Alliance Online News: The Alliance Endorses the United For Homes Campaign

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Newsletters | August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013    
 
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The Alliance Endorses the United For Homes Campaign

As an endorser of the United for Homes campaign to fund the National Housing Trust Fund, the Alliance will be participating in a social media initiative tomorrow. The Alliance has joined with the National Low Income Housing Coalition for this campaign because we believe funding the National Housing Trust Fund, which was authorized by Congress in 2008 but remains unfunded, will contribute to an end to homelessness by expanding the supply of affordable housing for America's poorest families. You can learn more about the campaign at www.unitedforhomes.org.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 7, the Alliance will be tweeting about:

  • The need for more affordable housing and funding for the National Housing Trust Fund in communities across America.
  • How we can help end homelessness and create a fairer tax code through the United for Homes proposal.
  • Why other organizations should join the movement!
The United for Homes Campaign is asking for advocates to participate:
  • If you are in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Washington, or West Virginia, join in your state's virtual rally today, August 6! @NLIHC will be tweeting state-specific tweets that you can re-tweet, or you can email sarah@nlihc.org for state-specific sample tweets.
  • Follow @NLIHC and @naehomelessness and re-tweet us tomorrow. Let's get #UnitedForHomes trending!
  • Join the United for Homes campaign! All new endorsers will get Twitter mentions next week. You can endorse United for Homes at: nlihc.org/unitedforhomes/support.
 

 
Hill Update

FY 2014 HUD Appropriations Bills Fail to Advance
Last Wednesday, July 31, U.S. House of Representatives leadership pulled its version of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) bill, which provides funding for programs within the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year (FY) 2014, from the floor as it became apparent that it lacked sufficient support to pass. Then, on Thursday, August 1, the Senate returned to its consideration of the bill. Many Republican Senators who had initially voted for cloture in support of bringing the Senate version of the HUD funding bill to the floor on July 23 later opposed the next cloture vote that would have ended debate on the bill and allowed the chamber to proceed to a final vote on it. After the August recess, Congress will either need to pass the appropriations bills prior to the start of the next fiscal year on October 1, or will need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund programs until a larger budget agreement is reached.

House Ways and Means Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Welfare Overhaul
On Wednesday, July 31, at 2 p.m. ET, the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held the final hearing of a three-part series on welfare overhaul issues by focusing on "Improving the Safety Net: Better Coordinating Today's Maze of Programs to Ensure Families receive Real Help." One of the witnesses, Larry Woods, the Chief Executive Officer of the Winston-Salem Housing Authority, emphasized the importance of the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) program and their ability to enable service collaboration. Mr. Woods also stressed the importance of maintaining a focus on the unique circumstances and needs of an individual, both in housing and in assistance after housing. For more information about the hearing, including witness testimonies, please click here.

Congress in Recess
The House and Senate are currently in recess until September 9. We will resume Hill Updates upon their return to Washington, DC.

HUD Announces $57 Million in Funding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued the final round of funding announcements for its the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, which challenged communities to reexamine their response to homelessness and give greater weight to proven interventions like rapid re-housing for homeless families, and permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.

On Monday, August 1, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced $57 million grants to funding a range of new programs, including projects to improve the efficiency homeless assistance systems, and more than 1,900 new permanent supportive housing beds for chronically homeless persons.

Take the Alliance's State Issues Survey

Take the Alliance's State Issues Survey The Alliance wants to know what policies in your state are most important to the goals of ending homelessness. With 2014 state legislative sessions on the horizon, it is not too early for homeless advocates to review priorities for advocacy at the state level, whether it is Medicaid expansion, disability rights, re-entry from jails and prisons, or other initiatives. The Alliance aims to be prepared with information and tools to support advocates and educate the public, but we need your input about the outlook in your state. You can help keep the Alliance aware of advocacy opportunities in your state by taking our 2014 State Issues survey.

Our questions might even spark a strategy conversation in your network, just as your answers last year sparked a new workshop on state advocacy at our National Conference last month. Responses are due on August 30.


Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

Data Points: Homelessness Prevention - To Do or Not To Do?
By Samantha Batko

In this post, we take a look at the findings of a recent study of a New York City Program, HomeBase, which sheds some light on the question: "If we could prevent the disruption in families and individuals' lives by preventing homelessness before it occurred, why wouldn't that be the highest priority?"

Reconnecting Homeless Youth with Their Families
By Sharon McDonald

This month the Alliance is highlighting workshops from the 2013 National Alliance to End Homelessness. In this post, we take a look at a workshop in which speakers focused on what they view as an underutilized resource in addressing youth homelessness - the youths' own families.

Field Notes: Pilot Program Reduces Homelessness in Cheshire County, NH
By Laurie Saunders-Jewett

In this post, guest blogger Laurie Saunders-Jewett describes the pilot program in her New Hampshire community that implemented shelter diversion and targeted efforts to shorten length of stays in homelessness and increase exits from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Thanks to the program, shelter exits to permanent housing increased from 42 percent in 2012, to 47 percent in 2013.
 
 
 
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