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Newsletters | November 7, 2006

November 7, 2006    

    POLICY  \|  DATA + RESEARCH  \|  TOOL + TRAINING  \|  NEWS + MEDIA Forward Editor: Samantha Batko    
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A New Vision: What is in Community Plans to End Homelessness?

A New Vision: What is in Community Plans to End Homelessness?

Recently, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released A New Vision: What is in Community Plans to End Homelessness?, report that examines the content of local plans to end homelessness and analyzes the strength plans. According to the analysis, over 200 communities have undertaken efforts to end homelessness and 90 communities have completed plans to end homelessness. Most of the plans to end homelessness target all homeless people (66 percent) while about 34 percent target chronically homeless people exclusively. The plans outline a range of strategies, including developing HMIS systems (91 percent of plans); homeless emergency prevention (79 percent) and systems prevention (91 percent); shortening the time people spend homeless; and linking homeless people with services. Housing is a key component outlined in community plans. In total, the plans call for creating approximately 196,000 units (or subsidies), of which 80,000 units are permanent supportive housing.

This analysis measured the strength of the plans by calculating a score for each strategy outlined in the plan based on the likelihood that it would be implemented. The strength score was calculated based on whether the plan identified performance measures, set a timeline, and identified specific funding sources and bodies responsible for the implementation of each strategy. Most of the strength scores were low to medium, with a majority falling between 0 and 2 (the highest being 4). These scores show that, although plans are outlining the right strategies, they are not always setting clear numeric indicators, establishing timelines, implementing bodies, and identifying funding sources to implement each key strategy.

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Today, the Alliance released a section-by-section summary of the Community Partnership to End Homelessness Act (S. 1801) and the Homeless Assistance Consolidation Act (H.R. 5041)—the two alternatives for reauthorizing HUD’s McKinney Vento homeless assistance programs. Both versions of the reauthorization are currently before Congress. This new section-by-section review offers concise, accurate, and accessible information about both bills.

webcast presentation (PDF) discusses the benefits of conducting a count, the standards for conducting a sheltered and unsheltered count, and how to update housing inventory information. “A Revised Guide on Counting Unsheltered Homeless People” (PDF), with updates specific to the southwest border region and colonias, and “ A Guide to Counting Sheltered Homeless People” (PDF) are new resources aimed at improving methods for data collection. It also includes ways to collect reliable data using HMIS and homeless provider and client surveys.

New Homeless Veteran’s Fact Sheet

Veteran’s Day is November 11. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Day is “the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.” Most of all, the VA points out, Veteran’s Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served—not only all those who died—have sacrificed and done their duty.”

Sadly, thousands of Veterans are homeless. The National Alliance to End Homelessness recently released a fact sheet on veterans and homelessness. The fact sheet examines the causes of homelessness among veterans, characteristics of homeless veterans, and estimates of homeless veterans nationwide.

Upcoming Audio Conference: Housing is Health Care

On November 9 at 3:00 pm ET, the Alliance will host “Housing is Health Care,” an installment of the Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference Series. Ending homelessness takes coordination among a variety of public service systems. The public health system and Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) programs in particular play a significant role. By partnering with local permanent supportive housing programs, providing intensive case management and services for clients in housing programs such as Shelter Plus Care and Section 8, participating in the local ten-year planning process to end homelessness, or serving as part of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, HCH programs ensure those experiencing homelessness access health care services while homeless and after they are placed in housing. Initially these partnerships can be difficult but once established the rewards are immeasurable.

Speakers will describe their programs, provide participants with ideas for how to engage their local HCH programs, and help health care providers connect with their housing counterparts. This audio conference will feature:

  • Ted Amman, Central City Concern, Portland, OR;
  • Elaine Fox, Health Care for the Homeless, Philadelphia, PA; and
  • Peggy Bailey, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC.

The Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference Series is sponsored by the Sara Lee Foundation.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.

Fact Checker: Veterans and Homelessness

It is estimated that between 23 and 40 percent of homeless adults are veterans.

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