Alliance Online News: HUD Releases 2011 Point-in-Time Count
Newsletters | December 13, 2011
December 13, 2011
ISSUES \| POLICY \| SOLUTIONS \| NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Anna Blasco
HUD Releases 2011 Point-in-Time Count
This afternoon, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the results of the January 2011 point-in-time count. According to their report, 636,017 people were homeless in the United States on a single night in January. This represents a 2.1 percent decline from the year before. Earlier this morning, HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a 12 percent decline in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness. The number of veterans experiencing homelessness decreased from 76,329 homeless veterans to 67,495 homeless veterans between January 2010 and January 2011.
According to press releases, these declines are largely attributed to federal programs providing housing to homeless people and families, including the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program and the HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program.
Read VA Press Release
Read the Point-in-Time Report
Congress Expected to Finish FY 2012 Appropriations This Weekend The House and Senate are tentatively scheduled to release the details of the remaining nine fiscal year (FY) 2012 appropriations bills this week. Congress may pass the bills, which include funding for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Education, and Veterans Affairs, among others, by this weekend. Although funding for some government agencies was finalized in November, the remaining agencies are being funded through a stopgap measure that expires this Friday, December 16. Next week's Hill Update will include details of funding levels for specific programs related to homelessness, should they be available.
House Subcommittee Approves Homes for Heroes Act The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity approved the Homes for Heroes Act (H.R.3298) last Thursday, December 8. This bill establishes a Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs within the Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve the collaboration of housing services and veterans affairs within the federal government. The bill now awaits approval by the full Financial Services Committee.
Alliance Releases New Brief on Successful Prevention Targeting
HUD, VA Announces 12 Percent Reduction in Veterans Homelessness
This morning, the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that homelessness among veterans declined by nearly 12 percent, from 76,329 homeless veterans to 67,495 homeless veterans, between January 2010 and January 2011. In a press release distributed today, HUD and VA largely attributed the decline to federal programs providing permanent housing and stated that this decline kept the administration on track toward their goal to end veterans homelessness by 2015.
Alliance Releases Brief on the Potential Impact of Sequestration on Affordable Housing, Homeless Programs
Last month, the Super-Committee failed to produce bipartisan legislation to reduce the federal deficit, triggering "sequestration" - an estimated 9.1 percent across-the-board cut to non-defense discretionary programs, including virtually all targeted homelessness and affordable housing programs. The Alliance has written a one-page brief on the potential impact of sequestration on homeless assistance and affordable housing programs, highlighting the number of people and families who will not be served as a result of the funding cuts.
Alliance President to Serve on Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission
Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, has been selected as one of the 17 members serving on the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission. The Housing Commission will be led by former U.S. Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez. The Commission's co-chairs include former U.S. Senator Kit Bond and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. The Housing Commission is tasked with creating a new vision for federal housing policy in the form of comprehensive and practical policy recommendations set to be announced in 2013.
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez
Former U.S. Senator Kit Bond
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and BPC Founder George Mitchell
Carin M. Barth, Co-Founder and President, LB Capital, Inc.
Ed Brady, President, Brady Homes
Alfred DelliBovi, President and CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
Robert M. Couch, Counsel, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Laurie Goodman, Senior Managing Director of Amherst Securities
Renee Lewis Glover, President and CEO, Atlanta Housing Authority
Frank Keating, President and CEO, American Bankers Association
Bruce Morrison, Member of Congress from Connecticut
Janet Murguia, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza
Nicolas P. Retsinas, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Ronald A. Rosenfeld, Former Chairman, Federal Housing Finance Board
Robert M. Rozen, Partner, Ernst & Young's Washington Council
Richard A. Smith, President and CEO, Realogy Corporation
Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
J. Ronald Terwilliger, Chairman Emeritus, Trammell Crow Residential
Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America
Holiday Giving: Gifts that Give Back
Register for Alliance Webinar on Integrating PSH and Health Care
The Alliance is hosting a webinar at 3 pm ET on Wednesday, January 11, to highlight new policies and best practices that integrate health care services with intensive housing solutions. Solutions like permanent supportive housing (PSH) have tremendous potential to end chronic homelessness and improve the lives of those who have experienced it. To provide supports that are appropriate to each individual, PSH strategies have to coordinate services and funding from many sources. This webinar will present approaches to integrating PSH and health care, featuring model programs in the field and comments from national policy leaders. Speakers include: Graydon Andrus, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Seattle; Sam Tsemberis, Pathways to Housing, Vermont; Jennifer Ho, US United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; and Charlene LeFauve, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.