What’s it going to take to end poverty and chronic unemployment for all Americans? What’s it going to take to make us a nation that works for all? Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity will tackle these questions and more at our national conference, taking place in Chicago, IL, on October 25-27, 2016.

Today, not everyone who wants to work has access to employment or the tools and resources to get and stay employed. Age, race, gender, ethnicity, housing status, where people live, transportation, education, work experience, having a criminal record, and many other factors greatly impact the likelihood that an individual will find and keep employment. And employment matters; the best pathway out of poverty is a quality job that pays a living wage. 

Through the conference’s site visits, seminars, and workshops, we’ll lift up why solving chronic unemployment is key to ending poverty. We’ll also equip direct service providers with best practices for helping people facing barriers to employment succeed in work, and we’ll identify policy and systems change opportunities to help end chronic unemployment.

For America to continue to be competitive, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that every person has the opportunity to succeed in work and support themselves and their families. We invite service providers, policymakers, funders, employers, and other stakeholders to join us to learn from experts and share what you think it’s going to take to make us #anationthatworks.