May Congressional Briefings on Homelessness
This month, the Alliance is involved with planning three separate congressional briefings on homelessness. U.S. representatives and senators and their staff members have been invited to attend these briefings, and the Alliance is asking advocates to encourage their congressional delegations to attend. After reading about each of the briefings below, please contact Kate Seif at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details in order to invite your Members of Congress and their staff to attend the briefings.
LGBTQ Homeless Youth Briefing
Tomorrow afternoon, May 10, there will be a congressional briefing on homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The briefing will feature Cyndi Lauper from the True Colors Fund, André Wade from the Alliance, Andrew Barnett from the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), Deborah Shore from Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc., and Jeff Krehely from the Center for American Progress. Joe Solmonese from the Human Rights Campaign will moderate. The briefing is being sponsored by the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.
Briefing on Rapid Re-Housing for Families
Then, next Thursday, May 17, the Alliance will host a briefing about the success of rapid re-housing in ending family homelessness. It will explore the positive effects of rapid re-housing on outcomes, family well-being, cost savings, and more. The briefing will feature Nan Roman from the Alliance, Matt Minkevitch of Salt Lake City's The Road Home, Nan Stoops of the Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Kelly Thompson of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. in Davenport, IA. The briefing is being sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). Click here for more information.
Veteran Homelessness Briefing
Lastly, on Wednesday, May 23, the Alliance and several partner organizations will co-host a briefing on homelessness among veterans. Presenters will explore the strategies being used to meet VA's goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015, including the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and HUD - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) programs. The briefing is being sponsored by and will feature opening remarks from Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).