New Data Shows 2 Percent Decline in Homelessness, Continuing Trend

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New data shows 2 percent decline in Homelessness since 2014, continuing Trend
The Department of Housing and Urban Development released data today from its January 2015 Point-in-Time Count that shows homelessness has continued its downward trend. In Part 1 of the "2015 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress," HUD states that overall homelessness has declined 2 percent to 565,708 people on a given night since previous year’s count, contributing to an overall decline of 11 percent since 2010.
Among the other findings of progress between 2014 and 2015:
  • Chronic homelessness declined by 1 percent.
  • Veteran homelessness declined by 4 percent.
  • Homelessness declined in 33 states and DC.
  • Homelessness increased in 17 states.
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NYC Announces $3 Billion Plan to Address Homelessness
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would invest $2.6 billion in an effort to address the city’s growing homelessness crisis. The money will go toward funding the creation of 15,000 supportive housing units over the course of a 15 year period. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night in New York City grew by 11 percent to 7,513, according to the most recent data.
Associated Press: NYC announces $2.6 billion investment to fight homelessness »
2016 Family and Youth Conference Registration Filling Fast
If you’re planning to attend the Alliance’s 2016 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, we encourage you to register soon. The regular registration rate of $525 per person is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 20, but registration will close early if the event reaches capacity before that date. Register today to ensure your spot and take advantage of the lower rate.
Hotel Room Block Could Sell Out
If you are registered for the conference and haven’t yet booked your hotel room, the Alliance encourages you to do so now. The Alliance has secured a block of discounted rooms at the conference host hotel, the Oakland Marriott City Center, in Oakland, Calif. Room rates are $230 plus taxes. Book your reservation online or by phone by calling (800) 454-1719 and requesting the "NAEH Group Rate."
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HHS Seeking Family Intervention Resources
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation is conducting a review of research on family intervention strategies with the aim of improving strategies used by providers and systems. Do you have any evaluations, reports, or other documented information on family intervention work that you do? If so, please submit an electronic version of the resource or a link to Ann Schindler at by Nov. 27.
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Homelessness Declined 11 Percent Since 2010, 2 Percent Since 2014
by Liza Doran
One a single night of this year, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness in across the country. This is according to the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) Part 1, which was released today by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This report provides data aggregated from community point-in-time counts conducted in January and includes longitudinal trends in overall homelessness and among specific subpopulations.
So how are we doing in our efforts to end homelessness? Overall homelessness has decreased by 11.4 percent since 2010, when the Administration set ambitious goals to end veteran and chronic homelessness in five years and family and youth homelessness in 10 years. And, we have seen substantial decreases in veteran, chronic, and family homelessness in that same time period:
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Your Voice Can Help End Homelessness! Here's How.
by Jaime Colman
Now that topline federal spending levels have been increased, your voice as a homeless advocate is as important as ever.
Here’s where we’re at in the federal funding process. On Monday, Nov. 2, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law, making $33 billion available for nondefense discretionary programs in fiscal year (FY) 2016. This funding has already been divided among the appropriations subcommittees, but the allocations have yet to be made public. Right now, committee staff are hard at work negotiating competing demands to produce a final bill to set spending levels for federal programs.
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NOFA Performance Measures Making You Nervous? Embrace Your Outcomes.
by Jayme Day
System performance outcomes make up 38 points of your HUD Continuum of Care Competition application this year. This means your performance now carries significant weight when it comes to determining your funding (more than ever before).
And while it may seem daunting to look at the numbers around your outcomes (or even downright scary), your outcomes will tell you what your vision should be for your system, and what kind of plan you should outline in your application. Here are ways you can reflect on your outcomes for HUD’s seven performance measures:
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