Yesterday, August 6, the Alliance published a summary of the interim HEARTH Act regulations for the new Continuum of Care (CoC) program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program. The interim regulation will go into effect on Thursday, August 30. Public comments on the regulations are due Monday, October 1. The summary highlights key aspects of the new regulations under the HEARTH Act. In order to assist its partners in submitting comments, the Alliance will publish draft comments on the CoC regulations in the coming weeks. The Alliance will also be soliciting feedback about its draft comments. Please watch the Alliance Online News in the coming weeks to view the draft comments once they are available.
The webinar also launched an FY 2013 McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign, encouraging providers with McKinney-funded homeless assistance programs to host their Member of Congress for a site visit over the upcoming congressional recesses. The purpose of the site visits is to impart to Members of Congress the impact these programs are having on their communities and the need for increased funding. If you are interested in participating in the Site Visit Campaign, please email Kate Seif, Policy Outreach Coordinator at the Alliance, for further information and assistance.
Including Youth in Your Community's PIT Count Webinars: A two part webinar series is available. Part I discusses improving the quality of data on youth homelessness. Part II provides in-depth case study of the specific actions San Jose, CA took to include youth in its PIT counts; and
Practice Briefs: Two briefs profiling San Jose, CA and Washington, DC provide information about the planning, implementation, methodology, and use of data in these community's targeted youth PIT counts.
Last month the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an Information Memorandum indicating the Administration's interest in granting waivers to states for the administration of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. States may now seek waivers from the administration that allow them to experiment with new strategies to help low-income parents on TANF connect with employment. The waivers will allow states to design interventions and offer work activities that meet the needs of the diverse array of families they serve under the TANF program. By improving the employment services offered to low-income families, states can provide families with the tools and support they need to escape poverty and minimize their risk of homelessness.