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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

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

Subsidized Jobs Program Spotlight: Growing Home

October 7, 2021

Growing Home is an urban farm that has run a subsidized jobs program in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood since 2005. The program serves individuals who face structural barriers to employment and engages them in immediate, wage-paid employment on the farm. This program spotlight discusses Growing Home's subsidized jobs model and its impact and calls for federal investments in subsidized jobs to support jobseekers facing structural barriers to employment. Growing Home is located in the 1st Congressional district of Illinois. The representative for this district is Bobby L. Rush (D). 

Employment Program Design & Improvement

Subsidized Jobs Program Spotlight: Bright Endeavors

October 7, 2021

Based in Chicago, Illinois, New Moms provides services and supports to young moms, primarily women of color, who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. New Moms' participants have the opportunity to engage in a workforce development program, which includes hands-on experience at a subsidized job via their employment social enterprise, Bright Endeavors. This program spotlight discusses Bright Endeavors' subsidized jobs model and its impact and calls for federal investments in subsidized jobs to support jobseekers facing structural barriers to employment. Bright Endeavors is located in the 7th Congressional district of Illinois. The representative for this district is Danny K. Davis (D).   

Employment Program Design & Improvement

Subsidized Employment: An Investment in America’s Workers & Small Business

September 27, 2021

Extensive research has shown subsidized employment to be a highly successful strategy for rapidly helping large numbers of people who would not otherwise be working access employment and earned income. Subsidized jobs have been successfully used during times of high unemployment to help displaced workers earn income and to support small businessesimpacted by recession. Equally important, subsidized jobs also offer jobseekers facing structural barriers to employment—such as homelessness, a record, or chronic unemployment—a critical opportunity to access work opportunities from which they would be otherwise excluded.

Employment Program Design & Improvement

Let's Go to Work: Connecting Clients to Jobs

July 24, 2019

These slides were presented at the 2019 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in Washington, DC. The slides provide action-oriented steps that homeless service providers in communities can take to connect jobseekers experiencing homelessness to employment. 

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Homelessness

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

Fair & Equitable Infrastructure: Investing in Communities & Workers (WEBINAR)

March 7, 2018

This webinar discussed why federal infrastructure investments matter and how these investments can advance equity and economic opportunity; lifted up examples of infrastructure projects already underway that are improving communities and investing in workers who face barriers to employment; and shared guiding principles for fair and equitable federal infrastructure investments.Panelists: Lisa Cylar Barrett of PolicyLink, Jeff Carroll of Details Deconstruction/Humanim, Andrew Simons of the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, John Anderson of Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)/BIG STEP, and Melissa Young of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Federal Budget; Job Creation; Pathways Back To Work

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

Presentation Slides: US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty

February 17, 2017

These slides were presented at an event hosted by the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty and explore the role of subsidized employment in offering pathways to economic opportunity. The Mobility Partnership consists of 24 leading voices representing academia, practice, the faith community, philanthropy, and the private sector. The Partnership's collective aspiration is that all people achieve a reasonable standard of living with the dignity that comes from having power over their lives and being engaged in and valued by their community.

Employment Program Design & Improvement

Advancing WIOA for Individuals Facing Barriers to Employment: Perspectives on State and Local Planning

March 3, 2016

America is stronger when everyone who wants to work can find a job. Millions of Americans face chronic unemployment and struggle to find employment even when the economy is strong. Our policy efforts work to ensure that the public workforce development system provides everyone who wants to work, regardless of the barriers they face, the opportunity to do so and that federal, state, and national initiatives to get Americans back to work do not leave out people who face chronic unemployment As part of our work to address inclusive Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state planning, we are hosting a webinar on our WIOA Planning & Implementation Toolkit and WIOA State Plans. This webinar will lift up the work of advocacy organizations, philanthropy and community based service providers that are helping to ensure WIOA state planning is taking into account the workforce needs and interests of individuals facing barriers to employment. Featured Speakers: Melissa Young , nbsp;National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity, Director Erika Rincon Whitcomb , nbsp;Policy Link, Senior Associate Chaer Robert , nbsp;Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Manager of Family Economic Security Program Rebecca Allen , nbsp;Melville Trust, Program Officer Brian Paulson, Pohlad Foundation , Program Officer Matt Joyce , nbsp;Center for Employment Opportunities, Director of Strategic Partnerships The webinar will cover: How organizations are leveraging WIOA state and local plans to serve youth and adults facing barriers to employment What organizations are doing to participate in local/state WIOA planning processes and what they've learned Recommendations for how you can engage in the state and local planning process to ensure that jobseekers facing barriers to employment are supported. Listen to a recording of the webinar at

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Employment Program Funding; Homelessness; Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act; Youth

Helping Youth Experiencing Homelessness Succeed in Employment: Practices, Programs, and Policies

January 14, 2016

These are the slides from NI's presentation at the 2016 Beyond Housing Conference, hosted by the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness. These slides give an overview of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and opportunities under WIOA to better serve youth experiencing homelessness. These slides also highlight best and promising employment program practices, principles, and strategies for Opportunity Youth. Finally, these slides give an overview of Bright Endeavors, a Chicago-based social enterprise that connects young moms experiencing or at risk of homelessenss to employment.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Workforce Investment Act; Youth

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