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10/21/2013 - Leveraging the Affordable Care Act to Solve Homelessness: A Message to CoCs and Ten-Year Plan Leaders
How can we make the best use of the Affordable Care Act to solve homelessness? USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe poses five questions for communities to consider.
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.
09/03/2013 - 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.
We took 140 families off the streets. They were not “high functioning” enough for transitional shelters, but within 40 days we placed them into permanent housing…and offered no further support. This is what happened.
Rapid re-housing is working. And it’s working in Washington, DC, which, in terms of housing unaffordability and poverty rates, is among the most challenging places in the country to live.
A recent report about the first year of VA's new rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention program, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, reveals promising data on the effectiveness of the program.