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Newsletters | October 31, 2006

October 31, 2006    

    POLICY  \|  DATA + RESEARCH  \|  TOOL + TRAINING  \|  NEWS + MEDIA Forward Editor: Samantha Batko    
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Organizational Sign-On Letter—Increase McKinney-Vento Funding


On October 26, The National Alliance to End Homelessness began circulating a sign-on letter to a broad range of local, state, and national organizations which will be sent to Congress in support of including $1.536 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in the final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2007. This funding level represents a $209 million increase to McKinney as requested by the President and is included in the House version of the appropriations bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee included a $185 million increase for McKinney in their version of the bill which did not go to the Senate floor prior to Congressional recess. The letter will remain open until Wednesday, November 15, shortly after Congress returns to Washington and when they are expected to reconcile differences between the two versions of the appropriations bill. If your organization would like to sign the letter, please contact Sarah Kahn at the Alliance by email at or by phone at 202-942-8259 with the full name of your organization and what city and state you are located in. To read the letter, click here.



Last week in Michigan, over 60 ten year plans to end homelessness were completed, representing all 83 counties in the state. In celebration of this important step forward in the fight to end homelessness, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) hosted the First Annual Michigan Homeless Summit in Lansing on October 24-25. Homeless advocates from around the country, state and county officials, and service providers came together to celebrate the completion of the plans on the first day of the conference. The second day was devoted to implementation strategies, as leaders attempted to equip the counties with the tools they need to move forward with the ten year plans. This development in Michigan significantly increases the number of completed ten year plans around the country.

National AIDS Housing Coalition Convenes Researchers

On October 20 and 21, approximately 160 researchers, advocates, policymakers, practitioners, and consumers came together for the second annual National Housing HIV/AIDS Research Summit series convened by the National AIDS Housing Coalition. Dr. Angela Aidala of the Center for Applied Public Health at Columbia University was among numerous researchers presenting results on how housing affects health. Dr. Aidala presented findings on how housing is associated with decreases in risky behavior (sharing needles, unprotected sex, drug uses), which can lead to lower transmission rates and improved outcomes for individuals. The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) will post materials from the summit on their website. A summary brief from the first summit is available on the NAHC website.

Ten Year Plan Highlight: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has developed a plan to address the problem of homelessness state-wide. In 2005, over 15,300 people were found homeless in the state and over half were families with children. Pennsylvania put forth a vision where every person will live as independently as possible through adequate, streamlined, consumer-driven, and recovery-oriented support services. The “Agenda to End Homelessness in Pennsylvania” is based on three guiding strategies serve the foundation for implementation:

  • To improve coordination between state agencies and promote targeting of resources consistent with the state vision and guiding principles;
  • To foster and support local efforts to ending homelessness; and
  • To promote “recovery-oriented housing” and services for chronically homeless individuals.

G. Allan Kingston Joins Alliance Board

The National Alliance to End Homelessness welcomes G. Allan Kingston to its Board of Directors. As President and CEO of Century Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing lender in Los Angeles, Mr. Kingston has helped add more than 12,000 units of affordable housing throughout LA. Under his leadership, Century Housing received the “Corporation of the Year” Award in 2006 from the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. Mr. Kingston has served on the Boards of many nonprofits and currently serves as co-chair of the city of Los Angeles’ Housing Bond Campaign. Mr. Kingston has also received the 2006 Getty House Foundation Helen Bernstein Award for his work providing educational opportunities to at-risk youth and the 2002 Advocate of the Year Award from the Southern California Associate of Nonprofit Housing for his work on the success of Proposition 46, the $1.2 billion bond issue for affordable housing.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.

How much does the federal government spend on homelessness?

$1.928 billion dollars is spent on federal programs dedicated to homeless people.

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