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.”
Category: Income and Public Benefits
Fostering Financial Literacy and Security
Individual assets are the total resources a person holds. The ability to build and maintain assets is a crucial component of achieving financial security, which can facilitate housing stability. This brief includes two strategies for achieving this end, banking initiatives and asset building initiatives.
Facilitating Workplace Success for Disconnected and Disadvantaged Youth
Disconnected youth face multiple barriers to employment compared to their stably connected peers, which can increase the burden on social services agencies. This brief includes an overview of the scope of youth unemployment and the challenges it generates, including its nexus with education and criminal activity, and lessons learned from the American Recovery and Investment Act about employing disconnected youth.
Home-Based Voluntary Services
This webinar discusses home-based case management and voluntary services as part of rapid re-housing programs, and how to prepare staff for this role. It was originally held for participants in the Virginia Learning Collaboratives. It features Vera Beech from Community Rebuilders in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kimberly Tucker from Flagler House in Richmond, VA, and was moderated by Kay Moshier McDivitt from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
Homeless Services and Medicaid Enrollment
This fact sheet highlights key information for beginning conversations with community leaders and partners about health care benefits enrollment, including where to go for more specific information. Under the Affordable Care Act 2010, new state programs and processes could affect how vulnerable homeless people receive medical services, behavioral health treatment and long-term supports; and how these services are funded in communities. In many topic areas, definitive answers to questions that may arise are not yet available, or may vary from state to state. The Alliance will continue to update this resource as new information becomes available.