News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness



Innovative Clark County/UNLV Partnership Supports Unaccompanied Youth Transition to Higher Education 
  

Students experiencing homelessness during high school often have a hard time navigating the transition to college or other higher education.

Clark County, NV, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have built an innovative partnership to make sure that students get the support they need to successfully make the transition.


25 Cities Initiative Helped Drive Community-Level and National Progress
25 Cities Initiative logo In 2014, the VA, USICH, and HUD launched the 25 Cities Initiative to assist participating communities to intensify and integrate their local efforts, to develop coordinated entry processes, and to strengthen their partnerships to end Veteran and chronic homelessness. Between January 2015 and August 2016, these communities housed 29,499 Veterans, helping lead our national progress.


Learn more about the work in each community's highlights of their processes, outcomes, accomplishments, and plans for sustaining momentum. 


Engaging Legal Services in Community Efforts to End Homelessness 
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People at risk-of, or experiencing, homelessness often face legal issues that can create roadblocks to accessing or maintaining safe and stable housing, employment and income supports, and health care services that can help them stabilize and pursue their goals.

This brief describes ways that engaging and partnering with legal services providers can contribute to communities' efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

We Must All Be Part of the "No Wrong Door" Approach
 to Ending Homelessness 
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As a Program Specialist at USICH, Katie Jennings analyzes Point-in-Time count data every day. 
She offers her reflection on participating in the 2017 Point-in-Time count in Washington, DC, and what she learned from meeting the people behind the numbers.

In Case You Missed It: Rapid Re-Housing Works! 

Rapid Re-Housing Works logo The National Alliance to End Homelessness has developed a number of resources for communities that are just starting to deploy rapid re-housing and those that want to strengthen their practices.
  
Access their tools and resources.  


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new rapid re-housing resources available
We are excited to announce the publication of three new rapid re-housing resources for Continuum of Care (CoC) leads.
Download these and more »
Missed a webinar? Watch the recording!
More than 1,500 people attended our three most recent webinars. Did you?

Recordings and slides are now available online for Making Rapid Re-Housing Part of Your System, Rapidly Re-Housing Households with Zero Income and Important Opportunities for CoCs, GPD Programs and VA Partners in the 2017 GPD NOFA.
See the recent webinars »
HOW TO BE AN AWESOME SHELTER
The Alliance is excited to partner with OrgCode for two in-person learning clinics on creating holistic and housing-focused emergency shelters.

The clinics — held March 20-21 in Edmonton, Canada; and March 23-24 in Dallas — will provide attendees with everything they need to implement change in their shelter!
Register for the Edmonton Clinic »
Register for the Dallas Clinic »
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What can YOU do to increase and improve rapid re-housing?
by Jen Saunders and Samantha Batko
Over the past few weeks, we have been blogging about how and what communities can do to identify and access new funding for rapid re-housing.  Today the Alliance is releasing three new resources that further explore strategies for how communities can expand capacity and improve performance of rapid re-housing.
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Using Home Investment Partnerships Program Funds to Support Rapid Re-Housing
by Jen Saunders
The Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) program is the largest federal block grant available to state and local governments to create affordable housing. HOME TBRA is a good source of funding for RRH. Households must make less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) to be eligible and can receive up to two years of assistance. Households must contribute 30 percent of their income toward their rent. Jurisdictions are limited as to the amount of HOME dollars they are allowed to use for TBRA.
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Using Community Services Block Grants to Fund Rapid Re-Housing
by Jen Saunders
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services manages the CSBG program and individual states and territories administer it. The program is broadly available — 99 percent of the nation’s counties receiving CSBG funding! The grants fund services that address the needs of low-income people and communities. The CSBG is an often-overlooked resource that can support RRH activities.
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