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Federal Policy Brief  |  November 29, 2011
The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to come up with a plan to reduce the nation's deficit by the needed $1.2 trillion. This inaction will put sequestration into effect over the next nine years. This brief explains what this means for homelessness programs.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 22, 2011

This short paper will provide recommendations for how the Select Committee can assist in the work to end homelessness and identify decisions that would make the work more difficult and that should be avoided. It will also cover the impact that sequestration would have on nearly all key federal programs to end homelessness, should the Select Committee fail to identify sufficient reductions in the deficit.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 9, 2011

The National Alliance to End Homelessness recommends that Congress appropriate a small amount of funding to carry out Congress’s requirement of a study of homelessness among youth. This study would contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of bipartisan efforts to protect these uniquely vulnerable young people.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  August 9, 2011
Policymakers seeking strategies to manage health care costs often look at ways to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital stays. Frequently overlooked in this approach are community-based solutions that offset health care costs associated with homelessness.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  May 6, 2011
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), starting on January 1, 2014, Medicaid eligibility will expand to include all individuals under 133% of the federal poverty. This brief is a guide to Sample Health Care Benefits Packages created under the health care reform bill.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  February 28, 2011

| As parts of the Affordable Care Act are phased in, state leaders are facing complex decisions on issues. This issues - as well as possible solutions - are discussed in this brief about applying the ACA to benefit at-risk and homelessness populations.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  September 29, 2010
The following is Notice PIH 2010-40(HA) issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Directors of HUD Regional and Field Offices of Public Housing; Agencies that Administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Issued Wednesday, September 28, 2010.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  August 17, 2010
Paper on the Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, which will provide $1.5 billion over the next five years to support implementation of evidence based home visiting programs that improve the health and development of very young at-risk children and reduce child abuse and neglect.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 26, 2010

This issue brief outlines changes in appropriations and authorization language for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program and focuses on how these changes may benefit homeless youth. Changes in program eligibility will allow agencies to offer housing, rapid re-housing, and services designed to facilitate family reunification and prevent youth from running away.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  March 18, 2010

This brief examines chronic homelessness and provides an overview of key strategies used to reduce chronic homelessness, including permanent supportive housing, prevention, and targeting.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  December 5, 2009
TANF reauthorization is an ideal opportunity to make TANF an effective tool that more communities can use to end family homelessness. This paper outlines the Alliance's policy priorities for TANF reauthorization.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 30, 2009
Click here for more information about the Neighborhood Stabilization program, which provides funds to communities that have high rates of foreclosure and vacant properties. At least 25 percent of the funding must be used to provide housing, including permanent supportive housing, to people below 50 percent of area median income. This resource includes a fact sheet on how communities can use the funding, as well as links to additional resources.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  July 28, 2009

As VA’s only permanent supportive housing intervention, HUD-VASH must be an integral part of ending homelessness for veterans. This document provides advocates and policymakers with a number of specific areas for improvement and recommendations to improve targeting and administration of HUD-VASH in the service of homeless veterans.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  June 29, 2009
Given the debate in Congress over health care reform, the Alliance has prepared two recommendations for inclusion in health care reform. First, that at least every American living below the federal poverty level must be eligible for Medicaid; second, that Medicaid eligible populations must have access to integrated health services that include mental health and substance use treatment.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  June 17, 2009

This document provides a section-by-section analysis of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act signed into law in May 2009.

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