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04/15/2014 - Criminalizing Homelessness is Costly, Ineffective, and Infringes on Human Rights

USICH Regional Coordinator Amy Sawyer explains why policies that criminalize homelessness are not only morally wrong but also ineffective solutions to ending homelessness in communities. 

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04/14/2014 - 3 Reasons to Address Homelessness as a Human Rights Issue

By Liz Osborn, USICH Management and Program Analyst

In this blog, Liz Osborn answers the question: What benefits and challenges do organizations face when addressing the issue of homelessness from a human rights perspective?

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04/10/2014 - Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! - a Tool for Housing & Shelter Providers

By Lindsay Knotts, USICH Management and Program Analyst

Our partners at the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education just launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! – a coordinated, Federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.

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04/09/2014 - The Power of Constituent Voice: The Rhode Island Homeless Bill of Rights

Jim Ryczek (pictured right), Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, recounts the journey he and his friend and fellow advocate John Joyce (pictured left) embarked upon in order to create a bill of rights on behalf of people experiencing homelessness in Rhode Island. 

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04/08/2014 - Starting Is the Starting Point for Coordinated Assessment

Setting up a coordinated assessment system is complex and doesn’t happen magically. But don’t let that stop you. Putting coordinated assessment in place doesn’t start with the challenges. It starts when communities decide that the challenges are worth facing.

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03/25/2014 - Trading Hospital Doors for Front Doors: Hospital “Super Use” by People Experiencing Homelessness and the Role of Supportive Housing

Kelly Doran and Roberta Capp propose that to provide better health care at lower costs, we must recognize homelessness as a health issue and supportive housing as a health intervention. 

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03/19/2014 - Changing the Terms: How Innovative Communities are Using the ACA to Improve Homeless Services

Lisa Stand, senior policy analyst for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, explains just how useful the Affordable Care Act is in improving homeless services in community programs.

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03/07/2014 - Everyone Deserves a Place to Be Home: It’s About Justice

Former Executive Director Barbara Poppe reflects on her tenure leading the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, discusses the impact that Opening Doors is having on ending homelessness, and shares some lessons she has learned along her journey. 

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03/06/2014 - Opening Doors is Working

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discusses how the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget shows the Obama Administration's commitment to ending homelessness and how the President's Budget allows the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to achieve the goals of Opening Doors.  

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02/26/2014 - USICH’s Family Connection: Promising Practices for Families, Youth, and Children

Executive Director of USICH Barbara Poppe provides examples of how the Family Connection resource can improve communities' approach to helping families experiencing homelessness.

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