The NTJN’s Working to End Homelessness – Best Practice Series

We are excited to announce the launch of the Working to End Homelessness: Best Practice Series! In 2011, the National Transitional Jobs Network spearheaded the Working to End Homelessness Initiative (WEH) with support from the Butler Family Fund. WEH is an effort to highlight the importance of employment in preventing and ending homelessness, identify employment best practices, and spur an ongoing policy and systems change effort. To achieve these goals, the NTJN convened a national community of practice among employment service providers who target individuals experiencing homelessness. Over the course of a year the community of practice has helped us identify best practices and policy challenges in delivering workforce solutions to homelessness.

Today we are excited to share a series of best practice briefs that support current and future implementation of employment services for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness; raise attention and investment in employment services; foster best practice and model research; and promote systems integration efforts to support the employment needs and aspirations of these populations. The series includes briefs on:

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About National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity is dedicated to ending chronic unemployment and poverty. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to succeed in work and support themselves and their families. Through our field building, we provide support and guidance that fosters more effective and sustainable employment efforts. Our policy and advocacy work advances solutions to the systemic issues that drive chronic unemployment.

3 responses to “The NTJN’s Working to End Homelessness – Best Practice Series”

  1. Rachel Post says :

    I want to commend the National Transitional Jobs Network for the investment in the Working To End Homelessness Briefs and thank you for leading the effort to bringing employment to the front stage of ending homelessness. It was wonderful participating in this body of work and with so many of my colleagues from around the country who truly understand the significance employment plays in lasting solutions to ending homelessness.

    Rachel Post
    Policy and Resource Advisor
    Central City Concern

  2. G says :

    I think through Federal and State efforts, communities can implement actions to put the unemployed back to work by funding employment opportunities like Transitional Jobs programs and invest in rebuilding infrastructure. The foreclosure crisis has festered into a housing crisis as millions of homeowners are forced into an inflated renter’s market as their finances further spiral out of control.

    Federal and State resources are only useful if implemented coherently. A clear line of coordination from the Federal to the state to the county to the community will ensure that these resources are utilized purposefully and without waste. Community informed coordination can help direct resources to the local infrastructure projects they truly need and to the specific housing solutions that have been found to work for them. Transitional Jobs programs can offer wage-paid, real work opportunities to those who need them now while benefiting communities. We can help turn the cyclical tide of these twin crises that have been feeding and supporting each other. To reverse them will require concerted effort and, yes money, from the Federal and State levels, but without this our recovery will face a long uphill battle against these twin crises.

  3. Nina Lindsey says :

    Excellent work! Congratulations to all the agencies involved in this important work and a special thanks to National Transitional Jobs Network for the awesome amount of effort they put into making this happen. St. Joseph the Worker is thrilled to have been a part of this process and is excited to continue these conversations with providers locally and nationally. One area in which St. Joseph the Worker will immediately benefit from these briefs is through an increased ability to train and orient our staff to best practices. As a small non-profit, it has sometimes been difficult to create training materials that give new staff and volunteers a high level view of the industry. We can begin to implement these immediately.

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