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Richard Gere, VA Sec. McDonald, and DC Mayor to Speak at Homelessness Conference
The Alliance is proud to announce that Richard Gere will appear at the Alliance's 2015 National Conference on Ending Homelessness to discuss his experience playing a homeless person in his new film “Time out of Mind.” A longtime advocate for human rights, Gere will speak on Thursday, July 16, at the luncheon plenary on the second day of the conference, which will take place at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel from July 15 to 17. Gere will join the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, who will speak at the conference on Friday, July 17, and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, who will speak on at the conference on Wednesday, July 15.
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Report: Rapid Re-Housing Most Cost-Effective Crisis Intervention for Homeless Families
Rapid re-housing is the best available crisis intervention for homeless families according to a new study released yesterday, July 7, by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The study finds that when it comes to short-term, crisis strategies that rapid re-housing is the quickest, most cost-effective intervention option to get families back into housing.  The study also reconfirms the effectiveness of housing subsidies as a long-term solution to homelessness. Check out this Alliance resource: Findings and Implications of the Family Options Study for further analysis of the study and its findings.
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Upcoming Webinar: Federal Policy and Advocacy Update
Thursday, July 9, 12 to 1 p.m. EDT
On Thursday, July 9, at 12 p.m. EDT, the Alliance will host a webinar on the policy priorities driving the agenda for the Capitol Hill Day event that will take place in conjunction with the Alliance's upcoming national conference. During the webinar, "Federal Policy and Advocacy Update," speakers from the Alliance’s policy team will review policy priorities and provide the latest legislative and political updates. While meant to ensure that Hill Day State Captains and other participants are equipped with the most relevant information for their Hill visits, the webinar should be helpful for anyone interested in learning where the federal budget process for key homelessness and affordable housing programs currently stands.
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Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
Senate Committee Takes Action to End Youth Homelessness
by Sharon McDonald
For too long, the needs of most homeless youth have gone unaddressed. While communities around the country run many good programs to help them, these programs are typically filled to capacity and serve only a fraction of youth in need.
That means that tonight, many homeless youth, including youth under the age of 18, will have no safe place to stay. Instead, they will camp out in abandoned buildings, in the woods, in garages, or spend the night in homes where they are in danger of abuse or sexual exploitation. Or they may just walk the streets all night.
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Meet the Interns: Summer 2015 Edition
by naehblog
Originally from North Carolina, my passion for working in the nonprofit sector brought me to the D.C. Metro Area where I now live, work, and study as an M.P.A. Student at George Mason University.
Working as the Community Relations Manager of a direct-service nonprofit in North Carolina first showed me how to translate my personal commitment to serving others into a fulfilling professional career. Studying Nonprofit Management and working as the Development Assistant for George Mason’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs has since left no doubt in my mind that my career lies in fundraising and development.
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Study Data Show that Housing Chronically Homeless People Saves Money, Lives
by naehblog
Homelessness costs taxpayers a lot of money. Take, for example, the infamous case of Murray Barr, aka “Million Dollar Murray,” a chronically homeless man in Reno, Nevada who accrued more than a million dollars in emergency room, substance abuse treatment, police, jail, ambulance, shelter and other costs.
Despite all these costly interventions, Barr ultimately died homeless on the streets. His tragic case highlights the need for a cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness. Cost studies demonstrate that Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is that solution.
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