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Heartland Alliance Comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies (

June 20, 2019

Submitted public comment on the proposed change to the poverty measure in the US.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents: Heartland Alliance Comments on USDA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

April 1, 2019

These are Heartland Alliance's comments in response to the USDA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the expansion of work requirements for childless adults receiving food and nutrition support via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As these comments reflect, the proposed changes would cause serious harm to Heartland Alliance participants, Illinoisans experiencing hunger and poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Heartland Alliance strongly opposes any rule changes that will result in people losing access to basic supports such as food and nutrition assistance. Instead, we urge the Administration to focus its time, attention, and resources on implementing proven approaches to ending poverty and advancing employment and economic opportunity for ALL.   

Meeting the Needs of Jobseekers Experiencing Homelessness

November 5, 2015

These are the slides from a webinar hosted by the NationalAlliance to End Homelessness featuring the National Initiatives Team and the Home&Work Connections Project site based in Seattle King County. The webinar gives an overview of NI's WIOA Planning & Implementation Toolkitand lifts up strategies to ensure that WIOA implementation meets the needs of homeless jobseekers. The webinar also highlights Home&Work's innovative work to better connect the workforce development and homeless services systems.

Homelessness; Workforce Investment Act

Letter to HFSC: Raising Awareness of Improving Access to Workforce Programs for Extremely Low Income Households

November 5, 2015

Heartland Alliance and CSH submitted a letter the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) raising concerns about imposing time limits and work requirements for households receiving federal housing assistance. CSH and Heartland Alliance are working on improving coordination between housing providers and workforce development programs, as envisioned by the recently enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The letter expresses concern that imposing this restrictions would destabilize households that are trying to access new workforce training programming.

Employment Program Funding; Homelessness; Workforce Investment Act

Fostering Success for People Facing Barriers to Employment through SNAP Employment and Training:Promising Employment Program Models, Practices, and Principles for SNAP E&T Participants Facing Barriers to Employment

August 25, 2015

This brief provides information and resources about best and promising employment program models, practices, and principles for serving people facing significant barriers to employment in order to inform SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) state planning, partnerships, and implementation.

Employment Program Design & Improvement

Webinar slides: Helping Opportunity Youth Succeed in Employment: Principles, Practices, and Innovations

June 11, 2015

These webinar slides present National Initiatives' report on employment program principles, practices, and innovations for opportunity youth. The slides give an overview of the paper and include presentation slides from two opportunity youth employment programs in the field, Roca, Inc., and Bright Endeavors.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Youth

Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Daybreak

May 29, 2015

This resource is a case study on Daybreak, a program that offers emergency shelter, street outreach, housing, education, mental health, and employment services -- including transitional jobs (TJ) within a social enterprise setting -- to help youth get and stay housed. Daybreak's target population had originally been young teens ages 10 to 18, but because of increasing needs the program now gives more attention to transition-aged youth ages 18 to 24.

Homelessness; Youth

Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Roca

May 29, 2015

The resource is a case study on Roca, a program that provides employment services, including transitional jobs, to opportunity youth. Roca's target population is high-risk, justice-involved young men ages 17 to 24, who are not in school, are unwilling or unable to engage in traditional social service programming, and are on track to adult incarceration.


Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Larkin Street

May 29, 2015

This resource is a case study on Larkin Street, a program that includes housing and medical care along with education, employment, and career services via their Larkin Street Academy. Larkin Street Academy "meets youth where they are" by offering a range of employment services including YouthForce, a job readiness class, the Institute for Hire Learning (IHL), and Wire Up.

Homelessness; Youth

Webinar Slides: Taking Care of Business: Exploring the National Transitional Jobs Network's New Employer Engagement Toolkit

December 15, 2014

These are the slides for a webinar presentation about the National Transitional Jobs Network's Employer Engagement Toolkit. This webinar featured staff from the NTJN along with job developers from Growing Home in Chicago, IL, and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County in Fort Worth, TX. The slides provide information about how TJ and subsidized employment programs benefit employers and the business community; how to show employers the business value of partnering with a TJ or subsidized employment program; how to plan and implement effective job development strategies; and how to promote positive employment outcomes for job seekers with barriers to employment.

Employer Engagement: Your Business Benefits When You Offer Job Opportunities to Subsidized Workers

November 19, 2014

Many transitional jobs (TJ) or subsidized employment programs rely on a strong network of employer partners who offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. To cultivate relationships with new employers and build a robust network of partners, TJ or subsidized employment program staff may need to show employers how their business will benefit by bringing on time-limited subsidized workers.This resource is an example of the kind of one-page handout that program providers can develop to give to potential employer partners to help make the business case for offering time-limited job positions to subsidized workers. This resource is intended for use as a template that program providers can reference in creating their own, program-specific document.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Sample Forms & Job Descriptions

Taking Care of Business: Transitional Jobs and Subsidized Employment Programs Benefit the Business Community

November 19, 2014

This brief draws from employer survey data, program evaluation evidence, and other relevant research to show how businesses benefit through partnerships with transitional jobs (TJ) and subsidized employment programs. The first section describes how businesses benefit by offering time-limited job positions to subsidized workers. The second section describes how businesses benefit by hiring employment program graduates into unsubsidized positions.We encourage employment program providers, administrators, planners, and other workforce development stakeholders to use this brief to formulate effective "business cases" for why employers should offer employment opportunities to subsidized workers or hire program graduates into unsubsidized jobs.

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