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Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status

July 9, 2019

On May 10, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposed rule that would prohibit mixed status families from living in public housing and other HUD assisted housing. Mixed status families are households that include both members who are eligible and ineligible for housing assistance based on their immigration status. HUD's proposed rule will force families of mixed immigration status to break up to receive housing assistance, to forego the assistance altogether, or face eviction from their homes.Heartland Alliance submitted official comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to oppose this harmful and cruel proposal that could lead to the eviction of over 100,000 people, including 55,000 children, from HUD assisted housing. 


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

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

Helping Youth Experiencing Homelessness Succeed in Employment: Practices, Programs, and Policies

January 14, 2016

These are the slides from NI's presentation at the 2016 Beyond Housing Conference, hosted by the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness. These slides give an overview of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and opportunities under WIOA to better serve youth experiencing homelessness. These slides also highlight best and promising employment program practices, principles, and strategies for Opportunity Youth. Finally, these slides give an overview of Bright Endeavors, a Chicago-based social enterprise that connects young moms experiencing or at risk of homelessenss to employment.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Workforce Investment Act; Youth

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: A Better Approach to Serving Youth Facing Barriers to Employment

November 16, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) changes the ways in which states and communities provide employment services to youth through the public workforce system. These older and out-of-school youth will likely face additional barriers to employment and have different service needs when compared with younger and in school youth. To effectively meet the employment needs of out-of-school youth, states and communities will need to change the type, intensity, and scope of the employment services they offer under WIOA.There are lessons that workforce boards and their partners can learn from prior efforts to enhance and expand youth summer jobs programming to better serve at-risk, older, and out-of-school youth as well as community-based programs targeting youth who face serious and significant barriers to employment. This brief draws on some of those lessons to offer practical program design recommendations for enhancing WIOA youth services to better accommodate older and out-of-school youth.

Workforce Investment Act; Youth

Webinar slides: Helping Opportunity Youth Succeed in Employment: Principles, Practices, and Innovations

June 11, 2015

These webinar slides present National Initiatives' report on employment program principles, practices, and innovations for opportunity youth. The slides give an overview of the paper and include presentation slides from two opportunity youth employment programs in the field, Roca, Inc., and Bright Endeavors.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Youth

Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Daybreak

May 29, 2015

This resource is a case study on Daybreak, a program that offers emergency shelter, street outreach, housing, education, mental health, and employment services -- including transitional jobs (TJ) within a social enterprise setting -- to help youth get and stay housed. Daybreak's target population had originally been young teens ages 10 to 18, but because of increasing needs the program now gives more attention to transition-aged youth ages 18 to 24.

Homelessness; Youth

Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Roca

May 29, 2015

The resource is a case study on Roca, a program that provides employment services, including transitional jobs, to opportunity youth. Roca's target population is high-risk, justice-involved young men ages 17 to 24, who are not in school, are unwilling or unable to engage in traditional social service programming, and are on track to adult incarceration.


Opportunity Youth Employment Program Case Study: Larkin Street

May 29, 2015

This resource is a case study on Larkin Street, a program that includes housing and medical care along with education, employment, and career services via their Larkin Street Academy. Larkin Street Academy "meets youth where they are" by offering a range of employment services including YouthForce, a job readiness class, the Institute for Hire Learning (IHL), and Wire Up.

Homelessness; Youth

Providing True Opportunity for Opportunity Youth: Promising Practices and Principles for Helping Youth Facing Barriers to Employment

May 29, 2015

Many "opportunity youth" -- youth who are not working or in school -- would benefit substantially from gaining work experience but need help overcoming barriers to employment and accessing the labor market.Those opportunity youth facing the most significant challenges, such as extreme poverty, homelessness, and justice system involvement, often need even more intensive assistance in entering and keeping employment, and are at risk of being left behind even by employment programs that are specifically designed to serve opportunity youth.This paper builds on the research literature with extensive interviews with employment program providers who have had success in helping the most vulnerable opportunity youth succeed in the workforce. Six principles for effectively serving these youth are identified.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Youth

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