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This advocacy resource makes the case for why Congress must enact an equity-centered national subsidized employment program as a part of COVID-19 economic recovery legislation, with a special focus on how subsidized employment strategies can benefit jobseekers experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. This resource was produced in partnership among Heartland Alliance, the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP), and the National Youth Employment Coalition. Subsidized employment advocates can use this resource to inform visits with elected officials about why subsidized employment must be a part of building back a better, stronger, and more inclusive and equitable economy in the wake of the COVID-19 recession.
This advocacy resource makes the case for why Congress must enact an equity-centered national subsidized employment programas a part of COVID-19 economic recovery legislation, as called for in the White House's proposed American Jobs Plan. This resource was produced in partnership among Heartland Alliance, the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP), and the National Youth Employment Coalition. Subsidized employment advocates can use this resource to inform visits with elected officials about why subsidized employment must be a part of building back a better, stronger, and more inclusive and equitable economy in the wake of the COVID-19 recession.
Letter to Congress to Include an Equity-Centered National Subsidized Employment Program in the American Jobs ActMay 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.
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.
Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems CollaborationMarch 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.
Preventing & Ending Homelessness Through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward - 2017 National SummitOctober 18, 2017
Preventing & Ending Homelessness through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward A national summit in collaboration with Heartland Alliance, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and Funders Together to End Homelessness along with the support of the Melville Charitable Trust and the Oak Foundation.
Hearts and Minds in Houston: Implementing and Evaluating Cross-Trainings on the Value of Employment for Ending HomelessnessNovember 3, 2020
Many communities struggle to ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to appropriate, effective employment services. Through their work with Heartland Alliance's National Center on Employment and Homelessness (NCEH), stakeholders in Houston, TX, identified cross-system training as a promising means to build buy-in and commitment from staff and leaders from both the workforce development and homeless services systems around prioritizing employment outcomes for people experiencing homelessness. NCEH partnered with Houston stakeholders to develop, deliver, and evaluate a training curriculum for personnel from multiple systems aimed at increasing their knowledge and positively changing their attitudes and beliefs about homelessness and employment. This paper discusses the impact of the cross-system trainings and gives recommendations to other communities seeking to build buy-in for similar cross-system coordination work.
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.
Subsidized Employment Responses to COVID-19: How Cities and States can Prioritize Equity and EfficacyJune 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.
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.
SLIDES: Access to Economic Opportunity Helps End Homelessness: New Opportunities in the 2019 CoC Program NOFASeptember 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.
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