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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

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

Letter to Congressional Committees Calling for Investments in Subsidized Jobs

August 26, 2021

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.

Employment Program Funding; Job Creation; Unemployment

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

Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Practical Tools for Advancing State-Level Policy & Action

August 1, 2018

In July, National Initiatives joined forces with the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to offer a pre-conference session focused on advancing state-level policies to increase employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability.We were excited to share our lessons learned and ideas with so many engaged stakeholders and to see growing momentum for spreading these strategies. 

Job Creation; Unemployment

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

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

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

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