Alliance Online News: Alliance President to Moderate Panel on Family Homelessness


Newsletters | May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013    
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Alliance President to Moderate Panel Discussion on Family Homelessness

On Thursday, May 30, at 4 p.m. ET, Alliance President Nan Roman will moderate a panel discussion on family homelessness at the Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference, which will be streamed live on the conference's webpage. During the panel discussion, federal officials and experts will explore the latest research on family homelessness as well as evidence supporting rapid re-housing. Speakers will also discuss how communities can leverage resources from the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) to rapidly re-house homeless families.

For the latest information about conference workshops, track options, and the conference schedule, please visit the updated conference agenda page of the conference website.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Beth Shinn of Vanderbilt University;
  • Mark Johnston of HUD;
  • Mark Greenberg of HHS; and
  • Katharine Gale of the Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Register for the live-stream event


Hill Update

Congress in Recess
This week, both the House and Senate are on recess for the Memorial Day holiday. They are scheduled to return to Washington, DC on Monday, June 3.
DC Tour Added to National Conference

The Alliance is now offering a Spy City Tour for the second day of the Alliance's National Conference on Ending Homelessness, Tuesday July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Spy City Tour by the International Spy Museum is an interactive tour of key DC sites linked to intelligence triumphs, disasters, and mysteries. When registering for the conference online, the Spy City Tour will appear as an option for purchase for an additional $34.99. Pre-registration and payment are required. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the tour to your registration, please contact Alliance Development and Administrative Associate Jennifer Olney.

Conference Update
Due to the limited availability of sleeping rooms at the Conference hotel, the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, the Alliance has secured overflow sleeping rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott. To learn more about the discounted overflow rooms and how to book your reservations, please visit the hotel page of the Conference website. Information about future overflow options will be added to the hotel page as it becomes available.

Conference Registration Reminder
If you have not yet registered for the Conference, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. The early conference registration rate is now closed, but the regular registration rate will run to 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 26. Open registration is scheduled to run until July 10, but may close early if the event reaches capacity before that date.

Study: Disability Benefits Not Enough to Pay for Basic HousingDisabled persons living on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) must pay 104 percent of their income to rent a one-bedroom unit priced at the fair market rent, according to a study, Priced Out in 2012, released Wednesday, May 22. The study, conducted by the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force, compares the monthly SSI payments received by more than 4.8 million Americans across the country to the fair market rents for efficiency and one-bedroom apartments.

Family Options Study Report ReleasedHUD has released an interim report on the Family Options Study, a multi-year experimental study involving the participation of more than 2,300 families from 12 communities who enrolled after spending at least seven days in emergency shelters.

The goal of the study, to date the largest experimental study of its kind, is to determine which interventions are the most effective at promoting housing stability, self-sufficiency, and well-being for families experiencing homelessness. The interim report describes the design of the study, the characteristics of the families enrolled, and the housing and services interventions offered. HUD will release a subsequent report in 2014 on the impacts of the interventions and their relative costs.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness TodayData Points: Rapid Re-Housing Works
By Sam Batko

Some of the major research questions now circulating are: Does rapid re-housing really work? Do people who are rapidly re-housed remain housed? In this post, we take a look at a recent report that examines risk factors for returns to homelessness in the state of Georgia to shed some light on these questions.

Give Homeless People a Voice on Capitol Hill
By Julie Klein

The Alliance's National Conference is quickly approaching! Each year in conjunction with the Conference, the Alliance hosts Capitol Hill Day, which provides an opportunity for participants to meet with members of Congress and their staff. In this post, we explain why you should get involved.

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2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
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