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Newsletters | November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013    
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Education Department Releases Numbers on Homeless Youth

Over the 2011-2012 school year, 1.166 million school age children and youth experienced homelessness as defined by the Department of Education (ED), according to a new report. The ED definition is broader than the definition used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Alliance. The ED definition includes children defined as homeless by HUD: children who are unsheltered, living in emergency shelters, or living in transitional housing programs. The ED definition includes these children in addition to children living in doubled-up arrangements due to economic challenges, and children who are living in motels paid for by their parents.

The report found that the vast majority of the children, 880,000, are doubled up. Another 287,000 reside in emergency shelter or transitional housing programs, motels, or are without shelter altogether. While this report focused on school-age children, homeless school liaisons typically report working with 30,000 preschool children and 15,000 children under the age of 2 who also experience homeless as defined by ED over a school year.

Read the report


Hill Update

Budget Conferees Begin Negotiations
Last Wednesday, October 30, the conference committee working on a Budget Resolution to outline federal spending for fiscal year (FY) 2014 held its first meeting to begin negotiations. During the meeting, Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) noted that the committee will need to find other areas to cut spending that would reduce the deficit while at the same time allow for the repeal of sequestration. Members of both parties brought up the issue of taxes, with Democrats emphasizing the need to close loopholes in the tax code and Republicans arguing that closing the loopholes would constitute raising taxes, pointing to the new revenues raised over the past decade.

The conference committee's self-imposed deadline to craft the Budget Resolution is December 13. However, House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) suggested the conference committee should agree to the topline number by November 22, or December 2 at the latest. That would allow the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to conclude work on FY 2014 spending bills prior to the holidays. The cChairs also asked the conference committee to determine an overall discretionary spending number for FY 2015, so that the House and Senate can work with the same number throughout the appropriations process.

House Democrats Hold Press Conference on Expiring SNAP Benefits
Last Tuesday, October 29, House Democrats held a press conference on the expiration of certain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, advocating extending SNAP benefits rather than cutting them. Due to last Friday's expiration of the temporary boost provided for these benefits in the Recovery Act, SNAP funding will be reduced by approximately $5 million in FY 2014. Many people experiencing homelessness rely on these benefits.

Veterans Affairs Leaders Hold Press Conference to Extend Advance Appropriations
Last Wednesday, October 30, House and Senate leaders held a press conference to call for congressional approval of legislation to extend advance appropriations to all Department of Veterans Affairs programs. Participants emphasized the bipartisan commitment to providing for our nation's veterans.

Press Conference to Extend Advance Appropriations, Info, Video

House Departs for Recess
Last Thursday, the House departed for recess. They are scheduled to return next Tuesday, November 12, following the Veterans Day holiday.

Upcoming Webinar: Resetting State Priorities to End Homelessness

On Monday, November 18, at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host "Resetting State Priorities to End Homelessness: Updates from California and Virginia." This webinar will cover state leadership in California and Virginia on ending homelessness. In California, low-income housing advocates are behind a revenue proposal with a provision for homeless assistance, while in Virginia, communities are responding to the governor's initiative on rapid re-housing. Speakers will include Sharon Rapport, of the CSH in California, and Pamela Kestner and Kathy Robertson, of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Alliance and Partner Offer Transatlantic Practice Exchange Opportunity

The Alliance and Homeless Link, a homeless charity based in England, are offering an opportunity for leaders in the homeless assistance sector to establish transatlantic best practice connections. Funded by the Oak Foundation, The Transatlantic Practice Exchange will allow five participants from the U.S. to spend up to two weeks with a homeless assistance organization in the U.K. next year. Candidates for the Exchange should be mid-level professional staff in the homelessness field. They will be selected based on a competitive application process. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, December 1.

During their placement, participants will explore a practice area of interest with their host organization and other organizations in the locality. Suggested practice areas to focus on while in the U.K. include street outreach and coordinated assessment, serving people with multiple needs (i.e. mental or physical health, substance abuse, trauma), and youth homelessness.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

California Extends Foster Care to Help Reduce Youth Homelessness
By Sharon McDonald

Each year, more than 20,000 youth age out of foster care in the US. Again and again research has shown that many of these young people will end up entering a homeless shelter program - often soon after exiting foster care. In this post, we look at how California and other states are extending foster care to age 21 as a way of reducing homelessness among young adults.

A Q&A on Youth Homelessness
By Alliance Staff

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. In this post, Alliance experts on youth homelessness answer some important questions about the issue, including: "How many homeless youth are there?"; "How does homelessness affect youth?"; and, "What makes it hard for communities to count homeless youth?"

Field Notes: An Interview with Learning Collaborative Participants
By Anna Blasco

Earlier this month, participants in the Alliance's Learning Collaborative initiative met to kick off a Rapid Re-Housing Challenge for which they committed to rapidly re-housing a significant number of families in the next 100 days. For this blog post, we interviewed three of our participants about their experience with the Learning Collaborative.

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