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  • 1. Improving Employment Outcomes:The Role Of TANF and WIANational Alliance to End Homelessness Conference July 14, 2011 www.transitionaljobs.net Melissa Young [email_address]

2. Presentation Overview

  • Overview Workforce Investment Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Expert Panelist Presentations Q&A
  • Next steps & Opportunities for future involvement

3. National Transitional Jobs Network

  • The NTJN exists to ensure that policies account for the hard-to-employ, that programs are able to effectively serve as many individuals as possible, and that best practices and technical assistance are widely shared and implemented throughout the network.
  • Technical Assistance
  • State and Federal Advocacy
  • Monthly Newsletters sign up at www.transitionaljobs.net
  • National Conference

4. TransitionalJobs Panelists/Q&A TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs Next Steps

  • Authorizes national public employment and training system a universal system
  • System includes state and local Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop System for service delivery
  • Current system has conditional priority of service for low-income and TANF recipients
  • Current system includes mandates for receiving core followed by intensive services

Workforce Investment Act Department of Labor - 1997 TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs WIA/TANF Overview 5. TransitionalJobs Panelists/Q&A TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs Next Steps

  • Core Services skills assessment, access to job listings, information about careers and local labor market conditions, and some assistance with job search activities.
  • Intensive Services skills assessments, career counseling, development of individual employment plans, and short-term prevocational training
  • Training Services occupational skills training, on-the-job training, job readiness training, and adult educational d literacy activities if provided alongside training activities

Workforce Investment Act Department of Labor - 1998 TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs WIA/TANF Overview 6. TransitionalJobs Panelist/Q&A TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs Field Advancement

  • Block grant to states - States have broad flexibility to use funds to meet goals of TANF program
  • TANF distinguishes between eligibility between assistance and non-assistance
  • States have some discretion in determining eligibility
  • Individuals on assistance must be participating in set of allowable work activities

Temporary Assistance for Needy FamiliesDepartment of Human Services - 1996 TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs WIA/TANF Overview 7. TransitionalJobs Lessons Learned TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs Field Advancement

  • Funding constraints, lack of funding, diverted funding
  • Performance measures
  • Sequence of services
  • Lack of flexibility in using funds for barrier removal
  • Difficulty blending resources because of different performance measures, intake or reporting processes, state database coordination, culture, etc.

Identified Challenges:Using WIA and TANF Funds to Support Individuals Experiencing Homelessness & Individuals with Barriers to Employment TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs TransitionalJobs WIA/TANF Overview 8.

  • Marlena Sessions
  • Linette Davis

Panelists & Q&A WIA/TANF Overview Next StepsExpert Panelists RemarksPanelists/Q&A 9. WIA/TANF Overview Panelists & Q&A Next Steps Questions & Discussion Panelists/Q&A 10. Panelist/Q&AWIA/TANF Overview Next Steps

  • Local/State Level:
    • Build champions for homeless employment services
    • Advocate thatemployment goalsare added to your local plans to end homelessness
    • Encouragecollaboration at state level between labor, human services, and housing
    • Leveragepublic and private fundingto pilot or test employment interventions
    • Leverage local referrals and build relationships with employment service providers

What you can do. Next Steps 11. Panelist/Q&AWIA/TANF Overview Next Steps What you can do

  • National Level:
    • Work with the NTJN and others around ensuring that Workforce Investment Act reauthorization accounts for theemployment needs of all individuals experiencing homelessness
    • Weigh-in with your federal Reps and Senators around theneed for more employment resourcesfor individuals experiencing homelessness

Next Steps 12. Panelist/Q&AWIA/TANF Overview Next Steps What you can do

  • National Level:
    • Work with the NTJN and others around ensuring that Workforce Investment Act reauthorization accounts for theemployment needs of all individuals experiencing homelessness
    • Weigh-in with your federal Reps and Senators around theneed for more employment resourcesfor individuals experiencing homelessness

Next Steps 13. Panelist/Q&AWIA/TANF Overview Next Steps Dont forget to:

  • Sign upfor NTJN e-communication and alerts to get the latest
  • information & opportunities to take action www.transitionaljobs.net
  • Visit NTJN websitefrequently for tools and resources to build relationships with your members of Congress.
  • Contact usdirectly for support in engaging your members of Congress.

Next Steps