Alliance Online News: Alliance Seeks Input on State Advocacy Efforts


Newsletters | October 23, 2012

October 23, 2012    
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Alliance Seeks Input on State Advocacy Efforts

What issues in your state have the most impact on chronic homelessness? With much of the action on health care reform moving to the states in 2013, advocates working to end homelessness can play an important role by providing policymakers with data and solutions on the intersection of housing and health care. The Alliance aims to be prepared with tools to help advocates working in their state capitals. To do this, we are seeking input on your current outlook and experience. If you have any strategy sessions coming up, our questions could help start a conversation in your network. Responses are due on November 9.

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New Performance Improvement Calculator Tool

A new interactive system planning tool, the Performance Improvement Calculator is now available for download. The Calculator allows communities to use local cost and performance data on homeless programs to model strategies that decrease homelessness. It uses program budget information and key data from Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) to determine the cost per permanent housing outcome for different interventions within your community, such as emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing interventions.

Webinar: Tips and Tools to Improve Housing and Health Care Integration

On Thursday, November 1, 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance and 100,000 Homes will host "Tips and Tools to Improve Housing/Health Care Integration." This webinar will introduce the basics of health care changes under the Affordable Care Act, and explore how communities can respond in order to help the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. Speakers will suggest ways to improve service coordination while also improving homeless assistance systems.

Report: Housing and Transportation Expenses Outpace Incomes

On Thursday October 18, the National Housing Conference (NHC) released, "Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation." The report, developed by the NHC's Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, provides data and information showing that during in the previous decade housing and transportation costs rose faster than income.

According to the report, households that earned 50 to 100 percent of the median income of their metropolitan area spend nearly three-fifths of their income on housing and transportation.

American Journal of Public Health Seeking Papers on Homelessness

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) is developing a theme issue devoted to the topic of homelessness and public health, and is soliciting papers from authors.The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2013.

The journal is seeking papers on the following areas: epidemiology of homelessness and housing instability, homelessness and health disparities, development or evaluation of effective interventions, impact of service delivery, characteristics and needs of homeless veterans, and emerging risk populations or characteristics. Before publication, all manuscripts will undergo the peer review process by the AJPH editors and peer referees.
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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