Homeless Veterans Committee
BY SANDY MILLER, CHAIR
HV-1 Homeless Veterans as a "Special Needs Population": The committee continues to support this effort and strongly believes in the "fair share" allocation of all federal funding.
HV-6 VA Homeless Grant and Per Diem Funding: The committee continues this effort and anxiously awaits the overdue release of the study.
HV-7 Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program To Remain at the U.S. Department of Labor and Be Fully Funded at $50M: The committee continues to support this most valuable funding, which provides much-needed training for veterans seeking to change their life situations.
HV-8 Support for Continued Funding and Oversight of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services (HUD/VASH) Program: The committee continues to push for full accountability of the status of all vouchers to ensure the proper distribution to the most vulnerable veterans.
HV-10 Continued Funding for "Special Needs" Grants Under the Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Grants & Per Diem Program: Although the program was slated to expire September 30, 2013, the expiration date has been extended one year. The committee continues to advocate for the elimination of any sunset dates for Special Needs grants.
HV-11 The Department of Veterans Affairs To Identify Best Practices Model Addressing Homeless Women Veteran Transitional Residential Treatment Programs Through VA Homeless Grants & Per Diem: The committee has been in contact with the Homeless Veterans Research office in Philadelphia for clarification on the VA-identified best practice models.
HV-12 Extend the Department of Labor Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Criteria for Veterans Placed in "Housing First" Model: The committee would like veterans enrolled in the Department of Labor Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program who are entering into "housing first" to be able to gain access to training for up to twelve months after placement into housing. Current legislation calls for a nine-month cap.
HV-13 Support for the Missing in America Project:The committeec ontinues to help local chapters work with community funeral directors to identify unclaimed cremains and arrange for proper military burials.
HV-14 Support, Oversight, and Accountability of VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families: The committee continues to monitor the success of the SSVF programs nationwide, as well as the accountability of allocated funds.
Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Reauthorize, Improve Critical Homeless Veteran Programs
WASHINGTON – On July 18, 2012, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed H.R. 1627, the "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012." This bill addresses several areas of concern for veterans, including health care, housing, education and benefits. Notably, the bill would reauthorize and improve several homeless veteran programs that are critical to the success of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)'s Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness.
The "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012" represents a comprehensive agreement between both parties in both the U.S. House and the Senate. NCHV's most recent Congressional Leadership Award recipients – Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs – were at the center of this compromise.
VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of nearly $100 million in grants that will help approximately 42,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants are going to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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Trauma-Informed Care for Women Experiencing Homelessness and their Children
The threat of homelessness is traumatic. The experience of homelessness is traumatic. Imagine being a mother with children losing her home, desperately trying to find a safe place to be with your children. There is a good chance that she has experienced trauma and violence in the past, as a child and as an adult. How does her encounter with emergency homeless services and supports consider the impact of trauma on this woman's life?
This issue discusses trauma-informed care, particularly from the angle of trauma-sensitive programming. While it is absolutely critical to understand the impact of traumatic events past and present on an individual's ability to rebuild, it is equally important to think about how an organization structures and operates its programs to take trauma sensitivity into consideration. How are staff expectations set and how does professional development occur? What are the program rules, why do they exist, and how are they enforced? How do programs build trust with families when it might be perfectly natural for a family not to trust the program right away?
Grant Announcement: Veterans’ Workforce investment Program - Deadline june 15, 2012
The Department will award at least 10 grants in 10 states on a competitive basis. Eligible applicants are state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. Grantees must be familiar with the areas and populations to be served, and must have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs. The deadline for grant applications is June 15, 2012.
Performance Improvement Clinics from the Center for Capacity Building
The Alliance has changed the name of the HEARTH Academy Implementation Clinic to the Performance Improvement Clinic. This intensive one-and-a-half day clinic helps communities prepare for changes made by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act and focuses on improving community performance by analyzing community data and encouraging implementation of strategies that help achieve desirable HEARTH Act outcomes. The Performance Improvement Clinic will continue to include group discussions, system design and modification planning sessions, and presentations on best practices. Clinic participants will also receive hands-on technical assistance with data analysis and system assessment as well as follow-up support. While the overall goals and structure of the Clinic are the same, Clinics are customized to the conditions in each community.
Veteran Poverty by the Numbers
Vets Will Face Increased Challenges if Support Programs Are Cut
With the end of the war in Iraq and the involvement in Afghanistan winding down, the United States can expect to see about 100,000 veterans return home. Many will need help and support from safety net programs or job training to transition to civilian life, but that help isn’t guaranteed to be there.
That’s because this past fall the congressional "super committee" charged with developing a plan to reduce the deficit did not come to an agreement. As a result, if Congress fails to act, automatic cuts will be triggered in January 2013 to both nonwar defense spending and domestic discretionary spending, including many human needs programs that provide greater opportunity to veterans and nonveterans alike.
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