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Newsletters | June 26, 2012

June 26, 2012    

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

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Webinar on Improving the Crisis Response for Youth

On Wednesday, July 11 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET, the Alliance will host "Improving the Crisis Response for Youth," a webinar that will focus on keeping youth off the streets and away from the dangers inherent to the streets, including violence, drugs, and sexual exploitation. Oftentimes, communities do not have sufficient resources to shelter all homeless youth. This webinar will focus on alternatives to physical shelter beds, including host homes, and ways to ensure that the adult crisis system is responsive to the needs of youth who are in crisis. This webinar will feature Samantha Batko, Program and Policy Analyst at the Alliance; Kristen Granatek, Manager of Technical Assistance and Program Services at the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; and Mark Kroner, Director of the Lighthouse Training Institute out of Lighthouse Youth Services.

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Hill Update


For Agriculture programs, the Committee provided $888 million for the Section 521 Rental Assistance program, a decrease of $17 million from the FY 2012 level, and $19 million below the President's request. The Senate Appropriations Committee proposed a funding level of $907 million. The Section 515 Rental Housing program would also see a funding reduction under the House bill. The House's proposed FY 2013 level of $31 million is $34 million below the FY 2012 level, though the president included no funding for the program in his FY 2013 request. The Senate Appropriations Committee proposed a funding level of $28 million.

The full House is expected to begin voting on the FY 2013 T-HUD FY 2013 funding bill later today, with the FY 2013 Agriculture bill scheduled to be considered later this week.

New Grants for States to Improve TANF

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced new funding to improve the integrity of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. State human service agencies can apply for the funds to use data and other promising approaches to prevent overpayments to ineligible families and to increase the share of eligible families receiving TANF assistance. According to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS, less than one-third of eligible families are currently receiving TANF. To improve access to TANF assistance for eligible families in need, the notice indicates that states may elect to:
  • Identify very poor families applying for or receiving assistance from other programs (this can include families with children receiving food stamps and families seeking or receiving shelter services or homelessness prevention assistance) who could benefit from TANF assistance;
  • Redesign TANF eligibility and recertification processes; and
  • Implement program changes to reduce administrative case closures, reduce sanctions or work to reduce sanctions through promoting program compliance, and/or adopt outreach strategies to streamline families' access to assistance.
State agencies may also use other program databases, which could include Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), to improve data quality and identify potentially eligible families who are not connected to TANF supports.

Conference Cancellations Due June 27


Online Conference Registration Closes July 9

Online registration for the 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness must be made online by 10 am ET on Monday, July 9. After 10 am ET on Monday, July 9, online registration will close. Onsite registration will be open, based upon availability, at the onsite registration rate of $725.
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