The draft Massachusetts Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan for FY17-20 is available for review and public comment. You can read more about the Plan and find the comment page here. The Network submitted comments and recommendations on behalf of its Secure Jobs Advisory Committee, which can be found here. In short, the Network recommends that the Plan explicitly include the directive to prioritize the homeless population, a priority that is consistent with federal guidance.
The Western MA public hearing on this issue will be held this Friday, February 19, 2 pm – 4 pm at the Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College. Click on: REGISTER for this meeting if you can attend. The Network will be represented at this meeting and encourages others to attend to weigh in on the critical importance of including in the Plan direct reference to serving homeless job seekers in their search for employment.