Alliance Online News: Agenda Available for 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness


Newsletters | April 18, 2012

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2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness Tentative Agenda Available

A tentative agenda has been released for the 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Workshop topics include Re-tooling Your Transitional Housing Program, Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Health Care Reform and New Strategies to Address Chronic Homelessness, and Improving the Crisis Response for Youth, among many others. The 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will be held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel in Washington, DC from July 16 to July 18, 2012. Please note that discounted tickets to the Alliance's 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony are available to conference registrants when purchased with registration for the conference online.

Read the Conference Agenda


Hill Update

Senate Marks Up HUD Funding Bill
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) is
scheduled to mark up its fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bill today. The bill will cover all HUD accounts, including funding for affordable housing and homelessness programs, such as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. The full details of the bill, including program-level funding, are likely to be released when the full Senate Appropriations Committee marks up the bill Thursday, April 18. The Senate is also expected to release its 302(b) allocations this week, which are the amounts that each Appropriations Subcommittee will have to spend on the programs under its purview. These allocations will determine the amount that each individual program will receive. The House has not yet announced the date of its appropriations mark ups, though they are anticipated in the coming weeks.

Senate Banking Committee Weighs in to Appropriations Committee
On Thursday, March 29, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs sent a Views & Estimates letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on T-HUD. Views & Estimates letter are sent by the Authorizing Committees in the House and Senate to the Appropriations Committees at the beginning of the appropriations process each year. They outline the programs within their purview and include recommendations to the appropriators based on the committee members' own knowledge of the effectiveness of each program. The Banking Committee's Chairman, Tim Johnson (D-SD), spoke favorably of many HUD housing and community development programs and recommended funding HUD programs at the levels requested by the President, including "full and robust" funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

Recordings of Webinar Series on Survivors of Domestic Violence Available

The recordings of the recent series of webinars on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence are now available online. The first webinar in the series, Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence, featured Kris Billhardt of Home Free in Portland, OR and Chiquita Rollins, SHARE Study Co-Principal Investigator, and examined the integral role stable housing plays in improving the lives of survivors and their children. The second webinar in the series, Homelessness Prevention for Survivors of Domestic Violence, examined both the use of financial assistance to help prevent survivors from becoming homeless as well as legal protections for survivors to help them stay in housing. It featured Linda Olsen of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Peg Hacskaylo of the District Alliance for Safe Housing. The final webinar in the series, Successful Partnerships to Serve Survivors of Domestic Violence, focused on the development and maintenance of relationships between domestic violence service agencies and homelessness assistance agencies and featured Megan Owens of Hamilton Family Center and Melissa Erlbaum from Clackamas Women's Services.

New Youth Count Media Map and Webpage

The Alliance has recently launched a new Youth Count Media Map and webpage, which points to communities that have conducted targeted counts of youth. The map shows the number of youth counted during a community's effort, a brief synopsis of the methodology used, and a link to the full report. The goal of the map and webpage is to raise awareness of the lack of national data on youth homelessness, and to encourage communities to conduct targeted youth counts by providing them with necessary tools and resources, such as webinars, briefs, and a toolkit on counting homeless youth. If you would like to submit a report to have your community added to the map, please contact André Wade.


The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.


2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
July 16 - 18, 2012
Renaissance Washington DC Hotel


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