04/26/2013 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - April 22-26

Ending Veteran Homelessness by 2015

Following the April 16, 2013 Council meeting, USICH released its newsletter yesterday focused on important programs and policies that we need to accelerate if we are to achieve the goal of ending Veteran homelessness by 2015. Framed by the article "Pushing to the Goal: Three Ways to Accelerate Ending Veteran Homelessness," the supplementary articles focus on these three important areas: faster connections to permanent housing, identifying and meeting the needs of every Veteran, and building stronger bridges to mainstream benefits. Learn about progress toward the 2015 goal, read the newsletter here.

On topic, The U.S. Department of Defense released information on its joint effort with The Department of Veterans Affairs to support ending veteran homelessness by 2015. Read the article

Also, The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Dr. Susan Angell was featured on the Funders Together blog. Read her piece about staying the course to reach our 2015 goal.

Lastly, The Department of Veterans Affairs recently made a pledge to prioritize disability claims pending over one year for immediate settlement. Read about the announcement in the Washington Post.

Webinar: "Opening  Doors to Innovation: Improving Client Outcomes Using Housing First"

Join USICH and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans to discuss how Housing First practices can improve client outcomes in a transitional housing setting and help our Nation’s Veterans and others who experience homelessness move more quickly into permanent housing on Wednesday, May 8.

Participate in a conversation with Dr. Josh Bamberger from the San Francisco Department of Health and Dr. Tom O’Toole from Veterans Affairs Medical Center Providence, RI on the clinical dimensions of Housing First and how it can help to deliver improved care to clients and speed up their transitions into permanent housing.

On this webinar you’ll learn more about Housing First as a clinical practice from healthcare providers in both community and VA-based settings. You’ll also hear from a local transitional housing provider for Veterans who innovated their program with Housing First principles to enhance the success housing Veterans experiencing homelessness.

Register here today!

Application Due Date: Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement

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.

This year’s competition encourages collaboration between state and community reentry efforts and efforts to end chronic homelessness. Applicants are urged to propose programs that can serve offenders with co-occurring disorders who are also experiencing chronic homelessness. This includes services that support housing stability in permanent supportive housing to end homelessness, reduce recidivism, and promote public safety.

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. All applications are due on May 16, 2013.

Learn more and apply.

HUD Secretary Donovan to speak at the International Homelessness Research Conference, June 3 – register now!

On June 3 at the University of Pennsylvania, HUD Secretary Donovan will share second term homelessness priorities at HUD and across the Obama Administration. The conference will feature keynotes profiling homelessness policy and research from around the globe.  Morning plenary sessions will center on international homelessness prevention and studies of fidelity to permanent supportive housing.  During lunch a multinational panel of leaders from advocacy organizations will discuss how the research community can advance the cause of ending homelessness.  In the afternoon participants will have a choice of presentations on the key interventions being tested internationally, such as rapid re-housing, programs for youth and families, and Critical Time Intervention.  Panels will also address street outreach, cost analyses of homelessness, and other topics.

Learn more about the conference and register today!

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