Bold Solutions for Equitable Jobs Initiatives
the strength of the labor market, millions of workers are left out and left
behind and it’s beyond time for bold and inclusive strategies. That is why we
have released two briefs that outline inclusive and equitable strategies for
ensuring that any person, regardless of the challenges they may face, has
access to employment opportunities and the supports to succeed.
Alliance has a long history of studying and implementing subsidized employment
and transitional jobs programs and is committed to structuring these programs
to serve the most disadvantaged workers. So we partnered with Poverty Solutions
at the University of Michigan and the City of Detroit to develop this paper, so
that we could use our collective experience to provide concrete guidance to
those in Detroit's workforce development ecosystem. Read it today.
next resource pulls together research, our insights from programs across the
country, and participant input in order to form a set of recommendations around
model federal, state, and local policies that establish subsidized and
transitional jobs programs. Read it today.
ADDRESSING RACIAL WEALTH INEQUITY
Midwest Asset Building Conference
This month, the
Illinois Asset Building Group (IABG), a project of Heartland Alliance, teamed up with
other state asset building coalitions to host the Midwest
Asset Building Conference in
Detroit. The conference put a spotlight on policies that perpetuate racial and
gender wealth inequity and lifted up promising asset building programs
throughout the region. Heartland Alliance staff led sessions on wealth
stripping, predatory lending, and Children’s Savings Accounts.
Check out #MidwestConf2019 on twitter for more on the conference and the
Illinois Asset Building Group!
Spotlight on Data: Learn more about assets
to learn more about assets and wealth in your community? You can use our local data
portal to understand patterns of homeownership, asset poverty, and bank
access near you. These paint a more detailed picture of economic opportunity
than just looking at income indicators alone. Let us know how
you’re using the data!
Look Inside: Floyd Stafford, Senior Project Manager
Floyd Stafford is a Senior Project Manager of Field Building in Heartland Alliance’s Research & Policy Division. And while he is one of the newest members of the department, he is not a new face to Heartland Alliance, having played a major role in one of our most innovative programs, READI Chicago. Floyd is a born and raised Chicagoan who has a passion for sports, family, hip hop, and his community and has made each an integral part of his life.
Meet Floyd Stafford!
What We're Watching
Heartland Alliance's Director of Research, Katie Buitrago, is watching...Candyman (1992)
time of year, I always get on a scary movie kick. I recently
re-watched the 1992 film Candyman, which explored an urban legend about a
murderous ghost in Chicago’s Cabrini Green public housing. In addition to
giving me nightmares, the movie prompted reflections about my role as a
community researcher in Chicago. The film’s main character is a sociology
graduate student from the University of Illinois at Chicago, who initially
doesn’t believe the stories told to her by Cabrini Green residents; the
residents similarly view her with skepticism, underscoring the harmful power
dynamics that can arise between researchers and the people they study when time
is not taken to build trust. In the end, the film reinforces the message that
we should listen to people’s experiences and value different forms of evidence,
not just those revered by the academy."
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