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Framework for an Equity-Centered National Subsidized Employment Program

January 12, 2021

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. 

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Job Creation; Unemployment
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Jobs for ALL: Recommendations for Ensuring Equitable Access & Outcomes for Subsidized Employment and Jobs Guarantee Proposals

November 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.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Job Creation
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Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems Collaboration

March 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.

Homelessness; Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

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

SNAP ET Proposed Rule Letter

June 17, 2020

Comments in response to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Employment andTraining Opportunities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program RIN 0584-AE68

Comment on USDA’s Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances.

December 3, 2019

On behalf of Heartland Alliance, we appreciate the opportunity to comment on USDA's Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances. The proposed rule would exacerbate the struggles many of people experiencing poverty and with low incomes have paying for costs of both food and utilities. It would have harmful impacts on health and well-being as well as on the economy. The proposed rule is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn.

2019 National TANF State Directors’ Meeting Partnering to Build a Stronger Society

September 18, 2019

These slides were presented at the 2019 National TANF State Directors' Meeting. The presentation gives an overview of one of the resources from our forthcoming TANF and WIOA Coordination and Collaboration Toolkit. The presentation gives a framework for systems coordination and collaboration, and provides choices that both the TANF and WIOA systems can make in order to deepen their efforts to work together and advance employment and economic opportunity for jobseekers receiving TANF.

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.   

What Mayors Can Do: 10 Recommendations for Addressing the Employment Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness in Your Community

November 1, 2018

The leadership of Mayors and Mayors' offices can drive commitment and action to addressing the employmentneeds and interests of people experiencing homelessness in order to promote housing stability among allindividuals. Here are 10 recommendations from cities across the country aimed at describing the ways thatMayors can drive and support this work in their communities.

Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Practical Tools for Advancing State-Level Policy & Action

August 1, 2018

In July, National Initiatives joined forces with the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to offer a pre-conference session focused on advancing state-level policies to increase employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability.We were excited to share our lessons learned and ideas with so many engaged stakeholders and to see growing momentum for spreading these strategies. 

Job Creation; Unemployment

Pathways Forward: Recommendations for Federal Action to Increase Economic Mobility for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability

June 28, 2018

Heartland Alliance, in partnership with Funders Together to End Homelessness, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and with the support of Melville Charitable Trust and the Oak Foundation, convened over 60 stakeholders in October 2017 for the Preventing & Ending Homelessness through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward summit in Washington, D.C. The event brought together and galvanized a cross-section of experts including individuals with lived experience of homelessness, community-based organizations, government partners, philanthropy, national workforce, homelessness, and anti-poverty policy experts, and researchers to consider the lessons learned, challenges, and successes in supporting pathways to employment and economic mobility for individuals who have experienced homelessness or housing instability. In particular, lessons were drawn from Heartland Alliance's efforts to seed, incubate, and spread public systems collaboration efforts through the Connections Project, which is focused on increasing employment and economic mobility for individuals who have experienced homelessness or housing instability.

Homelessness; Job Creation; Pathways Back To Work; Unemployment

ELEVATE Recommendations: Heartland Alliance

June 6, 2018

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.

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