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Newsletters | September 18, 2006

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September 12, 2006    

    POLICY  \|  DATA + RESEARCH  \|  TOOL + TRAINING  \|  NEWS + MEDIA Forward Editor: Samantha Batko    
   
 
Spotlight On...
Our New Look!

keys The National Alliance to End Homelessness launched its brand new website (www.endhomelessness.org). In addition to featuring brand new navigation, the new website also has some new and exciting features:  
 

 

 

 

Henry Cisneros

 

“I think we can reduce homelessness to a trickle... homelessness should be a rare and temporary condition for people who suffer personal setbacks, are sick, or who fall between the cracks of the system. It should not be an accepted norm in America’s cities.” - Henry Cisneros

Take a five minute break from whatever you are doing to hear about emerging issues, new research, and personal stories from experts and leaders in homelessness and housing policy. “Take Five! Q&A with Experts,” a new feature in the Alliance's website, features Henry Cisneros, Chairman of CityView and Alliance Board member, answer five questions about homelessness policy and solutions.


Guidebook on Developing Housing for Veterans

In August, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, released a “Guidebook on Developing Permanent Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans.” The guidebook is meant to assist veteran’s housing and service organizations that are interested in developing permanent supportive housing. CSH provides four steps for housing and service providers to take:

  • The pre-construction phase, including architectural design, finalization of financing, and site acquisition;
  • The construction phase;
  • Tenant selection and lease-up, which should begin as the project is in the later stages of construction and includes screening and selecting tenants so that units can be leased quickly; and
  • Asset management, including the preservation of the real estate value and the management of compliance obligations associated with housing financing.

The guidebook also includes a case study of a project targeted for homeless veterans in San Francisco and an appendix that defines terms typically used in the development of permanent supportive housing.
Department of Justice survey of 25,000 inmates from across the country. The study also found that female inmates had higher rates of mental health problems than male inmates, and that over one in three state prisoners, one in four federal prisoners, and one in six jail inmates who had a mental health problem had received treatment since admission.
The Montgomery Area’s Blueprint Toward Ending Chronic Homelessness was unveiled. The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless partnered with the city of Montgomery to create a strategic plan aimed at ending chronic homelessness in the county by 2014. Their strategy includes five recommendations each of which have action steps and benchmarks for success. Their plan focuses on improving the methods for homelessness prevention through discharge planning, eviction and crisis intervention strategies, improving access to mainstream services, and improving the income stability of residents. Improving outreach to the region’s homeless, streamlining services, and expanding permanent housing options are also vital elements of their strategic plan.

Alliance Audio Conference on Thursday

Data is an essential tool for formulating plans to end homelessness, evaluating programs, assessing cost- effectiveness, and efficiently targeting scarce resources. It takes a lot of work to collect data, but some investment on the front end can make data collection easier over the long term. Learn how communities are using HMIS to gather data for annual point in time counts. The next audio conference will feature technical assistance providers and program planners talking about how to prepare and plan for using HMIS in your community’s point in time counts. The call will feature:

  • Erin Wilson of Abt Associates
  • Michelle Hayes of Abt Associates and the National Director, HUD's HMIS Technical Assistance Initiative
  • Brian Smith, Vermont Department of Health - Division of Mental Health
  • Mary Cunningham, Homelessness Research Institute, National Alliance to End Homelessness

 
 
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