News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

 United States Interagency 
 Council on Homelessness          
September 19, 2016

National Recovery Month and Intersections with Ending Homelessness

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September is National Recovery Month, a time to reflect on 
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's ten guiding principles of recovery.

Katie Jennings, our Program Assistant, talks about the three principles that she finds most meaningful to our collective efforts to end homelessness. 

New Protections for Victims of Harassment and Survivors of Domestic Violence
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Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a final rule under the Fair Housing Act to offer greater protections for victims of sexual and other forms of harassment in housing. The rule formalizes the legal standards HUD will use to assess and investigate claims of harassment, which often threaten a person's safety and leave them at risk of eviction and homelessness.

HUD also issued guidance on "nuisance ordinances" that can lead to housing discrimination and evictions against survivors of domestic violence. The guidance describes how HUD will assess nuisance or crime-free housing ordinances, policies, or practices alleged to be discriminatory under the Fair Housing Act.
What it Takes to Sustain an End to Veteran Homelessness

Formerly homeless Veteran in permanent housing
Communities across the country are building and strengthening crisis response systems to quickly move Veterans experiencing homelessness into stable housing. Those systems are unique in their design, but share a common foundation and core elements.

Regional Coordinator Joe Savage shares his observations

on what communities need to do to sustain their systems and their progress in ending Veteran homelessness.

And, in its ongoing efforts to help end Veteran homelessness, VA recently awarded $300 million more in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to support homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing interventions for Veterans and their families.

Interested in Applying to HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program? Watch Our Webinar Recording! 

Webinar Agenda HUD is awarding $33 million to 10 communities to develop and implement a coordinated community response to end youth homelessness. Last Thursday, Deputy Director Jasmine Hayes and Policy Director Lindsay Knotts hosted a webinar on HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Notice of Funding Availability. 
Watch the recording and reference the slides to learn more about the program and strategies for a successful application. The deadline to apply is November 30.
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