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These comments were provided in response to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness' request for feedback on the revised Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This feedback reflects input from experts across Heartland Alliance, including Heartland Alliance Health, Hearltand Human Care Services, and Heartland Housing, among others.
Comment on USDA’s Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances.December 3, 2019
On behalf of Heartland Alliance, we appreciate the opportunity to comment on USDA's Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances. The proposed rule would exacerbate the struggles many of people experiencing poverty and with low incomes have paying for costs of both food and utilities. It would have harmful impacts on health and well-being as well as on the economy. The proposed rule is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn.
Comments in Opposition to Proposed Rulemaking: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP ProgramSeptember 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 For these reasons, we believe the proposed rule should be withdrawn.
Heartland Alliance Comment on the Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies (June 20, 2019
Submitted public comment on the proposed change to the poverty measure in the US.
Letter to HFSC: Raising Awareness of Improving Access to Workforce Programs for Extremely Low Income HouseholdsNovember 5, 2015
Heartland Alliance and CSH submitted a letter the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) raising concerns about imposing time limits and work requirements for households receiving federal housing assistance. CSH and Heartland Alliance are working on improving coordination between housing providers and workforce development programs, as envisioned by the recently enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The letter expresses concern that imposing this restrictions would destabilize households that are trying to access new workforce training programming.
Extending Overtime Protections: Heartland Alliance Comments on U.S. Department of Labor Notice of Proposed RulemakingSeptember 3, 2015
All workers deserve a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.We commend DOL for taking this important step to ensure that workers are adequately compensated for their work. We urge the Department to finalize and implement the rule without delay. Importantly, although the implementation of the Department's proposed rule will signify a significant step forward for millions of workers, many of the workers who are most vulnerable to wage and hour exploitation continue to be left out. As DOL considers further steps to strengthen protections for workers, the full list of workers currently exempt from the FLSA minimum wage and overtime protections should be reviewed and narrowed to ensure that we stop creating a second class of workers. These excluded workers deserve minimum wage and overtime protections and further consideration of inclusion in future rulemaking.
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.
Comments to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OSCE) on Proposed Rulemaking to Modernize and Increase the Flexibility and Efficiency of the Child Support ProgramJanuary 15, 2015
This document contains Heartland Alliance's comments to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), which has released a proposed regulation to modernize the child support program and increase its flexibility and efficiency in securing reliable support for families. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to update existing rules, some of which are 35 years old, and make changes that would help modernize the program. Heartland Alliance's comments to the proposed rule commend many of the needed changes proposed by OCSE. In particular, the rule permits much-needed job services for eligible noncustodial parents, vital changes to how orders are calculated, and improvements to the handling of orders while the noncustodial parent is incarcerated.
Stakeholder Comments to the Department of Education: Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected YouthAugust 7, 2014
Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity submitted comments to the Department of Education on August 7, 2014 focused on ensuring that DOE Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth take into consideration a range of promising and innovative practices for connecting disconnected and at-risk youth to employment and education.
Comments on Fiscal Year 2014 House Republican Budget Resolution.
Comments on Fiscal Year 2014 Senate Budget Resolution.
Comments to the United States House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act (H.R.803).
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