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Volunteers Needed for 2016 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Survey

The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, in collaboration with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward Sheriff's Office, and Nova Southeastern University is seeking 200 volunteers to assist the Homeless Continuum of Care with the collection of data for the 2016 Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Survey and Zero 2016 Registry Week beginning on Tuesday night, January 26th, through Thursday, January 28, 2016

Coalition for the Homeless Responds to Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State address today, outlining his steps to address the homeless crisis in the state. In response, the Coalition for the Homeless issued these statements from President & CEO Mary Brosnahan

Philadelphia Latest Major U.S. City to Functionally End Veteran Homelessness

ast week, First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer to recognize the city's accomplishment in functionally ending veteran homelessness. Philadelphia has identified each individual veteran experiencing homelessness in the city and worked with them to place them in appropriate and permanent housing options

DOJ to Law Enforcement: Don’t Criminalize Homelessness

the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, published a newsletter encouraging law enforcement to promote alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The newsletter,coordination with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health & Human Services, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

Leadership on Criminalization of Homelessness Needs to Be Matched By Commitment to Housing

On December 10, 2015, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty issued its annual report card on the human right to housing in the U.S., praising the progress of the federal government in addressing the criminalization of homelessness, but condemning its ongoing failure to stem the tide of homelessness by ensuring adequate, affordable housing is available to all

Faulconer, Educators Team Up to Help Children, Families & College Students Affected by Homelessness

With the goal of helping fellow San Diegans in need, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, City Councilmember Todd Gloria and SDSU President Elliot Hirshman today announced several initiatives by the San Diego Housing Commission to assist local children, families and college students affected by homelessness, as well as $10 million in new funding for affordable housing projects.

Homeless Initiative Bills and Budget Amendment Sent to County Council

As part of Maui County's ongoing efforts to address issues and concerns related to the homeless community, Mayor Alan Arakawa transmitted five bills and a budget amendment to the Maui County Council last week.

Sen. Brown Outlines New Legislation to Improve Programs for Homeless Veterans and Their Families Today in Cleveland

Brown, a Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Outlined Legislation, Renewed His Call to End Homelessness Among Veterans. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, About 12 Percent of the Adult Homeless Population is Comprised of Veterans.

Mayor Lee’s Joint Statement With San Francisco Interfaith Council On Helping Homeless This Winter Season

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and San Francisco Interfaith Council Executive Director Michael Pappas today issued the following joint statement on helping homeless residents and providing shelter for those that need it during the cold, wet winter season and anticipated El Ni√Īo storms

Councilmember Licata: City Budget Increases Funding for Homeless in Response to Federal Cutbacks

Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Budget Committee sent a 2016 Budget to the Full Council. "As my 18 years in office come to an end, I've reflected on how funding for human services has changed in Seattle. I compared the first budget I voted for in 1999 to the 2016 budget approved by the Budget Committee today. Here's what I found

Sen. Brown Outlines New Legislation to Improve Programs for Homeless Veterans and Their Families in Warren Today

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, outlined legislation to improve programs for homeless veterans and their families in Warren today. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, about 12 percent of the adult homeless population is comprised of veterans

Hastings’ Statement on National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

“There are thousands of men, women, and children in our country that go without food or shelter every single day. In marking National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we must remind ourselves that there is much we can do to provide for homeless individuals across this nation. Those in our country who do not have a home or live in poverty deserve to be treated with dignity and respect

Interior, State of California Announce Innovative Strategy for Renewable Energy and Conservation on Public Lands in California Desert

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird today announced the final environmental review of an innovative landscape-scale blueprint to support renewable energy development and conservation on 10 million acres of federal public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the California desert.

Senators Schatz, Kaine, Collins, Murray Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Help Prevent Youth Homelessness & Keep Struggling Families Together

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‚Äėi) introduced legislation to help prevent youth homelessness, improve support services and housing for youth and families, and help ensure children are raised in supportive, stable households.

Clark bill aims to remove barriers to higher education for homeless and foster youth

Congresswoman Katherine Clark introduced the Higher Education Access and Success and Foster Youth Act, legislation to empower homeless and foster students to obtain higher levels of education and to lift traditional barriers to entry.  Education advocates report that current higher education policies regarding students’ independence, financial aid eligibility, and recruitment programs create barriers for homeless and foster youth trying to navigate a complex higher education system.

New Report Reveals that Mortgages Over $500,000 are Rare in the U.S.

A Rare Occurrence: The Geography and Race of Mortgages Over $500,000, released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), reveals that only 5% of the mortgages obtained in the past three years in the U.S. were larger than $500,000 and that lowering the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) cap to $500,000 would have no impact on the majority of homeowners nationwide given the rarity of mortgages over that amount

Volunteers, Donations Needed to Help Homeless

Volunteers and donations are needed for the upcoming Project Homeless Connect, which helps thousands of people who are homeless and at-risk or becoming homeless connect with agencies and organizations that offer housing, job training, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and other services

Mayor Lee Announces Immediate Investments to House Homeless Families

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a new Family Homelessness Initiative to ensure that families with elementary school children never have to spend a night on the street due to lack of available shelter or housing. The Mayor has directed the City’s Human Services Agency to work with the San Francisco Unified School District, the philanthropic community, and community partners to present a plan for inclusion in his upcoming FY 2016-17 budget, with the stated multi-year goal of clearing the existing family shelter waitlist and creating a system to assist homeless families with elementary school-aged children.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Housing Vouchers For Homeless Veterans

The Baker-Polito Administration announced a program that will provide homeless veterans with housing services. Under the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, the administration is allocating 65 rental vouchers to chronically homeless veterans who were identified by the local veterans’ committees across the Commonwealth. These vouchers can be used to pay for rental units and will assist the Commonwealth in its goal of ending veteran’s homelessness.


On Veterans Day, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced the creation of his Veterans Advisory Board. The committee of local veterans, veteran assistance non-profit organizations, education facilities, and veteran employment groups met with Rep. Aguilar earlier this week in San Bernardino to discuss local and national initiatives to connect veterans with job opportunities.