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September 10, 2015
Watch Live: Briefing on State of Homelessness in America

    Photo credit: Architect of           the Capitol
Today at 2 p.m. Eastern, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, is hosting a public briefing on homelessness in America.

Panelists include Matthew Doherty, USICH Executive Director, Jennifer Ho, Sr. Advisor on Housing and Services at HUD, Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and actor and philanthropist Richard Gere. 
The discussion will include an update on the progress being made nationally and in communities across the country and on strategies and resources needed to achieve the goals of Opening Doors
Connecting People to Employment, 6 Resources to Know


Meaningful and sustainable jobs, coupled with housing, are key to providing people with successful paths out of homelessness. In honor of Labor Day, we hope communities will bring increased focus to the employment strategies outlined in Objective 5 of Opening Doors
Our team's Peter Nicewicz compiled six resources from USICH and our partners to accelerate the work of connecting people experiencing homelessness - and people who have exited homelessness - to meaningful and sustainable jobs.  
Use These Strategies to Link People to SSI/SSDI Benefits 

The Social Security Administration's Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs can provide critical income supports to people with disabilities as they transition to stable housing out of homelessness. Many people experiencing homelessness, however, face barriers to accessing those benefits.
  
USICH's Lindsay Knotts details how your community's homelessness services system can use key strategies to help people overcome hurdles to receiving these critical benefits.

Coordinated Services in Philadelphia Help Veterans Get Back on Their Feet
Veterans Thomas Green and Delvin Brinson

Army Veteran Thomas Green struggled with homelessness for 20 years. With the coordinated assistance of VA programs, Mr. Green now has stable housing in the Veterans Multi-Service Center's Shelter Plus Care Program.
Learn more about Philadelphia's work to end Veteran homelessness from Debby Derricks of the Veterans Multi-Service Center.




Opening Doors is a living document that provides the strategies to prevent and end homelessness in America.  Take a closer look.



Streaming Live: Richard Gere Joins the Alliance, Maxine Waters for Briefing




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Streaming Live: Richard Gere Joins the Alliance, Maxine Waters for Briefing
Today Alliance President and CEO Nan Roman will join actor Richard Gere and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), for a public briefing on the state of homelessness in America. Coinciding with the release of Gere’s latest film “Time Out of Mind,” the briefing will include a discussion of progress made under the Obama Administration’s "Opening Doors" plan.
Video of the event will live stream today at 2 p.m. EDT. Also speaking during the briefing will be:
  • Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Jennifer Ho, senior advisor on housing and services, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Watch the live stream »
Homelessness Movie 'Time Out of Mind' Opens in Limited Release
With the film "Time out of Mind" opening in limited released, yesterday in New York City and in other cities on Friday, Sept. 11, we at the Alliance believe it has the potential to serve as a valuable awareness and engagement tool. For those interested in arranging group viewings or private screenings when the film is released for streaming On Demand (Sept. 18), we have put together a brief guide to encourage thoughtful discussion about the film's take on chronic homelessness.
Download the guide »