Alliance Online News: Using the Home Visiting Program to Serve Homeless Children


Newsletters | April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012    

ISSUES  \|  POLICY  \|  SOLUTIONS  \|  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Anna Blasco

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New Brief on Serving Homeless Children with the Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Mobile, supportive services to promote the health, development, and well-being of very young children are expanding in many low-income communities. The Affordable Care Act - the health care reform legislation - includes new resources for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program to support evidence-based home visiting programs. States must prioritize services to families in which children are at higher risk of poor outcomes, including low-income families, pregnant women under the age of 21, families with a history of child welfare involvement, and families in which a parent has received or requires substance abuse treatment.

A new brief issued by the "Strengthening At Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children's Initiative" and written by the Alliance examines the federal Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and how it can serve homeless children. This brief is part of a series sponsored by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, in partnership with the Alliance, the National Center on Family Homelessness, and ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. More publications in this series can found here.

Read the Brief


Internships and Job Opportunities at the Alliance

Alliance Coordinated Assessment Toolkit Updated

Two weeks ago, the Alliance's Center for Capacity Building released a toolkit on coordinated access (also known as coordinated intake or coordinated entry). The toolkit, broken into sections on Planning and Design, Data and Implementation, Evaluation, and Community Examples, includes papers, planning templates, informational materials, sample assessment tools, and evaluation tools, among other offerings, from the Alliance and communities across the country. Since the toolkit's release, new materials from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and from blog posts in the Center For Capacity Building's series, Field Notes, have been added. The toolkit will continue to be updated with new tools and community contributions. Individuals with questions about the Coordinated Access toolkit or suggested additions should address them to Kim Walker, Capacity Building Associate at the Alliance.

This Thursday: Successful Partnerships to Serve Survivors of Domestic Violence

On Thursday, April 12 at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar focused on creating successful partnerships between homeless assistance programs and domestic violence agencies to meet both the housing and service needs of survivors of domestic violence. This webinar, the third in a series of webinars on preventing and ending homelessness for survivors, will feature Melissa Erlbaum, Executive Director of Clackamas Women's Services, and Megan Owens, Associate Program Director of First Avenues at Hamilton Family Center.

HHS Series on Medicaid and Chronic Homelessness

A series of new papers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlines and describes Medicaid services that help stabilize chronically homeless populations. The four papers show a range of programs and strategies that integrate Medicaid in permanent supportive housing (PSH). Authors Martha Burt and Carol Wilkins note that when Medicaid expands in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, the program will cover most chronically homeless people, many of whom have lacked health insurance so far. Their research is aimed at guiding program administrators toward structures that assure appropriate care for formerly homeless occupants of PSH.

The papers can also be a resource for communities that are reviewing how their strategies support PSH and the service needs of their most vulnerable clients. For instance, the paper titled "Medicaid Financing for Services in Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless People" surveys a number of ways that communities integrate, or could integrate, Medicaid, depending upon how their state structures its health care programs.

New HUD-VASH Resource Guide

The U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a resource guide for the joint HUD - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program on Wednesday, April 4. The HUD-VASH Resource Guide was designed to provide case managers, social workers, treatment specialists, program managers, and other clinicians who work with homeless veterans through the HUD-VASH program with a comprehensive set of resources. The guide includes a wide range of information, such as tools, exercises, worksheets, and links to other homelessness resources and programs.

USICH Report on Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) recently released a new report, "Searching Out Solutions: Constructive Alternatives to Criminalization," which outlines alternatives for communities that implement local measures that criminalize "acts of living." In response to the HEARTH Act, USICH and the Access to Justice Initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice, with support from HUD, convened a summit on the development of constructive alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The report identifies three solutions, including the creation of comprehensive and seamless systems of care, collaboration between law enforcement and behavioral health and social service providers, and alternative justice system strategies.


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