Alliance Online News: Announcing the Alliance’s 22nd Annual Award Recipients


Newsletters | July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012    

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

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Announcing the Alliance's 22nd Annual Award Recipients

The 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony, taking place Tuesday, July 17 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to ending homelessness in our nation.

  • Private Sector Award. Funders Together to End Homelessness, located in Boston, is a national network of funders who are committed to solving homelessness through leadership, education, and advocacy; strategic collaboration; and grantmaking.
  • Nonprofit Sector Award. DESC, serving the Seattle community, works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental or addictive illnesses.
  • Public Sector Award. Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson, championing efforts in the Omaha, Nebraska region, has made a commitment to end homelessness among Omaha's most vulnerable households within three years.

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Rapid Re-Housing Training Module on Working with Landlords Available

Comments on Proposed Medicaid Regulations Regarding Permanent Supportive Housing

The Alliance submitted comments on proposed Medicaid regulations that clarify that permanent supportive housing can be considered a community setting where home and community-based services (HCBS) can be reimbursable. The comments generally support parts of the proposal recognizing key features of permanent supportive housing that distinguish it from an institutional setting, such as rights of tenancy and freedom to come and go. Responding to a specific question in the proposed rule, Alliance President Nan Roman voiced support for a provision to explicitly state that housing in a "community setting" is not conditioned upon receipt of services. When final, the rule will apply to HCBS programs that states opt to offer, including options that could be created to serve people in permanent supportive housing who have experienced chronic homelessness.

Correction: Conference Keynote Date

Last week's Alliance Online News erroneously stated that on Wednesday, July 18, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services would keynote the plenary session of the Alliance's 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Secretary Sebelius will keynote the plenary session on Tuesday, July 17.

On Wednesday, July 18, a plenary discussion will be led by Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy at the Alliance. A panel of experts will discuss what progress has been made in ending homelessness, what our biggest challenges are, and where there are opportunities to move forward in ending homelessness. The plenary panel will be comprised of thought leaders on ending homelessness, including Dr. Dennis Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania, Deborah DeSantis of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Jonathan Harwitz of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Anne Miskey of Funders Together to End Homelessness.

Improving the Crisis Response for Youth

Tomorrow, July 11 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET, the Alliance will host "Improving the Crisis Response for Youth," a webinar that will focus on keeping youth off the streets and away from the dangers inherent to them, including violence, drugs, and sexual exploitation. Oftentimes, communities do not have sufficient resources to shelter all homeless youth. This webinar will focus on alternatives to physical shelter beds, including host homes, and ways to ensure that the adult crisis system is responsive to the needs of youth who are in crisis. This webinar will feature Samantha Batko, Program and Policy Analyst at the Alliance; Kristen Granatek, Manager of Technical Assistance and Program Services at the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; and Mark Kroner, Director of the Lighthouse Training Institute out of Lighthouse Youth Services.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.


2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
July 16 - 18, 2012
Renaissance Washington DC Hotel


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