Homelessness Update: New legislation would provide $13.27 billion in funding




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new legislation would provide $13.27 billion to end homelessness
Today House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced The Ending Homelessness Act of 2016. This legislation would provide $13.27 billion in new funding over five years to several programs and initiatives that would provide significant resources to end homelessness in America.

The legislation would provide:
  • $5 billion in McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants funding, which would fund 85,000 new permanent supportive housing units. This amount is estimated as enough to end chronic homelessness.
  • $2.5 billion for special purpose Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), which is expected to provide affordable housing for homeless families, youth, and individuals.
  • $1.05 billion annually in mandatory spending dedicated to the National Housing Trust Fund.
These funds are in addition to the annual funding amounts for existing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.
Read the press release >>
Upcoming webinars
March 24: Rapid Re-Housing Performance Benchmarks and Program Standards
Join the more than 550 people already registered for tomorrow's webinar. We will walk through our new rapid re-housing guidelines, the three core components of rapid re-housing and the most promising practices for building an effective program. A Q&A session will follow.
>> Register: Thursday, March 24, 1 p.m. EST

April 6: Housing Choice Voucher Utilization and Funding
The Center on Budget Policy Priorities will provide an overview of voucher utilization and funding, discuss steps that housing agencies can take to improve utilization, and briefly assess the funding outlook for 2017.
>> Register: Wednesday, April 6, 2:30 p.m. EST
April 12: Addressing Family Homelessness in Cleveland
Register for an informative webinar on how the City of Cleveland is working to address family homelessness. Speakers will provide an overview the homeless system, including its diversion program, how coordinated entry works with rapid re-housing, progressive engagement and the process of housing families.
>> Register: Tuesday, April 12, 1 p.m. EST
CAP Agencies: Complete survey about family homelessness
The Alliance and the Community Action Partnership are asking Community Action Programs (CAP) to participate in a survey about how they are working to address family homelessness.

We will use the results of the survey to inform the development of a series of webinars on promising strategies to end family homelessness.
Take the survey >>
Registration for the 2016 National Conference opens early april
Check our website frequently for updates on our 2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, July 26 - 28.
Location:
Renaissance Hotel Downtown Washington DC
999 Ninth Street, Washington, DC 20001
2016 Fees: 
  • Early registration = $550.00.
  • Regular registration =  $585.00
  • Late registration (opens June 24) = $700.00
  • Onsite registration = $775.00, and subject to availability.
Bookmark www.endhomelessness.org for updates >>
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Homeless States of Emergency: Advocacy Strategies to Advance Permanent Solutions
by Guest Blogger, Matt Warfield, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) examines the declarations of homelessness as a state of emergency (SOE)  from nine jurisdictions to  determine whether an SOE declaration could be used as an advocacy tool to advance permanent solutions. 
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