News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

 United States Interagency 
 Council on Homelessness          
October 14, 2016

Domestic Violence Service Providers - Key Partners in Preventing and Ending Homelessness

Purple Ribbon for Domestic Violence Awareness Connecting individuals and families fleeing domestic violence to the housing and services options they need to maintain safe, stable housing is a critical component of preventing and ending homelessness. To both increase your system capacity and meet the unique needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence, you must have domestic violence service providers at your table. 

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Management and Program Analyst Brittani Manzo shares how to leverage this partnership to strengthen your efforts.

Amanda Andere of Funders Together to End Homelessness on Why We Must Tackle Racial Inequity
Amanda Andere_ Funders Together to End Homelessness
"Philanthropy can fill in gaps, leverage resources, and use their voice to advocate for real change. Funders Together members want all of that and more. They come together because without systems change, we can't end homelessness as we know it. And if we don't talk about the structural issues that cause racial inequity in housing, human services, and criminal justice, can homelessness ever be rare, brief, and one-time?"

Read more of the commentary from Amanda Andere, CEO of Funders Together to End Homelessness. 

Innovative Community Partnerships Increase Housing Stability for Students in Kansas City, Kansas

On October 1, a number of new provisions to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act took effect, requiring even closer collaboration between state and local education agencies and the homelessness services systems. 
Kansas City, Kansas, is one of a number of communities that are using innovative, collaborative practices to increase housing stability and school attendance for children and youth.

Learn more about the 1,400 Diplomas initiative in Kansas City, Kansas. 

New Guidebook for States on Expanding Access to Supportive Housing

Housing is Health Care front cover The National Governor's Association recently released

a step-by-step guide for how states can create greater access to housing solutions for high-need, high-cost Medicaid enrollees in order to improve health care outcomes and reduce overall spending on health care and public safety net programs.