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- Tailoring Interventions and Assistance for Families (9/18/2014)
- Families experience homelessness for a number of reasons. Whether as a result of a health or economic crisis or fleeing domestic violence, the experience of homelessness is extremely traumatizing for families generally, and can be especially traumatizing for children. Homelessness disrupts education for children and can lead to extremely poor health and social outcomes in adulthood.
We know the best thing we can do for families at risk of or experiencing homelessness is ensure their safety, support their ability to obtain permanent housing as quickly as possible, and help them sustain housing stability. Individual families need different levels and types of assistance to achieve housing stability. Some families may need only short-term assistance and limited supports, while others may require long-term rental assistance, along with intensive and ongoing service supports.
- Retooling the Homeless Crisis Response System (8/21/2014)
- Ending homelessness means providing a pathway to stable and permanent housing now for people who are experiencing homelessness. It also means changing the way we respond when people have a housing crisis so that we can prevent homelessness whenever possible or otherwise ensure that homelessness is a rare, brief, and nonrecurring experience. We do this by helping individuals and families keep or quickly transition back to permanent housing with access to needed services. This response is what in Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness we call the "homeless crisis response system." It is the overall system where coordinated assessment, homeless programs, and mainstream programs logically fit together to provide a meaningful solution for people.
- Leveraging Mainstream Systems Is Critical to Ending Homelessness (7/28/2014)
- The drum beat from this Administration is quickening and growing louder. President Obama is committed to ending homelessness, not just managing it - leading this Administration to more effective policies and requesting historic new investments in real solutions. First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Dr. Jill Biden and Joining Forces, are engaging more partners in the effort by issuing a call to local leaders to join the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015. Currently, more than 165 mayors, governors, and county officials have joined the challenge. We could not be more honored that Mrs. Obama will address more than 1,600 people from across the country who are working to end homelessness later this week at the National Alliance to End Homelessness annual conference.
- As Local Partnerships Strengthen, National Momentum to End Homelessness Builds (7/2/2014)
- USICH and federal partners are teaming up with communities all across the country to accelerate and align existing efforts toward ending Veteran and chronic homelessness and to do this in a way that lays the foundation for ending all homelessness.
- Homelessness Ends with Housing First (6/19/2014)
- The Obama Administration fully supports and calls for the adoption of Housing First across all communities - as something that is not just good to do, but as something that we must do to reach our goals.
- First Lady Announces Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness (6/5/2014)
- First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness; Eric Grumdahl writes on evidence for Housing First.
- Council Focuses on Support for Local Communities (5/2/2014)
- Members of the Cabinet and leaders from 19 Federal agencies, who together make up the Interagency Council on Homelessness, met to take action on Federal efforts to support and advance progress on ending homelessness in local communities.
- Alternatives to Criminalization (4/17/2014)
- USICH is dedicated to supporting states and communities to implement a Human Rights approach to ending homelessness that connects people to stable housing and eliminates the criminalization of homelessness.
- An End to Chronic Homelessness (3/26/2014)
- USICH Executive Director Laura Zeilinger discusses how the President's FY 2015 Budget creates an unprecedented opportunity for what we can do together to end chronic homelessness in 2016.
- President Obama Proposes Historic New Investments to End Homelessness (3/6/2014)
- President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget clearly demonstrates the high priority this Administration has for achieving to the goals of Opening Doors. This year's budget proposal includes more than $5.69 billion for homelessness assistance funding, a 12 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations.
- White House Event Honors Barbara Poppe (2/27/2014)
- Earlier this week, USICH Council Chair Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, hosted an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to honor the service of USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe.
- New Resource to Help Communities End Family Homelessness (2/11/2014)
- Today, USICH releases Family Connection: Building Systems to End Family Homelessness, a resource aimed at expanding an effective partnership with communities across the country to prevent and end homelessness for families.
