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. The event brought together and galvanized a cross-section of experts including individuals with lived experience of homelessness, community-based organizations, government partners, philanthropy, national workforce, homelessness, and anti-poverty policy experts, and researchers to consider the lessons learned, challenges, and successes in supporting pathways to employment and economic mobility for individuals who have experienced homelessness or housing instability. In particular, lessons were drawn from Heartland Alliance's efforts to seed, incubate, and spread public systems collaboration efforts through the Connections Project, which is focused on increasing employment and economic mobility for individuals who have experienced homelessness or housing instability.
One of the primary goals of the event was to identify action steps that could support pathways to employment and economic mobility for a greater number of individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability. 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.