Alliance Online News: Emerging Framework for Ending Youth Homelessness and Upcoming Webinar


Newsletters | March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012    

ISSUES  \|  POLICY  \|  SOLUTIONS  \|  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Anna Blasco

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Emerging Framework for Ending Youth Homelessness and Upcoming Webinar

The Alliance has released a brief detailing an emerging framework for ending youth homelessness. The brief provides an examination of data on homeless youth, estimates of the number of homeless youth across a typology, and gives a summary of promising strategies to more effectively end homelessness for unaccompanied youth. The Alliance will host a webinar further discussing this framework on Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature Paul Toro, Wayne State University, and Samantha Batko and Andre Wade, Program and Policy Analysts at the Alliance.

Read the Brief

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Hill Update

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FY 2013 HUD Budget
On Thursday, March 1, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies held a hearing on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was the sole witness at the hearing. The Secretary noted the success of HPRP as the impetus for recommending a 17 percent increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in FY 2013. Senators Murray and Collins both mentioned homelessness assistance programs in their statements, noting their support for programs such as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) voucher program. To view the materials and webcast from the hearing, please click

Congress Holds Hearing on FY 2013 HHS Budget
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) is holding a hearing on the President's FY 2013 Budget Proposal for HHS today, March 6 at 2 p.m.. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be sole witness at the hearing. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS will hold a similar hearing with Secretary Sebelius on Wednesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. The Secretary will discuss the funding levels proposed by the President and provide justification for those proposed funding levels.

House Financial Services Views & Estimates Letter
Today, the House Financial Services Committee is marking up its Views & Estimates letter, which will go to the Budget Committee when completed. Views & Estimates letters are sent by every authorizing committee and contain an assessment of the programs that committee oversees and any funding needs for the upcoming fiscal year. The Financial Services Committee's letter includes an assessment of the President's proposed funding levels for HUD. This year's letter is critical of the President's Budget Proposal, but notes that the HEARTH Act has streamlined and consolidated the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

Ten Metro Areas with the Highest Rates of Homelessness

Alliance research associate Pete Witte recently discussed the rate of homelessness in metro areas on the Alliance blog, About Homelessness. This data from The State of Homelessness 2012 shows that 70 percent of the homeless population lives in the 100 largest metro areas in the country, despite the fact that only 65 percent of the overall population live in the 100 largest metro areas in the country. Included is a chart of the 10 metro areas with the highest rates of homelessness. The five metro areas with highest rates of homelessness are Tampa, FL; New Orleans, LA; Fresno, CA; Las Vegas, NV; and Honolulu, HI.

USICH and HUD Webinar on Coordinated Entry

On Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m ET, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and HUD will hold a webinar on coordinated and centralized intake. The webinar will discuss the benefits of coordinated and centralized intake, the different models or adaptations that can help meet the needs of different communities, as well as practical solutions for overcoming challenges related to implementation.

Webinar on Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

On Thursday, March 15 at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance and Home Free, a program of Volunteers of America (VOA) in Oregon, will co-sponsor a webinar detailing a recent study on the role stable housing plays in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. The webinar will also highlight the success the Home Free program in Portland, Oregon has had in providing stable housing through a rapid re-housing model to homeless survivors. This webinar, the first in a series on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence, will feature Chiquita Rollins, Domestic Violence and SHARE (Safe Housing Assistance with Rent Evaluation) Study Co-Principal Investigator, and Kris Billhardt, Director of the VOA Home Free program.


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