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Subsidized Jobs for People Experiencing or At-Risk of Homelessness

May 27, 2021

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. 

American Jobs Act; Employment Program Funding

Preventing & Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward - 2017 National Summit

October 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.

Homelessness; Pathways Back To Work; Unemployment

Sharing Data Across Systems: Leveraging Homeless Service and Public Workforce Systems Data to Support Jobseekers Experiencing Homelessness

November 30, 2021

Employment success and housing stability go hand in hand. Although the public workforce and homeless service systems both serve homeless and unstably housed jobseekers, these systems work in silos in many communities. Collaboration is critical for these two systems to achieve their interrelated goals.One promising systems collaboration strategy is cross-system data sharing. This resource provides an overview of data sharing, explains how it can be used to better understand and meet the needs of workforce and homeless service populations in your community, and lifts up how Chicago and Detroit have successfully operationalized this strategy.

SLIDES: Access to Economic Opportunity Helps End Homelessness: New Opportunities in the 2019 CoC Program NOFA

September 20, 2019

This webinar will helped communities understand and leverage the new employment-related opportunities within the 2019 CoC Program NOFA. Panelists explained where the NOFA asks applicants to identify their community's workforce development strategies for people experiencing homelessness and how CoC Applications are being scored based on these strategies. The webinar shared efforts in Allegheny County, PA to build cross-system collaboration aimed at increase access to employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness.The webinar also highlighted the recently released joint statement from the U.S. Department of Housing (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which identifies how the public workforce and homeless service systems can advance this important work together.PANELISTS: Jasmine Hayes of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, Mindy Mitchell of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Cynthia Shields & Peter Harvey of Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and Markese Long of Partner4Work Pittsburgh.

Pathway Forward Challenge Informational Webinar

February 26, 2019

This webinar provided information and clarity around how to prepare and submit a strong proposal for the Pathways Forward Challenge Grant.This webinar was moderated by our Project Manager, Carrie Felton, along with other National Initiatives staff and they covered the key elements of the challenge, the characteristics of the communities, teams and ideas we're looking for, and answer questions you may have.

How and Why to Integrate Income & Employment-Related Questions Into Coordinated Entry Assessments

February 5, 2019

This resource provides a rationale for and guidance on integrating income and employment-related questions into coordinated entry assessments and a set of sample questions communities can use to assess the employment needs and interests of people experiencing homelessness.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Unemployment

Case Study - LifeWorks

August 21, 2018

Implementing the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model boosts employment outcomes for transition-age youth facing barriers to employment. LifeWorks, a non-profit organization serving transition-age youth and their families in Austin, TX, realized that workforce models popular within the youth development field may not address the significant and complex challenges faced by their participants. LifeWorks staff began to look toward behavioral health approaches to employment and discovered the Individual Placement & Support model. This case study discusses how IPS offered LifeWorks a new approach to workforce support for youth that might better address the types of challenges their participants faced.

Case Study - LA:RISE

August 16, 2018

Integrating legal services into workforce strategies for people facing barriers to employment can help ensure that jobseekers receive the legal support needed to overcome structural inequities in the legal system and achieve their employment goals. This case study discusses why and how the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) incorporated legal services into their employment programming approach. The case study highlights keys to success and  tips for how other communities can intregrate legal services into workforce strategies.

Criminal Justice; Homelessness

Work Requirements Don't Work

January 12, 2018

This infographic makes the case that imposing work requirements in exchange for basic assistance does not increase access to employment, income, and economic opportunity and offers alternative solutions.

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