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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

National Initiatives Toolkit Survey Infographic

May 18, 2017

National Initiatives surveyed downloaders of our toolkits to assess the impact of them. We found that a significant percentage of respondents used them to pursue program and policy changes. This data is represented in this infographic.

Integrating Rapid Re-Housing & Employment: Program & Policy Recommendations for Enhancing Rapid Re-Housing

March 29, 2017

Drawn from more than a dozen interviews and site visits with rapid re-housing providers from across the country, this report shines a spotlight on why robust employment, training, and related supportive services are key to the success of rapid re-housing participants. The report offers program-level recommendations for enhancing the design and delivery of rapid re-housing with employment supports and puts forward bold policy ideas for helping to ensure that the rapid re-housing model can provide pathways to employment and economic opportunity for all families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. This report offers a range of stakeholders actionable steps for integrating rapid re-housing and employment, including rapid re-housing providers and administrators, Continuum of Care leadership, government officials, policymakers, advocates, philanthropy, and researchers.

Enhancing Coordinated Entry with Employment

March 20, 2017

These are the slides for the "Enhancing Coordinated Entry with Employment" webinar held on Monday, March 20 at 1 pm CDT. The slides present the principles and purpose of integrating employment pathways into coordinated entry and highlight the innovative approaches taken by Chicago, Seattle, and Houston—three of National Initiatives' Connections Project sites—to do so. By integrating employment and income pathways into coordinated entry, we can ensure that people entering the homeless services system are quickly and seamlessly connected to the resources they need to exit homelessness for good.John Rio of Advocates for Human Potential, Heather Muller of CSH, Nancy Phillips of Heartland Alliance, and Danielle Winslow of All Home (King County) presented. Carl Wiley of National Initiatives/National Center on Employment and Homelessness moderated.

Forging Strong Partnerships Between Continuums of Care and Workforce Boards: Systems Collaboration to Help Homeless Jobseekers

February 9, 2017

These are the slides for the "Forging Strong Partnerships Between Continuums of Care and Workforce Boards" webinar held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1 pm CST. The slides provide information on the successful collaboration between the Houston-area housing system Continuum of Care and the local Workforce Investment Board. Omar Fortune of Workforce Solutions - Gulf Coast Workforce Board and Gary Grier of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County presented, and Tom Stubberud of CSH moderated.

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