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Newsletters | December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013    
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Alliance Newsletter on Hiatus during Holidays

The Alliance would like to extend a warm Happy Holidays to everyone and remind you that during the Holidays the newsletter will also be on a hiatus. The Alliance newsletter will return January 7, 2014. Please enjoy your holidays with your friends and family and keep in your hearts and minds the more than 600,000 people who will be without homes on Christmas day. Don't forget: there are ways you can make a difference in their lives.

See you next year!


Hill Update

Conference Committee Strikes a Deal; Budget Passes in House
Last Tuesday, December 10, the conference committee reached an agreement on total spending levels for both fiscal year (FY) 2014 and FY 2015 federal spending. On Thursday, December 12, the budget agreement, titled the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, easily passed through the House (332-94). The Senate cleared way for passage of the measure this morning. .

The agreement would ease sequestration by $45 billion in FY 2014 and $17 billion in FY 2015, increasing discretionary spending to $1.012 trillion in FY 2014 and $1.014 trillion in FY 2015. Sequestration relief would be distributed evenly between defense and non-defense discretionary spending and would likely result in more funding for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs in the upcoming years. The bill also allows for $23 billion in deficit reduction over the next ten years.

The easing of sequestration and contributions to deficit reduction would be financed through raising revenue by increasing various federal fees (e.g. airline passenger fees), making cuts to some federal benefits (e.g. federal employees' retirement benefits), and extending sequestration for two additional years. The deal does not include an extension of unemployment insurance or reform to entitlement programs or the tax code; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has stated that unemployment insurance will be the first item on the Senate's 2014 agenda.

Following Senate passage of the bill, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will likely agree to 302(b) allocations (spending levels for each of the twelve appropriations bills) for the appropriations subcommittees, including the House and Senate Transportation, HUD, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) subcommittees.

Once each subcommittee has a set allocated amount, they will work quickly to complete their FY 2014 spending bills. It is expected that many of these bills will be compiled in an omnibus spending package (as opposed to individual bills) that will need to pass through both chambers of Congress prior to January 15, when the current stopgap funding measure will expire.

House Departs for Recess
The House departed for the holiday recess last Thursday, December 12, while the Senate is expected to depart this Friday, December 20. The Senate and House are expected to reconvene on Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, respectively.

Upcoming Webinar: NOFA Planning and Advocacy

Today at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the major points of the FY 2013 Continuum of Care NOFA and discuss how prospective grantees should address their community's tiering and application processes. The webinar will also feature Richmond, VA detailing their approach to the NOFA. Speakers will also discuss how grantees can use the NOFA as an advocacy opportunity to ensure Congress provides sufficient funding for homeless programs in the future.
Conference Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a scholarship to attend the Alliance's 2014 National Conference Ending Family and Youth Homelessness at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans this February 18 to 19. Scholarships are available only to people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness in the past.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 18. To learn more about the scholarship program, and apply online, visit the scholarships page of the conference website.

Registration Reminder
If you have not yet registered for the conference, make sure to take advantage of the regular registration rate of $500 by registering online by 3 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20. Conference attendees who register after that deadline will be charged the $625 late registration rate.

Promising Strategy: DeKalb Kids Home Collaborative

The Alliance has published a paper, "Promising Strategy: DeKalb Kids Home Collaborative," on the Alliance website that provides an overview of the DeKalb Kids Home Collaborative, which is an example of a successful partnership forged between homeless service providers, the school system, and an employment service provider. The partnership emerged after school leaders and homeless service providers came together to help a mother and son struggling with homelessness. Their collaborative effort helped the family escape homelessness and inspired the providers to develop a formal partnership to help children avoid or quickly escape homelessness.

USICH Webinar Recording: HUD's FY2013-FY2014 Continuum of Care Competition

The Alliance has posted the recording of a webinar that originally streamed on Wednesday, December 11. The webinar, "HUD's FY 2013-FY2014 Continuum of Care Competition - Strategies for Success," was hosted by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and featured the director of the Alliance's Center for Capacity Building Norm Suchar. In the webinar, speakers discussed how prospective grantees can successfully navigate important changes to the competition.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

The Time's Invisible Child Series: What Can YOU Do?
By Sharon McDonald

Last week, The New York Times ran a five-part series, "Invisible Child," that chronicled the lives of a young homeless girl and her family. In this post, we take a look at this incredible portrait of family homelessness and what you can do to help others like them.

Field Notes: How to plan a Learning Collaborative - Step Six
By Kay Moshier McDivitt

This blog post is the eighth in a series from the Alliance on designing a Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative in your community. In it, we share a checklist that will help a Learning Collaborative facilitator to begin planning for their collaborative's first meeting.

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