September 2018 E-News
Values and Principles to Guide Employment Programming and Policy
At Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity, our policy goals and program recommendations are based on research, evidence, and data—but they are also driven by values rooted in human rights and the dignity of all people. These are the values that have guided our work in the employment field since our inception.
See our commitments and how we plan to look forward to help establish these values and principles throughout the nation for the benefit of every person who wants to work.
Join the Twitter Chat to #ProtectSNAP Today!
September is Hunger Action Month—and also a prime time to step up and protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP keeps food on the table and lifts millions of people out of poverty each year—but as Congress moves toward finalizing a Farm Bill, this crucial support is under threat as a result of harmful provisions included in the House Farm Bill. We need YOUR help to spread the word and protect SNAP by encouraging Congress to adopt the Senate Farm Bill. Join national advocates on Twitter TODAY at 1 PM ET/12 PM CT to learn about and share why it’s critical to protect and strengthen SNAP. Follow #FoodFri to join in! You can find your Members’ twitter handles here.
• All people deserve access to food.
• SNAP has helped me and my family get back on our feet.
New Case Studies: LifeWorks and LA: RISE
The Need for Legal Services: Case Study of the LA RISE Program
Integrating legal services into workforce strategies for people experiencing homelessness can help ensure that jobseekers receive the legal support needed to overcome structural inequities in the legal system and achieve their employment goals. This case study discusses why and how the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) incorporated legal services into their employment programming approach. The case study highlights keys to success and tips for how other communities can integrate legal services into workforce strategies.
Implementing IPS Models for Transition-Age Youth: Case Study of LifeWorks
Implementing the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model can boost employment outcomes for transition-age youth. LifeWorks, a non-profit organization serving transition-age youth and their families in Austin, TX, realized that workforce models popular within the youth development field may not address the significant and complex challenges faced by their participants. LifeWorks staff began to look toward behavioral health approaches to employment and discovered the IPS model. This case study discusses how IPS offered LifeWorks a new approach to workforce support for youth that might better address the types of challenges their participants faced.