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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.
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.
Subsidized Employment Responses to COVID-19: How Cities and States can Prioritize Equity and EfficacyJune 29, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is doing unprecedented economic damage, causing a spike in unemployment that is even more sudden and acute than was experienced during the Great Depression. Bold, immediate action is required to address mass unemployment and mitigate economic suffering. Large-scale subsidized employment initiatives have been used effectively in prior economic crises, including the Great Recession and the Great Depression, to quickly and effectively get large numbers of unemployed individuals back to work,[iii] support the health of businesses, and build necessary infrastructure.Subsidized employment may be part of a future federal stimulus package in response to COVID-19, but cities and states have the opportunity to act sooner to implement subsidized employment initiatives and begin addressing unemployment and economic hardship among their residents. In addition, should a federal subsidized employment initiative be enacted, states and localities will likely have a great deal of flexibility in implementation and should have a plan in place to ensure effectiveness, equity, and efficiency.
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.
In the last month, we've been excited to see and be part of the growing national conversation about the need for a national subsidized employment and transitional jobs program. Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore, released a draft bill for public comment called the "Economic Ladders to End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment(ELEVATE) Act of 2018."The ELEVATE Act would provide resources to states to design and implement subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs targeted to individuals facing barriers to employment. Under Senator Wyden's proposal, the program would expand to provide access to employment for people who have lost their jobs during economic downturns.Heartland Alliance appreciates the opportunity to submit feedback on the Economic Laddersto End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment (ELEVATE) Act of 2018, which wouldestablish a new subsidized employment and training program for the long term unemployedand individuals facing barriers to employment. Our comments begin with background andresearch findings related to these program and policy strategies. Heartland Alliance hasthen enumerated legislative recommendations specific to the ELEVATE Act of 2018 andadditional considerations beyond these specific recommendations. When appropriate,Heartland Alliance has provided rationale for our recommendations based on researchevidence and our over two-decades of experience designing, implementing, evaluating, andadvocating for these program models.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training: A funding source for jobseekers experiencing homelessness or housing instabilityJanuary 18, 2018
SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) funding represents a potentially useful but underutilizedresource for states and communities to deliver employment services to the people who need themthe most. SNAP holds special potential for supporting efforts to prevent and end homelessnessthrough access to employment and earned income.This guide is intended to help community-based organizations and other employment serviceproviders that serve people experiencing homelessness to 1) determine whether SNAP E&Tfunding is a good fit for their organizations, 2) determine whether their state is set up to partner withservice providers to access E&T funding, and 3) learn how to advocate for SNAP E&T access andexpansion to serve homeless jobseekers.
Webinar slides for "The Value of Employment for People Experiencing Homelessness" presented on 11/28/17
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