Alliance Online News: Cecilia Muñoz to Keynote, Conference Registration Closes Early

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Newsletters | June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013    
 
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Cecilia Muñoz to Keynote, Conference Registration Closes Early

The Alliance is pleased to announce that Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz will deliver keynote remarks on the final day of the Alliance's 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Director Muñoz will speak at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel during the luncheon plenary on Wednesday, July 24. For the latest information about conference workshops, track options, and the conference schedule, please visit the Conference Agenda page of the conference website.

Conference Registration
Due to the conference registration reaching capacity earlier than anticipated, the Alliance has closed registration. Those of you who were unable to register before it closed but would still like to attend are encouraged to join the conference registration wait list. To do so, please email your name, organization, and email address to the Alliance's Development and Administrative Associate Jennifer Olney at jolney@naeh.org. Should a spot become available, we will contact you and register you at the rate in effect the day you joined the wait list.

Conference Accommodations
Sleeping rooms at the conference hotel, Renaissance Washington DC, Hotel have sold out, but the Alliance has secured overflow sleeping rooms at nearby hotels. To learn more about the overflow options, please visit the regularly updated Hotel Information page of the conference website.

 

 
Hill Update

House Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up FY 2014 Appropriations Bill
On Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. ET, the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding bill. The bill includes $28.5 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, $5 billion less than the FY 2013 enacted level and $3 billion below the post-sequestration level. The bill includes the following funding provisions:
  • $2.088 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants Program, a nearly $160 million increase over the final, sequestered FY 2013 level but $293 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $18.611 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Tenant Based Rental Assistance account, a $100 million increase over the final, sequestered FY 2013 levels but $800 million less than the President's Budget Proposal;
    • The Section 8 allocation also includes $75 million for about 10,000 new joint Departments of HUD and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, meeting the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal;
  • $5.762 billion for public housing, a $69 million decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $838 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $1.637 billion for the Community Development Block Grants, a $1.158 billion decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $1.161 billion below the President's Budget Proposal; and
  • $700 million for HOME, a $248 million decrease from final, sequestered FY 2013 levels and $248 million below the President's Budget Proposal.
To view the press release from the hearing, please click here. To view the Subcommittee's draft text of the legislation, please click here.

The full House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing to mark up funding legislation for the Departments of Transportation, HUD, and related agencies and activities for FY 2014. You will be able to view the webcast here.

Senate Appropriations Committee Votes on FY 2014 Appropriations Bills
On Thursday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. ET, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted on 302(b) subcommittee spending allocations and marked up and voted on FY 2014 funding bills for programs within the Departments of VA and Agriculture. The bill included $1.4 billion for targeted homeless assistance programs within VA. To view the webcast of the hearing, please click here.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee to Mark Up FY 2014 Appropriations Bill
Today, Tuesday, June 25, at noon ET, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation for FY 2014 funding for programs under those jurisdictions. Please see next week's Hill Update for details of this legislation. On Friday, June 27, at 10 a.m. ET, the full Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing to mark up the FY 2014 funding legislation released and voted on by the Subcommittee today for the Departments of Transportation and HUD.

House Ways and Means Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Welfare Overhaul
On Tuesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. ET, the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held the first hearing in a three-part series on welfare overhaul issues titled, "More Spending, Less Help: Reviewing how Today's Fragmented Welfare System Fails to Lift Up Poor Families." The hearing focused on the need for welfare programs in conjunction with employment opportunities. The witnesses suggested that job training along with work requirements may help to increase the welfare system's ability to lift up poor families. For more information about the hearing, including witness testimonies, please click here.

House Financial Services Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on HUD Moving-to-Work Program
On Wednesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. ET, the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing to examine the HUD's Moving-to-Work program. Those serving as witnesses will include Daniel Nackerman, the executive director of the San Bernardino County Housing Authority; Gene Reed, the executive director of the Abilene Housing Authority; Mathew Scire, the director of Financial Markets and Community Investment, Government Accountability Office; Larry Woods, the executive director of Winston-Salem Housing Authority; and Gregory Russ, the executive director of the Cambridge Housing Authority. For more information about the hearing, including a committee memorandum, please click here.


On the Alliance Website: Webinar on Home-Based, Voluntary Services

The Alliance has published a recording of a webinar that covers home-based case management and voluntary services as part of rapid re-housing programs. While the webinar was intended for participants in the Virginia Learning Collaboratives, the recording should prove useful for others interested in learning more about the topic. Originally streamed Tuesday, June 18, and moderated by Alliance Capacity Building Associate Kay Moshier McDivitt, the webinar featured Vera Beech from Community Rebuilders in Grand Rapids, MI, and Kimberly Tucker from Flagler House in Richmond, VA.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

LGBT Youth Homelessness, A Quick Look
By Sharon McDonald

In this blog post, we discuss the current data on youth homelessness. The Alliance estimates that around 550,000 youth under the age of 25 are homeless and on their own at some point each year. Most of these young people will experience brief episodes of homelessness. Others will experience longer episodes of homelessness and require significant support.

Interactive Map: The 2013 Veteran Homelessness Numbers
By Rachel Goodling

The Alliance has been paying close attention as communities release their 2013 Point-In-Time (PIT) Counts data. In this blog post, we unveil our interactive PIT Count map that tracks the latest veteran homelessness numbers.

298+ Virginia Families Housed in One Year
By Kate Seif

The Alliance has partnered with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness to work to reduce family homelessness in Virginia using rapid re-housing. In this post, we look at the progress that has been made and the Governor's role in that progress.

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