Alliance Online News: Regular Registration Ends this Month

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Newsletters | January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014    
 
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
   
 
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Conference Reminder: Regular Registration Ends this Month

If you plan to attend the Alliance's 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans this February 18 to 19, but have not yet registered for the conference, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. You will be able to register at the regular registration rate of $500 until 3 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20. Online registration is scheduled to remain open until Friday, February 7, but may close early if the event reaches capacity before that date.

Should you need to cancel your conference registration, please note that the Alliance will deduct a $25 cancellation fee from the refund for cancellations received in writing on or prior to Wednesday, January 15, and will deduct a $100 processing fee in addition to the $25 cancellation fee for cancellations received after that date. After Friday, February 14, the Alliance will not grant refunds for cancellations. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Alliance Development and Administrative Associate Jennifer Olney.

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Hill Update

President Signs Budget Outline into Law; Appropriators Work on Omnibus Package
On Thursday, December 26, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, the budget agreement reached by the conference committee tasked with outlining a topline federal spending level for fiscal year (FY) 2014, which passed through both chambers of Congress just prior to the holidays.

The agreement eases sequestration by $45 billion in FY 2014 and $17 billion in FY 2015, increasing discretionary spending to $1.012 trillion in FY 2014 and $1.014 trillion in FY 2015. Sequestration relief will be distributed evenly between defense and non-defense discretionary spending and may result in more funding for Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, in the coming years. The bill also allows for $23 billion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. The easing of sequestration and contributions to deficit reduction will be financed through raising revenue by increasing various federal fees (e.g. airline passenger fees), making cuts to some federal benefits (e.g. federal employees' retirement benefits), and extending sequestration for two additional years.

The spending levels for each of the twelve appropriations bills for the appropriations subcommittees, including the House and Senate Transportation, HUD, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) subcommittees, have not yet been made public. Instead, the allocations were given to the top Democrats and Republicans on each House and Senate appropriations subcommittee, who have been working on setting program-by-program funding levels. This week, the top four congressional appropriators are expected to reconcile any remaining disagreements and finalize an omnibus spending package to be approved by congress and signed into law before the current stopgap funding measure expires on January 15.

Congress Returns from Recess
The Senate reconvened yesterday from their holiday recess, while the House reconvened today. Both chambers are expected to remain in session until the recess surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Webinar Recording: NOFA Planning and Advocacy

The Alliance has posted the recording of a webinar that originally streamed on December 17, 2013, in which speakers cover the major points of the FY 2013 Continuum of Care NOFA and discuss how prospective grantees should address their community's tiering and application processes. Speakers also discuss how grantees can use the NOFA as an advocacy opportunity to ensure Congress provides sufficient funding for homeless programs in the future.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

Homelessness in 2014 - A Look at the Year Ahead
By Steve Berg

Last year was a year of real challenges for homeless advocates, advocacy organizations, concerned officials, and others working to end homelessness in the U.S., but it was also a year that brought good news that our efforts are paying off: a 4 percent decline in homelessness since the previous year and declines in veteran homelessness of 8 percent, and in chronic homelessness of 7 percent. In this post, we look at the challenges and opportunities that 2014 will bring.

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