NCHV Statement on Dobbs Decision Today, the United States Supreme Court overturned the ruling in Roe v Wade that previously legalized abortions in the United States. This decision removes federal protections for abortion access and the lowest income people in this country are most likely to bear the burden. At NCHV, we are concerned about this decision and the impact it will have on veterans, including those at risk of/experiencing homelessness for several reasons. Currently, women veterans are not able to receive copay-free contraceptives from the VA, a barrier to unintended pregnancies. A report from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center [...]
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Earlier this month The Department of Health and Human Services renewed the public health emergency for COVID-19. Which was set to expire on April 16th. We applaud the department for taking this step to ensure that the federal funding, flexibilities, and waivers with expiration dates directly tied to the public health emergency are still usable. Read the full Earlier this month, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness published a tool called “Expiring Federal Provisions That May Impact Homelessness.” It identifies federal funding, flexibilities, and waivers—including but not limited to those linked to the public health emergency—that are set to expire at various [...]
VA outlines new goals towards ending Veteran homelessness Nationally, VA and its community partners will place at least 38,000 Veterans experiencing homelessness into permanent housing during calendar year 2022. This represents an increase of nearly 5% over the number of permanent housing placements in fiscal year 2021. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough established new goals in VA’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. During his visit, Feb. 25, McDonough participated in the local Point-in-Time Count and announced the following action being taken in the Greater Los Angeles (GLA) area: Placing at least 1,500 Veterans experiencing homelessness into permanent housing, [...]
Millions in Transitional Housing Rehab Grants Just Announced March 23, 2022 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is awarding 36 capital grants, totaling approximately $64.7 million, to community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program to improve the quality of housing options for Veterans experiencing homelessness. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) applauds VA’s investment in this critical intervention. The Department saw additional need beyond initial rounds of funding awarded and acted proactively to meet the need. The new awards will allow grantee organizations to construct new buildings and renovate existing transitional housing facilities [...]
On March 16th, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs conducted a hearing to consider proposals and draft bills including a few directly impacting Veteran Homelessness. Click HERE to read NCHV's testimony, and HERE to watch the Hearing.
We are eagerly anticipating our first webinar of the year. This webinar will break down some of the misconceptions the public might have about affordable housing, discuss why we all should be advocating for more of this type of housing intervention, and give examples of communities that are promoting affordable housing. We have an excellent lineup of speakers that will have all leave saying, “Yes in My Backyard”. Learn more about them below and see you on Thursday at 3pm! Laura Foote Laura Foote became a housing activist in 2014, when she became one of the key founders of the [...]
One of the primary obstacles facing affordable housing developers is potential neighborhood pushback and slow acceptance of affordable housing by those who misunderstand its benefits. To reach an end to veteran homelessness, we need to see an increase in the production of affordable housing. This webinar will break down some of the misconceptions the public might have about affordable housing and discuss why we all should be advocating for more of this type of development in our own communities. We will also give examples of communities that are promoting affordable housing and seeing a direct increase in stock after working [...]
DOL funding opportunity to help veterans at risk of, or experiencing homelessness to return to workforceDavid Higgins2022-01-13T15:18:13+00:00
US Department of Labor announces funding opportunity to help veterans at risk of /experiencing homelessness to return to the workforce On January 12, 2022, The U.S. Department of Labor announced a funding opportunity for organizations to provide training and employing services to veterans combating homelessness. Administered by the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, the grants will fund projects across the country at a maximum of $500,000 annually, for a total of up to $1.5 million over a three-year performance period of performance. The awards are part of the VETS’ Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program that [...]
An opportunity to seize the moment to end veteran homelessness Our nation has made tremendous progress in reducing and ending veteran homelessness. In the next few years, we have an opportunity to finish the job. Numerous communities across the country have already demonstrated that it is possible to end veteran homelessness across a region. To date, 12 US communities participating in Built for Zero have achieved functional zero, and 82 communities and 3 states have achieved the Federal Benchmarks and Criteria on Ending Veteran Homelessness. Support from the federal government was critical to [...]
Policing- and punishment-based approaches: A really expensive way to make homelessness worse The National Coalition for Housing Justice (NCHJ) is aligned behind seeking housing justice in order to end homelessness, including youth homelessness. The national organizations that make up the NCHJ represent advocates and leaders in national efforts to end homelessness. Today, the coalition released the following statement, condemning the ongoing use of law enforcement in response to visible homelessness and calling on the federal government to take steps to stop this harmful approach. Background: We can all agree that no one should be sleeping on sidewalks. So we [...]