Homeless & Crisis Assistance

ACLU Challenges Miami-Dade Housing Restriction Forcing Former Sex Offenders to Live by Railroad Tracks

MIAMI – October 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida filed suit against Miami-Dade County and the Florida Department of Corrections, seeking a permanent injunction against a housing ordinance that is extraordinarily difficult for former sex offenders to follow without becoming homeless. The law prohibits former offenders from living 2,500 feet (almost half a mile) from any building the county labels a “school,” a category the county has enforced arbitrarily since the ordinance went into effect in 2010. This restriction has left about fifty former offenders with nowhere to live other than an outdoor area along railroad tracks on the outskirts of Miami-Dade county. Each night, they sleep in chairs, in tents, and under tarps, without

HUD AND VA TEAM UP TO HELP MORE THAN 9,000 HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 1, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced more than $62 million to help more than 9,000 homeless veterans find permanent supportive housing. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. See the local impact of the housing assistance announced today

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Sept. 12, 2014, 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 Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas.

Webinar: An Introduction to SSVF and Overview of Compliance & Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 2, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans is holding a webinar, “An Introduction to SSVF and Overview of Compliance & Reporting,” on Sept. 25 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 22, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Aug. 22, 2014, 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 Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 18, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Aug. 15, 2014, 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 Maryland

VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

NCHV Announces Webinar on Connecting to Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 4, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Homeless veteran service providers, especially HVRP grantees and SSVF grantees with employment personnel, recognize the critical connection between a viable income and housing stability. Homeless veterans may be rapidly connected to housing, but they are better able to stay in housing when they are earning a livable wage. While placement in competitive employment may be the ultimate goal, service providers can utilize benefits payments to help homeless veterans find stability while they are seeking and even after obtaining employment

AIA Selects Eight Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

Washington, D.C. –- July 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — At the beginning of June, 85 mayors, governors and county officials from across the country – and across the political spectrum – signed on to the Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Today, we’re announcing that in the two months since then, 97 more state and local leaders have signed on – meaning that a total of 182 local leaders have pledged to end homelessness among the veterans in their communities by the end of 2015

STATEMENT: CAP’s Laura E. Durso on Introduction of Runaway and Homeless Youth Bill with Protections Against Discrimination for LGBT Youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Center for American Progress’ Director of LGBT Research and Communications Project, Laura E. Durso, issued the following statement in support of the introduction of the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. The legislation will include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people against discrimination in federally funded programs serving homeless and runaway youth

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 14, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the July 11, 2014, 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 Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Oregon, Texas and Washington

HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the July 3, 2014, 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 Maryland

$36 Million in HVRP Grants to Help 12,000 Homeless Veterans Awarded by DOL-VETS

WASHINGTON – June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced grants totaling $36,710,368 awarded to 156 organizations nationwide to provide more than 12,000 veterans with training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), administered by the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)

VA Announces $5 Million in Grants to Aid Homeless Veterans With Special Needs

WASHINGTON – June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is making renewed funding available to 25 organizations in 11 states that provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans with special needs. The Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD) Special Need Grants – totaling $5 million to grantees – will allow the organizations to continue providing housing and necessary services to homeless Veterans from any or all of the following groups with special needs: women, frail elderly, terminally ill, chronically mentally ill and individuals who care for minor dependents

HUD Provides Additional Funds for Nearly 900 Local Homeless Programs Across the Country

WASHINGTON – June 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced a second round of grants totaling $140 million to nearly 900 local homeless assistance programs across the country. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, this funding will ensure additional permanent and transitional housing renewal projects are able to continue operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness

Congressman Cleaver Announces Nearly $1.9 Million in Federal Funding for Fight Against Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Cleaver is pleased to announce that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded eleven municipalities and organizations within Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District with a combined total of nearly $1.9 million dollars as part of the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to be utilized in the fight against homelessness.

HUD PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR NEARLY 900 LOCAL HOMELESS ROGRAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

WASHINGTON – June 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a second round of grants totaling $140 million to nearly 900 local homeless assistance programs across the country (see attached chart). Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program,  the funding announced today will ensure additional permanent and transitional housing renewal projects are able to continue operating in the coming year, providing critically needed housing and support services to those persons and families experiencing homelessness.

VA Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team Program (H-PACT) Update

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The VA Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team Program, H-PACT, was established in January 2012 to provide a coordinated “medical home” specifically tailored to the needs of homeless veterans. Interdisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, and case managers respond to the ongoing and evolving medical, mental health, and substance abuse needs of homeless veterans entering the VA system. The program serves as a conduit for treatment engagement and involvement in VA Homeless Program and clinical services and supports through a “no wrong door” policy. It is designed to provide the care necessary to keep veterans in housing and prevent a return to homelessness

Federal Properties Available for Homeless Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the June 13, 2014, 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 Maryland, Michigan, New York, West Virginia and Wisconsin