Alliance Online News: Nan Roman’s Keynote Remarks from National Conference on Ending Family and Yout


Newsletters | February 28, 2012

February 28, 2012    

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

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Alliance Publishes Nan Roman's Keynote Remarks from National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

The Alliance has published President and CEO Nan Roman's keynote remarks from the 2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. In her remarks, Roman emphasizes the importance of maximizing the impact of limited resources by investing in proven, cost-efficient, and effective strategies to end homelessness, including prevention and rapid re-housing. Roman also used the keynote address as an opportunity to introduce the Alliance's new typology on homeless youth. More information about the youth typology is forthcoming.

Keynote Remarks


Hill Update

House Hearing on FY 2013 HUD Budget
The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity held a hearing today on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2013 Budget Proposal for HUD. Witnesses at the hearing included Carole Galante, acting director of the Federal Housing Administration; Sandra Henriquez, assistant secretary of the Office of Public and Indian Housing at HUD; Mercedes Marquez, assistant secretary of HUD for community planning and development; Raphael Bostic, assistant secretary of HUD for policy development and research; and John Trasvina, assistant secretary of HUD for fair housing and equal opportunity. For more information on the hearing, including witness testimony, please click here.

Webinar on Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

On Thursday, March 15 at 3 p.m. ET, the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Home Free, a program of Volunteers of America (VOA) in Oregon, will co-sponsor a webinar detailing a recent study on the role stable housing plays in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. The webinar will also highlight the success the Home Free program in Portland, Oregon has had in providing stable housing through a rapid re-housing model to homeless survivors. This webinar, the first in a series on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence, will feature Chiquita Rollins, Ph.D., Domestic Violence and SHARE (Safe Housing Assistance with Rent Evaluation) Study Co-Principal Investigator, and Kris Billhardt, Director of the VOA Home Free program.

HUD's Equal Access Regulation

HUD recently released new regulations to ensure equal access to housing in HUD programs regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The published regulations will go into effect in March 2012. On February 14, 2012 the White House, HUD, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Human Rights Campaign held a State of the Union roundtable discussion with John Trasvina, assistant secretary for housing and equal opportunity at HUD. During the discussion the four principles of the regulations were discussed:
  • General equal access provision;
  • Clarification on the definition of family;
  • Prohibition of inquiry of sexual orientation and gender identity for the purposes of determining eligibility; and
  • Inability of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to discriminate.

USICH Webinar on Federal Strategic Plan

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and HUD will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 6 at 3 p.m. ET to discuss how Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness calls for transforming the homeless services systems. The webinar will cover what communities are being called upon to do, why it is essential to ending homelessness, and how the HEARTH Act gives communities the tools necessary to accomplish this goal.

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