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Newsletters | February 27, 2008

February 26, 2008    

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NAHC Releases Policy Toolkit in Spanish

The National Aids Housing Coalition (NAHC) launched a version of their Policy Toolkit in Spanish. NAHC developed this Policy Toolkit to help advocates inform national and local resource allocation, planning, and prevention and health care practice through the use of tools and strategies that employ research findings to demonstrate the link between housing and health for persons at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS. Other materials translated in the toolkit include the NAHC advocacy webpage, the HOPWA Need Paper, fact sheets, and Research Summit Policy Papers.

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Hearing Scheduled on Special Needs Housing Appropriations
On Thursday, February 28, the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing entitled, "Housing Needs of Special Populations." The hearing will be at 10 AM in Room 2358-A of the Rayburn House Office Building. Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistance Secretary for Special Needs at HUD, and John Garvin, Senior Advisor for Housing Programs at HUD, will testify.

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is now providing a program to assist returning combat veterans in the process of reintegration into civilian life. The weekend-long Return to Honor Workshop, run by combat veterans, uses a blend of intuitive exercises to provide closure and support to soldiers. The curriculum itself has been designed by experts in mental health fields as well as veterans. Seven workshops have already been conducted, receiving a 100 percent satisfaction rating from participants, and the Freedoms Foundation hopes to extend availability to reach any veteran in need, anywhere in the nation.
analyzing the policy implications of the budget. That call was held on February 5, 2008 and is now available as an mp3 on the Alliance's website. Also, all past audio conferences are available as mp3s in the Podcast Library.

Keys: Ending Family Homelessness, a video highlighting how communities across the country are decreasing homelessness among families, is now available on the Alliance's website. It can be used as a tool to educate, influence, and inspire people in your community. Some ideas on how to use the video:

Charlene Flaherty's PowerPoint presentation and supplemental materials from the National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness is posted on our website. The presentation describes an evaluation tool that the Arizona Department of Economic Security uses to track homeless families as they enter and exit the Family Connections program. The tool helps case managers engage clients and program administrators understand program effectiveness.

"Managing the Challenge of Homelessness"

The National Network for Social Work Managers 19th Annual Management Institute will be held at the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles on April 10 & 11, 2008. This year's topic is "Managing the Challenge of Homelessness." Best practices for social work managers will be addressed through speaker presentations and workshop sessions. The institute is co-sponsored by the Center for Nonprofit Management, County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, NASW California Chapter, National Alliance to End Homelessness, The Salvation Army, UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work, Union Rescue Mission, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and USC School of Social Work. The cost of the institute is $60. Continuing education units will be provided for participants.

  • Show the video to your staff, partners, and key funders.
  • Show the video at an annual meeting, board meeting, or conference.
  • Send copies to local elected officials; schedule a screening in their office.
  • Add your own "response" video to our YouTube site about what your community is doing to end family homelessness.
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