08/10/2012 - What We’re Talking About: the Week at USICH – August 6-10, 2012


The new HEARTH Act Continuum of Care Interim Rule was posted on the Federal Registry last week. As a part of its release HUD has posted the rule and several pieces of guidance on HUDHRE and HUD expects to continue to add updates and guidance in the coming weeks and months.

Earlier this week the National Alliance to End Homelessness released a summary guidance document that offers some clarity on what the rule means for people on the ground working in the homelessness service sector. The four-page document discusses in detail a number of aspects of the new rule.

New Issue of Evidence Matters Focused on Homelessness

The summer issue of Evidence Matters from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research is focused specifically on homelessness. The issue discusses the importance of setting targets and using data to measure results against those targets. The issue includes in-depth articles on Veteran homelessness, HMIS, and integrating healthcare with housing and highlights a number of successful community efforts from around the country.

Spotlight on Success in Richmond, Virginia

Last month, 100K Homes announced 15 cities that are members of the 2.5% club meaning that each month they are housing 2.5% of people experiencing chronic homelessness or who are identified as highly vulnerable to injury or illness if they remain unhoused. In Richmond, a member of the 2.5% club, efforts to end chronic homelessness are led by Virginia Supportive Housing.

Today, Richmond was also highlighted for their work on child homelessness by the Richmond Times Dispatch. A focus on rapid re-housing has reduced the length of time families are homeless and child homelessness decreased substantially over the past year.

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