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04/19/2013 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - April 15-19

The President’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal: What It Means for Homeless Services

On Wednesday, April 10 the President released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal to Congress, an annual event setting for the President’s vision for the next fiscal year across all federal government agencies. On Monday, USICH released information on how this budget reflects a strong funding commitment to Opening Doors with proposed further investments in targeted and mainstream homeless assistance programs. This year's Budget Proposal includes $5.3 billion for targeted homeless assistance funding, a 21.1 percent increase over the previously enacted Fiscal Year 2012 Budget.

USICH’s coverage of the budget was kicked off with an important message from  USICH Chair, VA Secretary Shinseki, and USICH Vice-Chair, HUD Secretary Donovan,on why ending homelessness is a smart investment.We also prepared a fact sheet that breaks down the President’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal by targeted homeless assistance funding. Access the fact sheet

Our national and federal partners also spent time this week analyzing the President’s budget proposal, speaking on how it would affect low-income Americans and Veterans.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, led by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, reflects particularly on the HUD budget proposal. Read it here

The U.S. Department of Labor Acting Secretary Seth Harris also took time this week to speak to further investments in putting Veterans back to work in the Labor proposal, which includes approximately $100 million in additional investments to help veterans find civilian jobs, for a total of $351 million.Read Acting Secretary Harris’ blog and listen to Acting Secretary Harris speak on the expanded programs proposed for Veterans returning to the civilian workforce on Federal News Radio.

Spotlight on Including Youth in Point-in-Time Count

This week the California Homeless Youth Project and Youth in Social Environments Group at UC San Francisco School of Medicine and UC Berkeley School of Public Health released a report that highlights best practices for and challenges to counting youth experiencing homelessness. Additionally, they offer recommendations to assist Continuums of Care, policymakers, and other stakeholders interested in improving future PIT counts. Read the report

For more information on youth homelessness, read our Framework to End Youth Homelessness and learn about the Youth Count! Initiative.

Partners Announce Resources

The U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice, (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently announced the availability of funds under its FY 2013 Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders.

This grant program is designed to improve outcomes for adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders through the provision of appropriate evidence-based services and treatment during and after incarceration in prison or jail.

Learn more about this funding opportunity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

This week HUD released a new video and made it available on its YouTube Channel, “Building the Bridge to the Future: Lessons Learned from HPRP.” Watch it here.

In addition to our partners, USICH recently made a new resource available –the Solutions Database.  The Solutions Database is a searchable source of up-to-date information drawn from around the country that federal, state, and local partners can use to further their collaborative efforts to end homelessness.

Explore the Solutions Database

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