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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, …

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