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Solutions Brief  |  November 25, 2014

This brief is the first in a series providing community leaders and rapid re-housing providers with information on how they can use different federal programs to fund rapid re-housing. Each brief contains information on the funding source, ways it can be used to support rapid re-housing, and examples of communities that have successfully done so.

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Solutions Brief  |  September 9, 2014

This resource discusses how a new statewide initiative in Washington state is providing dedicated resources to quickly reconnect homeless families who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) with housing. The has improved coordination between TANF agencies and organizations providing rapid re-housing assistance can better integrate housing and employment interventions and improve outcomes for homeless families.

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Solutions Brief  |  April 22, 2014

This resource provides a brief overview of the history and effectiveness of rapid re-housing and provides context for the Alliance's "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing" resource, which the Alliance developed in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Solutions Brief  |  March 4, 2014

This brief, written for the Alliance by the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, provides an overview of the United States’ federally funded workforce system, examples of workforce and homeless system collaboration and recommendations for meeting the employment interests and needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Solutions Brief  |  January 8, 2014

This brief highlights two successful collaboration between EveryOne Home and Alameda County Social Services Agency to end family homelessness. It describes an initiative that combined the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund and the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) program, and a demonstration pilot that uses federal child welfare resources and the expertise of local homeless service organizations to meet the housing needs of child welfare-involved families.

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Solutions Brief  |  December 17, 2013

This paper provides an overview of the DeKalb Kids Home Collaborative, which is an example of a successful partnership forged between homeless service providers, the school system, and an employment service provider. The partnership emerged after school leaders and homeless service providers came together to help a mother and son struggling with homelessness. Their collaborative effort helped the family escape homelessness and inspired the providers to develop a formal partnership to help children avoid or quickly escape homelessness.

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Solutions Brief  |  December 9, 2013

This paper reports on the Alliance’s pre-conference convening in Washington DC in July 2013, on offering new approaches for solving chronic homelessness through innovation made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It describes models for integrating housing and health care emerging in Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Portland (OR), and identifies challenges as well as opportunities that other communities might consider in response to the ACA.

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Solutions Brief  |  September 11, 2013

This brief is intended for child welfare agencies that are responding to the housing needs of families involved in the child welfare system. It examines the research that documents the link between inadequate housing and child welfare involvement and highlights some of the innovative practices child welfare agencies have developed to respond to the housing needs of families in their care. Finally, it provides early lessons gleaned from some of these practices.

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Solutions Brief  |  August 21, 2013

Individual assets are the total resources a person holds. The ability to build and maintain assets is a crucial component of achieving financial security, which can facilitate housing stability. This brief includes two strategies for achieving this end, banking initiatives and asset building initiatives.

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Solutions Brief  |  August 21, 2013

Although research consistently shows that people experiencing homelessness want to work, they often face a variety of barriers to achieving this goal. This brief summarizes the findings of the National Transitional Jobs Network’s year-long undertaking to document promising employment practices for people experiencing homelessness, the findings of which were published in 2012 as the “Working to End Homelessness Initiative: Best Practice Series.”

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Solutions Brief  |  August 21, 2013

Individual assets are the total resources a person holds. The ability to build and maintain assets is a crucial component of achieving financial security, which can facilitate housing stability. This brief includes two strategies for achieving this end, banking initiatives and asset building initiatives.

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Solutions Brief  |  August 21, 2013

Disconnected youth face multiple barriers to employment compared to their stably connected peers, which can increase the burden on social services agencies. This brief includes an overview of the scope of youth unemployment and the challenges it generates, including its nexus with education and criminal activity, and lessons learned from the American Recovery and Investment Act about employing disconnected youth.

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Solutions Brief  |  February 19, 2013

The resource provides an overview of how some communities are using TANF funds for short-term rent assistance and how TANF agencies can help improve the self-sufficiency of families.

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Solutions Brief  |  February 19, 2013

This promising strategy profile examines a unique partnership between a homeless service provider and a state agency administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families  to help homeless Idaho families rapidly exit homelessness and re-stabilize in homes of their own.

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Solutions Brief  |  January 29, 2013

This document is intended to help answer key questions communities may have about the assessment and referral pieces of coordinated assessment and provide guidance based on work the National Alliance to End Homelessness has done with other communities.

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