Advocacy Update: Quarterly Report: Announcements and Recap

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Newsletters | December 18, 2012

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
December 17, 2012

Quarterly Report: Announcements and Recap 

This Quarterly Report includes a preview of key upcoming activities for advocates, as well as a review of major developments from the last quarter. Specifically, this issue reviews:

  • Webinar on chronic-focused state advocacy efforts;  
  • FY 2013 appropriations and fiscal cliff update;  
  • Upcoming media opportunity on a new homelessness report;
  • 113th Congress new Member advocacy; and  
  • Release of 2012 PIT data.   
Tomorrow: Innovative Policies around Chronic Homelessness at the State Level
 
Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18 at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar titled "Strategies to End Chronic Homelessness: Pursuing Innovative Policies at the State Level." The webinar will discuss the importance of state-level advocacy efforts in integrating funding silos around Medicaid, mental health services, and care coordination to better serve chronically homeless people.

The webinar will feature local experts discussing ways in which your community can make the most of opportunities to improve health care and supportive housing integration for this population. Presenters will include Richard Wayman of the Hearth Connection in MN; Marti Knisley of the Technical Assistance Collaborative; and Lisa Stand of the Alliance. To register, please click here.  
 

Update on FY 2013 Funding for Homeless Assistance Programs    

   

As the 112th Congress draws to a close, many issues remain to be resolved. In late September, in anticipation of the November elections and year-end negotiations around a variety of fiscal issues, Congress passed a stopgap funding measure, also known as a continuing resolution, to fund the government largely at fiscal year (FY) 2012 levels until March 27, 2013 - nearly six months into FY 2013.

It is unlikely that Congress will finalize any of the federal funding bills (which include funding for programs such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and the Department of Health and Human Services' Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, along with many others) prior to late March.

Congress will remain in session until this Friday in order to continue negotiations around the so-called fiscal cliff, which includes sequestration. Sequestration would result in automatic, across-the-board cuts to non-defense, discretionary funding. This would include 8.2 percent cuts to virtually all programs within HUD, with cuts taking effect on January 2, 2013 unless preventative measures are taken. Top congressional leaders and the Administration will continue working on a compromise to address the various issues included in the fiscal cliff; however, it remains unclear whether this compromise will address sequestration or other cuts to federal spending.  
 

Upcoming Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Homelessness 

In early 2013, the Alliance plans to release a new report on homelessness. The report will include national and state data on homelessness counts, economic indicators on homelessness, and the demographic drivers of homelessness. The Alliance released a similar report, The State of Homelessness in America 2012, earlier this year. 

 

It is critical to inform the media - and through them, our communities and opinion leaders - about the importance of ending homelessness. With your help, we can use this new report to educate and persuade decision makers about the scope of this problem and ways to implement real solutions.

Please stay tuned to the Alliance's news and social media outlets as the report's release date and webinar presenting the data are scheduled.
HUD Releases Part One of 2012 PIT Data 
Last week, HUD released part one of the results of the point-in-time counts conducted in January 2012 to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in local communities. Between 2011 and 2012, the number of people homeless on a given night  essentially remained static, currently standing at 633,782. Notably, the count includes a 7 percent decline in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness to 62,619. In addition, the report notes that there has been a 19.3 percent decrease in chronic homelessness since 2007. In the 2012 count, 99,894 people were chronically homeless.

With sequestration threatening funding for homeless assistance programs, Members of Congress MUST understand how important it is to fund solutions to homelessness, particularly those implemented through McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and other key federal programs. Please share this new data with your representatives and senators and urge them to protect funding for the critical programs that helped make this progress possible.
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