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(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 

Employers & Community-Based Housing & Homeless Organizations Play Important Roles in Working to End Homelessness: Promising Practices & Considerations in Promoting Employment for Homeless Jobseekers

April 18, 2017

In order to realize long-term benefits for individuals, employers, and communities, employers and community-based organizations serving people experiencing homelessness need to have tools, resources, and partnerships established to identify, recruit, prepare, and support people experiencing homelessness for employment success. This brief offers promising practices for employers and community-based housing and homeless service organizations that want to maximize their success in creating pathways to employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers.

Creating Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers: The Role of Employers and Community-Based Organizations

April 18, 2017

In order to realize long-term benefits for individuals, employers, and communities, employers and community-based organizations serving people experiencing homelessness need to have tools, resources, and partnerships established to identify, recruit, prepare, and support people experiencing homelessness for employment success. This brief offers promising practices for employers and community-based housing and homeless service organizations that want to maximize their success in creating pathways to employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers.

TANF: The Past, the Present, and the Future of Ending Welfare As We Know It?

October 26, 2016

These slides are from our 2016 national conference, A Nation That Works: What's It Going to Take? The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program has been one of the most studied, evaluated, and debated pieces of American public policy of the last 20 years. TANF has raised important questions and concerns about the role of the safety net in the lives of poor, single female heads of household. On a national scale, and in localities across the country, program designers, implementers, advocates, researchers, and thought leaders have been at odds with the program's multiple—and often times conflicting—goals. Participants are invited to join a discussion session that takes a look back at the last twenty years of TANF implementation and what we have learned, what is happening now, and what advocates and others are thinking about the future of safety net policy and supporting pathways to work and opportunity for low-income female heads of household.

What You Need to Know About WIOA, the New Workforce Legislation, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Annual Training Institute

May 12, 2016

An overview of WIOA and how the legislation can open doors to employment for homeless jobseekers and other youth and adults that face barriers to employment

Every System Plays a Role in Working to End Homelessness: How the TANF System Can Support Economic Opportunity for Families Experiencing Homelessness

April 14, 2016

The resources and services available through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program are critical to addressing and ending family homelessness. State and local TANF programs can be leveraged to provide access to critical work opportunities and support services for families experiencing homelessness. This resource provides an overview of the TANF program, examples of where state and local TANF programs have been leveraged to support homeless families, and offers recommendations to ensure that TANF resources are leveraged effectively to support homeless families.

Maximizing Discretionary Dollars: How the Governor's WIOA Discretionary Fund Can Serve Adults and Youth Facing Barriers to Employment

October 20, 2015

State WIOA Governor's discretionary funds can be used to expand access to employment, training, education, and support services for adults and youth facing barriers to employment. Here are some ideas for how your state can maximize the use of these funds to support low-income individuals facing barriers to employment in your state.

Making the Case: Why the Public Workforce System Should Prioritize Jobseekers Facing Barriers to Employment

October 20, 2015

WIOA places a priority on serving adults and youth who are low-income and receiving public benefits, but local and state public workforce systems will need to make deliberate decisions with regard to resource allocation and prioritization of adults and youth facing barriers to employment.Here are six reasons why the public workforce should prioritize and serve adults and youth facing barriers to employment.

Elements of State and Local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Plans

October 20, 2015

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) statute, local and state WIOA boards much develop and submit four-year strategic and operational plans to guide their implementation of WIOA. Here is a snapshot of the items that must be included in local and state WIOA plans, including Combined State Plans.

Community Asset Mapping: Questions to Assess Workforce Services, Supports, and Service Gaps

October 20, 2015

These Community asset mapping questions can begin to guide communities in assessing workforce services and supports available for adult and youth jobseekers facing barriers to employment. Communities are encouraged to consider other assessment questions they may want ask as well.

It Takes a Community: Ensuring WIOA Planning and Implementation Lead to Greater Economic Opportunity for Adults and Youth Facing Chronic Unemployment

October 20, 2015

The passage and implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has the potential to catalyze efforts in local communities and states to address the employment needs and interests of a greater share of adults and youth facing barriers to employment and to develop a more comprehensive and aligned public workforce system to meet these jobseekers' needs.Realizing these goals, however, will require concerted and deliberate efforts by local communities and states acting in partnership with a number of stakeholders and public systems. Leveraging the local and state planning processes and other opportunities embedded in WIOA, this brief aims to provide stakeholders with ideas and actionable recommendations for helping to ensure that the public workforce system under WIOA increases employment and economic opportunity for jobseekers facing barriers to employment.

Systems Working Together to End Homelessness: WIOA and HUD Combined State Planning

October 20, 2015

Under the newly-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the public workforce system aims to increase employment and economic opportunity for jobseekers facing barriers to employment, including homeless jobseekers. At the same time, there is growing awareness and accountability in the homeless services system around increasing employment and economic opportunity for people experiencing homelessness.WIOA allows states to submit Combined State Plans describing how the workforce and homeless services systems can work together. This is a unique opportunity for these systems to align services to help meet their shared goal of increasing employment and economic opportunity among homeless jobseekers.