Alliance Online News: 2014 National Family and Youth Conference Materials Available Online


Newsletters | February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014    
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2014 National Family and Youth Conference Materials Available Online

We have posted presentation materials from our 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness workshops on the Alliance website. The materials cover a wide range of issues from the Conference, from planning and funding a youth homelessness system, to retooling transitional housing, to rapid re-housing for veteran families, and much more. We will continue to add workshop presentation materials to the website as they become available. If you are a conference presenter who would like materials for your workshop added to the website, please email Alliance Communications Associate Emanuel Cavallaro at

Conference Presentations


Hill Update

President to Release FY 2015 Budget Proposal
Next Tuesday, March 4, the Administration is expected to release the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal, which will reflect the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to provide information and recommendations to Congress as it moves through the federal funding process.

Congress Returns from Recess
The Senate returned from its President's Day recess yesterday, while the House returned today.

Upcoming Webinars

Continuum of Care - Veterans Integration

Tomorrow, Wednesday February 26, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the Department of Veterans' Affairs' (VA) recently released Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This NOFA is for $300 million in funding for renewing existing grants and for new grantees. It also includes an additional, one-time "surge" funding, which will provide an additional $300 million in funding to 78 communities over the next three years.

This webinar is designed to inform Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders about their role in the SSVF NOFA. Speakers will address how "surge" funding represents a huge opportunity for the 78 communities. Speakers will also discuss the current state of the national push to end veteran homelessness and look at good rapid re-housing models.

Register for the Webinar

President's Budget Proposal - Overview and Impact on Homelessness

On Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 pm ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal. The President's Budget, which reflects the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to guide Congress as it moves through the federal appropriations process, is expected to be released on Tuesday, March 4.

The webinar will provide an overview of the federal budget process and an analysis of the Administration's proposed funding levels for federal affordable housing and homeless programs. Presenters will provide a rundown of the President's FY 2015 budget requests, along with information on this year's opportunities to advocate for protecting and expanding critical housing and homeless assistance programs.

Register for the Webinar

Alliance Releases "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing

The Alliance has published "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing," a resource that identifies the core components of rapid re-housing as an intervention. The Alliance developed it in collaboration with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and VA. This document is meant to guide the efforts of the Alliance, USICH, and other federal agencies to expand the implementation of rapid re-housing to address homelessness.

SAMHSA Announces $10 million for Services in Supportive Housing

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced that it will award $10 million for services in supportive housing to local governments, nonprofits, and other groups demonstrating capacity to house homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals. The agency will make up to 25 awards for projects up to three years in length. Funds cannot be used to pay for housing. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 25.

More Information

SOAR Training - Deadline for Applications
SAMHSA will also be offering training to Continuums of Care (CoC) under its SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program. The training is designed to improve access to federal disability programs for people with behavioral health problems and will only be available to CoCs who have not already participated in the program. Applications to participate in SOAR are due March 10.

For more information contact the SOAR Technical Assistance Center

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

Wrap Up: 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness
By Steve Berg

The Alliance just wrapped up our 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness last week. It was a fantastic learning experience for everyone involved. If you weren't there, or if you would just like a handy summary, here is a quick look at the main points that emerged during the two-day conference.

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