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Win-Win: Equipping Housing Providers to Open Doors to Housing for People With Criminal Records

July 12, 2019

In Illinois, nearly 5 million adults, 50% of the population, are estimated to have an arrest or conviction record. Housing is foundational for employment success, family stability, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, criminal history checks are a typical part of the housing application processes, and many people with records are declined housing opportunities they would otherwise be a good fit for, but for the criminal record.  Our goal for Win-Win was to develop user-friendly guidance about the use of criminal records in screening and housing applicants, and to provide recommendations that housing providers can adopt and adapt, in whole or in part, to increase housing opportunities for people with criminal records.  

Criminal Justice; Reentry

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

Putting People at the Center: The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration

August 2, 2017

These are the slides for the webinar "Putting People at the Center: The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration" held August 1, 2017. The goal of this webinar was to acknowledge that policy and systems change is most authentic and impactful when it surfaces and is driven from lived experience. It also explored the ways in which organizations partner with and learn from people most impacted in their decision making and processes driving policy change in criminal justice reforms related to employment, housing, and other collateral consequences of incarceration.The group of panelists included Marlon Chamberlain with FORCE Organizer at the Community Renewal Society, Glenn E. Martin from JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), Michelle Natividad Rodriguezfrom the National Employment Law Project (NELP), and Quintin Williams with Heartland Alliance.

Criminal Justice; Employment Program Design & Improvement; Reentry

Letter to the Congressional Progressive Caucus In Support of a Racial Equity Agenda

March 1, 2016

This letter to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus expresses our support for their work to advance a racial equity agenda and to address the pervasive structural racism that leaves deep and lasting negative impacts on the lives of people of color.

Criminal Justice; Unemployment

Letter to the White House: Ban the Box For Federal Jobs

October 13, 2015

In this letter, Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives Team urges the White House to adopt a federal "fair chance" hiring policy so that formerly incarcerated Americans and people with convictions in their past are not unfairly shut out of employment and have a fair chance at a job with federal agencies and federal contractors.

Criminal Justice; Reentry

Learning, Sharing, and Collaboration: A Summary of the Year-Long Work of the B.MORE Initiative Community of Practice

October 21, 2014

This report is a summary of the year-long work of the B.MORE Initiative Community of Practice. The B.MORE Initiative seeks to open doors to employment and economic advancement for low-income black men across the country through policy advocacy, resource creation, and coalition building.

Child Support; Criminal Justice; Fatherhood

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