Alliance Online News: New Coordinated Assessment Toolkit Resources


Newsletters | July 25, 2012

July 24, 2012    

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

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New Resources Available in the Alliance's Coordinated Assessment Toolkit

The Alliance has updated its Coordinated Assessment Toolkit with new documents and tools from Philadelphia, PA; Memphis/Shelby County, TN; and Dayton/Montgomery County, OH; among other communities. New offerings include assessment tools, job descriptions, and data release authorization forms. The toolkit is meant to serve as a resource to communities as they develop their own coordinated assessment processes, and will continue to be updated over time with more resources developed by the Alliance, its partners, and various communities. More resources on topics such as working with domestic violence survivors and strengthening referral processes are expected to be released soon. Any submissions or questions regarding the toolkit should be addressed to Kim Walker, Capacity Building Associate.

Coordinated Assessment Toolkit


Hill Update

House HHS Subcommittee Marks Up FY 2013 Bill
Last Wednesday, July 18, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education and Related Agencies marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding legislation. The legislation includes proposed funding levels for programs such as the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), SAMHSA Homeless Services, Projects for Assistance in Transition to Homelessness (PATH), the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), and many more. The full details of these funding levels have not yet been made available, though it is likely that further information will be released when the full House Appropriations Committee takes up the legislation, which has not yet been scheduled but may take place in the coming weeks. For further information on the Subcommittee's legislation, please see the
press release.

New Practice Brief on Family Intervention for Youth

The Alliance recently published a practice brief that highlights family reunification, family connecting, and family support services that Youth Services of Tulsa provides to families of runaway and homeless youth. This organization provides family intervention services within a continuum of service options. The brief also discusses the approach Youth Services of Tulsa undertakes when working with older youth and with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, as well as its provision of aftercare services.

Recently, Youth Services of Tulsa participated in a webinar on family intervention to discuss opportunities and challenges of providing intervention services to families and how the organization reduces barriers to these services. The slides to the webinar are now available on the Alliance's website.

McKinney-Vento August Site Visit Campaign

On Thursday, August 2 at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar entitled "McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign," featuring the Alliance's Steve Berg, Vice President of Programs and Policy, and Kate Seif, Program and Policy Staff Person. The webinar will provide further details on the FY 2013 funding level for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including information on the various funding levels proposed by the House and Senate. The webinar will launch a McKinney-Vento Site Visit Campaign, encouraging advocates to invite their Members of Congress to visit their McKinney-funded program during the upcoming August recess.

$100 million in SSVF Grants Announced

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the awarding of almost $100 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program on Tuesday, July 17. The funding will go to community organizations that provide a range of services that promote housing stability among very low income veteran families. The grants are expected to help approximately 42,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

Homeless providers will be able to use the funding to offer veterans and their family members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in getting other public benefits, while community-based groups will be able to offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits, and moving costs.

HUD Releases Interim CoC Regulations

On July 14, HUD released interim regulations for the new consolidated Continuum of Care (CoC) program under the HEARTH Act. In addition to providing further details about the new CoC program, the regulations discuss lead CoC entities and coordinated access, among other issues. The interim regulation is expected to be officially published in the Federal Register sometime soon and will go into effect 30 days after that publication date. Regulations for the new Rural Housing Stability Program will be published separately. Please watch Alliance Online News in the coming weeks for further analysis.

Champions of Change: Fight Against Youth Homelessness

Earlier this month, leaders in the effort to end youth homelessness were recognized by the White House. Among the recognized leaders were providers serving youth on the streets across the country, providing street outreach, medical care, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing, as well as connecting youth to education. A video is available online of "Champions of Change: Fight Against Youth Homelessness," which includes a discussion with the awardees hosted by HUD Secretary, Shaun Donovan, and Bryan Samuels of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families.

Watch DoL Reentry Summit Online

Next Tuesday, July 31 at 8:30 a.m. ET the Department of Labor (DoL) will host a summit event, live and by webcast, on Reentry Through Employment. The summit will focus on successful state and local approaches to reentry, challenges to reentry for special populations, and model programs adopted by the business community. DoL Secretary Hilda L. Solis will provide the keynote address, and other federal agencies, including HUD, HHS, the Small Business Administration, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will host working sessions.


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