Federal actions on numerous fronts threaten to take away healthcare, nutrition, and housing from people who can’t find a job or get enough hours at work. In January, federal guidance said that states could deny Medicaid to people struggling to find a job or employed in part-time, unstable jobs. This month, the President issued an executive order directing federal agencies to take similar steps for other basic support programs. The proposed 2018 Farm Bill, recently approved by the House Agriculture Committee, will slash nutrition assistance for jobseekers and workers in part-time or unstable jobs. And just last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed that public housing authorities follow suit.
The bottom line is that cutting off people’s healthcare, nutrition, and housing if they can’t find a job or get enough hours at work won’t help anyone get ahead. Rather than punishing people who are already facing economic hardship, leaders should focus on policies that help create good jobs and boost wages.
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Strengthening Systems Collaboration in Houston
In March we joined Funders Together to End Homelessness and
the Foundations for
Employment and Housing Community of Practice in Houston to dive deep on systems
collaboration in action and learning with our Houston
Connections Project site. Funders learned more about Houston's fully
integrated housing and employment system that supports individuals' housing and
employment goals simultaneously.
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