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Newsletters | May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013    
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Alliance Publishes Workshop Track Descriptions

The Alliance has published workshop track descriptions for the 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, which will take place at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel this July 22 to 24. The eight tracks will be made up of 80 workshops covering a wide range of topics, including advocacy, youth, veterans, chronic homelessness, families, rapid re-housing, the systems approach, Continuums of Care (CoCs), and the HEARTH Act.

Read the track descriptions

Conference Reminders: Registration, Scholarships
If you have not yet registered for the Conference, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. The discounted early registration rate will end at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 22, at which time the rate will increase. Based on the overwhelming response to the Alliance's February Conference, the Alliance anticipates high registration volume. Open registration is scheduled to run to July 10, but may close early if the event reaches capacity. Register today to ensure your spot and take advantage of the early rate.

The Alliance is still accepting applications for its Conference scholarship program. The application deadline for the program is Monday, May 20. Only individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness in the past are eligible to apply. More information about the program can be found on the Conference website.


Hill Update

VA Subcommittee to Mark Up Veterans Bill
This Wednesday, May 15 at 11 a.m. ET, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies is scheduled to mark up and vote on the fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding bill for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction. The legislation will include proposed funding for the all homeless assistance programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs, including Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Grant and Per Diem, and Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) case management.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on President's Budget Proposal
This Wednesday, May 15, at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Subcommittee will hold a hearing on proposed FY 2014 funding for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction. The Director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins, as well as a number of other representatives of national health organizations, will serve as witnesses.

Video: Alliance President Featured in @home DocumentaryAlliance President and CEO Nan Roman will appear with other experts and advocates in a documentary about homelessness and the Housing First movement titled @home, which is currently under production. In a video clip from the film, Roman is featured with Lloyd Pendleton, Director of Utah's Homeless Task Force, and advocate and multimedia blogger Mark Horvath of Invisible people along with footage from the Alliance's 2010 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. The documentary is part of the @home project, a multi-platform project combining documentary film, online engagement, and a real-world game.

"We can do a lot better in the homeless system in terms of the experience people have, which is often miserable, especially in the shelter system," Roman says in the video. "We're spending a lot of money to keep people homeless that we could be investing in ending their homelessness."

Last Week on Ending Homelessness TodayAlliance President Keynote Remarks, 2013 National Family and Youth Conference
By Nan Roman

Last February, 900 advocates, practitioners, and officials convened in Seattle for two days of sharing innovative practices and new research on family and youth homelessness at the Alliance's 2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. In this blog post, we provide the keynote remarks delivered by the Alliance's President and CEO Nan Roman at that conference.

Homelessness and Mental Health: Moving Past Stereotypes
By Lisa Stand

Many people automatically associate homelessness with mental illness, based on stereotypes of men and women on city streets, disheveled and talking to themselves. In fact, certain groups of people experiencing homelessness do live with severe mental health conditions, though this is not true of all homeless people. This blog post takes a look at the connection between homelessness and mental illness.

State of Homelessness 2013: Ending Veteran Homelessness
By Samantha Batko

Last month, the Homelessness Research Institute here at the Alliance released The State of Homelessness in America 2013, which examines trends in homelessness and economic, housing, and demographic factors. This blog post looks at one of the subpopulations examined in the report - homeless veterans.

Resources for Meeting Ann Oliva's Recommendations
By Anna Blasco

Last week, Ann Oliva, Director of HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs released a letter with information and recommendations for CoC leaders and stakeholders, outlining four things community stakeholders should consider in striving to reach the goals laid out in Opening Doors. This blog post points out the resources on the Alliance website that address these recommendations.

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

2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
July 22-24, 2013, at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

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