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Register for the 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

Online registration for the 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, DC is now open. This conference will bring together experts to discuss a range of issues, such as re-tooling the homeless crisis response system; rapid re-housing for survivors of domestic violence; and ending homelessness for chronic, veteran, families and youth populations, among many other topics. The conference will be held Monday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 18 at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel.

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Attend the Alliance's Annual Awards Ceremony
Discounted tickets are available to the Alliance's 22nd Annual Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday evening, July 17, which will be held will be held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness for the second year in a row. Conference registrants must purchase these discounted tickets when registering online for the conference. The Awards Ceremony will take place at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and will be followed by a reception.

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Hill Update

Congress in Recess
The House and Senate are both in recess until Monday, April 16 on a district/state work period. It is expected that Congress may begin drafting and releasing fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bills shortly upon their return

HUD Announces New Deputy Secretary
Last Friday, March 30, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Maurice A. Jones was confirmed by the Senate as the next Deputy Director under Secretary Shaun Donovan. The position is currently being held by Acting Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Estelle Richman. Mr. Jones comes to HUD with previous experience as the Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Social Services and numerous other community development positions within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Richman will remain at HUD as Special Assistant to the Secretary.

House Passed Homes for Heroes Act
Last Tuesday, March 27, the House passed the "Homes for Heroes Act," HR 3298. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Al Green (D-TX), creates the position of Special Assistance for Veterans Affairs at HUD and also requires an annual submission of a veterans supplemental to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). The legislation has been sent to the Senate where it awaits further action.

Upcoming Webinar: Successful Partnerships to Serve Survivors of Domestic Violence

On Thursday, April 12 at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will be hosting a webinar focused on creating successful partnerships between homeless service agencies and domestic violence agencies to meet both the housing and service needs of survivors. This webinar, the third in a series of webinars on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors of domestic violence, will feature Melissa Erlbaum, Executive Director of Clackamss Women's Services, and Megan Owens, Associate Program Director of First Avenues at Hamilton Family Center.

Submit Media Stories for the 2012 Point-in-Time Count Media Map

The Alliance is collecting and mapping media accounts of the 2012 point-in-time (PIT) counts and Continuum of Care (CoC) reports, as a part of the 2012 Point-in-Time Counts Media Map. 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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DOL Announces $15 Million to Assist 9,000 Veterans

On Thursday, March 29, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the availability of $15 million in grants through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to provide job training services to help homeless veterans succeed in civilian careers. DOL anticipates awarding at least 50 grants to serve approximately 9,000 veterans. Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to state and local Workforce Investment Boards, local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. Grantees will provide homeless veterans with occupational, classroom, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.

USICH Webinar on How Banks Can End Homelessness

On Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. ET, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) will co-host a discussion about bank financing of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. OCC Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs Barry Wides and USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe will be joined by Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) President and CEO Deborah De Santis, and Managing Director at the Huntington National Bank, Joseph Molnar. The webinar will address how banks can finance more permanent supportive housing by investing in low-income housing tax credits and investing in pre-development loan pools. Speakers will also address Community Reinvestment Act consideration for bankers providing financing to developers of permanent supportive housing.

Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum

The National Runaway Switchboard, in collaboration with DePaul University Center for Community and Organization Development, recently released an evidenced-based runaway prevention curriculum titled "Let's Talk." The free curriculum is made up of 14 modules that can be utilized in their entirety, or individual modules can be used to supplement other strategies and interventions. The curriculum, which can be used by a wide range of youth-serving professionals, is designed to assist youth in building life skills, increase their knowledge about runaway and prevention resources, and educate them about alternatives to running away.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.


2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
July 16 - 18, 2012
Renaissance Washington DC Hotel


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