Alliance Online News: Alliance Releases “The State of Homelessness in America 2012”

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Newsletters | January 24, 2012

January 24, 2012    

ISSUES  \|  POLICY  \|  SOLUTIONS  \|  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Anna Blasco

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Alliance Releases The State of Homelessness in America 2012

On Wednesday, January 18, the Alliance released The State of Homelessness in America 2012. The second in a series, this year's report finds that, unexpectedly, the bad economy did not lead to a large increase in homelessness, but that the number of homeless people actually decreased slightly between 2009 and 2011. This can be largely attributed to the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), the stimulus-funded program aimed at curbing homelessness resulting from the recession. Moreover, the report found that indicators associated with homelessness, including severe housing cost burden and doubled-up households, increased. These findings, coupled with the impending expiration of HPRP, could mean increases in homelessness in the next years.

The Alliance released the report at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. More information about the report, including news coverage, the press release, and a full copy of the text, can be found on the Alliance website.

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Alliance Webinar Briefing on President's FY 2013 Budget Proposal

On February 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal. The budget reflects the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to guide Congress as it moves through the federal appropriations process. The budget proposal is expected to be released on Monday, February 13.

The webinar will provide an overview of the federal budget process and an analysis of the Administration's proposed funding levels for federal affordable housing and homelessness programs. Presenters will provide a rundown of the President's FY 2013 budget requests, along with information on this year's opportunities to advocate for protecting and expanding critical housing and homelessness assistance. The webinar will also review the overall budget and policy outlook for the year, including the scheduled January 2013 sequestration, which will result in across-the-board cuts.

Please note that this webinar was originally scheduled for February 8. However, the Administration has delayed the release of its Budget Proposal by one week until February 13. As a result, the webinar is rescheduled for February 15.

Hill Update

Congress Returns from Recess

This week, both the House and Senate are back in session following their winter recesses. They are expected to begin working on the payroll tax cut extension bill, which includes a provision to extend unemployment benefits.

The Office of Management and Budget announced last week that the release of the President's Budget Proposal will be delayed by one week to Monday, February 13. The original release date was Monday, February 6. The release of the President's Budget often marks the beginning of the appropriations process for the year. Next week, the Hill Update will include coverage of the President's annual State of the Union Address, which he will present to the nation this evening.

Register for the Alliance's Pre-Conference Session on Coordinated Entry

The Alliance's Center for Capacity Building is hosting a pre-conference session on coordinated entry at the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness on Wednesday, February 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. PT. This pre-conference session will focus on planning for the development of a coordinated entry system and implementation steps. The session will open with short presentations on the key aspects of successful coordinated entry. A facilitated discussion on these concepts will follow. Audience members will then have time to work on their own communities' coordinated entry processes. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Communities are encouraged to bring their ideas and any work they are currently doing on planning for or implementing a coordinated entry system. Multiple stakeholders from each community are encouraged to attend. Please note: only registered conference attendees may register for and attend this pre-conference session. Any questions about this training should be directed to the Center for Capacity Building.

Alliance Publishes Summary of Changes to Definition of Homelessness

Last week, the Alliance published a summary and analysis of the changes to the definition of homelessness under the HEARTH Act. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the final regulation on December 5, which went into effect on January 4. The brief highlights the changes to the definition compared to both the previous regulation and the draft changes proposed by HUD in April 2010. The brief includes a table summarizing the changes to various categories of homelessness. It also outlines the decisions that communities and individual programs will have to make as a result of these changes.

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