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This advocacy resource makes the case for why Congress must enact an equity-centered national subsidized employment program as a part of COVID-19 economic recovery legislation, with a special focus on how subsidized employment strategies can benefit jobseekers experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. 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.
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.
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) works to reduce recidivism and increase employment among people impacted by the criminal legal system. CEO has branches in 31 cities across 12 states. CEO New Orleans launched in Louisiana in October2019. This program spotlight discusses CEO's subsidized jobs model and its impact and calls for federal investments in subsidized jobs to support jobseekers facing structural barriers to employment.
In response to the economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 recession and the persistent economic disparities faced by Black, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, and other workers facing barriers to employment, the undersigned organizations call on Congressional leadership to ensure that the budget reconciliation bill being negotiated in Congress includes robust investments in workforcedevelopment and training, including a robust equity-centered national subsidized employment program.
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.
Advancing WIOA for Individuals Facing Barriers to Employment: Perspectives on State and Local PlanningMarch 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 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/318214431262560260
Implementing Transitional Jobs Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Why and How Workforce Boards Should Leverage WIOA Dollars for Transitional JobsFebruary 10, 2016
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) allows local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to use up to 10 percent of Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker funds to implement Transitional Jobs (TJ) programming for individuals facingbarriers to employment.Leveraging available funds to implement TJ is a key way communities can help ensure that a greater share of jobseekers facing barriers to employment have access to employment programming that meets their needs and interests and prepares them for success in work.This brief provides an overview of the TJ model, makes the case for why WIBs should implement TJ, and offers strategies for how communities can implement TJ in an environment of limited resources.
Letter to HFSC: Raising Awareness of Improving Access to Workforce Programs for Extremely Low Income HouseholdsNovember 5, 2015
Heartland Alliance and CSH submitted a letter the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) raising concerns about imposing time limits and work requirements for households receiving federal housing assistance. CSH and Heartland Alliance are working on improving coordination between housing providers and workforce development programs, as envisioned by the recently enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The letter expresses concern that imposing this restrictions would destabilize households that are trying to access new workforce training programming.
Many federal and state public systems and funding streams that target individuals and families living in poverty aim to increase employment and economic opportunity among these individuals, many of whom face barriers to employment. Here are a few federal resources that can be used to fund employment services for low-income individuals who often face chronic unemployment.
These slides were developed for National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 2015 annual conference in Kansas City, MO. The presentation covered the history of Transitional Jobs, innovative funding strategies, and the potential impact of new WIOA provisions on the field.
Innovative City and State Funding Approaches to Supporting Subsidized Employment and Transitional JobsMarch 18, 2013
The paper highlights a number of public-sector agencies that have developed "outside the box" funding strategies to support transitional jobs and subsidized employment initiatives. The report include recommendations for state and city governments that are seeking to support subsidized and transitional employment solutions in an environment of scarce resources.
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