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August 11, 2015

Partnerships for Opening Doors: A Summit on Integrating Employment and Housing

The USICH, DOL, HUD, and the Butler Family Fund are pleased to release a new report with tips for how communities can increase access to good jobs for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The report, Partnerships for Opening Doors, signals the Administration’s commitment to increasing employment and economic security for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

The report:

• highlights the employment, training, and career development needs of people experiencing homelessness

• provides examples of ways communities across the country have better coordinated their employment and homelessness assistance programs

• gives recommendations on how the Federal government can best support local work

The report reflects the combined knowledge of the 11 communities, national organizations, and Federal partners who participated in the Partnerships for Opening Doors Summit in October.

Background on the Summit:

On October 16, 2014, representatives from workforce and housing agencies in 11 communities, national organizations, officials from the Federal government, and dignitaries from Canada joined in the Partnerships for Opening Doors Summit, a day devoted to taking bolder steps towards integrating employment and housing strategies to prevent and end homelessness. Participating in the fast-paced and high-impact presentations and active group discussions, Summit participants generated a series of recommendations and ideas that they presented to the USICH, including joint agency guidance and planning activities, innovative approaches for breaking down silos across workforce and homeless services systems, and strategies for leveraging a range of Federal resources to support employment services for homeless populations.

This report serves as a roadmap to guide Federal partners in working together to increase opportunities for people who are at risk or have fallen into homelessness to reach career ladders and increase their economic security. The proposed actions are ones that will help inform our planning going forward.

For a comprehensive list of ideas, barriers, and recommendations generated during the Summit, please visit the Partnerships Summit web page at: http://usich.gov/partnerships-for-opening-doors-summit

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