01/11/2013 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - January 7-11

Making Everyone Count: Gearing Up for the 2013 PIT Count

Every year, during the last ten days in January, HUD requires Continuums of Care (CoCs) to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in the geographic area that they serve through the Point-in-Time Count (PIT). In this year’s Point-in-Time Count, HUD is emphasizing the importance of including homeless youth, and has modified data collection methodology by age group to better gather data on youth. Cyndi Lauper and her foundation, The True Colors Fund, teamed up with HUD to create this public service announcement (PSA) promoting participation in this year’s PIT Count. Take a look at this PSA along with FAQs about the PIT Count. 

This week HUD released a promotional poster for all Continuums of Care as well as further supplementary guidance on requirements for counting youth and strategies. Access it here. To obtain more information about a local PIT count in your community contact your local CoC.

The Los Angeles PIT Count volunteer coordinator shared her experience getting involved in LA and the way it has changed her life for the better.  Check out her blog here

Supporting LGBT Youth Experiencing Homelessness 

This week, the Gates Foundation dedicated $400,000 to efforts addressing homelessness among LGBT teens through its Building Community Philanthropy Program. The funds will be managed by the Pride Foundation and be awarded to fund innovative approaches to addressing poverty in the LGBT community in Washington state and Portland, Oregon over the next four years. This type of funding is especially critical to help solve the problem of homelessness among LGBT youth, who are disproportionately affected. Read more about it here.

On the same topic, the Huffington Post recently released a video delving into the lives of LGBT youth experiencing homelessness. The challenges and tragedies of youth homelessness were further discussed on the Huffington Post blog by the CEO of Covenant House. Learn more about Covenant House.

Lastly, providing a more local perspective on the issue, there was an article calling attention to youth experiencing homelessness in New Jersey. This article spoke particularly about the importance of including youth in HUD’s upcoming 2013 Point-in-Time Count.

Some Veterans News

Common Bond Communities and Community Advocates were highlighted in local media on their partnership to create the first affordable housing complex with services for female Veterans in Milwaukee. Read about the joint project here.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar wrote an op-ed in the Northfield News on Veterans progressand legislative successes. As she says in her op-ed, “While this marks significant progress, we know there is still much more work to be done.” 

USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe blogged this week about her experience with the VA’s Assertive Community Treatment team on the streets of Hollywood. Together with VA Medical Center staff and community partners, she reflected on the work being done to end chronic and Veteran homelessness, one Veteran at a time. She notes, “The work being done in Hollywood might be a living example of what USICH has been calling out as the key components of making progress on homelessness.” 

Read USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe's blog


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