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.
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.
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
How to make shelter safe for transgender individuals
by Anna Blasco
The shelter system as a whole is “utterly failing to provide safety or relief for transgender and gender non-conforming people facing a housing crisis,” according to a 2011 report by the National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Use these HUD tools to make shelter safer to transgender individuals.
Going Above and Beyond CARA: An Opportunity to Address Opioid and Heroin Abuse
by Noëlle Porter
Prescription opioid and heroin abuse is a national crisis, and the Administration and Congress are taking steps – both on the national and state level – to fight this battle. But it’s not enough. Fatal overdoses from prescription drugs and heroin continue to escalate, particularly among those most vulnerable: those experiencing homelessness. We know that substance use disorders are known risk factors for homelessness , and that substance abuse and overdose disproportionately impact homeless people.
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.