1.13 Employment Strategies for Low Income Individuals and Families (Carbone)


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Increasing income through employment is a key component in ending homelessness. This workshop will focus on new initiatives to expand employment opportunities for low income individuals and families, including models such as subsidized and transitional jobs. TANF Emergency Contingency Fund and other funding strategies to support these initiatives will be discussed.

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1.13 Employment Strategies for Low Income Individuals and Families (Carbone)

  1. 1. A Place to Live, The Skills to Work: The Impact of Workforce Investment <br />Joseph M. Carbone<br />President and CEO<br />The WorkPlace, Inc.<br />jcarbone@workplace.org<br />1<br />
  2. 2. “The best protection against homelessness is a meaningful and sustainable job that pays enough to afford a safe, decent place to live. Helping those most at risk for homelessness to access existing work support programs as well health care and income support services to which they are entitled are key prevention strategies.”<br />2<br />--Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness 2010<br />
  3. 3. The Workforce Investment System<br />HowItworks:<br />WIBS receive formula funding<br />Certify eligibility for participants<br />Achieve federal performance measures<br />Business, education, provider, government on board <br />Inadequate funding to service all those in need<br />How to Work It:<br />Be proactive<br />Don’t wait for the WIB to approach you<br />Serve on the WIB board<br />Aggressively compete for available funds related to employment and training<br />Insist on a culture of support in One-Stops <br />Ensure training for One-Stop staff in serving the homeless<br />3<br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>Skillpoint Alliance (Austin, TX): Construction Gateway program -- Intensive Service program with staff based in the One Stop servicing those with barriers, including the homeless.
  5. 5. At Your Service (Boston, MA): Community Works Services, a voc-rehab non-profit organization, partnered with state lodging association and local hotels to develop training and employment for the homeless.
  6. 6. Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing: DOL, jointly with HUD, sponsored five-year demonstration programs in partnership with Local Workforce Investment Boards in Boston, Indianapolis, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.</li></ul>4<br />Workforce Development Success Stories<br />
  7. 7. 5<br />Innovative Funding<br />What does it mean?<br />Potential Sources:<br /><ul><li>Competitive Grants – federal, state, local, foundation
  8. 8. City/County Projects – partner with housing authority, jobs funnel, education, block grants…
  9. 9. State – many departments (Labor, Economic Development, Education, Environmental…)
  10. 10. Foundations– local, state, national
  11. 11. Corporate– philanthropic, custom projects
  12. 12. Legacy– estates & trusts</li></li></ul><li>What if we compete and don’t win?”<br />It’s never wasted time…<br />There’s value in the effort to:<br />Assemble partners to build a project<br />Reach out for ideas, help, extra resources<br />Reach deep into the community<br />Benefits:<br /><ul><li>Public awareness
  13. 13. Organizes community support
  14. 14. Generate ideas</li></ul>6<br />It’s all part of demonstrating your worth.<br />
  15. 15. Why it Works for Us<br />Accessible One-Stops <br />Mobile Services <br />Shared Commitment:<br />Housing + Work = Basic Rights<br />
  16. 16. 8<br />Driving Factors: <br />Unemployment Benefits Exhausted<br />Statewide (CT):<br /><ul><li>May 15, 2010 – 12,200 people exhausted benefits (up to 99 week limit)
  17. 17. Ongoing – 800-1,000 per week</li></ul>Nationally:<br /><ul><li>Unemployment rate at 9.5% in June
  18. 18. 1.2 million exhausted benefits at end of June without extension </li></ul>Nationally: Of total unemployed, 55+ age group has highest long-term unemployment<br />(49% of group unemployed 27 weeks or longer) <br />
  19. 19. 9<br />Foreclosure Crisis Continues<br />Top 20 States by Rate of Foreclosures (May 2010)<br />Nevada 1/79<br />Arizona 1/169<br />Florida 1/174<br />California 1/186<br />Michigan 1/223<br />Georgia 1/292<br />Idaho 1/309<br />Illinois 1/350<br />Utah 1/360<br />Maryland 1/399<br />New Jersey 1/440<br />Colorado 1/444<br />Hawaii 1/486<br />Ohio 1/489<br />South Carolina 1/506<br />Oregon 1/518<br />Virginia 1/530<br />Wisconsin 1/557<br />Indiana 1/573<br />20. Washington 1/574<br />Total Properties with foreclosure filing reported (these 20 states): 250,600 <br />Sources: RealtyTrac Note: RealtyTrac foreclosure numbers based on a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing reported during the month.<br />
