Improving Employment Outcomes:  The Role Of TANF and WIA  National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference   July 14, 2011...
Presentation Overview <ul><li>Overview – Workforce Investment Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families </li></ul><ul><...
National Transitional Jobs Network  <ul><li>The NTJN exists to ensure that policies account for the hard-to-employ, that p...
Transitional  Jobs Panelists/Q&A Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Next Steps <ul><li>Authorizes na...
Transitional  Jobs Panelists/Q&A Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Next Steps <ul><li>Core Services...
Transitional  Jobs Panelist/Q&A Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Field Advancement <ul><li>Block g...
Transitional  Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Transitional  Jobs Field Advancement <ul><li>Fund...
<ul><li>Marlena Sessions  </li></ul><ul><li>Linette Davis  </li></ul>Panelists & Q&A WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps  Expert ...
WIA/TANF Overview Panelists & Q&A Next Steps Questions & Discussion   Panelists/Q&A
Panelist/Q&A  WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps <ul><li>Local/State Level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build champions for homeless e...
Panelist/Q&A  WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps What you can do… <ul><li>National Level:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with the N...
Panelist/Q&A  WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps What you can do… <ul><li>National Level:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with the N...
Panelist/Q&A  WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps Don’t forget to:  <ul><li>Sign up  for NTJN e-communication and alerts to get t...
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  1. 1. Improving Employment Outcomes: The Role Of TANF and WIA National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference July 14, 2011 www.transitionaljobs.net Melissa Young [email_address]
  2. 2. Presentation Overview <ul><li>Overview – Workforce Investment Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families </li></ul><ul><li>Expert Panelist Presentations – Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps & Opportunities for future involvement </li></ul>
  3. 3. National Transitional Jobs Network <ul><li>The NTJN exists to ensure that policies account for the hard-to-employ, that programs are able to effectively serve as many individuals as possible, and that best practices and technical assistance are widely shared and implemented throughout the network. </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>State and Federal Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Newsletters – sign up at www.transitionaljobs.net </li></ul><ul><li>National Conference </li></ul>
  4. 4. Transitional Jobs Panelists/Q&A Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Next Steps <ul><li>Authorizes national public employment and training system – a universal system </li></ul><ul><li>System includes state and local Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop System for service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Current system has conditional priority of service for low-income and TANF recipients </li></ul><ul><li>Current system includes mandates for receiving core followed by intensive services </li></ul>Workforce Investment Act Department of Labor - 1997 Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs WIA/TANF Overview
  5. 5. Transitional Jobs Panelists/Q&A Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Next Steps <ul><li>Core Services – skills assessment, access to job listings, information about careers and local labor market conditions, and some assistance with job search activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive Services – skills assessments, career counseling, development of individual employment plans, and short-term prevocational training </li></ul><ul><li>Training Services – occupational skills training, on-the-job training, job readiness training, and adult educational d literacy activities if provided alongside training activities </li></ul>Workforce Investment Act Department of Labor - 1998 Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs WIA/TANF Overview
  6. 6. Transitional Jobs Panelist/Q&A Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement <ul><li>Block grant to states - States have broad flexibility to use funds to meet goals of TANF program </li></ul><ul><li>TANF distinguishes between eligibility between “assistance” and “non-assistance” </li></ul><ul><li>States have some discretion in determining eligibility </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals on “assistance” must be participating in set of allowable work activities </li></ul>Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Department of Human Services - 1996 Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs WIA/TANF Overview
  7. 7. Transitional Jobs Lessons Learned Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Field Advancement <ul><li>Funding constraints, lack of funding, diverted funding </li></ul><ul><li>Performance measures </li></ul><ul><li>Sequence of services </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of flexibility in using funds for barrier removal </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty blending resources because of different performance measures, intake or reporting processes, state database coordination, culture, etc. </li></ul>Identified Challenges: Using WIA and TANF Funds to Support Individuals Experiencing Homelessness & Individuals with Barriers to Employment Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs Transitional Jobs WIA/TANF Overview
  8. 8. <ul><li>Marlena Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Linette Davis </li></ul>Panelists & Q&A WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps Expert Panelists Remarks Panelists/Q&A
  9. 9. WIA/TANF Overview Panelists & Q&A Next Steps Questions & Discussion Panelists/Q&A
  10. 10. Panelist/Q&A WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps <ul><li>Local/State Level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build champions for homeless employment services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocate that employment goals are added to your local plans to end homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage collaboration at state level between labor, human services, and housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage public and private funding to pilot or test employment interventions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage local referrals and build relationships with employment service providers </li></ul></ul>What you can do…. Next Steps
  11. 11. Panelist/Q&A WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps What you can do… <ul><li>National Level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with the NTJN and others around ensuring that Workforce Investment Act reauthorization accounts for the employment needs of all individuals experiencing homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weigh-in with your federal Reps and Senators around the need for more employment resources for individuals experiencing homelessness </li></ul></ul>Next Steps
  12. 12. Panelist/Q&A WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps What you can do… <ul><li>National Level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with the NTJN and others around ensuring that Workforce Investment Act reauthorization accounts for the employment needs of all individuals experiencing homelessness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weigh-in with your federal Reps and Senators around the need for more employment resources for individuals experiencing homelessness </li></ul></ul>Next Steps
  13. 13. Panelist/Q&A WIA/TANF Overview Next Steps Don’t forget to: <ul><li>Sign up for NTJN e-communication and alerts to get the latest </li></ul><ul><li>information & opportunities to take action – www.transitionaljobs.net </li></ul><ul><li>Visit NTJN website frequently for tools and resources to build relationships with your members of Congress. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact us directly for support in engaging your members of Congress. </li></ul>Next Steps
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