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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 The proposed rule is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn.

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.

Win-Win: Equipping Housing Providers to Open Doors to Housing for People With Criminal Records

July 12, 2019

In Illinois, nearly 5 million adults, 50% of the population, are estimated to have an arrest or conviction record. Housing is foundational for employment success, family stability, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, criminal history checks are a typical part of the housing application processes, and many people with records are declined housing opportunities they would otherwise be a good fit for, but for the criminal record.  Our goal for Win-Win was to develop user-friendly guidance about the use of criminal records in screening and housing applicants, and to provide recommendations that housing providers can adopt and adapt, in whole or in part, to increase housing opportunities for people with criminal records.  

Criminal Justice; Reentry

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

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

ELEVATE Recommendations: Heartland Alliance

June 6, 2018

In the last month, we've been excited to see and be part of the growing national conversation about the need for a national subsidized employment and transitional jobs program. Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore, released a draft bill for public comment called the "Economic Ladders to End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment(ELEVATE) Act of 2018."The ELEVATE Act would provide resources to states to design and implement subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs targeted to individuals facing barriers to employment. Under Senator Wyden's proposal, the program would expand to provide access to employment for people who have lost their jobs during economic downturns.Heartland Alliance appreciates the opportunity to submit feedback on the Economic Laddersto End Volatility and Advance Training and Employment (ELEVATE) Act of 2018, which wouldestablish a new subsidized employment and training program for the long term unemployedand individuals facing barriers to employment. Our comments begin with background andresearch findings related to these program and policy strategies. Heartland Alliance hasthen enumerated legislative recommendations specific to the ELEVATE Act of 2018 andadditional considerations beyond these specific recommendations. When appropriate,Heartland Alliance has provided rationale for our recommendations based on researchevidence and our over two-decades of experience designing, implementing, evaluating, andadvocating for these program models.

Requirements & Services for SNAP ABAWDs: Heartland Alliance Comments on USDA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

April 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.

Supporting Job-Seekers Experiencing Homelessness: Best Practices for CoC & Workforce Board Engagement

September 17, 2016

The slides are from a presentation given at the Michigan Summit to End Homelessness in September 2016.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014: A Preliminary Analysis

July 9, 2014

A preliminary analysis of provisions contained in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 related to employment, training, education, supports, and prioritization of workforce services for adults and youth with barriers to employment.

Time is of the Essence: What the past 500 years means for the future of Black Male Achievement

June 18, 2014

This timeline seeks to shed light on how 500 years of slavery, discrimination and disenfranchisement has contributed to the current employment and economic crisis faced by African American men in the United States. In 2012, there were almost 6 million African American men and youth unemployed or not actively seeking work. Of this number, nearly 3.5 million were low income - below 200% of the federal threshold. From the 1960's until today, unemployment rates for black men have been 2 to 2.5 times the white unemployment rate. At the height of the Great Recession, the unemployment rate for black men peaked at 14%, which was nearly double the national average of 6.6% and higher than the national average during the great depression. As of May 2014, there were 717,000 unemployed black youth between the ages of 16-24 in the United States. Recognizing the implications of the historical, social, and political factors and decisions that have contributed to the current employment crisis faced by African American men and youth is critical to shaping future policy.

The Workforce Investment Act: Homeless System Innovation & Recommendations

February 24, 2014

An overview of the United States' federally funded workforce system, examples of workforce and homeless system collaboration, and recommendations for meeting the employment interests and needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness; Workforce Investment Act

Motivational Interviewing and Employment Case Management

April 12, 2012

Presentation about motivational interviewing and employment case management. Presented at National Transitional Jobs Network Conference, April 12, 2012.

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