New Resources Available: Toolkits for Strategies to End Veteran Homelessness


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New Resources Available: Toolkits for Strategies to End Veteran Homelessness


Earlier this month, HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, Ann Oliva, shared What It Means to End Veteran Homelessness. HUD is committed to helping all Continuums of Care (CoCs) reach the goal established in Opening Doors of ending veteran homelessness by December 31, 2015, and has developed four new toolkits aimed to help CoCs and homeless services providers working with veterans implement strategies that will assist them in this mission. These new resources are now available on the HUD Exchange and were developed as part of the Vets@Home technical assistance effort.
View the Toolkits:
Toolkit Descriptions:
The toolkits include identification of best practices, key strategies, action items, and considerations for CoCs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partners, and local public officials that can be implemented immediately to focus efforts on ending homelessness for veterans. Each toolkit includes a section for mayors and elected officials with methods and action steps that can be employed to end veteran homelessness. Each toolkit also has a complete list of resources, documents, and links to key websites highlighting best practices regarding all four toolkit topics.
  • The Identifying and Engaging Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Toolkit provides information for CoC stakeholders, practitioners, and public officials on the use of data and analytics, as well as outreach tactics to locate and engage veterans who may be homeless. The toolkit also includes information on the creation of a By-Name list and utilization of coordinated entry in an effective crisis response and referral system. Key strategies to collaborate across systems and teams are detailed, along with ways that communities can sustain the effort with flexible systems.
     
  • The Effective Homeless Crisis Response Systems for Veterans Toolkit provides information for CoC stakeholders, practitioners, and public officials concerning concepts and practices central to an effective homeless crisis response system for veterans. Key components, strategies, and related resources to strengthen homeless crisis response systems are reviewed.
     
  • The Connecting to Permanent Housing Toolkit helps CoC stakeholders, practitioners, and public officials to broaden and strengthen their connections and access to safe, decent, and affordable permanent housing for veterans experiencing homelessness. The toolkit includes key features and strategies to develop and maintain housing partnerships to expedite veterans in finding housing. These include private market and landlord engagement strategies, special considerations for VA and non-VA mainstream housing programs, and resources for rural and high cost/low vacancy communities. The toolkit also includes considerations for public officials involved in local efforts toward ending homelessness among veterans.
     
  • The Housing Stability Toolkit provides information for CoC stakeholders, practitioners, and public officials concerning the concept of housing stability and related practices. Key strategies, action steps, and related resources that support housing stability among veterans are reviewed, including services and resources that increase veteran income.
Additional resources can be found on the Resources for Homeless Veterans and Homeless Veteran Service Providers page.


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In Defense of the "Poor Door"  

Rick Jacobus, Street Level Advisors        
When the news spread about the development in New York City that had a separate "poor door," outrage was immediate and near universal. Opposing the "poor door" is a no-brainer. Or is it? . . . More 

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Scaling the *Social* in Social Enterprise


Steve Dubb, University of Maryland  
We need to acknowledge that even if the idea of doing well by doing good is increasingly accepted in theory, the dominant business mode remains, in practice, one which maximizes profit, not socially conscious employment. What can be done to move the dial?   More 



Schools That Support Students' Whole Lives    

Jane Quinn, Children's Aid Society  
Most of the educational reforms of the past decade have at best produced only modest results, in large measure because they have focused almost exclusively on the instructional side of the teaching-and-learning equation. While strengthening instruction, aligning assessments, and improving teacher effectiveness are all critical elements of school reform, these approaches fall into the "necessary but not sufficient" category . . . More 




Learning from
Preservation Victories of the Past      

Doug Ryan, CFED   
It's impossible to preserve affordable housing if you don't know that it exists, let alone that it is at risk . . . More 


You Said It!

On "What the 'New' Housing Advocates Miss":

"Thanks for this critique, Jamaal. I'm mostly persuaded. It's also helping me finally make a little progress in thinking about the ways that liberalize-zoning folks like me need to quit with the economics for a minute and get into the political economics." --Michael Andersen  


"Ultimately, there's not that much 'theory' underlying the upzone point. It's basic supply and demand which holds a lot of influence but it's not even very sophisticated housing economics. While I think the point is often abused we do see clear temporal limits in construction, aka it takes a long time to build enough units to flatten prices while cities simultaneously gain new residents. Or that developers build in particular housing submarkets such that those folks who are most housing insecure are often the last to get units even in a booming market.." --Jamaal Green 


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Center for Health, Environment & Justice

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HOPE Credit Union

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Democracy Collaborative

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Fund for Public Schools

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

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National Housing Institute

Habitat for Humanity

National Urban League

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