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Newsletters | February 8, 2012

February 7, 2012    

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

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Follow Online Our Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

Over 600 homelessness advocates will gather in Los Angeles this week for the Alliance's 2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. Conference attendees and those unable to attend will be able to follow the conference online through Twitter, using the hashtag #NAEH12. Additionally, guest bloggers will report on their experiences during and after the conference on the Alliance blog, About Homelessness.

Onsite registration will be available for $650, and will be open from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, February 8, and will re-open at 8 a.m. PT on Thursday, February 9.

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Hill Update

House Financial Services Subcommittee
Today, February 7, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Development marked up the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act of 2012, which is the latest iteration of the Section 8 Voucher reform bills. Among other things, the newest bill would require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to set minimum monthly rental fees which would be higher than the maximum fees currently required, regardless of income, for those in public, voucher, and project-based housing.

In addition to the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act, the Subcommittee marked up HR 32, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011. HR 32 would expand HUD's definition of homelessness to include people who are considered homeless under other federal statutes, including the Department of Education's homeless programs. This would dramatically increase the number of people eligible for HUD's homeless services. These provisions will now go to the full committee of the House.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances VAWA
On Thursday, February 2, The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is aimed at providing support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The most recent reauthorization of the bill expired in September. VAWA provides transitional housing, legal assistance, and other services to victims of domestic violence and is intended to create a coordinated response among systems when dealing with victims. The bill must pass the full Senate and House before becoming law.

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NHSDC Annual Spring Conference

The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is a national consortium of cities, counties, states, and nonprofits utilizing collaborative human services data systems for more effective services delivery. This year, NHSDC is planning for an Annual Spring Conference that will take place on April 26th and 27th in Chicago, IL. Attendees are diverse with most representing Continuums of Care or Homeless Management Information Systems. NHSDC has invited proposals for sessions for the 2012 Spring Conference from prospective participants and experts in the field.

Alliance Webinar Briefing on President's FY 2013 Budget Proposal

On February 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal. The budget reflects the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to guide Congress as it moves through the federal appropriations process. The budget proposal is expected to be released on Monday, February 13.

The webinar will provide an overview of the federal budget process and an analysis of the Administration's proposed funding levels for federal affordable housing and homeless programs. Presenters will provide a rundown of the President's FY 2013 budget requests, along with information on this year's opportunities to advocate for protecting and expanding critical housing and homeless assistance. The webinar will also review the overall budget and policy outlook for the year, including the scheduled January 2013 sequestration, which will result in across-the-board funding cuts to federal programs.

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