The Urban Insititute along with Child Trends and The Fain Group supports ICF administer the SSRC. Therefore, the SSRC collaborated with Urban Institute on two webinars: (1) Promoting Work in Public Housing: Employment Service Programs and (2) Understanding the minimum wage: Implications for workers, employers, and communities.
Promoting Work in Public Housing: Employment Service Programs explored Public Housing Authorities' integration of employment supports and their impacts in supporting residents' job training and work placement. Speakers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, MDRC, the Urban Institute, Abt Associates, and ICF International described their experiences implementing and evaluating economic and job development programs that focus on public housing residents. Susan Popkin from the Urban Institute spoke at the webinar January 2015.
Understanding the Minimum Wage: Implications for Workers, Employers, and Communities focused on how changes in the minimum wage affect individuals, families, employers and the economy. Today, the U.S. economy continues to grow and the unemployment rate remains low. Wage growth, however, remains slow for much of the labor force. The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009. The combination of job growth and wage stagnation has led many localities to increase their minimum wage. Economists and research experts presented on what we know about minimum wage increases and their effects on workers, low-income families, employers, and state/local economies. Gregory Acs from the Urban Institute spoke on the webinar August 2018.
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