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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 29, 2009
In May 2008, the Alliance provided comments to the Department of Health and Human Services explaining the importance of protecting health care for the homeless clinics and consolidated community health centers across the country. These clinics and centers provide an important safety net for people without health insurance or with insufficient access to health care services.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  April 10, 2009
This two-page brief provides highlights of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act that was signed into law by President Obama on May 20, 2009.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  March 24, 2009
This short brief provides an overview of many of the important provisions that were contained in HUD's Notice for the HPRP funds.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  February 25, 2009
The economic recovery act also included funding for several other programs that aid homeless individuals and families. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of these programs. It also highlights resources that provide more information on each program.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  February 9, 2009
This document provides a brief overview of the HPRP funding, how communities should begin preparing for it, and what opportunities it presents.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  February 5, 2009
Both the House and Senate economic recovery bills include $1.5 billion for one-time grants to state and local government, to prevent people from becoming homeless or quickly rehouse those who become homeless. The funding, combined with know-how that has improved dramatically over the past ten years, will give communities a fighting chance to avoid the kind of massive increases in homelessness that took place during the recession of the early 1980s.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 24, 2008
This one-pager describes how the funding for homeless services is distributed across various federal agencies.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 21, 2008

This brief provides a detailed overview of the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act that was included in the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which was signed into law on May 20, 2009 by President Obama. The document explains the legislation's background, provides details on its provisions, and discusses the ramifications of the bill's language for implementation and application procedures.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  August 28, 2008
This document contains the text of the National Housing Trust Fund section of the recently enacted Housing and Economic Recovery Act. The Trust Fund provides resources that will primarily develop rental housing affordable to extremely low income households.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 16, 2007
On August 13, 2007, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new proposed rules to make several definition and rule clarifications to the rehabilitation option that Medicaid agencies use to provide services for people with mental health disorders, physical disabilities, developmental delays, and other disabilities or chronic illnesses. In addition, the rehabilitation option package of services has been used for youth in therapeutic foster care. The National Alliance to End Homelessness has concerns that, if this proposed rule were implemented in its current form, people experiencing homelessness would have less access to health related services.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  March 11, 2007

The Alliance has released an updated brief on chronic homelessness, describing its characteristics, causes, and solutions. The brief summarizes the interaction between emergency shelters, health care systems, and criminal justice and chronic homelessness. It also describes the benefits and cost effectiveness of permanent supportive housing and the success that many communities have achieved.

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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 16, 2006
Thanks to an amendment introduced by Senator Landrieu (D-LA) and supported by Senator Vitter (R-LA), the Senate version of the supplemental appropriations bill includes funding for supportive housing (housing linked with services for extremely low-income people) in the Gulf Coast. The bill would make 4,500 project based rent subsidies available for use in supportive housing. These rent subsidies can be linked to the GO-Zone tax credits and service supports to create supportive housing for disabled and vulnerable residents of the Gulf Coast. This proposal conforms to Louisiana’s The Road Home housing plan, and the needs of communities throughout the region.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  October 16, 2006
The Senate approved its $28.9 billion hurricane recovery package on May 4, 2006, improving in many ways upon the companion measure that passed the full House, H.R. 4939, on March 16. Several aspects of the Senate bill are critical to ensure the needs of elderly, disabled and other extremely low income renters in the Gulf coast are met, and we request that these changes remain in any compromise that emerges from conference committee negotiations.
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Federal Policy Brief  |  August 15, 2006
February 15, 2006

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