September 2013 Archive
The expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will mean that millions of currently uninsured adults will be eligible for coverage, including many formerly homeless individuals residing in supportive housing.
There is no doubt that Oct. 1st is an important date. But it's not the only date that matters.
Many states are still opting out or remain undecided about whether to participate in Medicaid expansion. One factor these states might consider in evaluating or re-evaluating their decision to participate is the impact of Medicaid expansion on homelessness in their state. But the benefits don’t stop there. State budgets, hospitals, health care providers, and Americans in general also stand to gain from Medicaid expansion.
LGBT youth experience homelessness at disproportionate rates, making up an estimated 40 percent of young people who are experiencing homelessness. With statistics like that, why aren’t we taking steps to protect this vulnerable population?
More than 20 organizations joined together to create the Skid Row Coordinated Entry System, in alignment with the Home For Good campaign in Los Angeles. The goal was to make systematic changes that would foster collaboration. For the first time, a system permanent supportive housing services for chronically homeless individuals were being examined, re-imagined, and improved.
03/09/2013 - Ending Veterans’ Homelessness: A Message to Continuum of Care & Ten-Year Plan Leaders from Barbara Poppe
By Barbara Poppe, USICH Executive Director
Over the past couple months, I have written about the urgency to increase our efforts to end chronic, family and youth homelessness, suggesting key questions for Continuums of Care and Ten Year Plan leaders. Today, I want to address Veterans’ homelessness, which is one of the two 2015 goals in Opening Doors. We have fewer than 900 days to solve Veterans' homelessness; every day and every minute counts.