- Barbara Poppe to Step Down From USICH Post (2/4/2014)
- After more than four years in office, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Executive Director Barbara Poppe today announced that she will step down on March 7, 2014.
- President Lauds Collaborations to End Homelessness, Mayors on the Front Lines (1/29/2014)
- In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the incredible collaborations happening across all levels of government to end homelessness.
- Council Focuses on Youth, VA Offers $600 Million to SSVF (1/17/2014)
- Last week, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness met to discuss how the Federal Framework to End Youth Homelessness is supporting local efforts in communities around the country. The Council heard from two leading community experts, who shared their experiences of how the framework is helping their community make progress to end youth homelessness. The Council also reported on 2013 Point-In-Time data which shows reductions in homelessness for all populations.
- Human Rights and Homelessness (12/19/2013)
- USICH is marking Human Rights Day through this special edition newsletter focused on US laws and regulations that protect the human and civil rights of people who experience homelessness. While the belief in basic human rights is a primary reason many of us are committed to ending homelessness, we often focus on the "cost-effectiveness argument" to express why ending homelessness makes sense.
- Latest News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (12/17/2013)
- Each year, 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). Conducted by most CoCs during the last ten days in January, the PIT count includes people served in shelter programs every year. In addition, every odd-numbered year, CoCs are responsible for counting people who are unsheltered, mobilizing staff and volunteers who canvas the streets and other settings to identify and enumerate people experiencing homelessness.
- Three Things You Need to Know Going into the 2013 CoC Competition (11/26/2013)
- On Friday, November 22, 2013, HUD released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Continuum of Care Program Competition, launching the annual competition for $1.7 billion in Federal funding for the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. HUD has also made some important changes in this year's competition. HUD has made these changes in an effort to sustain and accelerate the progress our nation has made in ending homelessness, as reflected in last week's release of the 2013 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress. The 2013 Point-in-Time count data reflects an overall downward trend in homelessness and shows that with strategic investment in proven strategies, we can achieve the vision set forth in Opening Doors, that everyone should have a safe and stable place to call home.
- HUD Reports Continued Decline in U.S. Homelessness Since 2010 (11/21/2013)
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released its latest national estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting reductions in every major category or subpopulation since 2010, the year the federal government established Opening Doors, a strategic plan to end homelessness. HUD's 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress finds significant and measurable progress to reduce the scale of long-term or 'chronic' homelessness as well as homelessness experienced by Veterans and families.
- USICH Releases New PHA Guidebook to Ending Homelessness (11/14/2013)
- Across the country, a growing number of public housing authorities (PHAs) have become integral to their community's efforts to prevent and end homelessness. This willingness to partner and engage in collaborative planning is critical to both local and national success in ending homelessness. The new USICH PHA Guidebook provides guidance and the best practices that PHAs can use to strengthen their collaborative efforts.
- The Affordable Care Act & Homelessness: What You Need to Know (10/22/2013)
- October 1st was an important day as the first day of open enrollment in private insurance through the health insurance marketplaces and in Medicaid in the states that are expanding. But it's also important to remember that this is only the beginning, not the end, of the road to health care transformation. The Affordable Care Act won't bring about changes to our nation's approach to health care overnight, nor will it fix everything in our nation's approach to health care. But it's an important first step.
- Presidential Address, New VA/HUD Vouchers, and SSVF Study (9/4/2013)
- The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is VA's new rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention program, which draws upon the strength of community agencies to provide focused, speedy, and flexible services to vulnerable Veterans and their families. In FY 2012, SSVF's first year of operations, VA awarded competitive grants totaling nearly $60 million to 85 grantees across the country who in turn provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. A recent report about SSVF's first year reveals promising data on the effectiveness of the programs.
- The Invisible Population (8/1/2013)
- The number of young people who experience homelessness each year is largely unknown. Often called an "invisible population," young people who are homeless tend to stay with friends, avoid adult services, and dodge authorities, which makes it difficult for communities to include them in their annual point-in-time counts and to engage them in services.
