Alliance Online News: Government Reopens, Debt Ceiling Deadline Pushed Back


Newsletters | October 22, 2013

October 22, 2013    
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
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Government Reopens, Debt Ceiling Deadline Pushed Back

Last week, with the government partially shut down and the deadline to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a default on U.S. debt fast approaching, Congress passed legislation to avert the crisis and reopen the government. The fiscal package included measures to fund the government until January 15 at post-sequestration fiscal year (FY) 2013 levels and delay the date on which the nation will reach the debt ceiling to February 7.

The deal had only minor impacts on homeless assistance programs, largely because communities are still waiting for the FY 2013 NOFA to be released. It remains to be seen what budget-related concessions will be involved when the debt ceiling issue is addressed. The legislation also does not repeal or otherwise address sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board cuts to FY 2013 spending and the reduced spending caps on subsequent fiscal years.

The package set December 13 as the date lawmakers are expected to complete their conference report on an FY 2014 Budget Resolution, which will provide an outline for how federal funding will be spent. Both chambers have selected conferees to join a conference committee that will write up this Budget Resolution, which will set a total spending level for FY 2014 and could address sequestration for FY 2014 spending or beyond.

If the FY 2014 Budget Resolution, to be set by December 13, addresses sequestration, direct, powerful impacts to HUD programs, including homeless assistance programs, will result. Outcomes of addressing sequestration could range from repealing the cuts on one hand to deepening them for non-defense discretionary programs on the other.

After the deal on the government shutdown and debt ceiling was struck, members of Congress departed for recess. The House reconvenes today, while the Senate will remain on recess until October 28.

Shutdowns, Debt Ceilings, and CRs, Oh My!


Upcoming Webinar: Coordinated Assessment: Understanding Assessment Tools

On Monday, November 4, at 2 PM ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on how communities should approach the assessment phase of their coordinated intake system. The Alliance's Kim Walker, technical assistance specialist, and Norm Suchar, Center for Capacity Building director, will discuss what should happen during your assessment process and what questions to ask when selecting assessment tools to use as part of your process. If you have any questions about this webinar, please email

Webinar Video: Working with Early Childhood Programs

A video recording of the webinar "Working with Early Childhood Programs to Assist Homeless Children and Families" is now available on the Alliance website. This webinar, which originally streamed on October 3, explored how housing needs can impact the outcomes of families receiving child welfare, family preservation, or reunification services. Speakers provided an overview of the strategies that child welfare agencies are crafting to address families' housing needs.

Last Week on Ending Homelessness Today

Shutdowns, Debt Ceilings, and CRs, Oh My!
By Kate Seif

What did the shutdown and resulting negotiations mean, and what was the impact, if any, on homelessness? This post provides the basics on what went down and what's next.

Data Points: Domestic Violence Counts
By Samantha Batko

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this post, we look at how many survivors of domestic violence seek homeless assistance and receive various services, including emergency shelter, and transitional housing.

31 Virginia Organizations Commit to Housing More Homeless Families
By Kay Moshier McDivitt

For several months now, the Alliance has been working with organizations in Virginia as part of the Alliance's learning collaborative initiative. In this post, we talk about the second phase of the initiative the Virginia Rapid Re-Housing Challenge.

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