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1st June
2012
written by Kate Seif

Spring is always a busy time at the Alliance – with Congress busy up on the Hill and our conference planning well underway – and this month was no different!

This May definitely had a theme – Rapid Re-Housing! The Alliance hosted (with sponsorship from Sen. Murray) a congressional briefing on the importance of rapid re-housing in ending family homelessness. We had speakers from across the country discuss the successes they’re having with rapid re-housing in ending homelessness for veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and families. For more information on the briefing, check out the website or our recap blog.

As a follow up to the briefing, the Alliance released a short brief highlighting communities that are doing great things using rapid re-housing to assist families in their systems. We got a great response from all of you when we put out a call for data (thank you!), so we decided to put that information into an interactive map to track which communities are having successes and what they’re doing. To be included in the map, email Sharon, our resident rapid re-housing expert.

But that’s not it! The Capacity Building Team has launched a rapid re-housing five-part module series.  Each one is a 10-15 minute primer on best practices around rapid re-housing and how you can recreate these successes.

We’ve been active beyond rapid re-housing, of course. We were involved in two other congressional briefings: one, featuring Cyndi Lauper, focusing on homeless and runaway LGBTQ youth (see the recap blog here); the second, sponsored by the Homeless Veterans Advocacy Group, of which the Alliance is a part, on successful models for ending veteran homelessness (see the recap blog here).

We’ve also begun in earnest planning the Alliance’s Capitol Hill Day, which includes recruiting State Captains, assessing congressional targets, and creating lots of materials to help participants better inform their Members of Congress about key issues relating to preventing and ending homelessness. If you’re interested in participating in Capitol Hill Day or being a State Captain, just let me know! Capitol Hill Day is, of course, held in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, which is right around the corner! Registration is hitting record levels and we’re all very excited (and busy, very busy).

Finally, in addition to their rapid re-housing modules and travel all across the country on a regular basis, the CAP team relaunched their  Performance Improvement Clinics. If your community is interested in receiving customized help from our CAP team – check them out!

And as they say in the business – that’s a wrap!

Image courtesy of J. Star.

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