Alliance Online News: Alliance Publishes Draft Comments on CoC Rule


Newsletters | September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012    
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Alliance Publishes Draft Comments on CoC Rule

On Monday, September 10, the Alliance published a draft version of its comments on the interim regulation for the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. The interim rule went into effect on August 30. However, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will accept comments until Monday, October 1. HUD will take public comments into consideration when crafting a final regulation for the program. In the Alliance's draft comments, the Alliance makes recommendations and provides HUD with feedback regarding key aspects of the interim CoC rule.

The Alliance has published draft comments to the interim rule in order to assist our partners in submitting comments and to solicit feedback about our comments. If you have thoughts or suggestions regarding the draft comments, please email Kate Seif and include "CoC Comments" in the subject line.

Draft Alliance Comments on CoC Rule


Hill Update

Congress Returned from Recess
On Monday, September 10, Congress returned from its August recess. It is expected to be in session for approximately two weeks before recessing until the elections in November.

Congress Expected to Pass Continuing Resolution
As early as this Tuesday, September 11, congressional leaders may release a fiscal year (FY) 2013 Continuing Resolution, a stopgap funding measure that would keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The stopgap measure is likely to be a six month measure, funding the government at FY 2012 levels until March. The House is expected to vote on the measure as soon as this week, with the Senate likely to vote soon after.

Administration Expected to Release Report Detailing Impact of Sequestration
The Administration's report detailing how the automatic spending cuts, known as "sequestration," would be implemented starting January 2013 is expected to be released this week. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that sequestration would cut $94 billion from discretionary spending, including $55 billion from defense and $16 billion from Medicare and other mandatory spending. This is likely to include an 8.4 percent cut to all affordable housing and homelessness programs. The Alliance estimates that due to the scheduled cuts to HUD's Homeless Assistance Grants, nearly 150,000 people would be homeless instead of being housed. The Alliance will report on the Administration's report in next week's Alliance Online News.

House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Veterans Housing Assistance
This Friday, September 14, the Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold the hearing, "Housing for Heroes: Examining How Federal Programs Can Better Serve Veterans." In this hearing, presenters from national veterans' advocacy groups will discuss barriers that homeless and low-income veterans face in securing housing assistance and services from federal agencies. For more information, click here.

Checklist on Incorporating Domestic Violence Survivors into Coordinated Assessment

The Alliance has added a new checklist to the Coordinated Assessment Toolkit that is designed to help communities consider the special confidentiality and safety needs of domestic violence survivors in the planning and implementation of a coordinated assessment process.

The checklist can be used in concert with the other tools in the toolkit. This checklist provides guidance on both how to create an assessment process that incorporates domestic violence and homeless assistance providers and how to make the front door of the homeless assistance system as accessible and safe for survivors as possible. More materials on working with survivors effectively can be found on the Domestic Violence section of our website.

Developing Key Partnerships for Youth-Inclusive PIT Counts

In partnership with the National Network for Youth, the Alliance has developed a practice brief, "Counting Homeless Youth: Developing Key Partnerships" to help CoCs and other planning entities include youth and youth stakeholders in the planning and implementation process of the Point-In-Time (PIT) Counts that will be held in January 2013.

The brief identifies schools, police departments, and LGBT social service organizations, to name a few, as key partners with which CoCs should develop relationships. By identifying and including the right partners for the effort, CoCs and planning entities can better position themselves for a more successful PIT Count.

National Youth in Transition Database to Track Youth Homelessness

States are beginning to collect data on aged-out foster youth that include youths' experiences with homelessness as part of The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) as required under The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 to track Chafee-funded independent living services that states provide to young people in foster care.

States are collecting information on independent living services and supports being provided to youth, as well as information regarding youth outcomes. The Alliance has compiled a resource for youth providers that describe NYTD goals and strategies for supporting these efforts.
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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