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Resource Roundup: Spring 2012

Over the last couple of months, an abundance of useful homelessness resources have become available. These are our recommended reads for funders.

Over the last couple of months, an abundance of useful homelessness resources have become available. These toolkits and briefs cover topics such as connections between Medicaid and permanent supportive housing, recommendations for applying HUD-VASH effectively, and employment models for people experiencing homelessness. Below, we have summarized and provided links to five resources we consider “recommended reads” for funders.

ASPE Study of Permanent Supportive Housing and Medicaid for Chronically Homeless

In February, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) published a report on the potential usefulness of Medicaid for housing and providing services to chronically homeless people under the Affordable Care Act. The report was broken down into four issue papers on promising practices linking health, mental health, and substance abuse services to housing assistance. Issue paper topics:

Using HUD-VASH to End Veteran Homelessness

In March, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released this toolkit to help communities maximize the effectiveness of The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) resources. Access the toolkit for guidance about targeting assistance to vulnerable veterans and veterans experiencing chronic homelessness; streamlining the housing placement process; providing case management with supportive services; and fostering collaboration between public housing agencies, VA medical centers, and service providers.

Coordinated Assessment Toolkit

Establishing coordinated intake processes and implementing uniform assessment tools ensure that families receive proper care in a timely manner. The National Alliance to End Homelessness compiled this four-part coordinated assessment toolkit to encourage more efficient homeless assistance systems.

The toolkit is broken down into four sections:

  • Planning and Assessment
  • Data and Implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Community Examples and Materials

Homelessness & Domestic Violence Toolkit

Homelessness prevention for domestic abuse survivors and their children requires additional considerations beyond the rapid re-housing model. Financial assistance, case management, and legal assistance can prevent survivors from experiencing homelessness, and open up shelters to individuals and families in emergency situations. This toolkit provides strategies to prevent homelessness based on lessons learned from providers.

Working to End Homelessness Best Practice Series

The National Transitional Jobs Network, with support from the Butler Family Foundation, formed the Working to End Homelessness Initiative in 2011 to promote employment solutions to homelessness. Drawing from its community of practice, NTNJ put together a best practice series for providers, program staff, and policymakers to aid homeless individuals in finding gainful employment.

Papers in the series:

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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