- Cabinet Secretaries Advance Efforts to End Family Homelessness (7/17/2013)
- On July 9th, the Obama Administration convened a meeting to push forward its agenda to end homelessness. USICH Chair, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, and Vice Chair, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, met with other Council leaders including ED Secretary Arne Duncan and DOL Acting Secretary Seth Harris, USICH Executive Director Barbara J. Poppe, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service Wendy Spencer, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Melissa Rogers, and representatives from 11 other member agencies. The group discussed ways to leverage opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act and ways to better serve families who are experiencing homelessness. Donna Seymour, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Warrior Care Policy at the Department of Defense, also updated the Council on DoD's efforts since the last Council meeting to coordinate transitions from active service to Veteran status for our nation's Service members.
- End Chronic Homelessness in Your Community (6/25/2013)
- Not long ago, I sat in the same place that you are sitting, managing the Continuum of Care and leading our community's ten-year plan to end homelessness. You have challenging jobs to do and I know you are balancing many competing issues and priorities. I've been fortunate to visit communities that are making great progress, and to support and work with communities that still struggle. Now I would like to share some reflections on the lessons I've learned from you, my colleagues, in our mission to end homelessness. Thank you for listening and especially for acting.
- Five Federal Funding Opportunities and Growing Your Investment in Rapid Rehousing (5/20/2013)
- The team at USICH provides this general newsletter at a time when many of those who are responsible for making policy and budget decisions, as well as those who serve people experiencing homelessness, are feeling the impact of sequester-related and other funding decreases. For that reason, we have chosen to refocus on an intervention that continues to be cost efficient and effective for the majority of people who become homeless - rapid rehousing. In addition, we also highlight five current competitive funding opportunities that could enhance efforts to provide services, care and supports.
- Pushing to the Goal: Accelerating Progress on Veteran Homelessness (4/25/2013)
- With less than 1,000 days until the 2015 goal, here are three important ways to accelerate progress.
- USICH Introduces the Solutions Database! (4/1/2013)
- USICH is pleased to announce that we have launched a new collection of tools and resources that communities will be able to use to find real solutions to the challenges of preventing and ending homelessness. The Solutions Database currently contains more than 50 short profiles of practices and programs; each profile includes tips for implementation, information about results achieved, and links to more information and resources.
- Looking to the End of Family Homelessness (3/20/2013)
- Opening Doors sets a national goal of ending family homelessness by 2020. In one way, this goal is audacious and bold, and in another, it's too far off-we need to end family homelessness as soon as possible. Each day we do not, children's lives are torn off course and their futures are threatened. Homelessness is life-disrupting and potentially traumatizing for anyone, but it is particularly so for children; instability and lack of security can negatively impact children's health, development, and academic achievement.
- Ending Veteran Homelessness: Asking the Hard Questions and Working Together (2/25/2013)
- Three resources highlight the importance of collaboration and innovation to accelerate progress on Veteran homelessness .
- USICH Releases Additional Information on Federal Framework to End Youth Homelessness (2/21/2013)
- Today, as hundreds of advocates and service providers for youth experiencing homelessness gather in Seattle, WA for the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, USICH releases the USICH Framework to End Youth Homelessness: A Resource Text for Dialogue and Action (youth framework). As participants in this conference learn from and connect with one another on the best strategies and programs to end youth homelessness, we at USICH hope to ground the discussion with this important document for providers across the country. This federal framework for tackling the problem of youth homelessness sets forth the vision for how we should proceed in this important work, building off of the 2012 Amendment to Opening Doors.
- The 2013 PIT Count Experience & More News (2/7/2013)
- Unprecedented Federal and local collaboration on display to get most comprehensive count to date.
- Get Involved: The 2013 PIT Count & More News (1/16/2013)
- 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). The PIT count always includes people served in shelter programs, and every other year must also include people who are unsheltered. This year, CoCs are required to count people who are unsheltered. The 2013 PIT count at the end of January is an important opportunity for communities across the country to collect the most accurate data on people experiencing homelessness in America. Collecting accurate data is critical to effective community planning and performance management toward the goal of ending homelessness.
