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Newsletters | April 24, 2012

April 24, 2012    

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

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Alliance Releases Prevention and Shelter Diversion Toolkit

The Alliance has just released a Prevention and Shelter Diversion Toolkit, the companion to the Coordinated Assessment Toolkit. This new toolkit provides more specific guidance on best practices when it comes to shelter diversion and prevention and includes materials on assessment for prevention/diversion eligibility and targeting strategies, as well as specific community examples of implementation. Communities should use this information to help them continue to develop and refine their coordinated assessment processes. Communities without coordinated assessment in place will still find the materials useful in helping them improve the way they serve at-risk and homeless households. Individuals with feedback, questions, or suggested additions should contact Kim Walker, Capacity Building Associate at the Alliance.

Prevention and Diversion Toolkit

 



Hill Update

Senate Marks Up HUD Funding Bill
Last Thursday, April 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The legislation included proposed funding levels for key affordable housing and homelessness programs, including:
  • $2.15 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, an increase of $245 million over the FY 2012 level, but approximately $80 million below the amount requested by the President;
  • $19.4 billion for Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, an increase of $482 million over FY 2012, including $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers;
  • $4.6 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund, an increase of $629 million from FY 2012;
  • $9.8 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, which is $536 million above the FY 2012 level and includes renewal of all project-based contracts for 12 months;
  • $1 billion for HOME, which represents flat funding from FY 2012; and
  • $3.1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), an increase of $152 million from FY 2012.
To view a summary of the bill, please
click here. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks. The House Appropriations Committee has not yet announced when it will release and vote on its own HUD funding bill.

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Mark Up Justice Funding Bill
Last week, both the House and Senate released and advanced their respective versions of the FY 2013 funding bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and other related agencies. The House Appropriations Subcommittee provided $70 million for the Second Chance Act, an increase of $7 million over the FY 2012 level, and $25 million for Transitional Housing Grants for survivors of domestic violence, which represents flat funding from FY 2012. The full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the legislation this Thursday, April 26. The Senate Appropriations Committee provided $25 million for the Second Chance Act and has not yet released details on the Transitional Housing Grants. To view the House bill, please click here. A summary of the Senate bill is available here.

Senate Releases Subcommittee Allocations
Last Thursday, April 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the proposed 302(b) allocations for its 12 subcommittees. 302(b) allocations represent the amount each subcommittee will have to spend on all the programs under its purview. For example, the Transportation-HUD Subcommittee allocation is the amount of funding the Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee is able to divide among all the programs within those departments. The Senate's FY 2013 Transportation-HUD 302(b) allocation is $53.4 billion, $2 billion less than in FY 2012. The Senate also proposed providing $157.7 billion for the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. To view a summary of the 302(b) allocations, please click here. The House is expected to vote on its own 302(b) allocations tomorrow, April 25.

Upcoming Appropriations Hearings
The House and Senate are holding multiple hearings on FY 2013 spending in the coming days. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing on the Administration's FY 2013 HUD budget proposal. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will testify. In addition, the House Education and the Workforce Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on April 26 about the Administration's FY 2013 budget proposal for HHS. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify. For more information on that hearing, please click here.

HUD Hosts CoC Debriefing, Webinar on Bridging from HPRP to ESG


In addition, on May 22 at 3:30 pm ET, HUD will host a webinar entitled "Building the Bridge: HPRP to ESG." This webinar will highlight how communities are tying their final Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) efforts to implementation of the new Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, which can now fund homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing activities. This webinar will highlight lessons learned from HPRP that communities can leverage as they transition into their new ESG programs. Click here to register.
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