While the Alliance's work deals largely with federal policy, we recognize that state policy must play a vital role in our mission to end homelessness. We would like to help prepare advocates working at the state level, but to do so we need your input about the outlook in your state. The deadline for participating in the State Issues Survey is Friday, August 30, so there is still time for you to provide information that will help us develop tools and materials for state advocates. Check out our August 19 blog post, "States Can Help End Homelessness," in which we explain why state policies matter.
On Wednesday, September 4, at 3 p.m. ET, policy staff from the Alliance and the CSH will host a webinar providing advocates and other interested stakeholders with an update on fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding legislation. The webinar will cover where funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) currently stands in Congress, as well as what the next steps will be for the legislation through September. During the webinar, speakers will also discuss opportunities throughout September for stakeholders to advocate for increased funding levels for key programs like HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.
HUD has published, "HUD Research Roadmap FY 2014 - FY 2018," which identifies key policy questions and will guide the agency's research investments for the next five years. HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) undertook the research agenda after seeking input from a wide range of practitioners, policymakers, and academics.
Among the priority research projects proposed in the document are:
Assessing the Effectiveness of Mortgage Modification Protocols
Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis on HUD Programs and the Rental Market
HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs has launched a weekly email series that discusses policy priorities and highlights useful resources to help Continuums of Care (CoCs) prepare for the FY 2013 CoC Program competition. Recently "Weekly Focus" emails have covered specific initiatives and collaborations CoCs should consider to end homelessness among various populations. They have also discussed leveraging mainstream resources such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and establishing a coordinated assessment system, among other topics.
Now that Members of Congress are back in their districts for recess, you may be wondering what the funding status for homeless assistance programs is for FY 2014. Short answer: neither Chamber of Congress has brought key funding bills to a vote yet. Long answer: Well, it's a little complicated. In this post we explain what exactly is going on with homeless funding right now.
Last month, nearly 1,600 people traveled from all over the country to Washington, DC for the Alliance's National Conference on Ending Homelessness. More than one-in-four of those registrants participated in Capitol Hill Day; more than 415 participants went on more than 300 meetings with their Members of Congress and/or their staff Capitol Hill. In this post, we take a look at the 2013 Hill Day Report and Summary.
Rapid re-housing has been around for a while now, but it takes time to measure outcomes, especially outcomes with regards to returns to homelessness. The Alliance's 2013 National Conference was the first time we had enough research on rapid re-housing to dedicate an entire workshop to it. In this post, we look at what the researchers found.
As part of the Alliance's effort this month to highlight key workshops from our 2013 National Conference, in this post, we discuss capacity-building lessons from four workshops from that covered effective shelter programs, rapid re-housing, coordinated assessment, and homelessness prevention.