National Call-In Days

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National Call-In Days
Now that the election is behind us, Appropriators will be working on fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending bills since the current continuing resolution (CR), a stopgap funding measure that funds government programs at FY 2016 levels, runs out December 9. So, NOW is the time to take action by calling your congressional offices! Please join us for our National Call-In Days TODAY through this Friday, November 18.

Here’s What You Can Do:

  1. Call your congressional delegations’ local and national offices! Prioritize House and Senate Appropriators.
  • For local offices, check your Members’ websites for the number or contact or for help.
  • For national offices, dial the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351.
  1. When you reach your Members’ offices, ask to speak to the staff person who handles housing issues.
  • Let them know that providing a more than $200 million increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in the final FY 2017 HUD spending bill needs to be a priority this year and would be critical to work to end homelessness in your community!
  1. Let us know how offices respond!
More Information:
While the results of the recent election leave much unknown, something we do know is that Republican and Democratic appropriators in both chambers will be working on funding levels for these bills in the coming weeks. We need to send a strong message now about the important role homeless assistance programs play in lifting many of the most vulnerable members of our society out of crisis situations. Please share the work these programs are doing in your community with your congressional delegations’ local and national offices TODAY!
Visit our FY 2017 Homelessness Funding Campaign to learn more

About Us

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.

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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: AHAR Updates Pending

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As you are working with your Abt Liason for AHAR submission, please be aware that there are several pending adjustments to the current AHAR report that is due in the HDX on December 1, 2016.
The following updates are expected in an upcoming version of ServicePoint:
  • Emergency Shelters coded as Night-by-Night will have coding changes to account for differences in counts for actual nights in shelter. These include changes to Bed Utilization, Length of Stay and Point in Time Counts.
  • Project inclusion for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). The PSH shells will be limited to PSH only, removing other non-required PH types.
  • Disability Types will remove "Chronic Health Condition" from "Missing."
These updates are a result of recent clarifications from HUD. Release date will be announced in an upcoming NewsFlash and depending on the project types included in your submission you may need to re-upload/enter your AHAR data into HDX. Please note that you may need to request your Abt Liason re-open table shells that are already marked "Complete".
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Why Your Community Should Kick the Subsidy Habit

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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The 2016 Assets Learning Conference Videos Available For Streaming!

CFED has made videos from the ALC available on their YouTube channel for all plenaries, keynote speeches and special performances. Click here for a playlist of special sessions, or watch the full plenaries here.

New report available from Trust for America's Health

TFAH's Blueprint for a Healthier America is now posted on its website. Issues addressed include achieving health equity, and healthy early childhood, students, and schools.

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Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
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Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Community development financial institutions are being called upon to up their technological game and develop networks more skillfully. Both goals are important and should be completely possible without weakening the industry's social justice foundation. That doesn't mean there isn't danger, however, and a few moments at a recent national gathering of CDFIs were concerning . . . More
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