Alliance Online News: Upcoming USICH and Alliance Webinars on the CoC NOFA

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Newsletters | December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013    
 
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Upcoming USICH and Alliance Webinars on the CoC NOFA

HUD's FY 2013-FY 2014 Continuum of Care Competition - Strategies for Success

On Wednesday, December 11, at 3 p.m. ET, the director of the Alliance's Center for Capacity Building Norm Suchar will speak in this webinar hosted by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) on strategies to succeed in this year's HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) program competition. Speakers will discuss how prospective grantees can successfully navigate important changes to the competition. Under this current NOFA, HUD will award $1.7 billion in funds for fiscal year (FY) 2013.

Register for the webinar

NOFA Planning and Advocacy

On Tuesday, December 17, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host its own webinar on the major points of the FY 2013 CoC NOFA and discuss how prospective grantees should address their community's tiering and application processes. The webinar will also feature communities that will detail their own approach to the NOFA. Speakers will also discuss how grantees can use the NOFA as an advocacy opportunity to ensure Congress provides sufficient funding for homeless programs in the future.

Register for the webinar

 

 
Hill Update

Budget Negotiations Continue
The conference committee chairs, tasked with coming up with a topline spending number for FY 2014 federal spending, remain optimistic that they will reach an agreement by December 13, their agreed upon deadline. They have signaled that in order to increase the likelihood of coming to an agreement they are now striving toward a relatively modest goal, which would likely involve financing a partial easing of both FY 2014 and FY 2015 sequestration cuts by raising revenue through increasing various federal fees and making cuts to some federal benefits.

The longer it takes the conference committee to reach an agreement on a topline spending level, the more difficult it will be for appropriators to pass appropriations bills that would fund the government beyond the current stopgap funding measure that expires January 15 in order to avoid another federal government shutdown. In the case that the conference committee fails to reach an agreement, plans are underway in the House to introduce a full-year FY 2014 continuing resolution (CR), or stopgap funding measure, at the relatively low $967 billion topline spending level outlined in the initial House FY 2014 Budget Resolution. The $967 billion level of spending would result in dramatic cuts to many HUD programs.

House Returns from Recess
The House reconvened from their Thanksgiving recess yesterday, while the Senate is expected to reconvene next Monday, December 9. Members of Congress have very few legislative days remaining, particularly days when both chambers will be in session, prior to the December 13 deadline for the conference committee to reach an agreement on a topline discretionary spending level.

Upcoming Forum: Youth Homelessness - What Are the Challenges for Policymakers, Practitioners, and Researchers?

On Tuesday, December 10, at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT), Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago will host a forum in which panelists will discuss how service providers are addressing the needs of homeless youth and the challenges homeless youth providers face. Panelists will also discuss how federal programs that fund services for homeless youth can be improved. If you are interested in attending, you may attend in person at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center, or register for the live webcast.

Webinar Recording: Resetting State Priorities to End Homelessness

We have posted on the Alliance website a recording of a webinar that originally streamed on Monday, November 18, that covers state leadership in California and Virginia on ending homelessness. In California, low-income housing advocates are behind a revenue proposal with a provision for homeless assistance, while in Virginia, communities are responding to the governor's initiative on rapid re-housing. Speakers include Sharon Rapport, of CSH in California, and Pamela Kestner and Kathy Robertson, of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

Data Points: Fewer People are on the Streets, More in Shelters
By Samantha Batko

Last month, HUD released Part I of the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. It showed a 4 percent decline in overall homelessness from 2012 to 2013. In this post, we examine the numbers in the report of the sheltered and unsheltered subpopulations, as well as changes in the number of beds available to people experiencing homelessness.

A Wonkish First Read of the Continuum of Care NOFA
By Norm Suchar

HUD released the 2013 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on Friday, November 22. The NOFA includes some interesting changes and features. Here are some initial thoughts on the NOFA from the director of the Alliance's Center for Capacity Building.

What Can You Do to Make a Real Difference?
By Steve Berg

It's the holiday season, and one of the questions we are often asked this time of year is, "what can I do to make a difference?" In this post, we suggest some actions that people can take to help end homelessness.

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