Registration Opens for BPC's 2014 Housing Summit

April 22, 2014    

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Registration Opens for BPC's 2014 Housing Summit

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission has announced that early registration is open for the 2014 Housing Summit, a two-day event during which private-sector experts, elected officials, academics, and housing practitioners from across the country will discuss the future of our nation's housing policy. The early registration rate for the summit, which will take place at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel from September 15 to 16, is $395 per person. Early registration will run to June 1, after which registration will become $495 per person.
The event will build on the work of the BPC Housing Commission whose 21 members, including Alliance President and CEO Nan Roman, have met over the past two years to develop promising approaches to major housing challenges and published the report "Housing America's Future: New Directions for National Policy".

The Alliance has released a resource that provides a brief overview of the history and effectiveness of rapid re-housing. "Rapid Re-Housing: A History and Core Components" is meant to provide context and further elaborate on the Alliance's previously released resource, "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing," which Alliance experts developed in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This post, in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, discusses the complex intersection of homelessness and drug use disorder. While one in five people experiencing homelessness during the 2013 homeless Point-In-Time Count said they had a chronic substance use disorder, the majority of the 20 million people in this country with substance use problems are not homeless.
Older, Rural Veterans Face Unique Challenges
By Martena Reed
In this post, we take a brief look at the Housing Assistance Council's (HAC) recent report, "From Service to Shelter: Housing Veterans in Rural America" and the implications its findings on older rural veterans have for ending veteran homelessness.
Two Things We Have to Do Before We Can End Youth Homelessness
By Sharon McDonald
In this post, we look at the two key priority areas that the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) says we must address if we are to set the nation's course toward ending youth homelessness.

SSA's Vision for 2025

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April 22, 2014

Social Security Administration’s Vision for 2025:

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Please see the below message from the Social Security Administration

Social Security is moving ahead, and we want you right there with us!
We are developing our Vision for 2025 as an interactive endeavor that will enable them to continue to deliver world-class customer service to the American public for the next 10 to 15 years.  While we have extensive research and experience in public service, we are constantly seeking ways to enhance our service to the public.  We rely on the active involvement of others, including concerned organizations, to provide input and give us fresh perspectives.  We want you to help us shape that vision.
Between April 15 and May 2, we invite you to share your creative ideas and suggestions about all of the programs Social Security administers and supports.  Just go to, tell us what you think, and share your ideas.  This site also gives you the opportunity to discuss and vote on other people’s ideas, and we welcome your feedback.
For a look at the agency’s near-term agenda, we also invite you to view our Fiscal Year 2014–18 Agency Strategic Plan.