Early Conference Registration Closing, Volunteer Opportunities Available

May 6, 2014    

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Early Conference Registration Closing, Volunteer Opportunities Available

Early registration for the Alliance's 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will close at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 13. At that time, the early registration rate of $500 per person will expire, and the registration fee will increase to the regular rate of $550. Online registration is scheduled to run to Monday, July 7, but may close early if the event reaches capacity. Register today to ensure your spot and take advantage of the early rate.
The Alliance is also still accepting applications for its conference volunteer program, but positions are limited and are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals who volunteer at the conference will receive complimentary conference registration. To learn more about volunteering for the conference, visit the volunteer page of the conference website and contact the Alliance's Conference Associate Jaime Colman at Jcoleman@naeh.org.

House Budget Committee Holds Hearing on Poverty
Last Wednesday, April 30, the House Budget Committee held a hearing titled "A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines," during which committee members heard firsthand accounts of the challenges facing communities struggling with poverty. Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) opened the hearing by proposing that, although the government should play a role in ending poverty and safety nets are necessary, economic growth and smarter investments in effective poverty-reducing programs are also critical.
During the hearing, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, advised the committee that social programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and housing assistance must be robustly funded if we are to the continue the progress the nation has made toward reducing poverty. She urged members of the Budget Committee to hear from people who are served by anti-poverty programs before deciding how to improve investments in such programs.

On Thursday, May 1, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released new HMIS Data Standards that will allow for standardized data collection on homeless households across systems. The release comprises two documents: the HMIS Data Dictionary, which is intended for HMIS vendors and system administrators, and the HMIS Data Manuel, which has a broader audience. The standards will go into effect on October 1, 2014.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has said the rental market in the U.S. is undergoing 'the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.' In this post, we take a look at how renters in the U.S. are burdened by the cost of their housing.
Keys to High Performance: Funders and Providers
In this post, the third in our "Keys to High Performance" blog series, we look at funders and providers. Providers, especially those that are changing their programs to improve their performance, need funders that will be supportive if they decide to change their business models to better meet the community's goals, vision, and outcomes.