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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 24, 2013

More than 2.1 million low-income families use Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to help pay for housing that they find in the private market. The Section 8 program is a cost-effective way to help low-income families across the country afford quality, consistent housing. Now more than ever, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers are necessary to help families become housed and enjoy the opportunities that come with stable housing.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  July 10, 2013

HUD-VASH combines a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This cost-effective program provides veterans with intensive needs permanent supportive housing – permanent housing linked with intensive supports – to help them maintain housing stability. Congress should provide a $75 million set-aside for about 10,000 new HUD-VASH vouchers.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  July 10, 2013

Congress should provide at least $2.381 billion for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in FY 2014. This brief outlines why this funding level is necessary and provides a breakdown of what this amount would fund for McKinney programs. $2.381 billion would ultimately mean housing instead of homelessness for approximately 213,000 people.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  June 4, 2013

This resource provides the Alliance's comments comments on a new proposal by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would change regulations defining chronic homelessness for all of HUD’s homeless assistance programs.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 30, 2013

In order to continue the progress toward ending homelessness for America's veterans, Congress should continue to fund HUD-VASH vouchers to provide housing, coupled with services, to chronically homeless veterans.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 23, 2013

Congress could offer necessary, crisis services for homeless youth by appropriating at least $115 million in fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 11, 2013

The HUD-VASH program is a joint program of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). Congress should continue to make ending homelessness among veterans a top priority by providing $75 million within HUD and $278 million with VA for new HUD-VASH vouchers in FY 2014, the amount requested in the President’s Budget Proposal to house an estimated 10,000 additional veterans.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 11, 2013

SSVF provides the missing piece for VA to finally be able to end homelessness among veterans. Congress should continue to make ending homelessness among veterans a top priority by providing $300 million for the SSVF program in FY 2014, the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  February 19, 2013

This resource provides the Alliance's comments on the Medicaid Proposed Rule of January 22, 2013. The Alliance's comments address several issues that affect vulnerable adults who are chronically homeless, at-risk of becoming chronically homeless, or recovering from chronic homelessness in permanent supportive housing.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  November 23, 2012

This document is the final version of the Alliance’s comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), outlining recommendations on the interim rule for the Continuum of Care program as updated by the HEARTH Act of 2009.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  November 9, 2012

This policy brief discusses how Medicaid health homes can help improve the behavioral and physical outcomes for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and lead to positive housing outcomes.The brief explains the Medicaid health home benefit under the Affordable Care Act, and reviews models that have already been approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 26, 2012

This policy brief illustrates the historical funding of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) since fiscal year (FY) 2001. The brief beaks down the historical funding of each of the three programs. Currently, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) is funded at $115 million. RHYA consists of three programs dedicated to serving youth experiencing homelessness: street outreach, basic center, and transitional living programs.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 6, 2012

This federal policy brief describes child welfare’s National Youth in Transition Database, which collects data on the services provided to youth aging out of foster care as well as the reporting of outcomes for youth who have exited, which includes homelessness. The survey is first administered at age 17, and then again when the youth is 19 and 21.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  August 3, 2012

This is a brief summary of the interim regulations for the new consolidated Continuum of Care (CoC) program. It highlights key aspects of the new regulations under the HEARTH Act.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  July 15, 2012

Sequestration, an initial 8.4 percent across-the-board cut to discretionary federal funding, could mean significant reductions in resources serving homeless and at-risk people and a potential rise in homelessness across the country.

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