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3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
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3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes

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3.7 Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes

Speaker: Helen Thatcher

Several federal programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), are specifically charged with helping low-income people connect to employment. This workshop will examine innovative partnerships between homelessness service providers and state and local programs to improve the housing and employment outcomes of families and youth. Experts will explain how to navigate requirements for WIA, TANF, and other programs. Presenters from the field will explore engagement strategies and how to develop partnerships with local agencies and educational institutions.

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  • 1. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes
  • 2. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes We know the challenges that impacts Homelessness individuals and families  Family disruption and stress  Multiple agency demands for services  Loss of possessions  Loss of relationships The list is long.
  • 3. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes There is another long list: Challenges of looking for work as a homeless person  Knowledge of how to look for work  Transportation for job searching  Child Care for job searching  Need an email address – computer access  Need a phone or voicemail  An address for a resume  Need to know where the jobs are
  • 4. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes There is still more:  Work Readiness issues ○ Know how to interview – practice it ○ Have a suitable resume – specific to job ○ Applying for jobs with the right qualifications ○ Passing background check ○ Passing drug tests ○ Appearance ○ “Can you start tomorrow?” Yikes, Can I?  Finding actual time to job search  Finding someone to help
  • 5. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Finding someone to help - with what?  Teach how to job search ○ Workshops ○ One on One ○ On-line  Where is this offered – free?  Out Stationing - Shelters, Transitional Housing, Housing First locations  Department of Labor funding
  • 6. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Where are the resources to help?  TANF ○ Financial Assistance Program  Does “exemption” = no service? ○ Additional “Needy Family” programs  Emergency “non-recurrent” Example of making a “safety net” into an employment resource.  Rental Assistance with Job Search ○ Tie the resource to work expectation and support
  • 7. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Partnering Safety Net and Employment Partnering requires agreement  Connecting the missions ○ All about keeping families out of shelters/in housing ○ All about employment  ALL about keeping families in homes through employment ○ Who does what? ○ Who is responsible? ○ Reliance on each system = + shared outcomes
  • 8. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcome The Partnership:  TANF/Workforce agency  Housing and Community Development ○ Rental Assistance for 4 months ○ Specific Pathways for parent to connect to Job Connection Services  Parent must meet with Housing Case Manager  Parent must meet with Employment Specialist - Must look for work with workforce support - Work Readiness assistance  Housing Assistance depends on employment effort
  • 9. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Housing Case Managers + TANF Funding + Workforce Expertise and Services
  • 10. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes  TANF has needed the Workforce System  Relationships have matured over the years  Can the relationship between TANF and Workforce be used to advance the service?
  • 11. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Workforce Investment Act  What is possible? Every State is different ○ Core – Intensive – Training ○ How does your state spend the money?  Utah – mostly training ○ Intensive requires eligibility ○ Intensive can provide mediated and intensive job connection ○ A way to pay for one on one employment help
  • 12. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Training for Adults  All about outcomes  All about completers ○ Most difficult for us  Only approve those most likely to succeed  Have to demonstrate need  Have to demonstrate how plan to meet expectations  Admittedly - Hard for homeless to commit
  • 13. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes WIA Youth  Better chance for homelessness interventions for those 14 to 21 ○ Homelessness is one of the stated barriers to overcome for youth  Youth still with parents – help with staying in and completing school  Youth 18 and older – supportive services for school, work and barriers – including rent, transportation etc.  Most states still have Summer Youth Employment programs.
  • 14. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes WIA program decisions  Usually made in the Workforce Council system  Will have a Community Based Organization on the Council  Will have a Veterans Representative on the Council No harm in finding advocates on the council to assist with program design and advocate for homeless
  • 15. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Other examples of Partnering  Out-stationing of Job Connection Staff ○ They have the expertise to teach about job search ○ They have direct knowledge of employer needs ○ A One Stop is not brick and mortar Internal Staff with the job connection skills? Ask for some staff training from the workforce system
  • 16. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Starting to have ARRA “hangover” Decisions for funding is getting more difficult Leveraging funds Blending Funds may be the most efficient Success always gets attention
  • 17. Partnering to Improve Employment Outcomes Helen Thatcher Utah Department of Workforce Services 801-526-4370 hthatch@utah.gov

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