Alliance Online News: Economic Security Resources Added to Alliance Website

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Newsletters | August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013    
 
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
   
 
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Economic Security Resources Added to Alliance Website

During times of widespread economic hardship when the job market tightens and more applicants compete for fewer opportunities, applicants experiencing homelessness are at a distinct disadvantage. A stable source of income and opportunities to build assets are necessary for securing and maintaining housing. For these reasons, the Alliance has added a new Economic Security issue page to the Alliance website, where you can access a number of resources geared toward helping people experiencing homelessness improve financial literacy, overcome employment barriers, build assets, and more.

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Federal Funding Update Webinar

On Wednesday, September 4, at 3 p.m. ET, policy staff from the Alliance and 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.

Checklist for Retooling Transitional Housing

Many organizations are working to retool their transitional housing programs by shortening the amount of time people stay in transitional housing, converting to a rapid re-housing program, or providing permanent housing. A new checklist is now available to assist organizations considering retooling. More retooling resources, including short videos and webinars, can be found on the new Retooling Transitional Housing page of the Alliance's website.

FY2013 CoC Registration Notice Posted: e-snaps is Now Open

On Friday, August 23, 2013, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) posted the FY2013 CoC Program Registration Notice and announced that the FY2013 CoC Registration is live in e-snaps. HUD is encouraging all CoC stakeholders, Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, and project sub-recipients to read the notice in its entirety. HUD will post a training guide for the registration process on or after Friday, August 30, to the FY2013 CoC Program NOFA: CoC Program Competition page.

Collaborative Applicants must complete the annual registration using e-snaps, a web-based portal accessible at www.hud.gov/esnaps. Registration closes at 8 p.m. ET on September 23. All CoC's must complete the registration in order to submit the CoC Consolidated Application. Additional materials will be posted to the OneCPD website under FY2013 CoC Program NOFA: CoC Program Competition.

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In this post, we highlight a presentation from the Alliance's 2013 National Conference in which the masterminds behind EveryOne Housed Academy, a two-day retreat that helped struggling programs develop tools and strategies to more effectively and efficiently move people to permanent housing, discuss the lessons they learned and their design process.

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