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Newsletters | December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012    
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Alliance and Partners Host Congressional Briefing

On Thursday, December 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, Alliance Program and Policy Analyst Ian Lisman will appear as a member of the Homeless Veteran Advocacy National Working Group in "Discretionary Budget Cuts: Impact on Veterans," a congressional briefing on veteran homelessness.

A panel of experts, including a formerly homeless veteran, a representative from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Alliance Program and Policy Analyst Ian Lisman, and speakers from other policy and veterans organizations, will discuss how sequestration or other discretionary budget cuts would impact programs serving veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The impact would include reductions in or elimination of a vast array of the services the programs provide.

The panelists will advocate for a better fiscal solution that would not undo the progress made towards ending veteran homelessness.

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Hill Update

Administration Introduces Proposal to Avert Fiscal Cliff
Last Thursday, November, 29, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and White House chief congressional liaison Rob Nabors met with the top four congressional leaders, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)) to discuss solutions to the "fiscal cliff." Geithner proposed $1.6 trillion in revenue, including $960 billion in immediate increases to the top tax rates and capital gains and dividends, an additional $600 billion in tax increases, a return to the 2009 level real estate tax, a multiyear stimulus package starting with $50 billion in 2013, and a one-year deferral of sequestration spending cuts. Geithner also proposed $400 billion in Medicare and other future entitlement reforms to be decided on in the next Congress, and proposed giving the President the power to raise the debt limit without Congress' approval. Congressional Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), publicly expressed strong disapproval of the proposal.

On Monday, December 3, House Speaker john Boehner (R-OH) and House Republicans presented the President with a counteroffer that calls for $1.4 trillion in spending cuts, including $600 billion from federal health programs and $200 billion from raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67, and $800 billion in tax increases. The tax increases would come in the form of tax reform that would limit some deductions and loopholes, but not through tax rate increases like the President has called for. The Republican plan is largely based on a plan initially proposed by Erskine Bowles, a democrat who served on President Obama's 2010 deficit commission. The White House said that until Republicans are willing to discuss higher tax rates for wealthy Americans, a balanced approach cannot be achieved.

For more information, please see the Alliance's federal policy brief on the potential impact of large cuts to homelessness and affordable housing programs scheduled to take place next year.

Upcoming Webinars

Asset Building and Financial Literacy for Populations Experiencing Homelessness
On Wednesday, December 5, at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar that will explore efforts to incorporate financial literacy components into homeless assistance services. Speakers will describe local initiatives in their communities, as well as challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them. Speakers will also discuss early positive outcomes of these initiatives, and describe policy recommendations for more effective integration of these initiatives into service delivery. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

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TANF Agencies Supporting Rapid Re-housing
On Thursday, December 6, at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar featuring homelessness service leaders who are working with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) agencies to rapidly re-house homeless families. Each speaker will provide a brief overview of their community's rapid re-housing program and discuss how TANF resources are supporting the intervention. The speakers will discuss how they succeeded in engaging TANF leaders in their efforts to end family homeless.

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The FY 2012 Continuum of Care Competition: Thinking Strategically in Your Community's Application
On Monday, December 10, at 2 p.m. ET, the Director of the Alliance's Center for Capacity Building, Norm Suchar, will appear as a panelist in a webinar hosted by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). During the webinar, panelists will discuss ways in which Continuums of Care (CoCs) can think strategically about their resources and programs when completing their FY 2012 Continuum of Care application.

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SSVF for New and Existing Grantees
On Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar that will explain the application process for grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. In addition to discussing rapid re-housing basics, and the application process, speakers will provide helpful advice on program design and give pointers for creating an effective application.

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NLIHC Briefing on Public Opinion of the Mortgage Interest Deduction

On Monday, December 3, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) held a congressional briefing, "The Mortgage Interest Deduction and Public Opinion." In this briefing, John Russonello of Belden Russonello Strategists, LLC presented the findings of a national poll commissioned by NLIHC on public opinion on affordable housing for low income people and mortgage interest deduction (MID) reform. Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of NLIHC, then answered questions about MID reform.

The poll found that a majority of Americans support modifying the mortgage interest deduction so that it is targeted more at middle and low income homeowners, and helping renters afford housing.
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