1. Searching Out Solutions: Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness

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    Communities should implement solutions to homelessness not seek to criminalize it. USICH will soon release a comprehensive report that details effective alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness. The report is titled: Searching out Solutions: Constructive Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness. USICH hosted a webinar on this topic that detailed solutions for communities. Panelists addressed the reasons why criminalization is not effective and explained several key alternatives that can help communities achieve results. Panelists: Deputy Director for USICH Anthony Love Senior Counsel for the Access to Justice Initiative at the U.S. Department of Justice Melanca Clark Executive Director of Pathways to Housing DC Christy Respress Deputy Public Defender in San Diego and cofounder of the San Diego Homeless Court Program Steve Binder

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    • The Role of Public Housing Agencies in Ending Homelessness

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      Presenters: USICH Housing Policy Director Kristy Greenwalt Fresno Housing Authority Executive Director Preston Prince King County Housing Authority Senior Director of Homeless Housing Initiatives Kristin Winkel Washington DC Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman

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      • Central Dallas Ministries - Citywalk

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        Produced, shot and edited while working for Pursuant Agency. Written by Matt Brown. Motion Graphics support by Dustin Bailey and Pete Erickson. Created to show the need for Permanent Supportive Housing in Dallas, TX.

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        • Family Connection: Tailored Interventions and Assistance Webinar

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          On September 10, 2014, two community partners, Memphis, TN-based Community Alliance for the Homeless, Inc. and Northern Virginia Family Service, joined USICH and HUD on a webinar to share examples of how they are using a range of resources and program models to better serve families in need of a safe and stable place to call home. Panelists discussed their most effective strategies for helping to lift families out of homelessness, as well as prevention methods that help avert housing crises. The webinar, “Family Connection: Tailored Interventions and Assistance,” is the second in a series, based around the guidance in the resource, Family Connection: Building Systems to End Homelessness. Click on the webinar materials on the right to download. Stay tuned for information about the next Family Connection webinar.

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          • USICH Connect - Family Connection: Tailored Interventions and Assistance

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            On September 10, 2014, two community partners, Memphis, TN-based Community Alliance for the Homeless, Inc. Northern Virginia Family Service joined USICH and HUD on a webinar to share examples of how they are using a range of resources and program models to better serve families in need of a safe and stable place to call home. Panelists discussed their most effective strategies for helping to lift families out of homelessness, as well as prevention methods that help avert housing crises. Ending homelessness among families and children is a priority for the nation and for every community. Millions of extremely low-income households do not have access to affordable housing, putting them at-risk of housing instability and the types of crises that can result in homelessness. The challenge is clear: Our most recent data show that 222,197 people in families—an estimated 70,960 households—were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2013. In the first three years of implementation of Opening Doors, we have reduced homelessness among families by eight percent.

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            • USICH Webinar: HUD FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition Strategies for Continued Success

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              On September, 19, 2014, USICH hosted a webinar for communities on strategies for continued success in responding to The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Funds in the FY 2013 - FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition (FY 2014 CoC Program Funding Notice). Through this competition, HUD will award $1.83 billion in funds for FY 2014. The FY 2014 CoC Program Funding Notice carries forward and continues the policy priorities outlined in combined FY 2013-FY 2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA, which are focused on accelerating progress on Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This funding Notice includes a number of new important changes and considerations unique to the FY 2014 funding round. No CoC application is required for this competition; CoCs will only need to include project applications and rankings. In addition, HUD is setting aside approximately $40 million for a funding bonus to create new dedicated permanent supportive housing to serve people experiencing chronic homelessness. Although all CoCs approved in the FY 2014 CoC Registration process may apply, priority will be given to those CoCs that have a high need in relation to chronic homelessness as described in the funding Notice. Participants in our webinar learned about the results of the FY 2013 competition, the unique aspects of the FY 2014 CoC Program funding competition, the permanent supportive housing bonus to serve people experiencing chronic homelessness, and tips for reallocations and prioritization. Resources Mentioned in this Webinar OneCPD page on FY14 Competition: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/nofa-for-fy2014-funds-in-the-fy2013-fy2013-coc-program-competition.pdf USICH Blog on FY14 Competition: http://usich.gov/blog/building-systems-to-end-to-homelessness-huds-fy-2014-continuum-of-care-prog OneCPD FY13-FY14 CoC Competition Debriefing Broadcast: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/multimedia/videos HUD’s Housing First in Permanent Supportive Housing brief: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Housing-First-Permanent-Supportive-Housing-Brief.pdf HUD’s Rapid Re-Housing brief: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Rapid-Re-Housing-Brief.pdf SNAPS Weekly Focus: https://www.hudexchange.info/homelessness-assistance/snaps-in-focus/ NAEH tools: Spending Plan Template: http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/the-continuum-of-care-spending-plan-template Performance Improvement Calculator: http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/performance-improvement-calculator

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              • The Cottages at Hickory Crossing - Groundbreaking Ceremony

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                A public-private partnership of Dallas organizations broke ground on April 17, 2014, on The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, an innovative permanent supportive housing project and a model for the future in the campaign to end chronic homelessness. When completed, The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will provide homes for 50 chronically homeless Dallas residents who suffer from severe mental illness and have also been involved in the criminal justice system. Residents will live in small, freestanding cottages on a wooded site southeast of downtown and will receive intensive behavioral health services, paired with social services and supports, to improve their lives. Speakers included Larry James, President & CEO CitySquare (00:11), Brent Christopher, President & CEO Communities Foundation of Texas (13:25), Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (21:20), Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins (29:06), Dr. John Burruss, CEO Metrocare Services (35:00), and Dallas City Council Member Carolyn Davis of District 7 (39:13)

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                • Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus in FY 2014 HUD CoC Program: Strategies for Rapid Implementation

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                  In this webinar short, USICH Senior Policy Director Richard Cho discusses strategies for the rapid implementation of permanent supportive housing created under the $40 million bonus included in the FY 2014 CoC Program Competition. HUD has set aside this funding to create new dedicated permanent supportive housing to serve people experiencing chronic homelessness.

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