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Live from the National Conference on Ending Homelessness 2011

Basics of the HEARTH Act

The passage of the HEARTH Act in 2009 signaled an emerging shift in community approaches to addressing and ending homelessness. Since the passage of the act, communities have anxiously awaited the release of new regulations that will govern the homeless assistance programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The HUD Washington staff provided an update on their efforts to meet the new standards outlined in the HEARTH Act. Communities can expect to see regulations on the ESG and CoC programs as structured in the HEARTH Act as well as regulations for HMIS and guidance on changes to the Consolidated Plan process. These regulations will be released in stages with the goal of implementation in 2012 ultimately dependent upon the final HUD budget appropriation.

Ann Oliva, director of the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPs), along with Jonathan Harwitz and Brett Gagnon identified key areas in which communities need to focus their efforts in order to maximize resources and support for their homeless service and housing systems. HUD is challenging communities to evaluate how they approach the following areas:

  1. Collaboration and coordination with community systems impacting homelessness
  2. Movement towards a performance based system that looks at outcomes - HUD will look closely as system and program performance in addressing the measures outlined in the HEARTH Act as well as “stewardship” of HUD funds.
  3. Development of a data driven, comprehensive systems planning process
  4. Coordination with federal priorities as outlined in the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End homelessness.

HUD continues the emphasize, now more than ever in this current economic recession, that it is imperative that communities move in a direction of efficiently and effectively producing positive outcomes in their homeless systems. Local successess in ending homelessness will translate into a community’s ability to maintain and bring new funds into the homeless system. As the federal government works to acheive the goals outlined in Opening Doors: The Federal strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, HUD and other federal agencies will be focusing resources on the priorities established in the federal plan.  HUD calls upon all communities to help them in achieving the goals ending homelessness and re-tooling the crisis response system.  Local success means federal agency success which in turn means national success in ending homelessness.

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Supportive Housing: A Healthcare Solution

Helping Chronically Homeless People
Avoid High-Cost Health Care

This week the National Alliance to End Homelessness released a new policy brief, “Helping Chronically Homeless People Avoid High-Cost Health Care.” This piece is designed for health policy audiences at all levels of government and makes the case that permanent supportive housing should be part of health care solutions, especially where public resources are strained caring for chronically and highly vulnerable homeless people.

In New Jersey, the 2011 Point in Time Count of the Homeless counted 751 chronically homeless adults. This brief can serve as a starting point to tailor messages about the relationship between permanent supportive housing and health care for audiences outside the homelessness arena.

Click here to read the brief.

A number of states and cities have implemented permanent supportive housing strategies and have documented relative costs offset by this public intervention. Portland, Maine, reduced emergency room annual expenditures by $1,296 per chronically homeless individual given permanent supportive housing.

Similarly San Francisco found a 56 percent decrease in emergency department visits by its chronically homeless population after providing them with permanent supportive housing.

A mounting number of studies and documented success stories definitively find not only the cost effectiveness of permanent housing interventions in reducing emergency room costs, but marked success in reducing chronic homelessness.

For health policy, the implications are clear: Initiatives to reduce unnecessary hospital costs should enable local safety net systems to target appropriate interventions toward chronically homeless people. Appropriate interventions include health care and supportive services, such as those that Medicaid provides, that enhance the effectiveness of permanent housing solutions.

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Protip:

When I was at NAEH, we tried to make a point of saying “people experiencing homelessness” rather than “the homeless.” It emphasizes that being homeless is something that happens, rather than something they are. 

Most people who experience homelessness, experience it once and then never again. The rest are usually referred to as “chronically homeless.” They make up less than 20% of those experiencing homelessness. 

Overview and Impact of the President's Budget Proposal

Overview & Impact of @BarackObama Budget & Impact on Key #Homelessness & #AffordableHousing Programs @naehomelessness

Analysis of Proposed Funding for Key
Homelessness and Affordable Housing Programs

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) has posted a recording of a webinar, “Overview and Impact of the President’s Budget Proposal.”

The webinar covers the impact of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget proposal on homelessness.

The Alliance’s policy team provides a brief overview of:

  • The…

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NAEH Projects Increases in Homelessness

Over the next 3 years homelessness
could increase by 5% or 74,000

Last week, the National Alliance to End Homelessness released a paper entitled “Increases in Homelessness on the Horizon,” detailing projected increases in homelessness.

In the next three years, homelessness in the United States could increase by an estimated 5 %, or 74,000 people.

The projections are based on new evidence about increased poverty and future economic trends coupled with federal, state, and local budget cuts.

Additionally, the paper recommends the following four interventions that could be implemented to prevent an increase in future homelessness:

  • Continue the cost effective investment in homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, initiated by HPRP.
  • Continue investment in homeless programs that have proven to end homelessness, and provide resources to fully implement the HEARTH Act.
  • When setting spending priorities, ensure that a top priority is to protect the most vulnerable.
  • Ensure that any jobs initiatives also prioritize the most vulnerable people.

The projected increase in homelessness is not inevitable. Due to innovative, federally-funded approaches focused on preventing homelessness and quickly and appropriately re-housing those who do become homeless, homelessness declined by 2 percent from 2008 to 2009. It is clear that by using evidence-based, cost effective interventions, such as prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing, homelessness can be reduced. However, these current interventions must be maintained.

Homelessness is a preventable and solvable problem. Allowing over a million people to become homeless every year has enormous economic, social, and human costs. The nation can learn from recent successful initiatives, and prevent the economic downturn and increasing poverty from creating a new class of homeless people. If it does so, cost effective efforts to end homelessness will proceed apace. If it does not, at least 74,000 more people will become homeless.

Click here to download the entire brief.

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From today, my second post for NAC on how a combo of high housing prices, low wages for the poor and a soon-to-expire federal program doesn’t bode well for homelessness in the U.S.

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) has recently created a tab on their website to share resources on counting homeless youth. This is something that the CA Homeless Youth Project is passionate about too, as we work toward creating a toolkit to help Continuums of Care in California to better count homeless youth during their point-in-time counts. NAEH’s website highlights a new map showcasing cities nationwide that have already started conducting targeted youth counts. In addition, they advocate that youth ages 18-24 be included in HUDs bi-annual point-in-time count, and link to briefs and related webinars on surveying and counting youth.

See the NAEH blog for more information: http://blog.endhomelessness.org/alliance-launches-youth-count-media-map-and-webpage/

Homelessness - Health Care Partnerships

Building Effective Partnerships
Key to Ending Homelessness

To better help advocates and providers in the homelessness assistance field to understand the implications of Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) a launched a series of webinars around the legislation. The first webinar, “Talking Medicaid: First Steps in Building Effective Homelessness - Health Care Partnerships,” was held on Wednesday, May 4 and provided a basic introduction to the Medicaid program.

We are pleased to share the video and PowerPoint from the NAEH webinar. To view the PowerPoint in Adobe PDF format click here.

Webinar: Talking Medicaid

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Kann malwieder nicht Schlafen :(

Du fehlst so sehr :(
Ohne Dich kann Ich nicht schlafen :(
Ohne Dich fehlt die Waerme in Meinem Bett :(
Ohne Dich ist es so Einsam :(
Du fehlst, Deine Naehe fehlt,Deine Waerme fehlt, Dein Geruch fehlt, Deine Beruehrungen fehlen, Dein Atem und Dein Herzschlag fehlen, Dieses Gefuehl von Geborgehnehti fehlt. Es fehlt einfach zuviel, wenn Du fehlst.. :(
Ich Liebe Dich :**

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