Alliance Online News: New Youth Homelessness Toolkit Available


Newsletters | August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012    
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
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New Toolkit for Counting Youth

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the California Homeless Youth Project recently released a resource to help communities conduct targeted counts of youth experiencing homelessness called "A Toolkit for Counting Homeless Youth." The toolkit includes principles for successfully counting youth, how to mobilize for support, elements to include during the planning phase of a count, and much more. The toolkit is based upon the experiences of advocates from the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.

Download the Toolkit


Alliance Launches T-Shirt Photo Campaign

Due to the popularity of our "End Homelessness" t-shirts at our conferences, the Alliance is launching a nationwide T-shirt Photo Campaign to capture your work to end homelessness in action. To participate in the campaign, take a photo of yourself wearing your "End Homelessness" t-shirt wherever you are working to end homelessness. If you are a homelessness service provider, volunteer, board member, scholar, or advocate, we want to see you hard at work ending homelessness. Share your photo on our Facebook page, tweet it using the hashtag #workingtoend or email it to us. Make sure you describe what you are doing to end homelessness in your photo.

Tulsa Symposium to Take Place in September

The Alliance will be a national partner in the 2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium and Mental Health America Annual Conference at the Tulsa Convention Center from September 19 through 21. The event will spotlight the achievements of the Tulsa mental health community in applying Housing First approaches to serving people in behavioral health recovery. The combined conference will offer a wide array of 50 breakout sessions across 10 tracks ranging from housing development and retention, to recovery-focused sessions that include current research, special populations, social inclusion, and clinical practice. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will sponsor the conference track, "Community Supports and Recovery Services." Conference participants can receive 18 continuing education credit hours, including three credit hours of ethics.

Recording of HUD Presentation Available for Download

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has made audio recordings of its July 19 presentation on its study of The Impact of Housing and Services Interventions on Homeless Families available for download. The presentation was on an experimental study of family homelessness that will compare several combinations of housing assistance and services to determine which interventions work best to promote housing stability, family preservation, child well-being, adult well-being, and self-sufficiency. To date, HUD has invested over $10 million in this study, the largest experimental study of homelessness ever conducted.

Presenters Needed for Youth Homelessness Conference

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center is seeking presenters for the National Runaway and Homeless Youth FYSB Grantee Conference, which will be held Nov. 13 through15, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. Workshops should be consistent with the Family and Youth Services Bureau's outcomes of safety, permanent connections, well-being, and self-sufficiency. The deadline to submit abstracts is Thursday, August 30.
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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