Alliance Online News: Alliance Publishes Interactive Map of 2013 PIT Count Numbers


Newsletters | March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013    
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Alliance Publishes Interactive Map of 2013 PIT Count Numbers

The Alliance has published an interactive map of homelessness numbers collected this January as a part of the 2013 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count. Every Continuum of Care (CoC) participated in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated PIT Count of their sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations. The data come from media reports and reports published on CoC and government websites.

The Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the research and education arm of the Alliance, is tracking trends in the homelessness population in communities across the country in an effort to document progress toward ending homelessness. PIT Counts do not provide a precise count of homeless people, but they do provide a consistent measure of progress over time.

HRI documents Point-In-Time count results in a number of ways, one of which is to map media and CoC reports of increases and decreases in the numbers of people experiencing homelessness. Of the 21 CoCs mapped thus far, 11 saw increases in their homeless populations and 10 saw decreases.

The Alliance needs your help updating the map. Please email a link to your community's report or to a media story about your PIT Count to

Access the Interactive Map


Hill Update

House Passes FY 2013 Budget
On Wednesday, March 6, the House passed H.R. 933, legislation that would fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year (FY) 2013. The measure funds the majority of federal agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), at FY 2012 levels, while tacking on newly crafted bills to fund Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs programs at higher levels.

The Senate is working on their own version of the legislation, which is similar to the House bill, but includes additional spending provisions. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week. To view these anomalies, click here.

Congress to Work on FY 2014 Budget
The House and Senate are simultaneously working on their own FY 2014 budgets. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is expected to release his FY 2014 budget resolution today, while Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) is expected to introduce hers tomorrow. The bills are expected to take very different approaches to funding the government. It is anticipated that the House version would significantly cut spending, whereas the Senate version would raise revenue through closing tax loopholes.

House Labor-H Appropriations Subcommittee to Hold Hearing
The House Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on proposed FY 2014 funding for relevant agencies and programs tomorrow, March 13, at 10 a.m.. Numerous stakeholders, including many health and education professionals, will serve as witnesses.

Upcoming Webinars
Leveraging TANF Funds and Strategic Partnerships to Improve Housing Stability and Economic Outcomes for Low-Income Families
On Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. ET, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Assistance will host a webinar examining how Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds can be used to help families avoid homelessness. The webinar will feature a partnership between the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and the Mercer County Board of Social Services, and will present an opportunity for TANF leaders and partners to learn more about how TANF resources can be used to rapidly re-house families.

Register for the webinar

Partnering with TANF Agencies to End Family Homelessness: Idaho
On Thursday, March 28, at 3 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the partnership between the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which administers state TANF funding, and the Charitable Assistance To Community's Homeless, Inc. (CATCH) program, which is expanding rapid re-housing to homeless families in Idaho. The partnership was the focus of a recent promising strategy brief by the Alliance. Speakers will include Ross Mason, regional director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and Greg Mason, executive director of CATCH.

Register for the webinar

February Conference Materials Available Online

Workshop presentations from the Alliance's 2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness are now available online. Presentations focus on a wide range of issues, from using data to size and scope the issue of youth homelessness, to reunifying homeless youth with parents through family interventions, to retooling transitional housing programs. This page will continue to be updated as additional conference materials become available.

If you are a conference presenter who would like materials for your workshop added to the website, please email Alliance Communications Associate Emanuel Cavallaro at

Retooling Transitional Housing Success Stories

The Alliance recently released the latest video in a series that answers frequently asked questions. In the video "Retooling Transitional Housing: Community Success Stories," Alliance Capacity Building Associate Kay Moshier McDivitt answers the question, "What are some real-world examples of transitional housing programs that have successfully retooled?"
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.

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