  20. 20. Multi-Faceted Response<br />10<br />
  21. 21. Public Policy<br />Collaboration with community and housing service providers<br />Cross-training for shelter and supported housing staff<br />Contribute to the region’s 10-year plan to end homelessness and to Continuum of Care<br />Streamlined process for education and training of chronically homeless, particularly vets<br />Coordinate with vocational rehab to service SSI/SSDI<br />Build provider capacity through training<br />
  22. 22. Innovative Programs<br /><ul><li>Property Management Careers Program for supported housing clients
  23. 23. HomeWork Program to train supported housing case managers to help clients enter or return to work
  24. 24. ReEntry Works Program for homeless with a criminal record
  25. 25. Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grant recipient 6 consecutive years
  26. 26. Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitative Services staff presence in the One-Stop</li></li></ul><li>13<br />Programs and Outreach in SWCT<br />CTWorks Career Centers<br />Property Management<br />Career Pathways Program<br />Homeless<br />Veterans <br />Reintegration<br />Program<br /><ul><li> CTWorks Career Centers
  27. 27. Homeless Veterans </li></ul> Reintegration Program<br /><ul><li> Incarcerated Veterans </li></ul> Transition Program<br /><ul><li> Veterans Workforce </li></ul> Investment Program<br /><ul><li> Homes for the Brave
  28. 28. ReEntryWorks
  29. 29. Jobs Funnel
  30. 30. STRIVE of Fairfield County
  31. 31. Pathways Out of Poverty
  32. 32. HomeWork
  33. 33. Property Management </li></ul> Career Pathways Program<br />Homeless<br />Veterans <br />Reintegration<br />Program<br />Incarcerated<br />Veterans<br />Transition<br />Program<br />HomeWork<br />Veterans Workforce Investment Program<br />Pathways Out of Poverty<br />Homes for the Brave<br />STRIVE of Fairfield County<br />Jobs Funnel<br />ReEntry Works<br />
  34. 34. Program Highlight:<br />Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program:<br />Transitional and permanent housing assistance through partnership with Homes for the Brave<br />Case management, housing counseling, vocational skills, job information, supportive services<br />Training supported by WorkPlace scholarships<br />Job search and development by One-Stop<br />VA of CT Health Center partnership<br />49 % Employment rate at exit for last grant cycle<br />14<br />
  35. 35. Support Services<br />Mobilize the Career Coach as an outreach and education platform at local shelters and supportive housing units<br />15<br />Established a Community Resource Center to provide micro-grants<br />
  36. 36. 16<br />Support Services (continued)<br />Provide transportation assistance <br />Help women who are struggling to find interview appropriate clothing<br />Provide on-site ABE/GED programming within our One-Stops <br />16<br />
  37. 37. National Benchmarks<br /><ul><li>HUD goal for Continuum of Care: 20% of persons employed at program exit. Bridgeport-area CoC reached 44% in 2008 and 36% in 2009
  38. 38. HomeWork program provides Technical Assistance
  39. 39. Landmark Steward B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (now McKinney-Vento) created the Job Training for the Homeless Demonstration Program in the 1980s-1990s.</li></ul>17<br />
  40. 40. 18<br />"No one should experience homelessness, no one should be without a safe stable place to call home." <br />- US Interagency Council on Homelessness<br /><ul><li>Expect more of local WIBS
  41. 41. Make a part of the culture
  42. 42. Be in their face
  43. 43. Silence produces nothing
  44. 44. Expanded partnerships add value
  45. 45. Trained and knowledgeable staff
  46. 46. Partners connected to One-Stop programs
  47. 47. Aggressively compete for available funds
  48. 48. Make sure WIBs compete too
  49. 49. Make WIBs grant partners
  50. 50. Develop outreach strategies
  51. 51. Go beyond the One-Stop</li></ul>18<br />
  52. 52. 19<br />Contact Information <br /><ul><li>Joseph M. Carbone
  53. 53. President & CEO
  54. 54. The WorkPlace, Inc.
  55. 55. E-mail: jcarbone@workplace.org
  56. 56. Phone: 203-610-8500</li>