- December Council Meeting on Veterans and the Term Ahead (12/14/2012)
- A recap on the last Council meeting of 2012 with renewed commitment to Opening Doors, lots of resources on CoC program, PIT Count
- HUD Releases 2012 Data on Homelessness (12/10/2012)
- HUD's Press release on the 2012 Point-in-time data
- HEARTH Act in Focus (11/21/2012)
- How the HEARTH Act impacts your community's response to homelessness - including CoC NOFA important info
- A Message As We Move Forward and More News (11/19/2012)
- A message from Executive Director Barbara Poppe, VA's HPACT program and more
- Important Information about HUD's FY 2012 CoC NOFA (11/9/2012)
- Read from HUD and USICH on important changes to this year's CoC competition
- National Research Agenda and More News (10/26/2012)
- USICH releases the nation's first-ever national research agenda, SSVF funding availability, USICH seeking three policy directors & more
- Reentry In Focus (10/4/2012)
- Improving Reentry and Long-Term Support for Ex-Offenders - federal resources, program profile and more
- Council Meeting Focuses on Family Homelessness (9/14/2012)
- Using mainstream resources for families, expert briefs, HHS supportive housing initiatives, CSH PHA toolkit released
- A Historic Investment and More News (8/28/2012)
- Home for Good LA, Chicago's New Plan, and more news
- Chattanooga's Success (8/15/2012)
- USICH highlights Chattanooga, TN and shares how they've been able to decrease chronic homelessness by 89%.
- Rural Homelessness (7/31/2012)
- What is Rural Homelessness? We talk with cities making progress, experts, and share federal resources.
- New HUD HEARTH Continuum of Care Rule and Guidance Posted (7/16/2012)
- Continuum of Care interim rule posted and HUD issues guidance.
- Youth Homelessness Champions of Change (7/10/2012)
- The White House and USICH honored 13 community leaders for their service to children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.
- Ending Youth Homelessness (6/18/2012)
- New framework for ending youth homelessness unveiled at Council meeting, reactions from experts.
- Tune in to Council Meeting June 12 & More (6/11/2012)
- Reminder for live webstream of Council meeting, HHS & foundation request for proposals & Section 811 webinar.
- Watch Live Council Meeting June 12 (5/31/2012)
- Watch live the Council Meeting on June 12 on youth homelessness strategy, nominate a Champion of Change, and webinars
- Veterans in Focus - Beyond HUD-VASH (5/21/2012)
- Ways to unlock all available and appropriate resources beyond the HUD-VASH program for Veterans experiencing homelessness.
- USICH Announces New Field Staff (5/11/2012)
- Meet the new Regional Coordinators and learn which area of the country they will be working in.
- Mother's Day Issue: Trauma Informed Care (5/3/2012)
- Details on how to use a trauma informed care approach to help mothers experiencing homelessness and their children.
- USICH Agency Blog Launched (4/30/2012)
- USICH launches a blog and Veterans webinar announcement.
- Ending Chronic Homelessness (4/19/2012)
- USICH meeting focused on chronic homelessness, expert briefs and program profiles to accelerate progress to 2015
- USICH Requests Your Ideas on Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth, and Ending Youth Homelessness (4/11/2012)
- Visit the interactive forum to share your ideas!
- Alternatives to Criminalization Newsletter (4/9/2012)
- Searching Out Solutions report release and positive ways to implement alternatives in your community from practitioners.
- March Newsletter (3/27/2012)
- HUD-VASH news, upcoming webinar on banks and homelessness, conference updates, and more
- Opening Doors Across America Update (3/19/2012)
- Connecticut and Santa Monica, CA join the USICH initiative
- HUD Announces $201 Million in New Homeless Grants (3/13/2012)
- Continuum of Care awards to new programs
- Retooling Crisis Response: What Your Community Needs to Know (3/5/2012)
- Retooling Homeless Services into Crisis Response systems is critical to achieving the goals of Opening Doors. This newsletter offers guidance on this process for your community.
