Gainful Employment and Independence is one of four key outcome areas APHSA seeks to impact through a transformed human service system. Through aligned and person-centered programs, flexible funding, meaningful accountability, and strategic partnerships, we can provide the opportunities and supports that will help low-income individuals get a job, keep a job, and start down a sustainable career path.
For low-income people, having a job and staying in the workforce are critical to achieving economic mobility and greater wellbeing. However, many low-income people do not have equal access to opportunity, and face barriers to full participation in our nation’s economy. Human service agencies and their partners play a critical role in supporting access to opportunity, employment, self-sufficiency, and greater individual capacity for low-income individuals and families.
The APHSA Center for Employment & Economic Well-Being (CEEWB) was established to be a central source of information, resources, discussion and development relating to workforce engagement and gainful employment. The Center facilitates collaboration across stakeholders, and identifies and promotes practice models, funding structures, and policies that can best support and enable gainful employment and self-sufficiency for individuals and families.
Policy & Practice Articles:
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Policy Brief: TANF at 20: Time for Rational Changes - November 2016
Trump Leaves Obama’s Last-Minute Child Support Rule Alone – Governing, 01/31/17
Sharing Economy: Nice, But Does It Create Real Jobs? – Forbes, 01/29/17
Oh SNAP! Boosting Benefits Beats Paternalism and Promotes Long-Term Health – The Washington Post, 01/26/17
Walker’s Welfare Plan: Expand Work Requirements to Parents – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/23/17
Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity, Monday, February 13, 2017, 10:00-11:30 AM Eastern, Washington DC
Workforce Data Quality Campaign, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 2:00-300 PM Eastern
House Human Resources Subcommittee, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:00 AM Eastern, Washington, DC
Institute for Research on Poverty, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
WorkforceGPS, Thursday, February 16, 2016, 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern
National Child Support Enforcement Association, February 16-18, 2017, Washington, DC
Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy, Thursday, February 23, 2017, 12:00-1:30 PM Eastern
WorkforceGPS, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern
National Skills Coalition, Thursday, March 2, 2017, 2:30-3:45 PM Eastern
Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America, March 5-7, 2017, Washington, DC
National Association of Workforce Boards, March 25-28, 2017, Washington, DC
APHSA in Partnership with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, April 30-May 3, Baltimore, MD
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, May 22-24, 2017, New Orleans, LA
National Association for Welfare Research & Statistics, July 30-August 2, 2017, Pittsburg, PA
Featured Resource—The National Skills Coalition’s Skills in the States Toolkits
The National Skills Coalition (NSC) advocates for states to adopt policies that broadly expand access to middle-skill training, especially for those who have faced barriers to economic opportunity. NSC has developed toolkits that provide resources (including model legislation) for policymakers and advocates to advance a skills equity agenda in their state. This effort includes a comprehensive scan of all fifty states and the District of Columbia to identify which states have skills equity policies in place. Policies are divided into five categories: Alignment, Job-Driven Financial Aid, Integrated Education and Training, Skills-Based SNAP Employment and Training, and Stackable Credentials.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), January 2017
Evidence Review Issue Brief—Gaps in the Evidence on Employment and Training for Low-Income Adults
ACF Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, December 2016
U.S. Government Accountability Office, December 2016
ACF’s Office of Family Assistance, December 2016