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Newsletters | March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012    

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Alliance Releases New Coordinated Assessment/Entry Toolkit

The Alliance's Center for Capacity Building has released a new toolkit on coordinated assessment (also known as coordinated intake or coordinated entry). The toolkit includes a wealth of papers, planning templates, informational materials, sample assessment tools, and evaluation tools from the Alliance and a range of communities across the country. The toolkit is designed to help communities advance their coordinated access efforts, no matter where they are in the process of developing a coordinated access system.

The toolkit will be updated over time with new tools and community contributions. A companion Prevention and Shelter Diversion Toolkit will be released within the next few weeks. Individuals with questions about the toolkit should address them to Kim Walker, Capacity Building Associate.

Coordinated Assessment Toolkit


Hill Update

House Holds Appropriations Hearings
Last Wednesday, March 21, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies held a hearing on the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan testified on the job-creating benefits of this HUD budget and noted the negative impact of the House's budget resolution (see article below for further details), which would cut as much as 22 percent from HUD's budget, leaving nearly one million people without homes.

In addition, the Secretary noted that the proposed 17 percent increase to McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants will help end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2015. Rep. Carter (R-TX) voiced strong support for additional funding for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, with Secretary Donovan crediting them for the 18 percent reduction in street homelessness among veterans. Click here for more information.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies held a similar hearing last Wednesday on the proposed FY 2013 VA budget. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified about the proposed 33 percent increase to VA's homeless veteran programs, noting that this increase is necessary to keep VA on track to end veteran homelessness by 2015. The proposed $1.33 billion for FY 2013 would reportedly reduce the number of homeless veterans from the current 67,000 down to approximately 35,000 in 2013. The Secretary also remarked on the increase to the new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, which is geared toward rapid re-housing and prevention strategies, noting that eventually VA will be shifting entirely toward prevention activities. To view complete testimony from Secretary Shinseki and statements from Chairmen Rogers and Culberson, please click here.

House Poised to Pass Budget Resolution This Week
The House is likely to vote on and pass its annual budget resolution as proposed by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week. Ryan's budget plan, called "The Path To Prosperity- A Blueprint for American Renewal," goes beyond the agreement set out by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), aiming to cut approximately $5 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years. This would be achieved through cuts to discretionary funding as well as reductions to key safety net programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. The plan sets FY 2013 appropriations funding at $1.028 trillion, which is approximately $19 billion below the amount agreed upon in the BCA. Senate leaders have expressed concerns over the House's plan and have no plans to release their own budget resolution at this time. To view the plan, please click here.

House Passes Surplus Property Disposal Bill
On Wednesday, March 21, the House passed the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act of 2012 (HR 665). Under current law in the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless service providers have first right of refusal on surplus property being disposed of by the federal government. This bill aims to streamline that process, exempting certain properties from this process and apportioning 2 percent of the proceeds from property sales to homeless services systems. These proceeds could be used to purchase or rehabilitate additional properties for use in serving people experiencing homelessness.

DOJ Announces Funding for Statewide Recidivism Reduction Demonstration Program


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