Alliance Online News: Rural Program Comment Deadline Extended


Newsletters | May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013    
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Rural Program Comment Deadline Extended

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is extending the public comment period for the proposed regulations for the Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program to Monday, July 1. This deadline extension applies only to the Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program.

In March, HUD published a proposed rule seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the definition of "chronically homeless," as well as the regulations for the Rural Housing Stability Assistance Program. The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed definition of "chronically homeless" remains Tuesday, May 28.

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Hill Update
Appropriations Subcommittees Hold Hearings on President's Budget Proposal
This Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. ET, the Senate Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Subcommittee will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction. The Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, Carol Galante, and the HUD Inspector General, David Montoya, will serve as witnesses.

This Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m. ET, the Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a hearing on proposed FY 2014 funding for agencies, programs, and activities under its jurisdiction. Those serving as witnesses will include the Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer, Robert Hale, and the Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, John Conger.

Homeless Veterans Bill Introduced in the Senate
On Thursday, April 25, S. 825, the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2013, was introduced in the Senate by Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with Richard Burr (R-NC) co-sponsoring the bill. The legislation would improve homelessness prevention programs by allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with public and private entities to make legal services more readily available for veterans. It would also improve transitional housing programs by requiring grantees to meet the needs of female veterans experiencing homelessness and allowing VA to house the children of homeless veterans in transitional housing programs. The bill also permanently authorizes the Department of Labor's Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program, reauthorizes many programs that serve veterans experiencing homelessness, and expands upon existing programs. For further information, you can find the full bill here and a summary of the bill here.

Last Week on the Blog: Ending Homelessness TodayDamaging Effects of Sequestration Felt by the Most Vulnerable
By Kate Seif

We are already hearing stories from across the country about threats to Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. From California to Connecticut, people may lose their current housing if their Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) cannot find a way to keep them housed. Families in Iowa have had their recently-issued vouchers rescinded. Hundreds were taken back in New Orleans, too. This blog examines the impacts of sequestration that are already being felt by communities across the country.

Field Notes: Why Retool?
By Kay Moshier McDivitt

In this entry in the Alliance's series of videos about retooling transitional housing, Alliance Capacity Building Associate Kay Moshier McDivitt addresses one of the most fundamental questions she receives during Performance Improvement Clinics, where she often discusses retooling transitional housing as a possible change strategy. This blog aims to answer the question: "why retool?"

How Medicaid Can Help Homeless and At-Risk Individuals
By Lisa Stand

At least three vulnerable groups could benefit from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in ways that could reduce homelessness and risks of homelessness: chronically homeless individuals, young people aging out of foster care, and ex-offenders. Medicaid can help individuals, and covering them will help strained communities by adding resources for services that accompany housing assistance. This blog entry covers the importance of the ACA for our efforts to address chronic homelessness.

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

2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
July 22-24, 2013, at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

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