Senate Passes Continuing Resolution
Last Saturday, September 22, the Senate approved a fiscal year (FY) 2013 continuing resolution (CR), also known as a stopgap funding measure. This measure is meant to keep the federal government running beyond the end of the current fiscal year on September 30 through March 27, 2013. The measure includes no changes to affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs. The House approved this measure on Thursday, September 13. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law shortly.
Congress in Recess
The House and Senate departed for recess last Friday, September 21. They are expected to return to Washington, DC soon after the November 6 election. Upon their return, they are likely to address sequestration and other significant budgetary items prior to the end of the year.
Alliance Posts New Transgender Toolkit
The Alliance has posted a new toolkit to the LGBTQ Youth section of the Alliance website, "Supporting Homeless Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth." The toolkit includes definitions of transgender and gender nonconforming populations, data on the transgender adult population, and recommendations for providing services to transgender youth who are experiencing homelessness.
Expert Briefs Available on USICH Website
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has published two expert briefs from its September 2012 council meeting on its website.
In one brief, Michelle Flynn, Executive Director of Programs at The Road Home explains how her organization in Salt Lake City, UT serves as a rapid re-housing agency and helps families in shelter move as quickly as possible into housing. In the second brief Michael Mirra, Executive Director of the Tacoma Housing Authority, explains how his organization in Tacoma, WA supports rapid re-housing and partners with schools and the child welfare system to improve outcomes for families and children.
New Grants to Strengthen and House Families Awarded
A partnership between the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services and four national foundations awarded $35 million to five local programs under a new initiative designed to help families stay together and stabilize in housing. The new five-year initiative is expected to show that integrating housing and support services reduces the likelihood that children are placed, or remain, in foster care. The five grantees are:
Kids in Distress, Wilton Manors, FL
Community Alliance for the Homeless, Memphis, TN
Four Oaks Family and Children's Services, Cedar Rapids, IA
San Francisco Human Services Agency, San Francisco, CA
Connecticut Department of Children and Families