January 26, 2016
Your Participation in the Point-in-Time Count Matters More Than Ever
  
As point-in-time counts take place across the country over the next few weeks, Executive Director Matthew Doherty reflects on the importance of counting people experiencing homelessness and the amazing efforts of organizers and volunteers alike.  
First Lady Addresses Mayors, Encourages Continued Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness
  
First Lady Michelle Obama
At last week's U.S. Conference of Mayors, First Lady Michelle Obama commended communities for their progress so far, and reiterated her support -- and that of the entire Obama Administration -- for ending Veteran homelessness everywhere.

Watch Mrs. Obama's full remarks. Read the transcript
New Demonstration Project Provides Up to 5 Years of Support for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Youth outside in park Public housing and child welfare agencies have an exciting new opportunity to come together and offer housing and services to youth for up to three and a half years longer than traditional programming. 

USICH Policy Director Jasmine Hayes and HUD's Special Assistant for Homeless Policy Kevin Solarte explain.

For more information
on how to apply for the demonstration, register for the webinar on January 28, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST.

Long-Term Housing Gives Young Person "Room to Breathe" 
 
At the age of 18, many youth "age out" of the foster care system without the supports to help guide them into adulthood.

Cortney Jones, a foster care alum, shares the critical role that the five-year Family Self-Sufficiency Program played in her success, and the reasons why some foster care youth need long-term housing and services to successfully transition to  independence. 

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