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By Lindsay Knotts, USICH Management and Program Analyst
Our partners at the Departments of Health and Human Services and Education just launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! – a coordinated, Federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
Jim Ryczek (pictured right), Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, recounts the journey he and his friend and fellow advocate John Joyce (pictured left) embarked upon in order to create a bill of rights on behalf of people experiencing homelessness in Rhode Island.
Setting up a coordinated assessment system is complex and doesn’t happen magically. But don’t let that stop you. Putting coordinated assessment in place doesn’t start with the challenges. It starts when communities decide that the challenges are worth facing.
03/25/2014 - Trading Hospital Doors for Front Doors: Hospital “Super Use” by People Experiencing Homelessness and the Role of Supportive Housing
Kelly Doran and Roberta Capp propose that to provide better health care at lower costs, we must recognize homelessness as a health issue and supportive housing as a health intervention.
03/19/2014 - Changing the Terms: How Innovative Communities are Using the ACA to Improve Homeless Services
Lisa Stand, senior policy analyst for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, explains just how useful the Affordable Care Act is in improving homeless services in community programs.
Former Executive Director Barbara Poppe reflects on her tenure leading the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, discusses the impact that Opening Doors is having on ending homelessness, and shares some lessons she has learned along her journey.
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discusses how the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget shows the Obama Administration's commitment to ending homelessness and how the President's Budget allows the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness to achieve the goals of Opening Doors.
Executive Director of USICH Barbara Poppe provides examples of how the Family Connection resource can improve communities' approach to helping families experiencing homelessness.
02/20/2014 - Working in Partnership to End Homelessness among Families: The Importance of Clarity of Purpose and Action
Incoming Executive Director of USICH Laura Zeilinger discusses what an end to family homelessness actually means, and how the new Family Connection tool can aid communities and stakeholders in realizing this goal.
Robert Pulster, Regional Coordinator for USICH, reflects on his recent trip to New Hampshire, where he shared USICH's new resource on family homelessness.