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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

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

Putting Workforce Investment Boards to Work to End Family Homelessness

February 18, 2016

These slides were presented at the National Alliance to End Homelessness' (NAEH) 2016 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. The slides give an overview of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how homeless services stakeholders can help make sure the public workforce system under WIOA is addressing the employment needs of families and youth experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness; Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Comments: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs)

June 15, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) modernizes the federal framework that guides America's public workforce system and increases the system's accountability in supporting the employment needs and interests of adults and youth facing barriers to employment. We strongly support this vision of WIOA and look forward to working with the Departments of Labor, Education as well as other federal agencies responsible for administration of partner programs to support the successful implementation of the law. The NPRMs released by the Departments in April 2015 are a critical step towards achieving this vision. Our comments reflect input from our coalition members in nearly every state in the nation and a range of stakeholders including workforce and human services practitioners, anti-poverty organizations, researchers, and others. Throughout our comments we note areas where we believe the draft rules are consistent with the intent of the law, as well as areas where we believe additional regulatory clarification or guidance may be needed and/or where we believe further consideration is warranted by federal agencies as WIOA is implemented to ensure that adults and youth facing barriers to employment are served well.

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

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