Alliance Online News: Early Conference Registration Closes Tomorrow

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Newsletters | May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013    
 
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Early Conference Registration Closes Tomorrow

Early registration for the Alliance's 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will close at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 22. At that time, the early registration rate of $500 per person will expire, and the registration fee will increase to the regular rate of $550. Open registration is scheduled to run to July 10, but may close early if the event reaches capacity. Register today to ensure your spot and take advantage of the early rate.

For the latest information about conference workshops, track options, and the conference schedule, please visit the updated conference agenda page of the conference website.

 

 
Hill Update

VA Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up Veterans Bill
Last Wednesday, May 15, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies marked up a fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding bill for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill met the Administration's funding requests for FY 2014 and FY 2015. Unlike other agencies, VA's FY 2014 funding has already been approved by Congress through advance appropriations. For FY 2015, the legislation included a total of $73.3 billion in discretionary funding and proposed $1 billion for programs for homeless veterans. These programs include Grant and Per Diem, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), and the joint Department of Housing and Urban Development-Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher case management. Further changes to the FY 2015 amount could occur in the appropriations process next year. To read the Subcommittee's report, please click
here.

The Subcommittee approved the measure and referred the bill to the full House Appropriations Committee for a vote this morning, Tuesday, May 21. More information on the status of this bill will be available next week. Further markups are anticipated in the near future.

House Appropriations Committee Releases 302(b) Allocations
This morning, the House Appropriations Committee met to consider a report on the revised 302(b) allocations for FY 2014. The 302(b) allocations are the amounts allocated by the full Appropriations Committee to each of the 13 subcommittees. After the 302(b) allocations are finalized, each subcommittee takes its overall total and distributes it among the various programs over which it has jurisdiction. Therefore, the 302(b) allocation plays an important role in determining the amount available to fund programs, including homeless assistance programs. The report on the initially released 302(b) allocations is available here. Further information on the final 302(b) allocations will be available shortly.

House Passes Homeless Veterans Bill
On Wednesday, May 15, the House to pass H.R. 384, the Homes for Heroes Act, which was introduced by Representative Al Green (D-TX). If enacted, the bill would mandate the annual submission of the Supplemental Veterans Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) and create a new position, the Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs, at HUD. The legislation will now head to the Senate.

Call for Veteran Point-in-Time Count Data
The Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute is seeking data on veteran homelessness from the Point-In-Time Counts conducted by Continuums of Care in January. If you have 2013 Count information available for your community, including any detailed data on veterans, please send it to the Alliance at counts@naeh.org. Your contribution is invaluable to the Alliance's work to prevent and end homelessness.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness TodayThe First Ever Funders Institute: Harnessing Potential, Powering Change
By Anne Miskey

In this guest post Anne Miskey, executive director of Funders Together to End Homelessness, recalls a visit to Skid Row in Los Angeles and talks about the origins of her organization, a national network of foundations, United Ways, and corporate funders that will be working this summer with the Alliance on the Funders Institute, an event that will take place in conjunction with the Alliance's 2013 National Conference.

Send us your data! (Please)
By Sam Batko

Earlier this month, every Continuum of Care in the country was required to submit their Point-in-Time Count data to HUD. The Alliance needs this data, too. In this post, we ask for your help tracking reported increases and decreases and charting the progress taking place in communities across the country with an interactive map on our website. If you would like to have your community featured on our map, email a link to your count or a media clip that discusses your count to counts@naeh.org.

Honoring All Mothers this Mother's Day
By Jeni Gamble

We at the Alliance are beginning to hear stories about how poor mothers with children across the country are being affected by the spending cuts to assistance programs under sequestration. These cuts are further restricting an already fragile support system for low-income families and taking a toll on the lives of mothers and their children. In this post, we remember these mothers for in honor of Mother's Day and ask you to remember them too.

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