Administration for Children and Families Releases the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Releases the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently released a new resource as part of its early childhood work on the Interagency Workgroup to End Family Homelessness. The Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters is designed to help shelter staff create shelter environments that are safe and developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The tool provides specific recommendations and information on how shelter environments, programming, policies, and staff can support early childhood safety and child development.
While ACF and other federal agencies including HUD continue to work towards ensuring that all children have a safe, stable place to call home, we recognize that there are young children staying in shelters because their families have no other place to go.
This tool is intended to help shelters and early learning programs work together to create the most appropriate and supportive environment possible for young children and strengthen collaboration efforts at the local level to best use community resources.
View more information on The Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters and share this resource with your community and partners.

Alliance Announces Newsletter Focused on Rapid Re-Housing

December 16, 2014    

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

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Alliance Announces Newsletter Focused on Rapid Re-Housing

Starting in January 2015, the Alliance will begin distributing a new newsletter, "Rapid Re-Housing Update," which will focus exclusively on the housing intervention of rapid re-housing. This newsletter will provide readers with the most up-to-date information on rapid re-housing, including new reports, briefs, and studies as well as updates on Alliance events and activities. The newsletter is part of the Alliance's initiative to raise awareness of policy and best practices on rapid re-housing, which has become an essential part of the nationwide effort to end homelessness. In addition, the Alliance has expanded the rapid re-housing page of the Alliance website and begun a series of webinars on the "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing. A recording of the first such webinar, "Rapid Re-Housing Core Component: Housing Identification," is available for viewing on the Alliance website.

Congress Passes "Cromnibus" Bill, $271 Million Less than Obama's Proposal for Homeless Assistance Funding
On Dec, 11 and 13 respectively, the House and Senate passed the "cromnibus" spending bill, a combination of a continuing resolution and an omnibus funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding. The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, provides $2.135 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, a $30 million increase over FY 2014 funding, but $271 million less than the Obama administration's requested amount. Of the $2.135 billion, at least $250 million is set aside for Emergency Solutions Grants with the remainder set aside for Continuum of Care grants.
The bill funds the Department of Homeland Security through the end of February 2015 and funds all other federal operations, including homeless assistance and affordable housing programs, through the remainder of the federal fiscal year to Sept. 30, 2015.
Homeless Advocates Testify Before Congress on Veteran Homelessness
On Thursday, Dec. 11, the Alliance's Vice President for Programs and Policy Steve Berg and numerous other panelists representing national and local nonprofits and federal entities testified at the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs hearing on "Evaluating Federal and Community Efforts to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness." The witnesses largely attributed the decreasing rate of veteran homelessness to array of programs for homeless veterans supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Congress and implemented by leadership at the local level.
House Departs for Recess
The House departed for the holiday recess last Friday, Dec. 12, while the Senate is expected to depart this Friday, Dec. 19. The 114th Congress will convene Tuesday, Jan. 6.

With the 2015 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count right around the corner, the Alliance is trying to get the word out to communities about effective strategies for the count. In this post, we review information from our last two PIT Count webinars.
The Year in Review: Family Homelessness
By Sharon McDonald
It's almost 2015, and here at the Alliance we are reflecting back on what we as a nation have accomplished in 2014. In this post, we review the year in family homelessness.
The Alliance Kicks Rapid Re-Housing up a Notch
By Stuart Campbell
The Alliance is currently working to raise the visibility and understanding of the intervention of rapid re-housing and its effectiveness in addressing homelessness among different populations. In this post, we announce our new rapid re-housing newsletter, our expanded rapid re-housing webpage, and our upcoming webinar on rent and move-in assistance.