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04/05/2013 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - April 1-4

USICH Launches the Solutions Database

The big news of the week around USICH is the launch of our Solutions Database - an online resource hub of evidence-based practices, promising practices, and model programs from around the country that work in ending homelessness. We profile model programs from around the country successful at implementing practices like coordinated entry, targeting of permanent supportive housing, and outreach. Check out the 50+ profiles now! Explore the Solutions Database

Coverage of Potential Local Impacts of Sequestration

With budgets at all levels of government impacted by sequestration, local media has started to cover stories of organizations that will experience a drastic change in their work. As mentioned by HUD Secretary Donovan and echoed by federal leaders working with low-income populations, sequestration has severe impacts on our work to prevent and end homelessness in America.

In Indiana, they anticipate that sequestration will create big gaps in funding that will place Public Housing Authorities and housing vouchers at stake.

“We are expecting this will mean that public housing authorities will end up reducing the number of households they serve because there won’t be sufficient funding for all the vouchers currently in use…”

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In Iowa, sequestration may affect local programs similarly—decreasing funding and ultimately placing many formerly homeless individuals at-risk of homelessness with less resources.  Learn more

Michigan reported a 66 percent increase in students experiencing homelessness in the last year. Educators and service providers seek solutions while they anticipate that sequestration will impact their funding for 2013-2014 and their ability to meet the needs of students experiencing homelessness.  Read the full article here

Upcoming Webinars

The National Alliance to End Homelessness will host a webinar on Tuesday, April 9 called The State of Homelessness in America 2013.  Samantha Batko, director of the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute, will explain the latest data in The State of Homelessness 2013 report and why it matters for communities working to prevent and end homelessness. The webinar will also cover media engagement and advocacy efforts around the report. Learn more and register for the webinar

SAMHSA will be hosting a webinar on April 18 on addressing homelessness among veterans of recent conflicts. The webinar will provide a meaningful discussion of preventing and ending homelessness as it appears among Veterans of recent conflicts, recent research findings, successful strategies for working with this emerging population, and some cutting-edge solutions implemented by the Homeless Veterans Initiative for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

Register for this webinar now

In addition, this week we released a full report on our collaboration with SAMHSA on the needs of veterans of recent conflicts, which can serve as a complement to the webinar on April 18.

 Access the full report

Department of Labor Announces Request for Applications – HVRP

In addition, this week the Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $5 million to fund 16 or more Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants. Approximately 2,600 veterans will receive job training and related services to help them succeed in civilian careers. Find out more about DOL’s request for applications.

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