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Upcoming Webinar: Ramping Up Rapid Re-Housing in Houston/Harris County and San Francisco
On Tuesday, May 19, the Alliance will host the third webinar in a series examining how communities are ramping up their rapid re-housing capacity to help more people experiencing homelessness. Speakers will describe citywide efforts in Houston/Harris County, TX to expand and redesign the rapid re-housing system and the efforts of Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco, CA to improve the functioning of the city's homeless service system and eradicate waiting lists by increasing rapid re-housing capacity for families.
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hill update
Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up Spending Bill
On Wednesday, April 29, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending bill for programs under its jurisdiction, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program and many other low-income housing programs.
For a detailed look at funding levels and more, including:
  • Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Youth Homelessness
See our legislative update page, WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE HILL.
Online Course: Housing First Fundamentals
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pathways National is offering a course intended to provide an overview of Housing First as a program model for ending homelessness. During the online course, which begins Wednesday, May 6 and runs for five consecutive weeks, Pathways CEO Sam Tsemberis and senior trainer Whitney Howard will cover the core principles of Housing First and how to implement them, using case examples based on more than 20 years of fieldwork and research. The course costs $200 per attendee, but Pathways offers discounts to groups, agencies, or organization that enroll in the course.
'The State of Homelessness in America 2015' Fact Sheets Posted
The Alliance has posted fact sheets on homeless populations using data from the Alliance’s State of Homelessness in America 2015. The fact sheets are meant to serve as a convenient and accessible reference for advocates, teachers, journalists, and anyone else who cares about the fight to end homelessness in the U.S.
from the blog
Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
2015 CoC Program Registration is Open! Here's What You Need to Know
by Cynthia Nagendra
The FY 2015 CoC Program Registration opened Tuesday, April 28, and will close on Monday, May 18. The Registration Notice from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) contains crucial information to help communities prepare for this year’s competition, including requirements of the registration process for Collaborative Applicants, HUD’s policy priorities, and directions to all project applicants to continue implementing effective interventions that reduce homelessness.
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We're Demystifying Data on Homelessness
by Liza Doran
How many homeless children are in there in America? This may seem like a simple question to answer. I bet some of you are thinking, “Just look at point-in-time count data,” while others are musing, “That can be answered from annual shelter counts.” Others, still, may be thinking, “The number can be found in a report from the Department of Education.” With so many data sources to choose from, this question isn’t as straightforward as you might assume.
Every time we at the Alliance rely on data, we have to decide which data source will give us the best approximation of the figure we seek. This involves a high level of knowledge and understanding about how each of these data sources collects and compiles numbers. For example, we used five different data sources in our most recent report, The State of Homelessness in America 2015, because no single source captured all the information we needed.
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Ending Veteran Homelessness Step Three: Setting Benchmarks
by Kate Seif
The national goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 is only about seven months away, for those of you keeping track. That’s not a lot of time. So it makes sense for communities like yours who are working toward it to keep track of the pace of their progress.
To reach that ultimate goal in your community, you’re going to need to set and meet benchmarks along the way. That’s why we made step three in our Five Steps to Ending Veteran Homelessness setting a clear numerical goal and timeline for reaching it. This should keep you and your partners focused on your progress and always mindful of how well you are doing.
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