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Newsletters | July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013    
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Alliance Holds 2013 National Conference in DC

The Alliance's 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness has drawn around 1,600 people to Washington DC from across the country, including federal and local officials, advocates, and people working on the front lines of the fight to end homelessness.

Today, Tuesday, July 23, PBS' Senior Correspondent, Judy Woodruff of NewsHour, will offer keynote remarks. This evening the Alliance will screen "The Invisible War," a documentary film about the systemic cover-up of sexual assault within the U.S. military. Following the screening, Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, former assistant surgeon general, will join Maria Cuomo Cole, chairman of HELP USA and an executive producer of the film, for a panel discussion. Cecilia Muñoz, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council, will also speak on the third day of the conference, Wednesday, July 24, about progress on Opening Doors, the Administration's strategy to prevent and end homelessness.

You can keep up with conference events and speakers on the Alliance blog Ending Homelessness Today , Facebook page, and Twitter. Tweet about your own conference experience using the conference hashtag #NAEH13

2013 National Conference Program Journal


Hill Update

House Ways and Means Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Poverty Relief Programs
On Wednesday, July 17, at 4 p.m. ET, the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing titled "What Really Works: Evaluating Current Efforts to Help Families Support their Children and Escape Poverty." The hearing focused on the effectiveness of current programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals and how evaluations of the effectiveness can be used to inform the design of social programs at the federal level. The witnesses recommended using research in order to effectively target those in need. The witnesses also suggested an increased focus on streamlining program requirements (work requirements, income requirements, etc.) in order for programs to be more navigable. For more information about the hearing, including witness testimonies, please click

House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee Marks Up Bill to Extend Reintegration Programs
On Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. ET, the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee marked up legislation that would in part (HR 2150) amend Title 38, United States Code, in order to provide for a five-year reauthorization extension to the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). You can find the text of the bill here.

Alliance President Moderates YouthCount! Panel

On Tuesday, July 30, Alliance CEO and President Nan Roman will moderate a panel discussion at the Urban Institute on the YouthCount! initiative, a federal interagency initiative to improve counts of unaccompanied homeless youth. During the panel, Urban Institute researchers will present findings from an evaluation of the initiative and discuss their implications for future counts of unaccompanied homeless youth. To view live webcast You can visit the Urban Institute website at 10 a.m. on the date of the event.

Panelists will include:
  • Mary Cunningham, senior research associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities, Urban Institute;
  • Megan Gibbard, Homeless Youth and Young Adult project manager, King County Housing and Community Development;
  • Michael Pergamit, senior fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services and Population, Urban Institute; and
  • Barbara Poppe, executive director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

2013 Homeless Counts Interactive Map (Update)
By Rachel Goodling

Since January of this year, many of you have been submitting your communities' Point-in-Time (PIT) Counts to the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute, and we appreciate your participation in our efforts to track rates of homelessness in communities nationwide. In this post, we present the Alliance's interactive map, which we updated with the latest PIT Count Data.

Field Notes: How to Plan a Learning Collaborative - Step Four
By Anna Blasco

This blog post is the fourth in a series from the Alliance on designing a Learning Collaborative in your community to help your organization and others to make changes in the way they operate, while being supported by their peers and experts in rapid re-housing. You can read the first post in the series here, where you will find an explanation of how a Learning Collaborative works.

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

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