle

March 17, 2010

The need for direct public job creation efforts is greater today than at any time during the past seven decades. With a national unemployment rate that recently exceeded 10 percent and severe economic distress in hard-hit communities and population groups, a new federal initiative that puts jobless individuals immediately to work must be a central element of any strategy for restoring economic growth and responding to pressing human needs in 2010 and beyond. Public service employment (PSE) and transitional jobs (TJ) programs that use time-limited, paid work as the centerpiece of efforts to assist the unemployed offer tested and urgently needed models for combating the current recession and advancing longer-term workforce development goals.

Employment Program Design & Improvement

Implementing Successful Subsidized Employment Programs with ARRA TANF Emergency Funds

February 2, 2010

This powerpoint discusses how to implement succesful subsidized emplyoment programs using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) TANF Emergency Funds.

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