Content Type: Publications

The Role of Child Welfare Agencies

This brief is intended for child welfare agencies that are responding to the housing needs of families involved in the child welfare system. It examines the research that documents the link between inadequate housing and child welfare involvement and highlights some of the innovative practices child welfare agencies have developed to respond to the housing needs of families in their care. Finally, it provides early lessons gleaned from some of these practices.

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.”

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.

HUD-VA Supportive Housing Vouchers

The HUD-VASH program is a joint program of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). Congress should continue to make ending homelessness among veterans a top priority by providing $75 million within HUD and $278 million with VA for new HUD-VASH vouchers in FY 2014, the amount requested in the President’s Budget Proposal to house an estimated 10,000 additional veterans.