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Subsidized Employment Responses to COVID-19: How Cities and States can Prioritize Equity and Efficacy

June 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing unprecedented economic damage, causing a spike in unemployment that is even more sudden and acute than was experienced during the Great Depression. Bold, immediate action is required to address mass unemployment and mitigate economic suffering. Large-scale subsidized employment initiatives have been used effectively in prior economic crises, including the Great Recession and the Great Depression, to quickly and effectively get large numbers of unemployed individuals back to work,[iii] support the health of businesses, and build necessary infrastructure.Subsidized employment may be part of a future federal stimulus package in response to COVID-19, but cities and states have the opportunity to act sooner to implement subsidized employment initiatives and begin addressing unemployment and economic hardship among their residents. In addition, should a federal subsidized employment initiative be enacted, states and localities will likely have a great deal of flexibility in implementation and should have a plan in place to ensure effectiveness, equity, and efficiency.

ELEVATE Recommendations: Heartland Alliance

June 6, 2018

In the last month, we've been excited to see and be part of the growing national conversation about the need for a national subsidized employment and transitional jobs program. Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore, released a draft bill for public comment called the "Economic Ladders to End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment(ELEVATE) Act of 2018."The ELEVATE Act would provide resources to states to design and implement subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs targeted to individuals facing barriers to employment. Under Senator Wyden's proposal, the program would expand to provide access to employment for people who have lost their jobs during economic downturns.Heartland Alliance appreciates the opportunity to submit feedback on the Economic Laddersto End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment (ELEVATE) Act of 2018, which wouldestablish a new subsidized employment and training program for the long term unemployedand individuals facing barriers to employment. Our comments begin with background andresearch findings related to these program and policy strategies. Heartland Alliance hasthen enumerated legislative recommendations specific to the ELEVATE Act of 2018 andadditional considerations beyond these specific recommendations. When appropriate,Heartland Alliance has provided rationale for our recommendations based on researchevidence and our over two-decades of experience designing, implementing, evaluating, andadvocating for these program models.

Getting Families on Their Feet: Steps for Integrating Employment Programming into Homeless Services

July 1, 2014

Connecting homeless adults to stable, earned income through employment is a critical tool in the ongoing fight to alleviate and end family homelessness. Drawing from the available research and insight from practitioners, this article shows why and how homeless-service providers should incorporate employment into their programming.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Homelessness

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