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Solutions Brief  |  April 10, 2009

This two-page brief provides an overview of the prevalence and experience of LGBTQ youth, causal factors, and risks to LGBTQ youth while homeless.

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Solutions Brief  |  April 3, 2009

This paper explores key partnerships that communities should consider for both the planning and program design stage and the implementation, oversight, and evaluation stage of their HPRP program.

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Solutions Brief  |  March 31, 2009
Housing location is a core function of a good prevention and re-housing program. Many programs have staff whose sole function is housing location. Other programs have staff who split time between housing location and case management. This brief includes tips on how to locate and then acquire affordable housing units for your homeless or at-risk clients.
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Solutions Brief  |  March 9, 2009
Local planners can improve the effectiveness of their local HPRP efforts by coordinating with TANF agencies. This one-pager provides an overview of ways in which communities can coordinate HPRP and TANF resources.
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Solutions Brief  |  March 9, 2009

Up to $5 billion is available to states under the economic recovery act for the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund. This brief explores how improving TANF agencies' capacity to work in concert with local efforts to prevent homelessness and re-house families can be used effectively to improve outcomes and end homelessness.

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Solutions Brief  |  March 5, 2009
The Alliance has created this guide to help communities prepare a HPRP plan to submit to HUD. This guide can be used by public agencies responsible for submitting the plan, as well as the public and private partners who will be involved in developing the plan. The Guide was prepared before HUD issued its guidelines for the HPRP.
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Solutions Brief  |  March 3, 2009
Although HPRP provides a tremendous opportunity to prevent or end homelessness, there are not enough resources to adequately serve everybody who is homeless or at risk. This one-pager provides an overview of the Alliance’s principles for achieving the maximum benefit from these funds.
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Solutions Brief  |  December 8, 2008

This report highlights the incidence of homelessness among LGBTQ youth and the vulnerability of LGBTQ youth to becoming homeless. As compared to their heterosexual peers, LGBTQ youth face a greater risk of exploitation. This brief explores pathways into homelessness for LGBTQ youth and ways to end homelessness for this group. It also includes a chart on the systems components for addressing homelessness among all youth, including LGBTQ youth.

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Solutions Brief  |  October 24, 2008
This document includes a discussion addressing: point-in-time count methods, challenges, and best practices; an outline of South Carolina’s approach; a sampling/extrapolation strategy from Georgia; and a tool to help communities choose the best approach based on local considerations.
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Solutions Brief  |  October 7, 2008
Hundreds of communities have committed to ending homelessness by dramatically transforming their homeless assistance systems. This document provides a summary of strategies and subpopulations included in those plans.
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Solutions Brief  |  February 15, 2008
This document provides recommendations for how to create a ten year plan to end homelessness and identifies different communities that have successfully incorporated particular elements of a ten year plan.
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Solutions Brief  |  February 15, 2008
This document outlines the various options for administering a homeless survey.
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Solutions Brief  |  January 29, 2008

Housing vouchers are successful in helping families exit homelessness and can protect poor families from becoming homeless. This paper summarizes those research findings and draws out their implications for housing policymakers.

 
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Solutions Brief  |  January 19, 2007
This two-page brief highlights three cities - New York, NY, Denver, CO, and Portland, OR - that have done studies of the cost effectiveness of providing supportive housing for homeless people with mental illness and/or addictions. The studies demonstrate that the cost of providing supportive housing is about the same or less than the cost of allowing them to remain homeless.
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Solutions Brief  |  November 27, 2006
Housing First is an approach that centers on providing homeless people with housing quickly and then providing services as needed. What differentiates a Housing First approach from other strategies is that there is an immediate and primary focus on helping individuals and families quickly access and sustain permanent housing. This approach has the benefit of being consistent with what most people experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve.

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