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Letter to Congress to Include an Equity-Centered National Subsidized Employment Program in the American Jobs Act

May 6, 2021

Heartland Alliance joined the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), the National Youth Employment Coalition, and nearly 100 national and local organizations calling on Congress to include an equity-centered national subsidized employment program as a part of the forthcoming recovery package as recommended by President Biden in his American Jobs Plan. Through large-scale federal demonstrations and Heartland Alliance's experience running subsidized employment programs, we know that subsidized employment is an effective strategy for getting people who would not otherwise be working rapidly connected to jobs and earning income. This includes workers who have been displaced due to economic downturns as well as those who face chronic unemployment even when the economy is growing. 

American Jobs Act; Employment Program Funding; Job Creation
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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
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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

Sharing Data Across Systems: Leveraging Homeless Service and Public Workforce Systems Data to Support Jobseekers Experiencing Homelessness

November 30, 2021

Employment success and housing stability go hand in hand. Although the public workforce and homeless service systems both serve homeless and unstably housed jobseekers, these systems work in silos in many communities. Collaboration is critical for these two systems to achieve their interrelated goals.One promising systems collaboration strategy is cross-system data sharing. This resource provides an overview of data sharing, explains how it can be used to better understand and meet the needs of workforce and homeless service populations in your community, and lifts up how Chicago and Detroit have successfully operationalized this strategy.

Subsidized Jobs Program Spotlight: Goodwill of North Georgia

October 29, 2021

Across the country, Goodwill rapidly engages economically marginalized jobseekers with employment, using subsidized jobs programs and other workforce development strategies. Based in Atlanta and the surrounding metro area, Goodwill of North Georgia's subsidized jobs program, operating since 1925, connects jobseekers to immediate, wage-paid employment, paired with a contextualized learning environment and individualized supportive services. This program spotlight discusses Goodwill of North Georgia's subsidized jobs model and its impact and calls for federal investments in subsidized jobs to support jobseekers facing structural barriers to employment. Goodwill of North Georgia's headquarters is located in the 4th Congressional district of Georgia. The representative for this district is Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. (D). The Senators for Georgia are Senators Raphael Warnock (D) and Senator Jon Ossoff (D).   

Subsidized Employment: An Investment in America’s Workers & Small Business

September 27, 2021

Extensive research has shown subsidized employment to be a highly successful strategy for rapidly helping large numbers of people who would not otherwise be working access employment and earned income. Subsidized jobs have been successfully used during times of high unemployment to help displaced workers earn income and to support small businessesimpacted by recession. Equally important, subsidized jobs also offer jobseekers facing structural barriers to employment—such as homelessness, a record, or chronic unemployment—a critical opportunity to access work opportunities from which they would be otherwise excluded.

Employment Program Design & Improvement

SNAP ET Proposed Rule Letter

June 17, 2020

Comments in response to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Employment andTraining Opportunities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program RIN 0584-AE68

Comments in Opposition to Proposed Rulemaking: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP Program

September 23, 2019

This is a response in opposition to proposed rulemaking that would make eligibility changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposed changes would cause serious harm to Heartland Alliance participants, Illinoisans experiencing hunger and poverty—including hundreds of thousands of working Illinoisans who are not earning enough to make ends meet—and millions of people across the country. In addition to taking away food assistance from millions of individuals, this proposed rule would make it more difficult for low-income individuals to save for the future, inequitably harm people of color and especially women of color, and greatly increase administrative burdens on agencies already operating at capacity. For these reasons, we believe the proposed rule should be withdrawn.

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. 

Youth

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents: Heartland Alliance Comments on USDA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

April 1, 2019

These are Heartland Alliance's comments in response to the USDA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the expansion of work requirements for childless adults receiving food and nutrition support via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As these comments reflect, the proposed changes would cause serious harm to Heartland Alliance participants, Illinoisans experiencing hunger and poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Heartland Alliance strongly opposes any rule changes that will result in people losing access to basic supports such as food and nutrition assistance. Instead, we urge the Administration to focus its time, attention, and resources on implementing proven approaches to ending poverty and advancing employment and economic opportunity for ALL.   

Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

December 10, 2018

Comment letter from Heartland Alliance in in regards to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018, expressing our strong opposition to the rule in its entirety.

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

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