Alliance Online News: HUD Releases 2013 Homelessness Numbers, NOFA


Newsletters | November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013    
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HUD Releases 2013 Homelessness Numbers, NOFA

Last week was a busy one for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On Thursday, November 11, HUD released the "2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report" showing that homelessness in the U.S. declined by 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, from 633,782 to 610,040. Then on Friday, November 12, HUD released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its fiscal year (FY) 2013 and FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition.

At the Alliance, we are busy putting together analysis on both these releases. So stay tuned to the Alliance blog, newsletter, and website for new resources in the coming days. On Tuesday, December 17 at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar, "NOFA Planning and Advocacy," in which staff will cover some of the major points of the FY 2013 Homeless Assistance Grants CoC NOFA.

Register for the webinar

Read the 2013 AHAR


Hill Update

Budget Negotiations Continue
Conference Committee Chairs Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) have met twice privately to negotiate since the most recent meeting of the conference committee on Wednesday, November 13. Despite these negotiations, no agreement was reached prior to Members of Congress departing for the Thanksgiving recess. At this point, it seems certain that the committee will not reach an agreement on a topline discretionary spending level prior to December 2, appropriators' preferred date to reach an agreement in advance of the December 13 deadline. The longer it takes the conference committee to reach an agreement on a topline spending level, the more difficult it will be for appropriators to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that would fund the government and avoid another federal government shutdown.

In the meantime, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urged his House colleagues to stick to the $967 billion spending level outlined in the initial House FY 2014 Budget Resolution. Despite difficulty passing individual FY 2014 appropriations bills through the House at this low level this past year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he intends to introduce a full-year FY 2014 continuing resolution (CR), or stopgap funding measure, at this $967 billion topline spending level. A number of House Republican appropriators, including Representative Tom Latham (R-IA), Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, have recently indicated that although it will be difficult to pass appropriations bills at such a low discretionary spending level, they will be willing to agree to such a number if it becomes necessary to avoid another federal government shutdown mid-January.

Congress Departs for Recess
Members of Congress departed for the Thanksgiving recess on Friday, November 22; the House is expected to reconvene on Monday, December 2, while the Senate is expected to reconvene the following Monday, Dec. 9. Therefore, upon their return, Members of Congress will have very few legislative days remaining prior to the December 13 deadline for the conference committee to reach an agreement on a topline discretionary spending level.

Early Conference Registration Closing, Volunteer Opportunities Available

Early registration for the Alliance's 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will close at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, December 2. At that time, the early registration rate of $425 per person will expire, and the registration fee will increase to the regular rate of $500. Online registration is scheduled to run to Friday, February 7, but may close early if the event reaches capacity. Register today to ensure your spot and take advantage of the early rate.

The Alliance is also still accepting applications for its conference volunteer program, but positions are limited and are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals who volunteer at the conference will receive complimentary conference registration. To learn more about volunteering for the conference, visit the volunteer page of the conference website and contact the Alliance's Director of Meetings and Events D'Arcy Klingle at

Transatlantic Practice Exchange Opportunity: Application Deadline Approaching!

The Alliance and Homeless Link, a homeless charity based in England, are offering an opportunity for professionals in the homeless assistance sector to establish transatlantic best practice connections. Funded by the Oak Foundation, the Transatlantic Practice Exchange will allow five participants from the U.S. to spend up to two weeks with a homeless assistance organization in the U.K. this upcoming spring. Candidates for the Exchange should be mid-level professional staff in the homelessness field. They will be selected based on a competitive application process. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, December 1.

During their placement, participants will explore a practice area of interest with their host organization and other organizations in the locality. Suggested practice areas to focus on while in the U.K. include street outreach and coordinated assessment, serving people with multiple needs (i.e. mental or physical health, substance abuse, trauma), and youth homelessness. However, applicants are also strongly encouraged to propose their own practice area of focus based on their interests and knowledge of best practices in the UK.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

HUD Releases Homeless Estimates for 2013
By Sam Batko

In this post, we take a look at Part 1 of the "2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report" which was great news for homeless service providers and advocates: overall homelessness has decreased nearly 4 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Four Things Communities Can Do to Address Youth Homelessness
By Sharon McDonald

Over the years, investments in various interventions have resulted in progress in ending homelessness among veterans, families, and people experiencing chronic homelessness, but what about homeless youth? In this post we look at what communities can do to end homelessness for young people.

We Have a Plan to Help Homeless Veterans
By Kate Seif

The most recently released numbers on veteran homelessness show that there has been a 24 percent decrease in veteran homelessness since 2010. In this post we look at the progress to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

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