01/18/2013 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - January 14 - 18

We released a newsletter this week covering the 2013 PIT Count, staffing changes at USICH, and a reflection on the Boston PIT Count that Executive Director, Barbara Poppe attended in December. 

In addition to the newsletter, we shared various news items through Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few of them:

News from across the country 

A 5-year study of individuals in Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless program shows that drug overdoses, rather than AIDS, is now the leading cause of death among program participants. As noted in the article, this represents a reversal of the trend from 15 years ago, and mirrors the rise in drug-related deaths among the larger population. This type of study is important to advance our understanding of the prevalence of drug abuse in order to better allocate resources and services to meet the increase in need. The study will be published next month, but you can read about it here right now

As was noted in our newsletter, the 2013 PIT Count is nearly upon us. Local media coverage continues across the country as CoCs seek more volunteers for this important event. Here are a few stories: Florida, Ohio, Southern Nevada, and San Luis Obispo, CA.

This week the Corporation for Supportive Housing unveiled their new website and logo in correspondence with the release of their report The State of Supportive Housing Industry. This report, released annually for the past two years, is an analysis of responses of individuals in the supportive housing industry about where they feel like the industry is headed and the work ahead. Discussed in the report are issues like targeting supportive housing to the most vulnerable populations, integration of public housing into public systems, and supportive housing innovation.

Read the full report here and check out the new website

Some more news:

Olympia, WA took first stepstoward providing more low-barrier shelters with City Council approving $35,000 to expand access to these types of shelters.

The California Homeless Youth Project released its action plan for ending youth homelessness in California. Read the plan here.

News from our Federal partners

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a letter to its program offices and new resources from Administration for Children & Families on Early Childhood Education Access for Homeless Children. This letter and the new policies and procedures are meant for the entire early childhood care and education community – particularly Head Start and Child Care Development Fund grantees—to improve policies and programs for homeless children or children living unstably. Access it here.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced its new site and resource for Women Veterans Health. Check it out.


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