Alliance Online News: Alliance Releases Community Snapshot of Memphis-Shelby County

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Newsletters | January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014    
 
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
   
 
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Alliance Releases Community Snapshot of Memphis-Shelby County

The Alliance has released a Community Snapshot of Memphis-Shelby County, Tennessee that provides an overview of the community's progress on ending homelessness. From 2012 to 2013, overall homelessness in Memphis-Shelby County decreased by 12.5 percent and chronic homelessness among individuals decreased by 17 percent. Community stakeholders identified an increase in the supply of permanent supportive housing, prioritization of chronic homelessness, and conversion of transitional housing as instrumental in reaching these decreases.

Community Snapshot: Memphis-Shelby County

 

 
Hill Update

President to Deliver State of the Union Address
Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver the 2014 State of the Union address. In his speech, the President is expected to cover topics including college tuition affordability, consumer financial protection, and skills training. He is also expected to urge Congress to address issues such as income inequality and economic mobility.

Treasury Secretary Calls for Action on Debt Limit
Last Wednesday, January 22, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew wrote a letter to congressional leaders explaining that Congress must act to raise the debt limit in February in order to avoid hitting the debt ceiling. Democrats are calling for a clean increase in borrowing authority while Republicans want other provisions that reduce the deficit to be included in the deal.

House to Depart for Recess
The House will depart for recess after session adjourns on Wednesday, January 29. House Republicans will attend their annual retreat Thursday, January 30, and Friday, January 31. The House will return to session on Monday, February 3.

VA Offers Free Workshops for Organizations Applying for SSVF Funds

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is sponsoring free workshops over the next five weeks to assist community organizations interested in applying for funds under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The VA has announced that it is offering $600 million in grants to community agencies through this homeless prevention and rapid re-housing program, and these workshops are meant to help organizations review their grant applications. Workshops will take place in Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Orlando, and New York City.
 

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

Congress Approves Homeless Funding, But How Much?
By Kate Seif

One government shutdown and nearly four months later, Congress finally completed fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding on January 17. We were relieved and excited to see an increase for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants ($176 million increase, including an expansion of ESG funds). In this post, we provide our assessment on the final funding levels and what they mean.

Rental Assistance Helps Veterans Fight Homelessness
By Will Fischer

In this guest post contributed by Will Fischer, senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Fischer expands on his report, "Rental Assistance Helps More Than 300,000 Veterans Afford Homes, but Large Unmet Needs Remain." He explains why rental assistance and has been central to recent reductions in homelessness among veterans

I Think About Those in the Cold
By Marsha Basloe

In this guest post contributed by Marsha Basloe of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development at the Department of Health and Human Services, Basloe offers a personal reflection on family homelessness during the cold months of winter when temperatures dip to single digit numbers and shelters fill to capacity.

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