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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. In crafting our response, staff from Heartland Alliance's Impact Division gathered input from 17 staff members across the Alliance's companies, including staff with lived experience of homelessness, staff working directly with adults and youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and staff working on policy and systems-level solutions to prevent and end homelessness.
In response to the economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 recession and the persistent economic disparities faced by Black, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, and other workers facing barriers to employment, the undersigned organizations call on Congressional leadership to ensure that the budget reconciliation bill being negotiated in Congress includes robust investments in workforcedevelopment and training, including a robust equity-centered national subsidized employment program.
Requirements & Services for SNAP ABAWDs: Heartland Alliance Comments on USDA Advance Notice of Proposed RulemakingApril 9, 2018
These are Heartland Alliance's comments in response to the USDA's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) time limit. As these comments reflect, Heartland Alliance is deeply concerned by attempts to further restrict food assistance to the individuals whom we serve. SNAP is the country's most important anti-hunger program. We strongly support the goal of helping SNAP participants obtain and keep quality jobs that enable them to achieve economic security. However, we believe the restrictions suggested in the ANPRM would only result in more people losing their SNAP benefits, which will make it harder to achieve this goal. Furthermore, the questions posed in the ANPRM 1) appear to be based on the assumption that many SNAP participants simply do not want to work, which we know to be untrue and 2) overlook the reality that many individuals receiving nutrition assistance face multiple barriers to work that reflect personal challenges such as education or skills gaps and more insidious structural labor market barriers such as discrimination in the labor market.
This letter to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus expresses our support for their work to advance a racial equity agenda and to address the pervasive structural racism that leaves deep and lasting negative impacts on the lives of people of color.
This is a letter in support of H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act. This letter supports Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's (TX-18) Amendment Four to the Act, which directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to work with the Secretary of Labor to produce an annual report on interagency strategies to strengthen family economic empowerment by linking housing with essential supportive services such as employment counseling and training, financial growth, childcare, transportation, meals, and other support services. Our letter urges the support of this amendment and urges additonal coordination with Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
In this letter, Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives Team urges the White House to adopt a federal "fair chance" hiring policy so that formerly incarcerated Americans and people with convictions in their past are not unfairly shut out of employment and have a fair chance at a job with federal agencies and federal contractors.
The federal TANF program has several legislative goals and a dual mission as a crisis response system aimed at reducing and alleviating poverty and hardship among low-income children and families and creating pathways to employment and economic opportunity. Our comments reflect the degree to which we believe that the subcommittee's draft bill achieves the goals and intent of the TANF program and, in some places, reflects and builds upon the testimony and comments submitted by other nationally recognized organizations including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Center for Law and Social Policy.
This is the booklet that was distributed to attendees of the Working to End Homelessness (WEH) Innovation Workshop, which took place in Washington, DC. The WEH Innovation Workshop aimed to help Connections Project finalists strengthen their ideas for systems-level innovations to increase employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers
WEBINAR SLIDES - RFP -- Connections Project: Expanding Employment and Economic Opportunity for Homeless JobseekersFebruary 3, 2015
This document includes the slides (without audio) for the The Connections Project Webinar "RFP - Connections Project: Expanding Employment adn Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers" which took place on Wednesday Jan 28th 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST.
This document includes questions and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Connections Project: Expanding Employment and Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers. This document includes questions submitted via email to NCEH as well as questions asked directly during the Connections Project Webinar "RFP - Connections Project: Expanding Employment and Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers" which took place on Wednesday Jan 28th 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST.
This document is for ALL CONNECTIONS PROJECT APPLICANTS.The Connections Project Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first phase of the Connections Project Request for Proposals (RFP) process. To participate in the RFP process, all Connections Project applicantsmust submit a Letter of Intent to the National Center on Employment and Homelessness that answers these question prompts.
This document is for CONNECTIONS PROJECT FINALISTS ONLY. The Connections Project Final Proposal is the third phase of the Connections Project Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Connections Project Sites selected as finalists will be invited to prepare and submit a Final Proposal to the National Center on Employment and Homelessness that answers these question prompts. (NOTE - this version was UPDATED 4.8.2015 to include a question regarding target populations)
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