The Drive to December: Calling on Local Leaders - 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit

The Drive to December: Calling on Local Leaders - 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit 
Schedule now available, register now before discounted room block sells out! 
By the time we meet in October, the Drive to December will be in full force across the country. This Housing Summit is more than a conference… it is your one stop shop for troubleshooting what challenges remain in the last 100 days of the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness. Together, we can change the lives of tens of thousands of veterans who are still sleeping on our nation’s streets.
At the 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit, we are bringing together leadership from across several Federal Agencies, leaders in philanthropy invested in veteran housing, local organizations with best practice models, and all of your major technical assistance and training partners working tirelessly to end veteran homelessness.  
You are already a change agent and dedicated local leader… are you ready for the Drive to December?

The 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit, "The Drive to December", will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. 
Space at this event is limited, and no walk up registrations will be accepted. Please plan ahead to ensure you are able to attend. Stay tuned to the NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit webpage for the latest updates!

Registration fee for NCHV members is $200. 

Registration fee for non-NCHV members is $250.

Click here to learn more about joining NCHV!

Reminder: NDRC NOFA-Specific Webinar: Approach to Scheduling: Phase 2 Projects - August 20, 2015 - 3 PM EDT

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Reminder: NDRC NOFA-Specific Webinar: Approach to Scheduling: Phase 2 Projects - August 20, 2015 - 3 PM EDT

This NDRC NOFA-Specific webinar is one of the many upcoming webinars in the NDRC Webinar Series. It will be held on August 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT. All CDBG-NDR funds must be expended within two years of the date HUD obligates funds to the grantee. This webinar will discuss the various strategies, including scoping and scaling of projects, that applicants can pursue to set forth their compliance with this requirement in their application, and also summarize when and how to make a waiver request.

Presenter: Jessie Handforth Kome (Deputy Director, HUD Office of Block Grant Assistance)

Please note you DO NOT need to register to join this webinar. Instructions to access the webinar directly are provided below. However, if you would like to get credit for this webinar, you may use the link to register.

Participation Instructions

To Join via Webex

  1. At least 10 minutes before the start time, log into the webinar.
  2. Enter your first name, last name, and e-mail address
  3. Enter the meeting password: NDRC2015.
  4. Click Join Now
  5. WebEx Event Manager software will load; this can take several minutes.
  6. Then dial the audio-only teleconference line (see below).

To Join via Teleconference (Audio-only)

  1. Call toll-free: +1-855-797-9485 (US)
  2. When prompted, enter in the meeting access code: 663857879#

Additional Instructions

For additional instructions, such as how to ask a question during the webinar session, please visit the Training Course detail page.

Training Point of Contact

Patrick Taylor | 765-376-2787 |

Alliance Online News: Justice Department Says Sleeping Bans are Unconstitutional

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Justice Department to Federal Court: Sleeping Bans are Unconstitutional
The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest on Thursday, August 6, in federal district court arguing that ordinances that criminalize sleeping in public, when there is insufficient shelter space available, violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. The statement was filed in response to the case Bell v. City of Boise et al., which homeless plaintiffs brought against the city of Boise after they were convicted under city ordinances that made sleeping or camping in public illegal.
“Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity—i.e., it must occur at some time in some place,” the Justice Department said in the statement. “If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless.”
The court has not yet reached a decision in this case. While the Justice Department statement has no independent legal authority, the argument outlined in its statement of interest could influence the court’s decision.
Read the statement »
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Upcoming Webinar: Coordinated Entry and Systems Change
Wednesday, September 9, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT
On Wednesday, September 9, at 2 p.m. EDT, the Alliance will host a webinar for communities that are just getting started with coordinated entry or working to improve their existing coordinated entry systems. Speakers in this webinar will provide an overview of coordinated entry, as well as the critical components: access, diversion, assessment and prioritization, and referral.
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the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
Where Does Funding for Homeless Programs Stand in the Federal Budget?
by Steve Berg
Now that we’re approaching the end of the Federal Fiscal Year (it ends on September 30), you may be wondering where spending levels for homeless programs stand. Under normal circumstances, the full Senate and House of Representatives would have passed spending bills by now and they would be working to reconcile them. Circumstance have changed.
Do we have cause for hope or alarm? Well, yes and yes. This phase of the appropriations process has in recent years become so contentious and fraught that it has resulted in government shutdowns and a budgetary compromise (sequestration) that everyone agrees was a bad idea to begin with. So it should come as no surprise that the appropriations process for FY 2016 is, for the time being, stalled.
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Actor Richard Gere Discusses Homelessness, New Film
by Emanuel Cavallaro
You may know Richard Gere as the actor who appeared in "Pretty Woman," maybe even as the close personal friend of the Dalai Lama, but did you know he’s also a longtime advocate for human rights?
He’s taking that spirit of advocacy to the big screen in his new film “Time Out of Mind.” The film, which will be released in September, documents the struggles of a homeless man (played by Gere) living on the streets of New York City. Last month Gere stopped by our 2015 National Conference on Ending Homelessness to discuss his experience making it.
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Here's a Way You Can Help End Homelessness this Month
by Julie Klein
This July, more than 275 advocates swarmed Capitol Hill during the Alliance’s Capitol Hill Day event to tell Congress about the excellent work federally funded homeless assistance programs are doing in their communities and how Congress can better support them.
Congress is now on recess, so the place for advocates to find members is no longer the Hill; it’s their home states and districts. If you participated in Capitol Hill Day, it’s time to extend the conversation with your member of Congress and show them your program. If you missed out, it’s time to build a relationship.
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