Early Intervention to Prevent Persistent Homelessness: Predictive Models For Identifying Unemployed Workers Who Become Persistently Homeless

ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE | Mar 19, 2019 | Halil Toros, Daniel Flaming, and Patrick Burns

As communities across the country struggle to end homelessness, two new free screening tools from the Economic Roundtable can help thousands of the most vulnerable people get access to the public services they need as soon as they become homeless, or even before they are homeless.

The first tool identifies the eight percent of low-wage workers who become persistently homeless after losing their jobs. The second tool identifies the eight percent of youth receiving public assistance who become persistently homeless in the first three years of adulthood. These tools have been placed in the public domain for free use in cities throughout the United States.

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Carrie Felton
Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems Collaboration

HEARTLAND ALLIANCE NATIONAL INITIATIVES | March 30, 2018 | Caitlin C. Schnur; Chris Warland; Melissa Young; Tara Maguire

Drawing from in-depth interviews with public workforce and homeless service systems leaders and the work of our five Connections Project sites, this paper identifies common barriers to public workforce and homeless service systems collaboration and recommends how to address these barriers in order to help ensure that homeless and unstably housed jobseekers can access economic opportunity and stabilize in housing.

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Carrie Felton
Journey to Jobs: Understanding and Eliminating Barriers Imposed on Homeless Jobseekers

BALTIMORE CITY | June 2018 | Hannah Roberts; Joel Spielberger

Journey to Jobs is a three-year, systems-level collaborative project to advance a key priority of the Baltimore City Continuum of Care’s effort to make homelessness rare and brief – improving access to employment and economic opportunity for homeless jobseekers. To this end, Journey to Jobs introduced new metrics, matched cross-system data, collected surveys, and conducted focus groups to understand the precise nature of interconnections between homelessness, economic instability, criminal records, and racial disparities. This analysis demonstrates the monumental barriers faced by many homeless jobseekers, and informs recommendations for racially equitable, sustainable, and collaborative solutions to connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to employment.

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Carrie Felton
Pathways Forward: Recommendations for Federal Action to Increase Economic Mobility for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability

HEARTLAND ALLIANCE NATIONAL INITIATIVES | June 28, 2018 | Melissa Young

Heartland Alliance, in partnership with Funders Together to End Homelessness, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and with the support of Melville Charitable Trust and the Oak Foundation, convened over 60 stakeholders in October 2017 for the Preventing & Ending Homelessness through Employment: Lessons Learned & Pathways Forward summit in Washington, D.C. Intended to drive action at the federal level, Heartland Alliance has developed this brief, which puts forward a series of recommendations for federal agencies to take action. Informed by convening participants, the recommendations highlight the role of federal agencies, as well as partners from the public and private sector to support implementation of key activities.

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Carrie Felton
Coordinated Entry System (CES) Employment Survey

INSPIRATION CORPORATION | September 15, 2018 | Taylor Divine; Anna Sobon

There are many circumstances that lead people to experience homelessness. Some people face long-standing or complex issues that need extensive support, and are at high risk of suffering severe hardship, dangerous health outcomes or even death as a result of homelessness. Others are homeless due to short-term disruptions and face far fewer barriers to stabilizing their housing.

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Carrie Felton
SPARC Supporting Partnerships for AntiRacist Communities: Phase 1 Findings

CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION | March 2018 | Jeffrey Olivet; Marc Dones; Molly Richard; Catriona Wilkey; Svetlana Yampolskaya; Maya Beit-Arie; Lunise Joseph

People of color are dramatically more likely than White people to experience homelessness in the United States. This is no accident; it is the result of centuries of structural racism that have excluded historically oppressed people—particularly Black and Native Americans—from equal access to housing, community supports, and opportunities for economic mobility.

In September 2016, the Center for Social Innovation launched SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for AntiRacist Communities) to understand and respond to racial inequities in homelessness. Through research and action in six communities, SPARC has begun a national conversation about racial equity in the homelessness sector.

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Carrie Felton