In case you missed it: for our second installment of the “monthly wrap,” we’ll examine some of the things the Alliance did in April. Here are the big things:
- A big release from the Capacity Building Team – the “Prevention and Diversion Toolkit” (a companion to the Coordinated Assessment Toolkit released last month) is designed to support communities as they plan, develop, and implement a solid program to prevent homelessness. It has tools your community can adapt, webinars, briefs, and much more to help create an integrated “front door” for your system. If you have tools you’d like to add, email Kim, our Capacity Building Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our new Youth Counts Map has so far been a hit! Until we have a solid picture of the number and type of youth experiencing homelessness in America, it will be difficult to implement and bring proven solutions to scale. The Alliance is encouraging communities that have conducted dedicated counts of youth experiencing homelessness in their community (or have made a concerted effort to include youth in the annual/biannual HUD-mandated point-in-time counts) to let us know! We’d love to include you on our map – just email André Wade, Youth Policy Analyst here at the Alliance with what your community has done. Good data is the first step in addressing the issue of ending youth homelessness!
- Our National Conference on Ending Homelessness is just around the corner! We opened registration and released the tentative agenda for our annual conference here in Washington, DC from July 16-18, 2012. In conjunction with the conference, we will continue to hold Capitol Hill Day (more information coming soon!). Register early to receive the discounted rate!
Some more resources on ending youth homelessness – our LGBTQ National Policy Statement and brief on using RHYA to end LGBTQ youth homelessness. A disproportionate number of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ. The policy statement and RHYA brief work to address the root causes of LGBTQ homelessness, such as family and community acceptance, and discuss ways in which we can move forward to help stably house this vulnerable population.
And finally, some big news from Capitol Hill! The Senate Appropriations Committee released its draft proposal for HUD funding for fiscal year (FY) 2013 and many housing and homeless programs fared quite well. In fact, the Senate included a proposed $245 million increase for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants – the largest increase in nearly 20 years! While this level is still about $80 million below the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal, by our estimates, this is still enough to fund all renewals and provide $286 million for the new Emergency Solutions Grant program.
That’s a wrap! Stay tuned in May for more information on our July conference, some important congressional briefings, more Field Notes, and much more!