2014 National Family and Youth Conference Materials Available Online








February 25, 2014    

ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro


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2014 National Family and Youth Conference Materials Available Online


We have posted presentation materials from our 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness workshops on the Alliance website. The materials cover a wide range of issues from the Conference, from planning and funding a youth homelessness system, to retooling transitional housing, to rapid re-housing for veteran families, and much more. We will continue to add workshop presentation materials to the website as they become available. If you are a conference presenter who would like materials for your workshop added to the website, please email Alliance Communications Associate Emanuel Cavallaro at ecavallaro@naeh.org.






President to Release FY 2015 Budget Proposal
Next Tuesday, March 4, the Administration is expected to release the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal, which will reflect the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to provide information and recommendations to Congress as it moves through the federal funding process.
Congress Returns from Recess
The Senate returned from its President's Day recess yesterday, while the House returned today.
Tomorrow, Wednesday February 26, at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the Department of Veterans' Affairs' (VA) recently released Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This NOFA is for $300 million in funding for renewing existing grants and for new grantees. It also includes an additional, one-time "surge" funding, which will provide an additional $300 million in funding to 78 communities over the next three years.
This webinar is designed to inform Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders about their role in the SSVF NOFA. Speakers will address how "surge" funding represents a huge opportunity for the 78 communities. Speakers will also discuss the current state of the national push to end veteran homelessness and look at good rapid re-housing models.
President's Budget Proposal - Overview and Impact on Homelessness
On Thursday, March 6, at 1:30 pm ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal. The President's Budget, which reflects the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to guide Congress as it moves through the federal appropriations process, is expected to be released on Tuesday, March 4.
The webinar will provide an overview of the federal budget process and an analysis of the Administration's proposed funding levels for federal affordable housing and homeless programs. Presenters will provide a rundown of the President's FY 2015 budget requests, along with information on this year's opportunities to advocate for protecting and expanding critical housing and homeless assistance programs.



The Alliance has published "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing," a resource that identifies the core components of rapid re-housing as an intervention. The Alliance developed it in collaboration with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and VA. This document is meant to guide the efforts of the Alliance, USICH, and other federal agencies to expand the implementation of rapid re-housing to address homelessness.
SOAR Training - Deadline for Applications
SAMHSA will also be offering training to Continuums of Care (CoC) under its SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program. The training is designed to improve access to federal disability programs for people with behavioral health problems and will only be available to CoCs who have not already participated in the program. Applications to participate in SOAR are due March 10.
For more information contact the SOAR Technical Assistance Center
The Alliance just wrapped up our 2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness last week. It was a fantastic learning experience for everyone involved. If you weren't there, or if you would just like a handy summary, here is a quick look at the main points that emerged during the two-day conference.

Reminder - HOPWA Technical Assistance Procedure


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Reminder - HOPWA Technical Assistance Procedure


HOPWA Grantees and Project Sponsors:
I am pleased to inform you of the availability of several pathways to assistance with the management of your HOPWA program. Access to these resources is provided through the OneCPD Resource Exchange.
  1. “Ask A Question” – provides simple and quick access to answers related to any aspect of your HOPWA program administration and implementation. Grantees and project sponsors can submit questions directly at OneCPD Ask A Question. While response times vary due to volume and the nature of the specific question asked, most questions are answered within 2-3 business days.
  2. “Request Technical Assistance” – provides access to both on-call technical assistance and on-site technical assistance. On-call technical assistance provides access to up to 16 hours of remote technical assistance to address complex HOPWA program management issues. On-site technical assistance is provided if on-call technical assistance is not sufficient to address a complex HOPWA program management issue.

    Grantees may submit a technical assistance request through the OneCPD TA Portal. Interested project sponsors should connect with their HOPWA grantee to pursue this resource. Grantees should work in partnership with project sponsors to coordinate project sponsor technical assistance requests.

    Note: You must have a OneCPD account in order to submit a TA request. To create an account click on “Create Account” on the OneCPD login page.
  3. "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)" – provides access to commonly asked questions and answers regarding the HOPWA program. Grantees and project sponsors can view FAQs on the HOPWA FAQs page.
If you have any questions regarding accessing these HOPWA features through the OneCPD Resource Exchange, please contact Benjamin Ayers at Benjamin.L.Ayers@hud.gov or 202-402-2201.
Thank you, 
William Rudy
Acting Director
Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

FY 2015 Funding Campaigns Launch Webinar



National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
February 24, 2014

President's Budget Proposal Briefing Webinar
On Thursday, March 6 at 2 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host its annual webinar on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal. The Budget Proposal is expected to be released on Tuesday, March 4. The Budget Proposal reflects the Administration's funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to provide information and recommendations to Congress as it moves through the federal appropriations process.  

The webinar will provide an overview of the federal budget process and an analysis of the President's FY 2015 Budget Proposal. Presenters from the Alliance will summarize and analyze the Administration's proposed funding levels for affordable housing and homelessness programs.  

The Alliance will also launch its FY 2015 advocacy campaigns around increasing funding for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants and homeless assistance programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To register for the webinar, please click here. For more information on the Alliance's advocacy efforts, please click here.  

Your Organization's Signature Needed! Help Increase FY 2015 Funding for HUD Programs
The Alliance has joined 740 other organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to request that they provide as much overall funding as possible to the Appropriations Subcommittee that handles funding for the Departments of Transportation and HUD - known as the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.

Now we need YOUR organization to join!
The deadline for joining the letter is March 12.

Here's why it matters: Whatever overall amount of funding the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee receives will be divided up among all of the Transportation and HUD programs, including McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, and many others. The larger the overall allocation, the better chance each HUD program has of receiving sufficient funding. We need as many organizations from across the country as possible to join this letter by March 12 in order to ensure as much overall funding for HUD programs as possible.

What You Can Do:
  1. Click here to read and sign the letter.
  2. Forward the link to local and state partners who work on housing and transportation issues and ask them to sign the letter, too!
More Information
Every year, the Appropriations Committee divides up the total amount available for federal funding among the 12 appropriations subcommittees, including T-HUD. These subcommittee allocations are known as 302(b) allocations. The T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee will ultimately divide its 302(b) allocation up among all of the HUD and Transportation programs within its jurisdiction and set FY 2015 funding levels for each program. As a result, it is critical for the T-HUD 302(b) allocation to be as high as possible. This year, due to the Bipartisan Budget Act passed in December, Congress will have very little extra funding with which to work in FY 2015; therefore, it is particularly critical that we let Congress know how important it is to provide sufficient funding for HUD programs!   

This letter is open to all local and state organizations - so join today!
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President's Budget Proposal Webinar

FY 2015 302(b) Letter


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