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Baltimore’s Connections Project Applies a Racial Equity Lens to Economic Opportunity for Homeless Jobseekers

By: Kyle Pierce, Research and Policy Assistant, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

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To wrap up our Connections Project blog series, the National Initiatives team chatted with Hannah Roberts, who coordinates Baltimore’s Journey to Jobs project. Looking at homelessness through a racial equity lens, Journey to Jobs aims to increase economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers by tackling two barriers to employment that disproportionally impact people of color: criminal records and child support payments.  In our conversation, Hannah shares how she’s working with Baltimore’s Connections Project team to develop savvy partnerships, gather data, and shape system-wide collaboration to expand employment and economic opportunity for Baltimore’s homeless jobseekers.

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Seattle/King County’s Connections Project is Already Seeing the Benefits of Connecting Housing and Employment

By Leiha Edmonds, Research and Policy Assistant, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

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For our first Connections Project post of the New Year, we’re pleased to introduce Seattle/King County’s Home & Work. As part of our blog series highlighting our National Center on Employment and Homelessness’ Connections Project, this month we’re talking with Home & Work’s Nick Codd, Associate Director of Building Changes, about seeing exciting results when it comes to connecting employment and housing. From employment navigators to expanding flexible funding to address homelessness, we discuss what’s in store for their Connections Project in 2016.

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Big Picture Plans for Jobseekers Experiencing Homelessness in Houston

By Leiha Edmonds, Research and Policy Assistant, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

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Big things are happening in Houston when it comes to employment and homelessness – and that’s why we’re excited that Team Houston is part of our Connections Project. As part of our blog series highlighting our National Center on Employment and Homelessness’ Connections Project, this month we’re talking with Team Houston’s Heather Muller and Gary Grier about fostering an “Income Now” culture in Houston’s homeless services system, community asset mapping, and how collaboration between workforce development and homeless services systems will benefit homeless jobseekers.

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For Chicagoans Experiencing Homelessness, There’s a New Destination: Jobs

By Leiha Edmonds, Research and Policy Assistant, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity


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An initiative of our new National Center on Employment and Homelessness (NCEH), the Connections Project fosters innovative systems-level collaboration efforts that aim to increase employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers in five communities across the country, including Chicago. With 46 percent of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago reporting that not having a job played a significant role in leading to their homelessness, our Chicago-based Connections Project Site, Destination: Jobs, is working to better integrate the workforce development and homeless services systems. As part of our blog series highlighting our Connections Project Sites, this month we’re talking with Destination: Jobs’ team leader, Carrie Thomas, about why it’s important to ask the right questions about employment when people enter the homeless system—and then to have referral paths to direct people to the resources they need to succeed in work and exit homelessness.

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The Opening Doors Collaborative Aims to Increase Employment & Economic Opportunity Among Homeless Youth

By Caitlin C. Schnur, Coordinator, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity with Leiha Edmonds, Research and Policy Assistant, National Initiatives

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Earlier this year, under our new National Center on Employment and Homelessness (NCEH) and with the generous support of the Oak Foundation and the Melville Charitable Trust, we selected five communities from across the country to be a part of the Connections Project. The Connections Project is a three-year, systems-level collaboration and capacity building project that aims to increase employment and economic opportunity for homeless job seekers. This fall, our five Connections Project Sites are launching their innovative systems collaboration ideas—and over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting their exciting work. First up is Minneapolis/Hennepin County’s Opening Doors Collaborative (ODC), our Connections Project Site that’s focused on improving employment access, outcomes, and program options for youth experiencing homelessness.

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