- February Newsletter (2/24/2012)
- Register for two upcoming webinars on crisis response and coordinated and centralized intake, plus articles on the roles of banks and PHAs in ending homelessness.
- President's Budget Invests in Proven Solutions (2/14/2012)
- FY 2013 Budget Proposal overview of homelessness programs.
Guidance for ESG recipients and CoCs from HUD Secretary Donovan
- State Resources Map (1/31/2012)
- New USICH resource provides local contacts and state level homelessness statistics.
- Everybody Counts (1/26/2012)
- PIT Count news plus new grants and other updates
- PIT Count January 2012 (1/23/2012)
- USICH and HUD gives communities guidance and reminders as the undertake their PIT Count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) this week.
- Harm Reduction for Youth (1/9/2012)
- Experts in harm reduction program models for youth share best practices, upcoming deadlines, and many webinars to sign up for.
- HUD Awards $1.5B in Renewals and Homeless' Persons Memorial Day (12/21/2011)
- Information on Continuum of Care renewals and how Philadelphia is implementing solutions that help save lives
- Council Elects HHS Sebelius as New Chair for 2012 (12/14/2011)
- Secretary Sebelius' election and youth homelessness discussion at the Council Meeting
- Veterans Homelessness Declines 12% in 2011 (12/13/2011)
- A report on the 2011 Point in Time Count, showing steep decline in Veterans Homelessness, declines in other populations
- December Newsletter (12/8/2011)
- VA $100M Funding Annoucement and Latest News on Ending Homelessness
- HUD HEARTH Regs Announcement (11/15/2011)
- Interim Emergency Solutions Grant Regulations and final homeless definition released
- Ending Veterans Homelessness (11/8/2011)
- A note from Dr. Susan Angell of VA, provider profiles and more.
- October News from USICH (10/24/2011)
- Ending Veterans Homelessness Webinar, VA programs and more
- Jobs and Homelessness (10/13/2011)
- Focus on employment programs, outcomes, and partnerships for people experiencing homelessness with advice from the govt and the field.
- Annual Update 2011 (10/3/2011)
- Obama Administration Releases 2011 Annual Update to Opening Doors
- September 30 General Newsletter (9/30/2011)
- Webinar October 5 on housing and employment system partnerships plus news from USICH's federal partners.
- Take Action Now: Opening Doors Across America (9/22/2011)
- Join USICH as we call for states and communities to take concrete steps to end homelessness in America, with resources and examples from leaders around the country.
- September Full Council Meeting and HPRP Milestone (9/15/2011)
- In September the USICH Council met at a local family shelter in DC and met with families who have experienced homelessness and discussed cross agency solutions to family homelessness. HPRP has now prevented or ended homelessness for over one million Americans.
- Save the Date - 3 USICH Webinars (9/7/2011)
- Three USICH webinars before the end of September, federal agency news, the latest homelessness research, and an update on FEMA's Emergency Food and Shelter Program
- Public Housing Agencies and Ending Homelessness (8/2/2011)
- USICH overview of the role of PHAs in preventing and ending homelesness.
Interview with three PHA leaders on successful programs and partnerships.
