Category: Income and Public Benefits

SNAP time limits take effect

As the U.S. economy improves, some states are putting time limits on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.Starting in 2016, in 22 additional states, single “able-bodied” adults age 18-49 without dependents will be limited to receiving SNAP benefits for 3 months in any 36 months period.

Opioid Abuse and Homelessness

The issue of opioid abuse has risen to a level of national crisis as the number of people abusing prescription drugs and heroin has dramatically risen, and the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths has tripled since 2000.2 In 2014, an estimated 2.5 million people had opioid-use disorders (OUD) involving prescription drug or heroin abuse, and opioid-related overdoses were responsible for more than 28,000 deaths.

WIOA State Planning Recommendations

Based on the Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Unified and Combined Plans, plan strategies must prioritize high-vulnerability populations including 'public assistance recipients, other low-income individuals, or individuals who are basic-skills deficient.

Meeting the Needs of Job Seekers Experiencing Homelessness

This video is a recording of a webinar that originally streamed Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, on improved employment services for homeless job seekers. During the webinar, speakers discussed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and introduced a WIOA Implementation Toolkit.

Overcoming Employment Barriers

Although research consistently shows that people experiencing homelessness want to work, they often face a variety of barriers to achieving this goal. This brief summarizes the findings of the National Transitional Jobs Network’s year-long undertaking to document promising employment practices for people experiencing homelessness, the findings of which were published in 2012 as the “Working to End Homelessness Initiative: Best Practice Series.”

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