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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

Preventing & Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward - 2017 National Summit

October 18, 2017

Preventing & Ending Homelessness through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward A national summit in collaboration with Heartland Alliance, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Funders Together to End Homelessness along with the support of the Melville Charitable Trust and the Oak Foundation.

Homelessness; Pathways Back To Work; Unemployment

Asset Mapping in Los Angeles County

January 11, 2021

People experiencing homelessness often face challenges connecting to the employment supports they want and need. Asset mapping is a process by which communities can gain a clearer understanding of available services, the systems and agencies that deliver them, and how individuals connect to those services in order to improve referral pathways and ensure people receive the services they need.This resource outlines the steps of L.A. County's asset-mapping process for two cluster communities in the county: South Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. We hope this resource will provide communities with one example of potential steps and resources to consider as they develop their own asset-mapping process.


Hearts and Minds in Houston: Implementing and Evaluating Cross-Trainings on the Value of Employment for Ending Homelessness

November 3, 2020

Many communities struggle to ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to appropriate, effective employment services. Through their work with Heartland Alliance's National Center on Employment and Homelessness (NCEH), stakeholders in Houston, TX, identified cross-system training as a promising means to build buy-in and commitment from staff and leaders from both the workforce development and homeless services systems around prioritizing employment outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. NCEH partnered with Houston stakeholders to develop, deliver, and evaluate a training curriculum for personnel from multiple systems aimed at increasing their knowledge and positively changing their attitudes and beliefs about homelessness and employment. This paper discusses the impact of the cross-system trainings and gives recommendations to other communities seeking to build buy-in for similar cross-system coordination work. 

Employment Program Research & Evaluation; Homelessness

Feedback on the Revised Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent & End Homelessness

July 10, 2020

These comments were provided in response to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness' request for feedback on the revised Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This feedback reflects input from experts across Heartland Alliance, including Heartland Alliance Health, Hearltand Human Care Services, and Heartland Housing, among others.


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

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

Pathways Forward: Recommendations for Federal Action to Increase Economic Mobility for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability

June 28, 2018

Heartland Alliance, in partnership with Funders Together to End Homelessness, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and with the support of Melville Charitable Trust and the Oak Foundation, convened over 60 stakeholders in October 2017 for the Preventing & Ending Homelessness through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward summit in Washington, D.C. The event brought together and galvanized a cross-section of experts including individuals with lived experience of homelessness, community-based organizations, government partners, philanthropy, national workforce, homelessness, and anti-poverty policy experts, and researchers to consider the lessons learned, challenges, and successes in supporting pathways to employment and economic mobility for individuals who have experienced homelessness or housing instability. In particular, lessons were drawn from Heartland Alliance's efforts to seed, incubate, and spread public systems collaboration efforts through the Connections Project, which is focused on increasing employment and economic mobility for individuals who have experienced homelessness or housing instability.

Homelessness; Job Creation; Pathways Back To Work; Unemployment

Realizing Full Employment: Bold Policy Solutions to Advance Economic Opportunity for All

March 14, 2018

This webinar provided an overview of the current subsidized employment landscape, explored a new policy proposals for a national subsidized employment strategies, and lifted up lessons learned from implementing these strategies in communities. We hope this conversation helps to build momentum for a national subsidized employment program and similar policy solutions that can help reduce poverty by ensuring that all people can access and succeed in work.Panelists: Melissa Young of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity, Meghan Ladwig of the Office of Senator Tammy Baldwin, Kali Grant and Indivar Dutta-Gupta of Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, and Julie Kerksick of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute


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

Connecting Youth in Rapid Re-Housing to Employment

June 29, 2017

These slides were presented as part of the National Alliance to End Homelessness' (NAEH) Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Learning Community. Drawing from across NI resources, these slides lift up core strategies for helping to connect young people in rapid re-housing to employment and training opportunities. 

Homelessness; Youth

Vocationalizing the Homeless Response System: Employment Program Models for People Experiencing Homelessness

May 26, 2017

These slides were presented at the CSH 2017 Summit, and highlight employment program models for people experiencing homelessness. 


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