News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness



USICH Releases Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Family and Youth Homelessness




Young mother with infant After a lengthy collaborative development process that included numerous opportunities for input and guidance from stakeholders, communities, and national organizations, USICH and its federal partners are pleased to release the criteria and benchmarks for achieving the goal of ending family homelessness and youth homelessness.



Review the Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Family Homelessness

More guidance and tools to support the use of these criteria and benchmarks will be forthcoming in the near future.

Driving Progress Through Opening Doors - And the
Work Still Left to be Done
Cover of Opening Doors
  
Through the implementation of Opening Doors, communities across America have driven steady progress in ending homelessness. 

We summarize the accomplishments, identify strategies that have been working, and describe the work still left to be done to make sure every American has a safe and stable home as a platform from which to pursue and succeed at their goals.

Read our brief.


Conway Residence Opens in DC, Giving Veterans a Place to Call Home 
 Conway Residence
Upon the recent grand opening of a nearby new affordable and supportive housing building, Executive Director Matthew Doherty reflects on the importance of every community welcoming and valuing new neighbors who are seeking a place to call home and hoping for a community that will be full of opportunity.

Read his commentary

Secretary Castro Recaps HUD's Actions to Advance Progress on Ending Homelessness 
Secretary Julian Castro

In this message to CoCs, public housing authorities, and homelessness services providers, Secretary Castro summarizes the Department's progress and guidance to communities over the past few years on advancing strategies needed to end homelessness in this country. 

Commander Kent Forde Wants All of Us to Reflect on

Commander Kent Forde


Who's the Boss 
  
Commander Forde, who graciously lent us his skill and perspective over the last few months at USICH, reflects on his experience and the progress made on ending homelessness at the Department of Health and Human Services under the leadership of USICH chair Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Read his reflection.



The Danger of a Developer-in-Chief





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America Divided

The docu-series America Divided has won praise for its explorations of issues including voting rights, money in politics, mass criminalization, the decline of the middle class, and immigration reform. It can be viewed now in several ways, and the Ford Foundation has compiled resources and insights on the policy and social justice issues at the heart of the series.




Myths and Realities About Cycles
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
When we start to liken housing and neighborhood cycles to the kinds of predictable, unstoppable cycles found in nature, we may find ourselves in a dangerous trap, and potentially . . . More


The Danger of a Developer-in-Chief
Seema Agnani, National CAPACD
I have a set of pat answers that I've been giving people when they ask me what I think about Ben Carson as the nominee for HUD secretary. But underneath my answers, I admit to being uncomfortable with my own talking points. Carson seems like a nice enough man, but he's not the real issue . . . More


Time for a Federal Job Guarantee
Jamaal Green, Portland State University
If we accept the conservative argument that a universal basic income guarantee takes away the "intrinsic value" of work, then we should also ask them why they're so wary of the most obvious solution . . . More

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GOP Tax Plan Sends Mortgage Interest Deduction Unfairness Off the Charts
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
How does the GOP's tax plan take a benefit like the mortgage interest deduction--which is already tilted toward the wealthy--and make it even less beneficial to middle-income taxpayers? Just watch . . . More


Carson Tries to Please Everyone in Confirmation Hearing
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Triage is in effect among those opposed to the incoming administration and the president-elect's cabinet picks. Last week's Senate hearing for Ben Carson was by and large not a exercise in determining whether he should be confirmed, but more a group of people certain he was going to be confirmed trying to get him on record supporting their positions. That said, there were some useful and pointed exchanges . . .  More


Art Just Became Even More Essential
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
"Art gives us tools other than the master's tools," said Greg Jobin-Leeds, leading a workshop on the role of art in social change at the Facing Race conference in November 2016. Coming mere days after the election, the reference to the famous Audre Lorde declaration felt apropos. The people in the room were ready to hear any message of hope. I was no exception. More

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