National Election Results
The elections on November 6 resulted in President Obama being elected to a second term, an increased Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate with Democrats gaining two seats, and a consistent Republican majority in the U.S. House. In the House, the Democrats gained three seats, and are leading in the five remaining outstanding races.
Several members who have supported homeless assistance legislation either lost their races or retired. Representatives Denny Rehberg (R-MT), the chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, and Judy Biggert (R-IL), the chairwoman of the Housing and Community Opportunity Financial Services Subcommittee, both lost re-election races. House Appropriations Committee members Norm Dicks (D-WA), ranking member, and Jerry Lewis (R-CA), are retiring at the end of their terms. Other key representatives who are retiring include: Barney Frank (D-MA), ranking member of the Financial Services Committee; John Olver (D-MA), ranking member of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee; and Bob Filner (D-CA), ranking member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. Other changes in leadership will likely take place when the new session of Congress begins in January.
Congress Returns from Recess
Congress returned to Washington, DC today for what is called a post-election "lame duck" session. During the 112th Congress' final session, legislators will address many outstanding bills that they were unable to address earlier in the legislative year. There is consensus in both chambers, as well as within the Administration, that broad budgetary issues, including the expiring Bush-era tax cuts and the need to raise the debt ceiling, need to be addressed through passing a deficit reduction package; preferably one that replaces the sequester. The details of such a package remain unclear.
Training Video on Rapid Re-Housing
The Alliance's Center for Capacity Building recently released the fourth in a five-part training series on rapid re-housing. This short video training focuses on providing supportive services as a part of a rapid re-housing model, and is narrated by Alliance Capacity Building Associate Kay Moshier McDivitt. The training modules include PowerPoint presentations, as well as activities designed to enhance your content knowledge. Any questions on the modules should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy Brief on Health Homes
The Alliance has published a policy brief, "Medicaid Health Homes: Emerging Models and Implications." The Medicaid health home benefit under the Affordable Care Act may serve as a potential funding source for care coordination activities that are otherwise not sufficiently covered by Medicaid.
The brief explains the Medicaid health home benefit and reviews models that have already been approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This information can help mainstream health care leaders understand how health homes can play a role in ending chronic homelessness.
Housing and Health Care Webinar Recording
A recording of the webinar, "Tips & Tools to Improve Housing and Health Care Integration," is now available on the Alliance website. The webinar, which originally aired on Thursday, November 1, was co-sponsored by the Alliance and the 100,000 Homes Campaign. It provided strategic information and recommendations for improving communities' capacity to solve chronic homelessness by effectively integrating supportive housing and community-based health care delivery.