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Three Major Federal Agencies Announce Mortgage Assistance for the Unemployed

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have joined forces and created an initiative called “HAMP-UP.”  If you are unemployed, and are falling behind (or at risk of falling behind) in your mortgage payments, this program may be for you.  As part of the Home Affordable Modification Program, qualifying homeowners who are unemployed may be able to suspend or reduce mortgage payments for a year or more.  The idea is the unemployed person will be able to better focus on finding a job without the stress and worry of impending foreclosure.  Check with any local jobs office that is part of the American Job Center network to learn how to apply to participate in this tremendous benefits program.  To find a local jobs office in your area, go to

Insights from the Ideas for Action Awards: Career Pathways Out of Poverty

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Insights from the Ideas for Action Awards:
Career Pathways Out of Poverty
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, the Northwest Area Foundation and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs are excited to announce the final audio conference in their series highlighting the Ideas for Action Award winners. The first call, which was held in March, explored programs that help families build financial assets. The upcoming call will explore programs focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through training, education and support programs.

Speakers will discuss approaches to helping low-income families become economically independent through holistic, long-term programming such as greater integration and cooperation among state departments and agencies.

Speakers include: 
• David Harrison, senior lecturer of public affairs, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
• Elisabeth D. Babcock (Beth), president and CEO, Crittenton Women’s Union
• Karon Rosa, program director, Arkansas Department of Higher Education for the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative

For more information, go to,

“Scarring Effects: Demographics of the Long-Term Unemployed and the Danger of Ignoring the Jobs Deficit” by NELP

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) issued the first of two briefing papers in April 2013, titled “Scarring Effects:  Demographics of the Long-Term Unemployed and the Danger of Ignoring the Jobs Deficit.”  In it, NELP “explores who the long-term unemployed are and how their ongoing estrangement from the labor force hurts the entire economy.”   According to the report, there are 3.3 unemployed persons for every job opening, “and the long-term unemployed in particular face discrimination from potential employers who prefer to hire those who already have jobs.”  The report further discusses the disproportionately-high adverse effects of unemployment on certain populations, such as African-Americans, Latino youth, and older workers (more than half of unemployed workers ages 45 and older have been out of work for longer than 27 weeks).
A second report, which is scheduled for release later in April 2013, “will propose a range of policies to trigger a recovery for those who have thus far been left out, ranging from short-term options designed to give the long-term unemployed a leg up in the labor market, to longer-term projects that would invest in America’s workers and communities.”
For a full copy of the “Scarring Effects” report, go to


Attorney Seena Foster, Award-Winning Civil Rights Author, Announces Webinar on Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Title: Compliance With Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Related Laws: An Overview

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Cost: $34.95

Because of its popularity, this recurring Webinar provides an informative overview of how to comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of federal civil rights laws that apply to the administration, oversight, and delivery process for federally-assisted programs and activities. In this Webinar, we’ll focus our attention on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the disability-related nondiscrimination laws at Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act. We will touch on a variety of compliance-related issues such as how far these laws extend, what is required for compliance (including a discussion of reasonable accommodation, environmental justice, and limited English proficiency), the concepts of assurances and taglines, differences between program complaints and discrimination complaints, harassment and hostile environment, and data collection.

Developed for:
Whether you are new, or need refresher training, this Webinar is designed for state and local government officials from any size agency or department, including equal opportunity officers, ADA coordinators, disability specialists, Title VI liaisons, agency heads, contracting and procurement personnel, and compliance officials. Similarly, management and equal opportunity professionals for private companies and other organizations that contract with state and local governments to operate federally-assisted programs and activities will find this Webinar useful. Whether you receive funding directly from a federal agency, or indirectly through a state or local agency, the laws discussed in the Webinar apply to you.

About the instructor.
Seena Foster, award-winning civil rights author and Partner of the discrimination consulting firm, Title VI Consulting, LLP in Alexandria, Virginia, provides expertise and guidance in the areas of compliance and civil rights investigations to state and local governments, colleges and universities, private companies, and non-profit organizations. To that end, she offers one hour Webinars, full-day and half-day in-person training sessions, assistance developing procedures, and mediation services addressing a variety of types of discrimination such as racial discrimination, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, and religious discrimination. The federal law on discrimination is complex and affects our workplaces as well as the delivery of our federally funded programs and activities. Her book, Civil Rights Investigations Under the Workforce Investment Act and Other Title VI Related Laws: From Intake to Final Determination, has been described as an “eye-opening” reading experience and a “stand-alone” training resource. Ms. Foster’s resources and materials are designed to support the work of civil rights and discrimination professionals in the public and private sectors. You may contact her through