Homeless & Crisis Assistance

NCHV Responds to VA Secretary’s Apology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — As many of you may have read, in January at the Point in Time Count in Los Angeles, Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald made a mistake when he misstated the details of his military service. While we do not condone that misstatement, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) would rather the community focus on what the Secretary intended to do: he was making an effort to connect to a homeless veteran who had shared personal information about an important period in his life

National Architecture + Planning Firm KTGY Expands Los Angeles 55+ Studio to Accommodate Rising Demand

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – February 24, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Award-winning national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc., has added 55+ housing industry veteran Doug Ahlstrom as a director to lead and expand the firm’s Los Angeles 55+ Studio. With over 35 years of programming, planning, design and construction experience in the age-appealing, age-targeted and service-enriched seniors industry, Ahlstrom has directed and overseen the design of high-end as well as affordable and market rate assisted living and independent care communities, Alzheimer’s/memory support, adult day care, seniors’ special needs and community wellness centers. Ahlstrom most recently served as a director of seniors housing at KEPHART and a principal with Professional Design Consultants.


WASHINGTON – February 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance to better serve LGBT Americans seeking to obtain a home loan and transgender individuals seeking access to homeless shelters. These two sets of guidance will help clarify the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Orientation or Gender Identity Rule (Equal Access Rule), which was published in 2012. The Equal Access Rule ensures that housing across HUD programs is open to all eligible individuals regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

VA Announces $300 Million in Grants to Community Partners Working to End Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Building on President Obama’s commitment to end veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of $300 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and other groups that serve veterans through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The SSVF program assists very low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The $300 million grants are available to current grantees seeking renewals

VA and Community Partners Release West Los Angeles Homeless Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — On January 28, 2015, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald and attorneys representing homeless veterans in Los Angeles announced a historic agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving veterans in need. The agreement is an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s commitment that no veteran should live on the streets, or forego available medical and psychological services.

City Activates Freeze Plan for Homeless

NEW ORLEANS – February 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The City is activating its Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP) overnight on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, as the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature or wind chill to fall below the plan’s activation threshold of 35 degrees. The City’s freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary shelter for homeless residents

CAP Report Shows Difficulties Faced by Transgender Homeless Youth

Washington, D.C. – February 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Youth homelessness in America is nearing epidemic levels, and the problem among the transgender community is disproportionately acute. At least one in five transgender young people have experienced homelessness, and many of them have encountered discrimination, harassment, and abuse in shelters and other services meant to serve as safe spaces when there is nowhere else to go.

Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $169 Billion VA Budget

WASHINGTON – February 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The President has proposed a $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2016. The proposed budget will support VA goals to expand access to timely, high quality health care and benefits, continue the transformation of VA into a Veteran-centric department and end homelessness among Veterans.

Homeless Programs: Mayor Announces $25 Million HUD Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded San Francisco $25.6 million in HUD’s Continuum of Care grants to fund 60 San Francisco-based organizations and a variety of housing and services including transitional and permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, street outreach, client assessment, and other services for families, victims of domestic violence, youth, and homeless veterans.

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $191 Million In Fed Funds For 680 New York State Organizations Working To End Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $191,794,858 in federal funding has been awarded to 680 different organizations in New York State working to end homelessness. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The CoC Program provides funding to non-profits, as well as local and state governments, to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to programs that encourage self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness

Mayor Walsh Reminds Boston Residents of Freezing Temperatures; Coordinates Outreach Efforts to Homeless

BOSTON – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — With forecasters predicting heavy snowfall today and subzero temperatures tonight into early Tuesdaymorning, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and public health officials are reminding residents to take precautions due to the extreme cold. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and help the City’s vulnerable populations during this dangerous cold snap, particularly homeless and elderly residents. In such cold conditions, health officials stress that all precautions must be taken to stay warm, as hypothermia or frostbite set in quickly in freezing temperatures.

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Jan. 30, 2015, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in California, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and Washington

Department of Veterans Affairs Reaches Historic Breakthrough Agreement

Los Angeles – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald and attorneys representing homeless veterans in Los Angeles announced an agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving veterans in need, and commits the department to design a plan to help end homelessness among veterans in Los Angeles County. The agreement is an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s commitment that no veteran should live on the streets, or forego necessary medical and psychological services


WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim program rule (FR-5246-I-03) rule to the Federal Register today providing guidance to state and local entities for the implementation of the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF). The HTF is a new affordable housing production program that will complement existing Federal, state and local efforts to increase and preserve the supply of decent, safe, and clean affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income households, including homeless families

Leahy, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Youth Homelessness & Trafficking

WASHINGTON – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Tuesday reintroduced bipartisan legislation to curb youth homelessness, which affects 1.6 million teens throughout the country who are among the most likely to become victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) joined as original bill cosponsors

Bill Introduced to Expand Housing Programs to 1 Million Children, Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced the Homeless Children and Youth Act, a bill to expand the definition of homelessness used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The change would allow more than 1 million homeless children and families nationwide to access federal housing assistance programs.

Counting Every Veteran on the Way to Ending Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald is taking a firsthand look at the issue of homelessness among Veterans by participating in this year’s Point-in-Time (PIT) Count in Los Angeles, California. The PIT Count typically takes place in locations around the country during the month of January


WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 27, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $1.8 billion in grants to help nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (see attached chart).   The Continuum of Care grants announced today support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country

Man Found Guilty Of Killing Homeless Former Baseball Player

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — A 33-year-old transient was found guilty today of killing a former professional baseball player in downtown Los Angeles last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Gov. Rick Snyder issues executive order to reduce homelessness in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – January 19, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Gov. Rick Snyder today signed two executive orders working to support Michigan residents who are homeless or facing mental health issues “It’s important to provide all Michiganders with the support they need to improve their quality of life,” Snyder said. “These executive orders help ensure that advancing mental health and wellness and ending homelessness remain priorities moving forward.”