(NAEH) This Week: Eviction Moratoria, Census Updates, and New Webinar Series

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Action Required for CDC Eviction Moratoria

Although a national federal eviction moratorium issued by the CDC will extend rental protections until the end of the year, renters facing eviction must sign a declaration and present it to their landlords ASAP in order to qualify.

2020 Census: Information for CoCs

Continuums of Care and providers will be contacted by their Area Census Office (ACOs) to confirm service-based enumeration processes and locations by September 11.
  • Service-Based Enumeration (shelters, soup kitchens, etc.) counts will take place between September 22-24
  • Targeted Non-Sheltered Outdoor Locations (unsheltered) counts will take place the night of September 23 into the morning of September 24
    • Providers are encouraged to inform their clients of the Census dates, and that enumerators will wear bright orange vests during the unsheltered count
ACOs will be adding service-based enumeration locations up until September 21, so be sure to be in contact with your ACO to establish your site as an enumeration location if you have not been contacted by September 11. 

If you have additional questions about the Census process for people experiencing homelessness, please email dcmd.group.quarters@census.gov.

Webinar Recording: ESG Guidance from HUD

Recently-released guidance from HUD outlines use of ESG funds, and how communities should use these funds during the pandemic. Last week's webinar recording details the specifics of this guidance, including information on the allocation formula, amounts, and requirements for the additional $3.96 billion that the CARES Act provides for homelessness and housing. 

Researching an End to Homelessness: Election Year Policy Ideas Webinar Series 

As Americans head to the polls this November, what housing and homelessness policies can advocates and concerned citizens recommend to politicians on the campaign trail or newly sworn into office?

A new webinar series from the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute ("Researching an End to Homelessness: Election Year Policy Ideas") will present research-based solutions to ending homelessness developed by a list of researchers who have recently published in this area.

Upcoming Webinars in the Series:

Last Chance: Register for Emergency Shelter Course by 9/11

Enrollment is soon closing 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

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

Enroll now >>>

Protect the Equal Access Rule

The administration is attempting to remove current Equal Access Rule protections that allow transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to safely seek shelter at HUD-funded sites, without being discriminated against for their LGBTQ identity.

The best way to ensure these protections remain in place is to submit a public comment by September 22nd, telling HUD that Equal Access Protections must stay.

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