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Report Outlines How Homeless Services Stakeholders Engage in State WIOA Planning

Heartland Alliance National Initiatives

Creating employment opportunities for those experiencing homelessness and housing instability is essential to prevent and end homelessness. On October 2015, the Heartland Alliance National Initiatives released a policy brief, entitled Systems Working Together to End Homelessness WIOA and HUD Combined State Planning, which provides recommendations on how homeless services system can influence their local and state Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan. WIOA, signed into law on July 2014, by President Obama, provides federal funding to states to provide job training, education, and career services for individuals experiencing high barriers to employment.

The brief recommends that homeless services systems:

  • Get engaged in the WIOA State and Local Planning Groups to ensure that homeless job seekers employment needs and interests are included in the state plan.
  • Help to identify and support jobs and training programs for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Advocate for the inclusion of unemployed adult and youth experiencing homelessness as priority populations for workforce services.
  • Ensure that WIOA performance measures reflect the employment experiences and needs of those experiencing homelessness.

Click here to read the policy brief. 


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