Alliance Online News: Federal Government Shuts Down, Homeless Assistance Safe for Now


Newsletters | October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013    
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Federal Government Shuts Down, Homeless Assistance Safe for Now

As a result of Congress' inability to reach a budget agreement, the federal government partially shut down last night at midnight with the end of the fiscal year.

This past week, each chamber of Congress proposed Continuing Resolutions (CRs) that would have temporarily extended FY 2013 spending levels to fund the federal government until fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations levels are finalized. However, the House majority insisted on tying delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act (CR) to any CR, while the Senate majority refused to agree to a delay of ACA implementation. It was this impasse that led to the partial shutdown.

The shutdown will not have a drastic immediate impact on homeless assistance programs, since they are currently spending FY 2012 and FY 2013 funds and are considered essential programs. Funding to run affordable housing programs such as Public Housing and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program will also be secure unless the shutdown lasts past December.

However, it is critical that Congress reach a budget agreement that would ensure future funding for homeless assistance and affordable housing programs.

Of course, these preliminary assessments could change if the shutdown drags on for an extended period of time

The Lowdown on the Shutdown





Meeting and Events Internship Available

The Alliance is seeking applicants for a meeting and events internship. The intern will work closely with the Alliance's Director of Meetings and Events on all of the planning components of the Alliance's annual Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. The position calls for 15 to 20 hours a week, and will run from early November to early March.

Applicants are expected to have an interest in meeting and event planning, as well as relevant experience, excellent writing and communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. A familiarity with CiviCRM database management is a plus. Resumes, cover letters, and a short writing sample can be sent to D'Arcy Klingle at

Webinar Reminder: Working with Early Childhood Programs

On Thursday, October 3, at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host, "Working with Early Childhood Programs to Assist Homeless Children and Families," a webinar that will explore the relationship between housing and homeless service providers and early childhood development programs. Among the early childhood programs that will be discussed are Head Start/Early Head Start, Early Intervention (IDEA Part-C) services, and the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation Program.
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Why do Kids Run Away from Foster Care?
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In 2013, more than 6,000 kids ran away from foster care. In this post, guest blogger Richard A. Hooks Wayman, executive director of Hearth Connection in St. Paul, Minn. Blogs about these youth and his own foster daughter, who ran away from his home at age 16.

Counting an Invisible Population
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Communities nationwide will soon begin preparing for their local Point-in-Time (PIT) Counts this January when volunteers across the nation will take to the streets to find and count homeless individuals and families in their communities. In this post, we look why the homeless youth population remains the hardest population to reach during these efforts.

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