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Solutions Brief  |  March 1, 2016

HUD has released guidance to private landlords that using criminal records to deny people housing can violate the Fair Housing Act if it has disproportionate impact on people based on color or national origin.

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Solutions Brief  |  March 1, 2016

HUD has released guidance to public housing authorities (PHAs) that says they cannot use arrests without convictions as a reason to deny housing. Other guidance for how PHAs use criminal records is also outlined, which promotes housing for people reentering the community from jails and prisons.

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Solutions Brief  |  February 15, 2016

Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families to quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the community, and not become homeless again in the near term.  

This document provides details on performance benchmarks that would qualify a program as effective. These benchmarks are accompanied by qualitative program standards for each of the rapid re-housing core components that are likely to help a program meet the performance benchmarks. Lastly, this document include a section on program philosophy and design standards that provide more guidance on the broader role a rapid re-housing program should play in ending homelessness.

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Solutions Brief  |  August 3, 2015

Each brief in this series highlights one federal program that can be used for 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  |  July 8, 2015

From 2010 to 2014 Virginia reduced the number of families experiencing homelessness by 25 percent. One important factor in this success was that Virginia shifted from a shelter and transitional housing-based system to one based much more on the use of a rapid re-housing approach. This paper outlines the major activities and lessons learned from this project.

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Solutions Brief  |  April 29, 2015

This brief on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is one  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  |  April 29, 2015

This brief on the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program is one in a series that is intended to provide 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  |  March 4, 2015

This resource examines the role of long-term, congregate transitional housing in ending homelessness. It was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice.

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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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