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Newsletters | May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012    

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

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Congressional Briefing and Brief: Ending Family Homelessness with Rapid Re-Housing

Last Thursday, May 17, the Alliance hosted a briefing for congressional staff entitled "Rapid Re-Housing: Ending Family Homelessness." The briefing was sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and staff from about two dozen congressional offices attended the briefing. The panel featured Nan Roman of the Alliance, Matt Minkevitch of Salt Lake City's The Road Home, Nan Stoops of Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Kelly Thompson of Davenport, IA's Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc., and Frank Johnson, a former client of the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place in Washington, DC. Presenters discussed the success of their rapid re-housing efforts for homeless families, including veteran families and families with survivors of domestic violence.

During the briefing, the Alliance released a new brief on rapid re-housing. The brief highlights the tremendous impacts communities have achieved with the help of rapid re-housing for families. Mercer County, New Jersey, for example, has seen the number of families in their homeless service system decline on any given day by nearly one-third over a two year period. In Palm Beach County, Florida, nearly 70 percent of families who were rapidly re-housed exited homelessness within 30 days of entering shelter. In Hamilton County, Ohio, fewer than 10 percent of the 219 families assisted returned to shelter within two years of being re-housed.

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Hill Update

House Passes VAWA Reauthorization Bill
Last Wednesday, May 16 the House passed legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The legislation differs from the Senate-passed version in several ways. First, it pares down protections for immigrant and LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence. Second, it lacked the provision included in the Senate's version that allows tribal courts to prosecute non-tribal perpetrators. Finally, the House bill also makes emergency transfer policies non-mandatory. This means that affordable housing providers and public housing authorities are not required to move survivors to safe housing and do not need to inform survivors of their rights under VAWA when threatened with eviction. The House and Senate will now move forward to reconcile the differences within their respective versions of the bill to create a final version.


House and Senate to Recess
This week, the House is in recess for the Memorial Day holiday. Representatives are scheduled to return next Tuesday, May 29. The Senate will be in recess the week of Memorial Day and is scheduled to return Monday, June 4.

New 15 Minute Rapid Re-Housing Modules


SAMHSA Announces Funding for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of up to 32 Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants for community behavioral health organizations to establish coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services.

The goal of the PBHCI program is to improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses who have or are at risk for co-occurring physical health conditions and chronic diseases. The program aims to improve the health of those with serious mental illnesses, enhance consumers' experience of care, and reduce the cost of care. Co-location of clinical services can be a valuable component of supportive housing strategies, strengthening networks for chronic homeless assistance, or helping build capacity for permanent supportive housing. Applications are due Friday, June 8.

Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

On Tuesday, May 15, HUD launched its new Section 811 Demonstration Project, with a notice of funding availability (NOFA) for rental assistance for an estimated 2,800 extremely low-income persons with disabilities. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, HUD plans to award about $85 million to between 9 and 16 state housing agencies to develop and support sustainable partnerships with their state Medicaid counterparts and to increase the availability of supportive housing for vulnerable people with disabilities. Grantees are required to have formal agreements with their Medicaid agencies to provide home- and community-based services to eligible enrollees in newly-designated housing supported by Section 811 Rental Assistance. Medicaid agencies are also expected to engage in ongoing support for the demonstration with referrals and casework activities. Awards are limited to one per state. The deadline for applying is July 31, 2012. For more information, contact HUD or access resources from the Technical Assistance Collaborative.
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