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Newsletters  |  October 29, 2013

On Monday, November 4, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on how communities should approach the assessment phase of their coordinated intake system. Speakers will discuss what should happen during your assessment process and what questions to ask when selecting assessment tools to use as part of your process.

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Webinar  |  October 25, 2013

This webinar, which originally streamed October 21, 2013, explores how housing needs can impact the outcomes of families receiving child welfare family preservation or reunification services.

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Newsletters  |  October 22, 2013

Last week, with the government partially shut down and the deadline to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a default on U.S. debt fast approaching, Congress passed legislation to avert the crisis and reopen the government. The fiscal package included measures to fund the government until January 15 at post-sequestration fiscal year (FY) 2013 levels and delay the date on which the nation will reach the debt ceiling to February 7. The deal had only minor impacts on homeless assistance programs, largely because communities are still waiting for the FY 2013 NOFA to be released.

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Webinar  |  October 16, 2013

This webinar explored linkages between housing and homeless service providers and early childhood development programs. Programs discussed include: Head Start/Early Head Start, Early Intervention (IDEA Part-C) services, and the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation Program. 

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Newsletters  |  October 15, 2013

The partial government shutdown has now remained in effect for two weeks, and the United States will default on its debts unless Congress votes to raise the debt ceiling by this Thursday, October 17. It seems increasingly likely that any deal to end the shutdown will be tied to a deal to raise the debt ceiling. Attempts by those involved to negotiate separate or combined deals on the shutdown and debt limit have thus far failed to gain traction.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 11, 2013

This paper explains why an increase in the FY 2014 appropriations level for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is needed to prevent homelessness instead of housing for tens of thousands of people, and highlights the effectiveness of the McKinney program in implementing evidence-based solutions to end homelessness.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 10, 2013

Because of accounting issues involving expiring multiyear contracts, level funding for Homeless Assistance in the FY 2014 T-HUD bill would be insufficient to maintain the current level of assistance provided to people experiencing homelessness. This paper explains the detrimental impact "flat funding" would have on the capacity of homeless assistance programs.

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Advocacy Update  |  October 9, 2013

This Quarterly Report includes a preview of key upcoming activities for advocates through September, as well as a review of major developments from the last quarter. Specifically, this issue reviews: The federal government shutdown; Capitol Hill Day 2013; State advocacy issues survey; and Advocacy Success example from the field.  

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Newsletters  |  October 8, 2013

The partial government shutdown has remained in effect for a week, with no certain end date in sight. Last Wednesday, October 2, congressional leaders met with President Obama at the White House to negotiate an end to the shutdown, but no compromises were made on either side. The shutdown has not yet had a critical impact on homeless assistance programs, since they are currently spending FY 2012 and FY 2013 funds and are considered essential.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 7, 2013

Slides from a Webinar hosted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Alliance to End Homelessness on September 26, 2013. The Webinar examined the current funding outlook for Housing Choice Vouchers as well these vouchers' impact on ending homelessness.

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Newsletters  |  October 1, 2013

As a result of Congress' inability to reach a budget agreement, the federal government partially shut down last night at midnight with the end of the fiscal year. The shutdown will not have a drastic immediate impact on homeless assistance programs. However, it is critical that Congress reach a budget agreement that would ensure future funding for homeless assistance and affordable housing programs.

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Advocacy Resource  |  September 25, 2013

Use these talking points in urging your Member of Congress to work with their colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to ensure that the final FY 2014 appropriations bill provides enough funding to protect existing vouchers and replace those lost by sequestration, and provides $75 million for 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers.

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Newsletters  |  September 24, 2013

On Thursday, September 26, at 3 p.m. ET, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Alliance to End Homelessness will co-host a webinar titled "Housing Choice Vouchers: Funding Outlook and Impact on Ending Homelessness." Staff from the Alliance and the Center will cover the funding outlook for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, how upcoming federal budget policy decisions could impact community efforts to end homelessness, and how advocates can make an impact.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 24, 2013

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the core program intended to assist extremely low income people with the cost of housing. Participants pay 30 percent of their incomes toward rent, with the program paying the remainder up to a set maximum. Congress should work to address the shortage of affordable rental housing for low-income households by providing sufficient funding to renew all existing Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in FY 2014 and replace those lost by sequestration.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 24, 2013

There has not been a major overhaul of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, the federal government’s most widely-used form of low-income housing assistance, since the late-1990s. The Alliance encourages Congress to enact legislation that improves the Section 8 voucher program in a way that is favorable to PHAs as well as homeless and low-income populations as quickly as possible.

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