Several communities were overwhelmed by large increases in their unsheltered homeless populations in 2015 and in reaction, opted to suspended normal procedures and declare Homelessness State of Emergencies.
Do these local decisions have national implications? What should communities consider before declaring a homelessness emergency?
And mark the calendar for Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m. EST.
That’s when the Alliance, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will host a webinar on homelessness as a state of emergency. Join the discussion and hear local decision makers and service providers describe how they implemented State of Emergency declarations and the impact on local policies and service delivery.
FY 2017 Budget: What it could mean for homeless assistance
President Barack Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget this week and in that budget, he requested $10.967 billion for the purpose of reaching and maintaining the goal of ending family homelessness by 2020.
Should this request be enacted by Congress, it would give communities what they need to end homelessness for families with children, once and for all.
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Survey Finds Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless Shelters
The Center for American Progress and the Equal Rights Center have published revealing information around the experience of transgender women in shelters. It conducted a series of phone calls to homeless shelters in an effort to measure whether transgender homeless women could stay in accordance with their gender identity.
The survey found that only 30 percent would accommodate.
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Breaking Down FY2017: What This Could Mean for Homeless Families
by Steve Berg
The Obama Administration just released its last federal budget proposal, for fiscal year 2017 (which starts October 1, 2016). Among other things, this budget request, more than any in recent years, articulates a broad and aggressive federal response to poverty and inequality in the United States. It puts housing at the center of that response, recognizing and remedying how housing crises, especially homelessness, make it nearly impossible for people to move ahead.
Thousands of Homeless Individuals Could Face Cuts to Food Assistance
by Guest Blogger, Regan Lachapelle, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
SNAP helps reduce hunger for millions of struggling Americans, including many who are homeless. This vital assistance to keep food on the table will begin to dry up for over half a million of the nation’s most vulnerable people. This year, 23 states around the country are reinstating a strict time limit on how long unemployed individuals between the ages of 18-49, who are not disabled and not caring for children, are able to receive SNAP.