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By Jasmine Hayes
Last month, the True Colors Fund Forty to None Summit convened in Houston, Texas. Policy Director Jasmine Hayes shares the highlights and discusses our vision for a coordinated, comprehensive response to ending youth homelessness.
By Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and Liz Osborn, USICH
The steps we are taking to address homelessness in ways that promote, protect, and respect human rights matter, not just in the U.S., but around the globe. Read on to learn what Federal agencies have done to help communities implement alternatives to criminalization.
By Lindsay Knotts
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the NOFA for the FY 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition on September 17, 2015. On September 29, 2015, USICH hosted a webinar for communities on strategies for success in responding to HUD’s NOFA.
The webinar covered the important changes in the FY 2015 Competition and how it support the goals of Opening Doors. Policy Advisor, Lindsay Knotts, recaps the webinar and highlights the top things to know about this year's CoC Competition.
By Katie Jennings
We are pleased to announce the addition of Joe Savage, Jr., to our National Initiatives Team. Joe is based in Philadelphia, and will cover the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. He brings over 15 years of leadership in the fields of homelessness, affordable housing, economic development, and policy analysis.
Read on to learn more about Joe's background, the work he will do with USICH, and other staff updates!
By Jasmine Hayes
As communities across the country come together to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are acutely aware of the intersection between family homelessness and domestic violence. Policy Director Jasmine Hayes discusses what it will take to end family homelessness and the need to support domestic violence service providers.
By Richard Cho
Congresswoman Maxine Waters hosted a briefing earlier this month to review the progress we have made in ending homelessness for all Americans under the newly amended Opening Doors. The briefing especially highlighted the opportunity we have to end chronic homelessness in 2017.
USICH Deputy Director Richard Cho reflects on our national commitment to ending chronic homelessness and why that commitment matters.
By Dustin Allen and Jenni Miller
The Missouri Governor’s Committee to End Homelessness (GCEH) serves as the state’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. The committee firmly believes in the power of collaboration and partnership and includes representatives from state departments and other partners, all working to end homelessness in Missouri. Dustin Allen and Jenni Miller detail how the work is accomplished.
09/04/2015 - Strategies You Can Use to Connect People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI/SSDI Benefits
Social Security benefits are often a primary source of income for people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. Sometimes, it is a challenge for people to navigate the application process, gather the correct documentation and medical records, or receive correspondence through the mail.
Key Strategies for Connecting People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI and SSDI Benefits provides guidance for all organizations that provide homeless services on assisting people through the application process.
Meaningful and sustainable jobs, couple with housing, are key to providing people with successful paths out of homelessness. They instill people with purpose and possibility. They help people engage in their communities and in society at large.
This Labor Day, we hope you will re-commit to the employment strategies in Opening Doors and accelerate our work to connect people experiencing homelessness to employment. We've gathered six employment resources from our partners we think you should know about.
Army Veteran Thomas Green struggled with multiple episodes of homelessness spanning the past 20 years. Thanks to the coordination of multiple VA programs, Mr. Green now has stable housing in the Veterans Multi-Service Center's (VMC) Shelter Plus Care Program.
Learn more about Thomas Green's story and how the VMC, through coordination with other VA programs, is helping connect Veterans to housing in Philadelphia.