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Subsidized Employment: A Proven Strategy for Supporting Rapid Economic Recovery

May 13, 2021

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. 

How and Why to Integrate Income & Employment-Related Questions Into Coordinated Entry Assessments

February 5, 2019

This resource provides a rationale for and guidance on integrating income and employment-related questions into coordinated entry assessments and a set of sample questions communities can use to assess the employment needs and interests of people experiencing homelessness.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training: A funding source for jobseekers experiencing homelessness or housing instability

January 18, 2018

SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) funding represents a potentially useful but underutilizedresource for states and communities to deliver employment services to the people who need themthe most. SNAP holds special potential for supporting efforts to prevent and end homelessnessthrough access to employment and earned income.This guide is intended to help community-based organizations and other employment serviceproviders that serve people experiencing homelessness to 1) determine whether SNAP E&Tfunding is a good fit for their organizations, 2) determine whether their state is set up to partner withservice providers to access E&T funding, and 3) learn how to advocate for SNAP E&T access andexpansion to serve homeless jobseekers.

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.

(SLIDES) Income NOW Training Series: Creating Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers: Connecting Income, Employment, and Housing Supports

March 22, 2016

Presentation slides from the first IncomeNOW training "Creating Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers: Connecting Income, Employment, and Housing Supports" held on March 22nd and 23rd 2016 in Houston TX. The slides provide information on the importance of earned income as a pathway for individuals and families to exit homelessness, remain housed, and improve overall health and wellbeing.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: A Better Approach to Serving Youth Facing Barriers to Employment

November 16, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) changes the ways in which states and communities provide employment services to youth through the public workforce system. These older and out-of-school youth will likely face additional barriers to employment and have different service needs when compared with younger and in school youth. To effectively meet the employment needs of out-of-school youth, states and communities will need to change the type, intensity, and scope of the employment services they offer under WIOA.There are lessons that workforce boards and their partners can learn from prior efforts to enhance and expand youth summer jobs programming to better serve at-risk, older, and out-of-school youth as well as community-based programs targeting youth who face serious and significant barriers to employment. This brief draws on some of those lessons to offer practical program design recommendations for enhancing WIOA youth services to better accommodate older and out-of-school youth.

Fostering Success for People Facing Barriers to Employment through SNAP Employment and Training:Promising Employment Program Models, Practices, and Principles for SNAP E&T Participants Facing Barriers to Employment

August 25, 2015

This brief provides information and resources about best and promising employment program models, practices, and principles for serving people facing significant barriers to employment in order to inform SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) state planning, partnerships, and implementation.

Webinar slides: Helping Opportunity Youth Succeed in Employment: Principles, Practices, and Innovations

June 11, 2015

These webinar slides present National Initiatives' report on employment program principles, practices, and innovations for opportunity youth. The slides give an overview of the paper and include presentation slides from two opportunity youth employment programs in the field, Roca, Inc., and Bright Endeavors.

Providing True Opportunity for Opportunity Youth: Promising Practices and Principles for Helping Youth Facing Barriers to Employment

May 29, 2015

Many "opportunity youth" -- youth who are not working or in school -- would benefit substantially from gaining work experience but need help overcoming barriers to employment and accessing the labor market.Those opportunity youth facing the most significant challenges, such as extreme poverty, homelessness, and justice system involvement, often need even more intensive assistance in entering and keeping employment, and are at risk of being left behind even by employment programs that are specifically designed to serve opportunity youth.This paper builds on the research literature with extensive interviews with employment program providers who have had success in helping the most vulnerable opportunity youth succeed in the workforce. Six principles for effectively serving these youth are identified.

Milwaukee Employer Engagement Training

May 13, 2015

The National Initiatives field building team delivered a training course to stakeholders in Milwaukee on effective employer engagement strategies. Employer engagement is essential to the success of transitional jobs (TJ) and subsidized employment programs. The training provided an overview of the NTJN's new Employer Engagement Toolkit, and included exercises to help providers hone their messaging to employers about the value of partnering with TJ and subsidized employment programs.

Employer Engagement: Employer Guide to Transitional Jobs Participant Development

November 19, 2014

Subsidized employment is more than an opportunity for workers with barriers to employment to earn a paycheck. Transitional jobs (TJ) programs often use the TJ placement as an opportunity for participants to address barriers to successful employment, acquire new skills, and learn how to become a worker in the context of a real, wage-paid, time-limited job. As a result, it is important for employer partners to understand the role they can play in TJ participant development as well as how TJ participant development benefits their business.This resource is a one-page handout that program providers can give directly to employer partners who are considering or have agreed to offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. This document describes the roles and responsibilities that employer partners have in helping subsidized workers develop skills and become more work-ready, including tips for fostering worksite mentorship, providing constructive feedback on work performance, and managing disciplinary situations with a focus on performance improvement.

Employer Engagement: Your Business Benefits When You Offer Job Opportunities to Subsidized Workers

November 19, 2014

Many transitional jobs (TJ) or subsidized employment programs rely on a strong network of employer partners who offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. To cultivate relationships with new employers and build a robust network of partners, TJ or subsidized employment program staff may need to show employers how their business will benefit by bringing on time-limited subsidized workers.This resource is an example of the kind of one-page handout that program providers can develop to give to potential employer partners to help make the business case for offering time-limited job positions to subsidized workers. This resource is intended for use as a template that program providers can reference in creating their own, program-specific document.