Alliance Online News: CoC Regulations Published in Federal Register

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Newsletters | July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012    

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

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Interim CoC Regulations Officially Published in Federal Register

Today, July 31, the interim HEARTH Act regulations for the new Continuum of Care (CoC) program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program were officially published in the Federal Register. HUD had previously posted a copy on the Homelessness Resource Exchange. With today's publication in the Federal Register, the interim CoC regulation will go into effect on August 30, and public comments will be due on October 1.

View the CoC Regulation



Conference Presentations Available Online

Workshop presentations from the Alliance's 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness are now available on the Alliance's website as a resource for conference participants and those who were unable to attend. Presentations focus on a range of issues, such as re-tooling the homeless crisis response system; rapid re-housing for survivors of domestic violence; and ending homelessness for chronic, veteran, family, and youth populations, among many other topics. This page will continue to be updated as additional conference materials are provided to the Alliance. Please contact Emanuel Cavallaro with questions.

McKinney-Vento August Site Visit Campaign

This Thursday, August 2 at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar entitled "McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign," featuring the Alliance's Steve Berg, Vice President of Programs and Policy, and Kate Seif, Policy Outreach Coordinator. The webinar will provide further details on the fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding level for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, including information on the various funding levels proposed by the House and Senate. The webinar will launch a McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign encouraging advocates to invite their Members of Congress to visit a McKinney-funded program during the upcoming August recess.

Hill Update


Congress Expected to Pass Homeless Veterans Bill
This week, the House is expected to pass H.R. 1627, the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, and send it to the President for his signature. The Senate passed the legislation on July 18. The legislation would expand authorization of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to $300 million, as well as reauthorize both the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), among other programs aimed at helping homeless veterans. The legislation would also require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study and improve the reimbursement method used in the GPD program.

Congress in Recess for August
Beginning Saturday, August 4, both the House and Senate will be in recess for the remainder of August and early September. They are expected to return to Washington, DC the week of September 10.

New Coordinated Assessment Resources

The Alliance has updated its Coordinated Assessment Toolkit with new documents and tools from Philadelphia, PA; Memphis/Shelby County, TN; and Dayton/Montgomery County, OH, among other communities. Since last week, new materials to help communities plan their assessment process have been added. The toolkit is meant to be a resource to communities as they develop their own coordinated assessment processes, and will continue to be updated over time with more resources developed by the Alliance, its partners, and various communities. More resources on topics such as working with domestic violence survivors and strengthening referral processes are coming soon. Any submissions or questions regarding the toolkit should be addressed to Kim Walker.

Survey on Working with Transition Age Youth

Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati, OH is administering a new survey to gain a better understanding of how communities are providing housing and supportive services to older (ages 16 to 21), transition-age youth. Many providers who work with youth aging out of foster care or older homeless youth who did not age out of foster care are concerned about the well-being of these youth as they move through transition years in their lives. The Fostering Connections Act (FCA) and new developments within HUD are creating new transitional housing opportunities for youth. However, youth's awareness of housing resources and their use of those resources vary considerably from one community to the next. As a result, the survey aims to increase awareness of the housing resources that communities have in place for transition-age youth; share what strategies are working and what challenges exist; and determine how this part of the service spectrum might be improved. Lighthouse will report its findings at the end of the summer.
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