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Homelessness and the State of Emergency
Several communities were overwhelmed by large increases in their unsheltered homeless populations in 2015 and in reaction, opted to suspended normal procedures and declare Homelessness State of Emergencies.

Do these local decisions have national implications? What should communities consider before declaring a homelessness emergency?

The Alliance and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council have put together a series of papers that answer these questions and more.

Access the full series:
And mark the calendar for Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m. EST.

That’s when the Alliance, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will host a webinar on homelessness as a state of emergency. Join the discussion and hear local decision makers and service providers describe how they implemented State of Emergency declarations and the impact on local policies and service delivery.
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FY 2017 Budget:  What it could mean for homeless assistance
President Barack Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget this week and in that budget, he requested $10.967 billion for the purpose of reaching and maintaining the goal of ending family homelessness by 2020.

Should this request be enacted by Congress, it would give communities what they need to end homelessness for families with children, once and for all.

Want to know more? The Alliance has several ways for you to get the analysis: 
Register for tomorrow's webinar »
Survey Finds Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless Shelters
 The Center for American Progress and the Equal Rights Center have published revealing information around the experience of transgender women in shelters. It conducted a series of phone calls to homeless shelters in an effort to measure whether transgender homeless women could stay in accordance with their gender identity.

The survey found that only 30 percent would accommodate.
Learn more about these findings »
LA County spends $1 billion managing homelessness
A new cost study out of LA County tracked the public service costs associated with homelessness assistance for approximately 150,000 single adults over the course of a year.

These individuals used law enforcement; mental health, substance abuse, and other health services; and social services including shelter.

The cost to LA County? Nearly $1 billion.
Read the full study, which starts on page 160 »
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Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
Breaking Down FY2017: What This Could Mean for Homeless Families
by Steve Berg
The Obama Administration just released its last federal budget proposal, for fiscal year 2017 (which starts October 1, 2016). Among other things, this budget request, more than any in recent years, articulates a broad and aggressive federal response to poverty and inequality in the United States. It puts housing at the center of that response, recognizing and remedying how housing crises, especially homelessness, make it nearly impossible for people to move ahead.
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Thousands of Homeless Individuals Could Face Cuts to Food Assistance
by Guest Blogger, Regan Lachapelle, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
SNAP helps reduce hunger for millions of struggling Americans, including many who are homeless. This vital assistance to keep food on the table will begin to dry up for over half a million of the nation’s most vulnerable people. This year, 23 states around the country are reinstating a strict time limit on how long unemployed individuals between the ages of 18-49, who are not disabled and not caring for children, are able to receive SNAP. 
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The Facts Around State WIOA Planning
by Noƫlle Porter
In a previous post, we encouraged everyone to start thinking about/take a closer look at their WIOA State Plans. But with an April 1 deadline looming, there's more you need to know.
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