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Newsletters | May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012    

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Detailed Agenda for National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Detailed descriptions of workshops are now available for Alliance's 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, which will be held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel from July 16 to 18, 2012. Workshop topics include Re-tooling Your Transitional Housing Program, Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Health Care Reform and New Strategies to Address Chronic Homelessness, and Improving the Crisis Response for Youth, among many others. Additionally, please note the deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, May 14. The scholarship program is designed to assist individuals who are currently experiencing, or have formerly experienced, homelessness and cannot afford to cover the full cost of participating in the conference and/or travel and hotel costs associated with attending the conference.

Detailed Agenda

 



Hill Update


Senate Appropriations Committee Marks Up Rural Funding Bill
On Thursday, April 26, the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the FY 2013 funding bill for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. The bill would provide $907 million for the Section 521 Rental Assistance Program, which matches the amount requested in the President's Budget Proposal and is $2 million above the FY 2012 level. The bill would also provide $28 million for the Section 515 Rental Housing Direct Program, for which the President requested no funding. The Senate's proposed funding level would represent a 57 percent cut to Section 515 from FY 2012 levels. For a summary of the bill, please click here.

House to Mark Up Homeland Security Bill
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security is scheduled to mark up and vote on the FY 2013 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, May 9 at 10:15 a.m. The legislation will include proposed funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which provides food, shelter, and supportive services to those in need.

House Introduces Alternative to Sequester
Yesterday, the House Committee on the Budget voted on H.R. 4966, the "Sequester Replacement Act of 2011." The bill aims to replace the sequester that will go into effect in January 2013 as a result of the Budget Control Act. The bill would further reduce domestic spending by $19 billion for FY 2013 and would eliminate sequestration for the Department of Defense. The full House is likely to vote on the measure by the end of the week. For more information on H.R. 4966 and the Budget Committee's vote, please click here.

Upcoming Congressional Briefings

This month, the Alliance is involved with planning three congressional briefings on homelessness. This Thursday, May 10, there will be a congressional briefing on homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The briefing will feature Cyndi Lauper from the True Colors Fund and others.

Next Thursday, May 17, the Alliance will host a briefing about the success of rapid re-housing in ending family homelessness. It will explore the positive effects of rapid re-housing on outcomes, family well-being, cost savings, and more.

On Wednesday, May 23, the Alliance and several partner organizations will co-host a briefing on homelessness among veterans. Presenters will explore the strategies being used to meet the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.


"Community Setting" Clarified for Medicaid HCBS

The Medicaid program is seeking to make a new rule on what qualifies as a "community setting" for some reimbursable services. The proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, May 3, along with related proposals to implement several reforms in the Affordable Care Act. The changes expand states' authority for Medicaid to cover home and community-based services and supports (HCBS).

This new rule would clarify whether and what types of permanent supportive housing would be considered a community setting for eligible persons to receive HCBS. Generally, the new proposed definition of home and community-based setting emphasizes values of community integration and choice. It also sets out conditions for when services are provided in a "provider-owned or controlled residential setting," which, among other conditions, essentially describes permanent supportive housing. While the proposed rule clarifies opportunities for expanded access to Medicaid, states must act to implement federal authorities, and some limitations on eligibility remain. These new guidelines are open for comment until July 2.

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