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Advocacy Resource  |  March 1, 2016

Use these sample letters as templates when sending a letter to your Members of Congress urging them to provide $2.664 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program and $20.854 billion for HUD's Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program. 

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Advocacy Resource  |  November 30, 2015

These talking points are meant to help advocates explain to their members of Congress the purpose of legislation that will prevent eligibility changes for certain housing assistance programs that serve homeless veterans.

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Advocacy Resource  |  November 16, 2015

These sample letters as guides for contacting your Senators and Representatives urging them to provide $2.480 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD)'s McKinney-Vento programs in fiscal year (FY) 2016. 

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Advocacy Resource  |  November 6, 2015

Congress can enact bipartisan solutions to finally end chronic homelessness by 2017. To make this happen, Congress must increase funding for HUD’s Homeless Assistance account by $345 million to $2.48 billion total, as requested by the budget.  This will allow us to replicate the success we’ve already seen in communities that are declaring an end to veteran homelessness, where modest Congressional investments have the country on the verge of solving this problem.

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Advocacy Resource  |  November 6, 2015

A chronically homeless person costs the tax payer an average of $35,578 per year. This study shows how costs on average are reduced by 49.5% when they are placed in supportive housing. Supportive housing costs on average $12,800, making the net savings roughly $4,800 per year. Congress can enact bipartisan solutions to finally end chronic homelessness by 2017. To make this happen, Congress must increase funding for HUD’s Homeless Assistance account by $414 million to $2.664 billion total, as requested by the budget.

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Advocacy Resource  |  November 3, 2015

There are three key things Congress should do in the final FY 2016 funding bill for homelessness and housing programs to capitalize on the opportunity the budget deal presents. These are talking points for advocates to use during National Call-In week. 

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Advocacy Resource  |  September 9, 2015

The Alliance has crafted this brief guide to facilitate meaningful discussions about the frank depiction of life on the streets in the 2015 Richard Gere film "Time Out of Mind." The purpose of such a discussion is to raise awareness among members of your community about the issue of chronical homelessness and encourage actions that will lead to positive change.

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Advocacy Resource  |  August 21, 2015

This resource is a sign-on letter that the Alliance is circulated to encourage Chairpersons of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees and Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittees to spare critical SAMHSA homeless programs, particularly the PATH program, from harmful funding cuts. This is the final letter

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Advocacy Resource  |  July 24, 2015

This one-pager provides background information on SAMHSA's Homelessness programs. It also explains the Alliance's recommendation that in FY 2016 these programs receive at least $100 million in appropriations.

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Advocacy Resource  |  July 24, 2015

This one-pager provides background information on SAMHSA's Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program. It also explains the Alliance's recommendation that in FY 2016 the PATH program receive at least $75 million in appropriations.

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Advocacy Resource  |  July 24, 2015

This one-pager outlines common questions and answers about the PATH program and the impact that cuts made in FY2016 could have. The Senate is proposing a $25 million cut to PATH for FY2016, which is a 38 percent cut from the $65 million budget in FY2015. The House is proposing $10 million cut to PATH or a 15 percent cut. Proposed cuts to the PATH program would be devastating to our efforts to end homelessness and provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities.

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Advocacy Resource  |  June 30, 2015

This page will provide an update of timely congressional activities and their impacts on programs serving people experiencing homelessness. This page will be updated each Tuesday that there is news to report. 

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Advocacy Resource  |  May 27, 2015

This resource offers some tips to help communities make the most of the release of their local Point-in-Time Count data by working with local media and using their own communications channels to bring attention to the local and national effort to end homelessness.

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Advocacy Resource  |  May 11, 2015

Advocates from across the country will meet with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill Day, July 17, 2015, and urge them to make ending homelessness a federal priority.

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Advocacy Resource  |  February 5, 2015

The President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal Webinar Slides

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