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Subsidized Jobs for People Experiencing or At-Risk of Homelessness

May 27, 2021

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. 

American Jobs Act; Employment Program Funding
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Subsidized Employment: A Proven Strategy for Supporting Rapid Economic Recovery

May 13, 2021

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. 

American Jobs Act; Employment Program Funding; Job Creation
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Letter to Congress to Include an Equity-Centered National Subsidized Employment Program in the American Jobs Act

May 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. 

American Jobs Act; Employment Program Funding; Job Creation

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training: A funding source for jobseekers experiencing homelessness or housing instability

January 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.

Employment Program Funding; Homelessness; Unemployment

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 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/318214431262560260

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

Implementing Transitional Jobs Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Why and How Workforce Boards Should Leverage WIOA Dollars for Transitional Jobs

February 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.

Employment Program Funding; Workforce Investment Act

Letter to HFSC: Raising Awareness of Improving Access to Workforce Programs for Extremely Low Income Households

November 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.

Employment Program Funding; Homelessness; Workforce Investment Act

Where's the Money?: Federal Employment and Training Funding Sources

October 20, 2015

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.

Employment Program Funding

NCLR Presentation on TJ and Funding Strategies - SLIDES

July 16, 2015

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.

Employment Program Funding

Innovative City and State Funding Approaches to Supporting Subsidized Employment and Transitional Jobs

March 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.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Employment Program Funding; Employment Program Research & Evaluation

Financing Transitional Jobs Programs: A Strategic Guide to Federal Funding Sources

December 15, 2003

An increasing number of communities are seeking to help individuals faced with multiple employment barriers succeed in the labor force through transitional jobs (TJ) programs. TJ programs offer temporary, paying jobs with support services and job placement assistance to individuals who are not served by more traditional job training and placement programs. These more intensive programs have been shown to be effective with hard-to-employ adults and youth, but not without a cost. TJ programs cost significantly more per client than employment programs for individuals who are more job-ready. This strategy brief is designed to help local leaders seeking funding to develop, sustain, or expand transitional jobs programs. While significant work has already been done on financing TJ for individuals moving off of welfare, there is little information available on financing options for programs that serve other populations. This paper seeks to fill this information gap for three target groups- ex-offenders, homeless people, and youth - by describing federal funding sources and financing strategies that can support TJ programs for these populations.

Employment Program Funding

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