- VA Homelessness Prevention Grants (7/26/2011)
- $60 million in grants to help 22,000 Veteran families at risk of homelessness
- July Save the Date and General Newsletter (7/21/2011)
- Webinar on the role of PHAs in ending homelessness will be hosted on August 11th at 2pm EDT
- July Council Meeting (7/13/2011)
- The Interagency Council affirms progress and strategy of Opening Doors one year in
- July Families Newsletter (7/7/2011)
- A full package on information on ending family homelessness, including how the federal govt and communities help, service providers, and more
- Save the Date: June 22nd Opening Doors Anniversary Stakeholder Call (6/10/2011)
- Invite to the Anniversary Conference Call, national conferences updates, and other news
- Common Vocabulary Report Submitted to Congress (6/1/2011)
- Announcement of the report USICH submitted to Congress regarding the development of a common vocabulary for housing status across Agencies
- May General Newsletter (5/24/2011)
- Medicaid and Supportive Housing, HEARTH Implementation news, new NLIHC report, Member Agency News
- Website Launch (5/11/2011)
- Check out the new USICH.gov!
- New CoC Grants-$216 Million Awarded (4/28/2011)
- Special Alert: HUD Announces additional FY 2010 CoC awards to new communities
- April General Newsletter (4/18/2011)
- Budget Update, LA Summit, Focus on SAMSHA
- USICH Full Council Meeting (3/31/2011)
- Cabinet Secretaries Discuss Ending Homelessness with Mayors and Governors
- March Special Issue (3/21/2011)
- Homelessness and the Criminal Justice System
- Strategic Planning to End Homelessness (3/1/2011)
- President's Budget Special Edition (2/15/2011)
- President's Budget Proposes Historic Funding Levels for Homelessness Programs
- Veterans AHAR Report (2/10/2011)
- HUD and VA Issue First-Ever Report on Veteran Homelessness in America
- February Special Issue (2/1/2011)
- LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
- CoC's Annoucement (1/20/2011)
- HUD Awards $1.41 Billion in Homeless Grants
- New Year's Issue (1/13/2011)
- Opening Doors Implementation Update
- December Special Issue (12/15/2010)
- Using Health Reform to End Homelessness
- December General Newsletter (12/2/2010)
- HHS Seeks Nominations for innovative practices, USICH launches online communications survey
- November Special Issue (11/11/2010)
- Veterans Homelessness: spotlight on VA Secretary Shinseki and federal programs for Veterans
- October Special Issue (10/28/2010)
- Domestic Violence: scope of the problem and model programs
- October General Newsletter (10/14/2010)
- Executive Director meets with homeless youth, Housing First in Boston highlighted, Jarrett addresses LGBT homeless youth
- September Special Issue (10/1/2010)
- Family Homelessness
- News Alert: HUD releases 2010 CoC NOFA - All (9/20/2010)
- September General Newsletter (9/15/2010)
- Dept. of Ed partnership with USICH, USICH historical overview
- August General Newsletter (8/30/2010)
- New presentation on Opening Doors, NCH releases report on hate crimes against the homeless
- Opening Doors Implementation Update (8/12/2010)
- Update, GAO report on rural homelessness, announcement of Regional Coordinators
- Poppe, Donovan present at NAEH Conference (7/22/2010)
- NAEH Speeches, National Partner endorsement of Federal Strategic Plan
- Opening Doors Resources (7/8/2010)
- Webinar on Plan, focus on State and Regional ICHs connection to Plan
- Opening Doors release (6/22/2010)
- Announcement of plan, officials to hold webinar on June 23
- Opening Doors Release date announcement (6/15/2010)
- Announcement of June 22 release date with links to White House
- Second Council Meeting of Administration Held (5/26/2010)
- Recap of meeting, Congressional hearing on Veterans
- FY 2009 Annual Report (5/18/2010)
- Report, Engaging the faith community
- Federal Strategic Plan Update (4/15/2010)
- Recap of stakeholder input on Opening Doors
- March General Newsletter (3/30/2010)
- HUD Cost Study of first-time homelessness, Executive Director speeches from two conferences of professionals
- Special Issue (3/9/2010)
- The Census and Homelessness
- First Council Meeting of 2010 (2/12/2010)
- Meeting recap, President's FY 2011 budget request
- USICH's new Deputy Directors (1/22/2010)
- Introduction of Deputy Directors
- January General Newsletter (1/8/2010)
- Increasing access to mainstream benefits
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