May E-News 2018
May 14 to 21 is the 6th annual National Infrastructure Week, a week of education and advocacy that brings together businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens to highlight the current state of our nation’s infrastructure and look toward the future. Infrastructure investments can and should advance equity and economic opportunity—and this week we've taken to social media to share how infrastructure plans and projects can help create jobs for people facing barriers to employment, improve communities that have faced divestment or little investment historically, and play a role in ending poverty.
Explore our principles for fair and equitable infrastructure investments.
Listen to our recent webinar on equitable infrastructure strategies.
Follow us on twitter to be part of the #TimetoBuild conversation.
Melissa Young Talks Creating Economic Opportunity with C4
National Initiatives Director, Melissa Young, joined Center for Social Innovation (C4) CEO, Jeff Olivet, on the T3 Podcast for a discussion on employment for individuals experiencing homelessness. From the need for quality jobs and career pathways to the integration of homeless and workforce systems, the conversation touches on a number of different ways that we can be working better, and together, to create economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers.
Listen to the episode today.
Extending Real Second Chances to Returning Citizens
Last month, President Trump declared April “Second Chance Month” and, in doing so, stressed the importance of providing “opportunities for people with criminal records to earn an honest second chance.” While having a month dedicated to “second chances” and reentry awareness is an important step, we should also note the limited depth of the President’s proclamation. Trump is right when he says that recidivism rates are too high, and, yes, we need more money to fund reentry organizations in communities. However, there is much more that needs to be done in this country to ensure equity and opportunity for people with records.
Read the rest of this commentary piece from National Initiatives Field Building Project Manager, Quintin Williams.
Originally published on Spotlight on Poverty & Economic Opportunity
NI Report Featured by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Employment success and housing stability go hand in hand. Although the public workforce and homelessness service systems both serve people experiencing homelessness and jobseekers experiencing housing instability, they don’t often work together. Systems collaboration is necessary to ensure clients can access stable housing, employment, and economic opportunities. Here are four ideas for making that happen...
Read the rest of this blog from National Initiatives Policy Associate, Caitlin C. Schnur
See how the National Alliance to End Homelessness highlighted our report on their blog