City Snapshot on Hunger and Homelessness in America
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) has released its annual Report on Hunger and Homelessness. This year, the Homelessness Research Institute at the Alliance collaborated with the USCM and found that many mayors are challenged by the lack of resources when responding to homelessness.
“The one thing we found to be almost universally true among the surveyed cities was that the lack of affordable housing prevented them from solving the problem of homelessness,” said Nan Roman, President and CEO of the Alliance. “While the report shows that many of the cities are able to reduce homelessness, the national lack of affordable housing is likely to have a chilling effect on their efforts over the coming years.”
Are you a mid-level homeless services professional? Do you know someone that is? There are just a few days left, but applications are still available for the 2017 Transatlantic Practice Exchange. The Exchange is an amazing opportunity for mid-level homeless service providers to visit a homeless services organization in the UK and learn about their work and best practices.
The Senate has passed the Miller-Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act. The bill is expected to be signed by the President.
Among the provisions in H.R. 6416 are the expansion of Veterans Affairs benefits to veterans fleeing abuse and with less than honorable discharges . The bill also provides a statutory mandate for the existence of the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans.
Congress has passed and the President has signed a spending bill that will ensure low-income housing and homeless programs administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will run at funding levels similar to FY 2016 levels through spring of 2017.
The bill also provides an additional $500 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to respond to the opioid epidemic and gives the Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program the leeway it needs to renew rental assistance grants and administrative costs. The continuing resolution is a temporary fix to give Congress time to decide on a final bill.
Join this informational webinar tomorrow and learn how to get your community involved in Operation REVEILLE: a one-day event that connects homeless veterans to resources and houses the most vulnerable.
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How Salt Lake City Makes Rapid Re-Housing Work
For rapid re-housing to work best, it needs to be integrated into your community plan. It should be a part of Coordinated Entry, ingrained in the processes at emergency shelters, and supported by committed resources from many partners who help families re-build their support networks and stability in housing.
There is more work to be done to improve the mental health system and meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of Americans who suffer from mental illness and experience homelessness, but Congress has made great steps by sending the Cures Act to the President’s desk to be passed into law.
Time is running out to apply for the Transatlantic Practice Exchange!
by Anna Blasco
Time is running out to apply for the Transatlantic Practice Exchange! The Exchange is an amazing opportunity for mid-level homeless service providers to visit a homeless services organization in the UK and learn about their work and best practices. Applications are due on December 18th.