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SLIDES: Access to Economic Opportunity Helps End Homelessness: New Opportunities in the 2019 CoC Program NOFA

September 20, 2019

This webinar will helped communities understand and leverage the new employment-related opportunities within the 2019 CoC Program NOFA. Panelists explained where the NOFA asks applicants to identify their community's workforce development strategies for people experiencing homelessness and how CoC Applications are being scored based on these strategies. The webinar shared efforts in Allegheny County, PA to build cross-system collaboration aimed at increase access to employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness.The webinar also highlighted the recently released joint statement from the U.S. Department of Housing (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which identifies how the public workforce and homeless service systems can advance this important work together.PANELISTS: Jasmine Hayes of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, Mindy Mitchell of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Cynthia Shields & Peter Harvey of Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and Markese Long of Partner4Work Pittsburgh.

2019 National TANF State Directors’ Meeting Partnering to Build a Stronger Society

September 18, 2019

These slides were presented at the 2019 National TANF State Directors' Meeting. The presentation gives an overview of one of the resources from our forthcoming TANF and WIOA Coordination and Collaboration Toolkit. The presentation gives a framework for systems coordination and collaboration, and provides choices that both the TANF and WIOA systems can make in order to deepen their efforts to work together and advance employment and economic opportunity for jobseekers receiving TANF.

Let's Go to Work: Connecting Clients to Jobs

July 24, 2019

These slides were presented at the 2019 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in Washington, DC. The slides provide action-oriented steps that homeless service providers in communities can take to connect jobseekers experiencing homelessness to employment. 

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Homelessness

Pathway Forward Challenge Informational Webinar

February 26, 2019

This webinar provided information and clarity around how to prepare and submit a strong proposal for the Pathways Forward Challenge Grant.This webinar was moderated by our Project Manager, Carrie Felton, along with other National Initiatives staff and they covered the key elements of the challenge, the characteristics of the communities, teams and ideas we're looking for, and answer questions you may have.

How HHS Can Help Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Succeed in Work (Slides)

October 18, 2018

The new Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, Home: Together, emphasizes that access to employment and economic opportunity plays an important role in preventing and ending homelessness. In October, National Initiatives joined federal partners t the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lift up ideas for how HHS can help ffamilies and youth experiencing homelessness succeed in work. Our ideas were drawn from our Pathways Forward reoprt and will help drive federal-level action coordinated byt the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to avance employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Practical Tools for Advancing State-Level Policy & Action

August 1, 2018

In July, National Initiatives joined forces with the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to offer a pre-conference session focused on advancing state-level policies to increase employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness and housing instability.We were excited to share our lessons learned and ideas with so many engaged stakeholders and to see growing momentum for spreading these strategies. 

Job Creation; Unemployment

Systems Work Better Together: Strategies for Workforce & Homeless Service Collaboration (WEBINAR)

July 20, 2018

This webinar will highlighted key takeaways discussed in our recent report, Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems Collaboration including common challenges to public workforce and homeless service systems collaboration and recommended strategies and approaches for improving collaboration between these two systems. This webinar will also featured the on-the-ground perspectives of project leaders promoting systems-level collaboration efforts in their communities.Panelists: Caitlin Schnur of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity, Carrie Thomas of Chicago Jobs Council, Heidi S. Boyd of Hennepin County Housing Stability, Hannah Roberts of Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Human Services, and Gary Grier of Houston Coalition for the Homeless

(WEBINAR) Work Requirements Don't Work: What's At Stake & What Can We Do?

March 21, 2018

This webinar outlined the current and potential threats to basic assistance programs with a specific focus on work requirements; provided an on-the-ground perspective about how imposing work requirements in exchange for basic supports will hurt low-income individuals and especially people of color; and shared communications tools and tactics for how to reframe the work requirements narrative and advocate for positive strategies to end chronic unemployment and poverty.Moderator: Melissa Young of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity Panelists: Elizabeth Lower-Basch of Center on Law and Social Policy, Ronald Johnson of Heartland Alliance Health, and Rebecca Vallas of Center for American Progress 

Realizing Full Employment: Bold Policy Solutions to Advance Economic Opportunity for All

March 14, 2018

This webinar provided an overview of the current subsidized employment landscape, explored a new policy proposals for a national subsidized employment strategies, and lifted up lessons learned from implementing these strategies in communities. We hope this conversation helps to build momentum for a national subsidized employment program and similar policy solutions that can help reduce poverty by ensuring that all people can access and succeed in work.Panelists: Melissa Young of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity, Meghan Ladwig of the Office of Senator Tammy Baldwin, Kali Grant and Indivar Dutta-Gupta of Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, and Julie Kerksick of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute


Fair & Equitable Infrastructure: Investing in Communities & Workers (WEBINAR)

March 7, 2018

This webinar discussed why federal infrastructure investments matter and how these investments can advance equity and economic opportunity; lifted up examples of infrastructure projects already underway that are improving communities and investing in workers who face barriers to employment; and shared guiding principles for fair and equitable federal infrastructure investments.Panelists: Lisa Cylar Barrett of PolicyLink, Jeff Carroll of Details Deconstruction/Humanim, Andrew Simons of the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, John Anderson of Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)/BIG STEP, and Melissa Young of Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity.

Employment Program Design & Improvement; Federal Budget; Job Creation; Pathways Back To Work

100 Days to House & Employ Youth webinar

December 12, 2017

The 100-Day Challenges on Youth Homelessness are part of the growing national movement to prevent and end youth homelessness in America. Through these challenges, community leaders, front line staff, and youth experiencing homelessness come together to set and work toward an ambitious goal related to ending homelessness among young people in their community. In July 2017, a second round of challenges kicked off in five communities including one of our Connections Project Sites: Hennepin County, Minnesota. With the recognition that access to employment and economic opportunity plays a key role in helping young people exit homelessness, Hennepin County set a bold, first-of-its-kind 100 day goal: to safely and stably house 150 youth while also ensuring that 75% of those youth were employed. This webinar gives an overview of the 100-Day Challenge process and draw from Hennepin's experience to lift up their successes and sticking points , lessons learned about homeless services and workforce development systems collaboration, and future directions for their work.

The Value of Employment for People Experiencing Homelessness_Webinar Slides

November 28, 2017

Webinar slides for "The Value of Employment for People Experiencing Homelessness" presented on 11/28/17

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