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Newsletters | July 18, 2013

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Alliance Screens "The Invisible War"

The Alliance is proud to announce that at our 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness we will be screening "The Invisible War," a documentary film about sexual trauma in the military from Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. Space for the screening is limited and pre-registration is strongly advised. For information about registering, please email

Following the screening, which is scheduled for the second day of the conference, Tuesday, July 23, at the Renaissance Hotel Washington DC, Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, former assistant surgeon general, will join Maria Cuomo Cole, chairman of HELP USA and an executive producer of the film, for a panel discussion.

"The Invisible War" is an investigative documentary about the systemic cover-up of sexual assault within the U.S. military. It follows the stories of several young servicewomen who were assaulted and then betrayed by their own officers when they came forward to report the attacks.

The Invisible War


Hill Update

Committee Approves Spending Bill for Health and Human Services, Labor and Education
On Thursday, July 11, at 10 a.m. ET, the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its FY 2014 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which was released and voted on by the Subcommittee on Tuesday, July 9. The bill includes $165.6 billion in discretionary funding for these departments, $8.6 billionmore than the FY 2013 enacted level. The bill includes the following funding provisions:
  • $64.79 million for Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), a $2.79 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and matching the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $118.36 million for the Consolidated Runaway and Homeless Youth program (Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs), a $8 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $3 million above the President's Budget Proposal;
    • This allocation does not include funding for the 'Prevalence, Needs and Characteristics of Homeless Youth' study that was requested by the President in his Budget Proposal;
  • $72.34 million for the homeless services provided within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a $6.34 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and approximately $2 million less than the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $3.77 billion for the Community Health Centers program, which includes health care for the homeless and public housing health service grants, a $1.2 billion increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and $1.05 billion above the President's Budget Proposal. This grant includes both discretionary funding and mandatory funding provided through the Affordable Care Act;
  • $65.17 million for the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program (EHCY), a $3.17 million increase from the final, sequestered FY 2013 level and matching the President's Budget Proposal.
To view the full Committee's text of the legislation, please click here. To view a webcast of the full Committee hearing please click here. To view the press release from the Subcommittee hearing please click here. To view a webcast of the Subcommittee hearing please click here.

House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Per Diem Payments
On Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. ET, the Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on draft legislation that would in part amend Title 38, United States Code, to require recipients of per diem payments for the provision of services for homeless veterans from the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to comply with codes relevant to the operations and level of care provided, and for other purposes. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans voiced their concerns that HR 2065 (as currently written) could both end VA's current role in determining whether facilities meet the Life Safety Code while also creating an additional financial burden for service providers who would now be required to provide the inspections out-of-pocket. For more information about the hearing, including witness testimonies, please click here.

House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Poverty Relief Programs
On Wednesday, July 17, at 4 p.m. ET, the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing titled, "What Really Works: Evaluating Current Efforts to Help Families Support their Children and Escape Poverty." The hearing will focus on the effectiveness of current programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals and how evaluations of the effectiveness can be used to inform the design of social programs at the federal level. For more information about the hearing, please click here.

Conference Reminder: Social Media, Program Journal, Photo Contest

If you're attending the Alliance's 2013 National Conference, don't forget to engage with Alliance staff and other attendees on social media by posting on the Alliance's Facebook page and tweeting using the conference hashtag #naeh13.

You can also go paperless by uploading this PDF file of the 2013 National Conference Program Journal to the tablet, smart phone, or e-book reader of your choice for quick and easy reference during the conference. The program journal provides the conference agenda, speaker bios, workshop descriptions, hotel maps, and more.

Conference attendees will also have an opportunity to win a ticket to a Spy City Tour of Washington, DC, by participating in the Alliance's T-shirt photo campaign. For more information see page 5 of the Program Journal.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

Recovering from the Year of Sequestration
By Steve Berg

After a string of federal fiscal fiascos, people working on budget issues in Washington, DC have had a few months of "regular order." But it's unlikely to last. In this post, we run through the current state of the federal budget and how it is impacting decision-making on homelessness programs, and we speculate on where we could go between now and the end of the year.

Data Points: The Family Options Study
By Martena Reed

In our previous blog posts we have focused on the effectiveness of rapid rehousing in Georgia and in Washington state. In this post, we take a look at the findings from the early implementation of the Family Options Study.

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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