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Newsletters | May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012    

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

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Performance Improvement Clinics from the Center for Capacity Building

The Alliance has changed the name of the HEARTH Academy Implementation Clinic to the Performance Improvement Clinic. This intensive one-and-a-half day clinic helps communities prepare for changes made by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and focuses on improving community performance by analyzing community data and encouraging implementation of strategies that help achieve desirable HEARTH Act outcomes. The Performance Improvement Clinic will continue to include group discussions, system design and modification planning sessions, and presentations on best practices. Clinic participants will also receive hands-on technical assistance with data analysis and system assessment as well as follow-up support. While the overall goals and structure of the Clinic are the same, Clinics are customized to the conditions in each community.

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Hill Update


House Releases 302(b) Allocations
Last Tuesday, April 24, the House Appropriations Committee released its 302(b) allocations. 302(b) allocations represent the amount each subcommittee will have to spend on all the programs under its purview. The House's FY 2013 Transportation-U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Develop (HUD) 302(b) allocation is $51.606 billion, approximately $6 billion less than in FY 2012. The House also proposed providing $150.002 billion for the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, which is approximately $6.5 billion less than in FY 2012. For a summary of the House's allocations, please click here.

Senate Passes VAWA
Last Thursday, April 26, the full Senate voted on and passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This version of VAWA has stronger language to help protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT), tribal, and immigrant survivors and would provide particular protections for survivors in a variety of HUD programs. For more information on the legislation, please click here. To view our latest blog post on the Act and how it impacts survivors at risk of or already experiencing homelessness, please click here.

Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on HUD Budget
Last Thursday, April 26, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a hearing on the President's FY 2013 budget request for HUD. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was the sole witness at the hearing. The senators discussed the potential cost-savings that would result from the passage of the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Improvement Act (AHSSIA) to the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program, the President's suggestion that they "short fund" the Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) program in a further effort to lower program costs, and the danger large cuts to HUD, including sequestration, would have on the nation's affordable housing stock. For more information on the hearing, please click here.

Prevention and Shelter Diversion Toolkit Now Available

The Alliance released the companion to the Coordinated Assessment Toolkit, the Prevention and Shelter Diversion Toolkit, last week. This 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, targeting strategies, and specific community examples of implementation. Communities should use this information to help them continue to develop and refine their coordinated assessment processes. Since last week, two new tools have been added. Individuals with feedback, questions, or suggested additions should contact Kim Walker, Capacity Building Associate.

Health Reform Innovations Learning Collaborative

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is looking for community organizations in eight states (Arizona, California, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, and Vermont) to help prepare for outreach on changes in health care law. SAMHSA is forming the Health Reform Innovations Learning Collaborative to bring together behavioral health organizations in statewide coalitions to educate about health reform within their communities. These collaborative efforts will be launched in mid-May.

Point-in-Time Count Maps

The Alliance is collecting accounts of 2012 point-in-time (PIT) counts and Continuum of Care (CoC) reports for two maps. The Youth Count Media Map shows the number of youth counted during a community's effort, a brief synopsis of the methodology used, and a link to the full report. The goal of the map is to raise awareness of the lack of national data on youth homelessness, and to encourage communities to conduct targeted youth counts by providing them with necessary tools and resources, such as webinars, briefs, and a toolkit on counting homeless youth. If you would like to submit a report to have your community added to the map, please contact André Wade, Policy and Program Analyst.

The 2012 Point-in-Time Counts Media Map is a map of CoC reports and media stories on the 2012 Point-in-Time Counts. If a media outlet or CoC in your community has released a report that shows changes in overall homelessness between the January 2011 and January 2012 counts, please send the report or story to Pete Witte, Research Associate at the Alliance.

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