Advocacy Update: McKinney Letter Writing Campaign!

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
November 5, 2014

McKinney Letter Writing Campaign: Final FY 2015 Push!

With the mid-term elections behind us, the 113th Congress is expected to return to session next Wednesday, November 12, 2014. During this "lame duck" session, legislators will address many outstanding bills, including a bill to fund fiscal year (FY) 2015. In the spring, the Administration released its FY 2015 Budget Proposal, which included $2.406 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants.

To ensure that the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants receive the Administration's proposed $301 million increase to $2.406 billion, which would allow us to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, Members of Congress will need to hear from YOU about how important these programs are in their states and districts.
These upcoming weeks will likely be our last chance to advocate for increased funding to McKinney in FY 2015!

Here's What You Can Do:

Help us send at least 300 letters to Members of Congress, with a strong start November 12!

1. Send letters to ALL of your Members of Congress! 
a. Direct them to the attention of the person who handles housing issues. (You can find out who this person is by calling your Senators' and Representatives' offices. Or, we can help you find the right contact information).

2. Ask others to send letters, too!  
a. Email colleagues these sample letters and ask them to send letters, too.       
b. Forward this Advocacy Update or this sample action alert to your email networks and ask them to send letters to their Members of Congress. 

3. Let us know how many letters you send! 
a. Email Julie Klein at or Jaime Colman at This is especially important so we can keep track of our progress toward our goal! 

More Information:
The Administration's proposed $301 million increase to McKinney, to $2.406 billion, would fund $37,000 units of permanent supportive housing to house people experiencing chronic homelessness. In combination with efforts to reallocate existing resources, this would put us on track to meet the Administration's goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Not only will meeting this goal in time result in housing thousands of vulnerable Americans with disabilities, but it will also mean that we will be on track to shift our focus to other populations experiencing homelessness. 

This increase is sorely needed. Sequestration cuts put a tremendous strain on our homeless assistance systems, and expiring multi-year grants further reduce capacity. Furthermore, it is likely that the HUD budget will be particularly strained in upcoming fiscal years. It is critical that we send a clear message to Congress that they need to provide this increase in the final FY 2015 funding bill. Please draft letters to your Members of Congress TODAY, and send them starting next Wednesday, November 12!

The Alliance works collaboratively with its local, state, and national partners to advance policies and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

Jaime Colman
Policy Outreach Associate

Julie Klein
Policy Outreach Associate


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EMPLOYMENT OPP: Baltimore City (Homeless Svcs Program Director)

Operations Manager I
(Director, Homeless Services Program)

The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services is seeking a dynamic individual to oversee and direct the Homeless Services Program (HSP).  The incumbent will report to the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Human Services (MOHS).

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
■          Oversee the development and implementation of long range program goals of the City’s Homeless Services
            Program (HSP), including supervision of the HSP staff.
■          Collaborate with the Journey Home Executive Director to make policy recommendations to the Director of the
            Mayor’s Office of Human Services and the Journey Home Board on strategies for making homelessness rare and
■          Responsible for preparing grant proposals, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s  
            Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grant application, by writing grant narratives and preparing grant budgets;
            assembling grant materials and            writing applications.
■          Review, approve and write complex narrative and statistical reports and memoranda, including recommending
            revision in Program related policies and procedures; submit reports and memoranda to supervisor for review and
■          Speak and testify before government councils and commissions; non-profit providers on federal, state and local
            regulations; business and community groups on program projects; advise these groups on program and City
            policies, practices, procedures and goals.
■          Coordinate activities with other agencies and organizations, explaining program services to, and obtaining
            financial aid and other assistance from such agencies and organizations and providing them with assistance. 
■          Review, interpret and recommend new, revised or amended departmental policies, practices, and procedures to
            ensure program efficiency and compliance with City, State and Federal laws and regulations.
■          Prepare and administer program budget, develop budget recommendations and monitor expenditures.
■          Maintain professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, conferences, reviewing professional
            publications and participating in professional organizations.
■          Hire, fire, promote, evaluate the performance of, and train staff.
■          Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
■          Knowledge of administrative practices and methods, including but not limited to human services program
            administration,             planning and budgeting.
■          Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
■          Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, State and Federal officials,
            department managers, and community, business and related public groups.
■          Ability to research and write complex narrative and statistical reports.
■          Ability to speak and testify effectively before government and legal bodies, commissions, community and
            business groups.
         Ability to supervise and support staff.

This is a full time non-civil service position with a comprehensive benefits package.  Those considered for employment must authorize release of a criminal background check from the Maryland State Police.

Education and Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and 3 – 5 years of administrative experience in related homeless, social, health or other human service related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Salary commensurate with experience.  Applicants MUST include salary requirements.

To Apply: Please forward resumes by regular mail or e-mail to Ms. Susan Olubi, Dir. of Admin. Services, Mayor’s Office of Human Services, 7 E. Redwood Street, 5th Floor, Baltimore MD 21202;
 No facsimiles accepted.  
Applications will be received on a continuous basis until filled.

Baltimore City is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Registration Extended - Improving Community Mental Health


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Registration Extended to November 7!
Listening Session: Improving Community Mental Health
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time
Register by November 7th to attend an upcoming listening session about criteria development for the Demonstration Program To Improve Community Mental Health Services (Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014). Participants can attend in person or via webcast.
Section 223 seeks to create certified community behavioral health clinics. The clinics will focus on improving outcomes by increasing access to community-based behavioral health care, expanding the availability and array of services, and improving the quality of care delivered to people with mental and/or substance use disorders.
Additional Information and Resources:
Event Location:
Sugarloaf/Seneca Conference Room
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
Questions or Comments?
Please email

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