12/07/2012 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - December 3 - 7

FY2012 CoC Competition moving forward

The FY2012 CoC Competition is on many of our minds. With the recently released NOFA, changes made to the HEARTH Act, and navigating the first competition under the Interim Rule, the environment surrounding the FY2012 CoC Competition is dynamic. To help FY2012 CoC Competition applicants navigate the environment and competition, here are a few resources we have compiled and put out through social media this week:

HUD resources on the FY2012 Coc Competition, including an Interim Rule Guide and Fact Sheet & webinars. Check them out here.

Join USICH for a webinar on Monday, December 10 from 2-3PM (EST) that will include additional information for communities as they think strategically through their CoC application. Register here.

Join HUD for its webinar, CoC Program: Understanding the Role of the Collaborative Applicant on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Register here.

Affordable Housing

This week the New York Times released an editorial highlighting the importance of continued investment in federal affordable housing programs – a pivotal resource for low-income Americans who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. As cited in the article, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that there are nearly 9 million very low income households in the U.S. with worst cast housing needs, meaning that they have either no housing assistance, pay more than half their income in rent, or live in severely substandard housing. An increase in the availability of affordable housing is critical if we are to prevent and end homelessness in this country and is one of the five themes in Opening Doors. Learn more about the affordable housing crisis and the value of federal housing programs and investments today from this article, our site, and from our national partner, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

Read the NY Times Editorial

Read about affordable housing in Opening Doors

Learn more from NLIHC in their report, Out of Reach 2012

Youth Count!

As cities are gearing up for their PIT Counts in January, it is important that communities collaborate with youth-serving organizations in an effort to gain the most comprehensive count of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness. Improving data on youth is one of the two prongs of the framework for ending youth homelessness. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education (ED), launched Youth Count!, an interagency initiative to develop promising strategies for counting unaccompanied homeless youth, up to 24-years-old, through innovative implementations of HUD’s 2013 Point-in-Time (PIT) count. The goal of this initiative is to learn promising strategies for conducting the following: 1) collaborative PIT counts of unaccompanied homeless youth that engage Continuums of Care (CoC), Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) providers, Local Education Agency (LEA) homeless liaisons, and other local stakeholders; and 2) credible PIT counts that gather reliable data on unaccompanied homeless youth.

Learn more about Youth Count! and access resources for your PIT Count

More news:

CA Assemblymen introduces Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights and Fairness Act

Houston/Harris County releases their 2012 data, showing 14% decrease overall

CSH and the National Alliance to End Homelessness post their report on national trends in family homelessness and local system responses.

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