Alliance Online News: NLIHC Releases Report on Housing Stability among Veterans

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Newsletters | November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013    
 
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NLIHC Releases Report on Housing Stability among Veterans

Earlier this month, the National Low Income Housing Coalition released Housing Instability among Our Veterans, a report showing the characteristics and housings needs of veterans. The report shows that veterans who are racial minorities, females, who have a disability, and veterans who served after September 11, 2001 have the greatest housing cost burden, placing them at risk of homelessness.

Other findings include:
  • Extremely low income female-headed veteran families are just as likely as married veteran families to experience housing cost burden; and
  • Almost 90 percent of veterans who served after September 11, 2001 paid more than half of their incomes in housing costs.

Read the report

 

 
Hill Update

Budget Conferees Meet to Continue Negotiations
Last Wednesday, November 13, the conference committee working on a Budget Resolution to outline federal spending for fiscal year (FY) 2014 met and continued negotiations. The issue of taxes was a key topic of debate among conferees during the meeting, specifically the question of whether raising revenues through closing tax loopholes should be included in the budget deal. Democratic conferees hope to use revenue raised through closing such loopholes to replace sequestration cuts. Republican conferees are opposed to closing tax loopholes for the purposes of increasing spending. Whether or not sequestration should be replaced at all, via closing tax loopholes or alternative means, was another question of debate during the meeting.

The conferees will need to compromise on these issues in order to agree to a topline spending number by their self-imposed December 13 deadline. Determining this spending number by this deadline will allow appropriators to resume long-delayed work on FY 2014 spending bills, with the goal of having an omnibus bill prepared before January 15, in time to prevent another federal government shutdown. To view a webcast of the meeting, click here.

Congress to Depart for Thanksgiving Recess
The House will depart at the end of the legislative day this Thursday, November 21 for the Thanksgiving recess, and will return on Monday, December 2. The specifics of the Senate's recess schedule are still uncertain, pending progress made this week.

Alliance and Partner Offer Transatlantic Practice Exchange Opportunity

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

Field Notes: Four Things SSVF Providers Can Do Now to Recruit Landlords
By Kay Moshier McDivitt

For people experiencing homelessness, getting landlords to rent to them can be very challenging, particularly for those with poor rental histories. In this post, we look at how Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) providers can think strategically about how to engage landlords, because without landlords rapid re-housing just doesn't work.

Leon Winston, an Advocate Committed to Ending Veteran Homelessness
by Leon Winston

Like many people who work in the homeless assistance field, Leon Winston had his own personal experience with homelessness and hardship. As a veteran, he was homeless himself, more than once. Now he is chief operating officer and housing director at Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit that serves homeless veterans in the San Francisco area. In this post, he shares how he got there.

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