Advocacy Update: May Congressional Briefings


Advocacy Update | May 9, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
May 9, 2012

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 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).

What You Can Do:
The Alliance encourages you to invite your congressional delegations to attend all three of these briefings. These briefings are CRITICAL to educating Members of Congress and their staff members on the importance of making it a federal priority to end homelessness once and for all. For more information on these briefings, please contact Kate Seif at


The Alliance works collaboratively with its local, state, and national partners to advance policies and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

    Amanda Benton
    Director of Policy Outreach 


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