(NAEH) Executive Actions and Homelessness: What Communities Need to Know

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What Recent Executive Actions Mean for Homelessness and COVID-19 Funds

Congress still hasn't come to an agreement on another critical COVID-19 funding package - funds that will enable communities to best serve people experiencing homelessness. Last week, negotiations between White House officials and Congressional Democrats still didn't provide a resolution, nor does the President's recent executive actions.

In a new blog post, Alliance VP for Programs and Policy Steve Berg breaks down the events of this week, and provides guidance on four things communities can do right now, despite the setbacks:
  1. Take care of homeless people right now, using CARES Act money
  2. Document community needs, and plan what you will do with more money 
  3. Build alliances with other community organizations
  4. Contact your elected officials to let them know just how important this funding is, and why it needs to be passed immediately

Read more of Steve's analysis on what's happening (and not happening) with the federal response to the pandemic and homelessness >>>

Registration Now Open for New Emergency Shelter Courses

Enrollment is now open for a new course on the Alliance's Center for Learning:

Advancing the Role of Emergency Shelter in Ending Homelessness
Enrollment capped for the first 150 enrollments
Course begins September 14, 2020
Cost: $300

A five-part series on advancing the role of emergency shelter in ending homelessness will include live webcasts that provide an in-depth review of the five-key element of effective shelter, and how to begin implementing change. Along with weekly live webcasts, this course includes weekly office hours with Alliance staff, assignments, quizzes, discussion, optional reading, and supplemental resources. 

Submit a Comment Against Proposed Anti-Trans Rule

Proposed changes to reverse protections granted by the 2016 version of the Equal Access Rule would endanger trans people experiencing homelessness - in the midst of a global pandemic.

These proposed changes are now officially entered in the Federal Register, and are up for public comment through September 22. The Alliance encourages advocates to make a comment against removing these critical protections. 

From the Alliance Blog

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The Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response