On Monday, November 4, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on how communities should approach the assessment phase of their coordinated intake system. The Alliance's Kim Walker, technical assistance specialist, and Norm Suchar, Center for Capacity Building director, will discuss what should happen during your assessment process and what questions to ask when selecting assessment tools to use as part of your process. If you have any questions about this webinar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budget Conferees Expected to Meet this Week
The House and the Senate have both appointed Members to a conference committee of 29 to work on a Budget Resolution that will outline federal spending for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The self-imposed deadline for lawmakers to craft the Budget Resolution is December 13, as set in the October 17 legislation that funded the government and delayed the debt ceiling.
This task will require members of the conference committee from both political parties to reach a compromise between the different funding levels included in earlier House and Senate FY 2014 Budget Resolutions. Negotiations will involve various strategies to reduce the nation's deficit and could potentially address sequestration for FY 2014 spending or beyond.
The total spending level determined will impact the amount of funding that will be available to fund various government programs, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homelessness and affordable housing programs. If Congress fails to reach a deal by January 15, when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires, the topline appropriations number will be cut, in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011.
The conference committee is expected to hold their first meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30. Updates on the committee's progress will be included in future Hill Updates.
Committee Holds Hearing on Federal Housing Administration Bailout
This morning at 10 a.m. ET the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the bailout of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The hearing explored the health of the FHA's Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMIF) and the implications of the FHA's announcement that it will require $1.7 billion in mandatory appropriations from the U.S. Treasury.
In her testimony, Carol Galante, Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, emphasized the important role the FHA has played in supporting the housing market and broader economy. She also explained that the appropriation was necessary to ensure that at the end of FY 2013, the MMIF has sufficient funds in its capital reserve account to cover all expected future losses.
A video recording of the webinar " Child Welfare Agencies: Identifying and Addressing Families' Housing Needs" is now available on the Alliance website. This webinar, which originally streamed October 21, explores how housing needs can impact the outcomes of families receiving child welfare family preservation or reunification services. Speakers provide an overview of strategies that child welfare agencies are crafting to address families' housing needs.
In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Alliance has been spotlighting the research on the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness. The week before, we looked at the scope of domestic violence. In this post, we turn our attention to the characteristics of survivors who seek out shelter as opposed to those who do not.
If you want to end homelessness in your community, you are going to need a unified community vision for how to do it. In this post, we talk about how the Alliance's Capacity Building Team helped providers in Charlotte, N.C. develop a vision for their system and figure out how their coordinated assessment process should contribute to the achievement of that vision.