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 United States Interagency 
 Council on Homelessness          
May 5, 2016
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month!
All of us have a role to play in enhancing the lives of children & youth in foster care. Youth exiting foster care are at increased risk for homelessness. Help us break the cycle.

Learn About the Innovative Ways the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is Ending Veteran Homelessness 
 
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Photo: Skid Row Housing Trust
In order to see big results, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles needed to think outside the box on ways to engage landlords and remove barriers to connect Veterans experiencing homelessness to housing. 
 
Carlos VanNatter, Director of Section 8 at the Housing Authority, shares their strategies
New Fact Sheet! Ending Homelessness Among Families with Children in 2020
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The President's Budget for FY 2017 proposes investments to ensure that communities have the resources for housing opportunities needed to end family homelessness. 

Our new fact sheet details those investments and an overview of the strategies and housing interventions proven most effective in helping connect families to stable housing.

Miami and Louisiana Use SHOP Tool to Drive Efforts to End Chronic Homelessness
   
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It is critical for communities to know and understand their local need for supportive housing in order to end chronic homelessness. 
 
Regional Coordinator Robert Pulster walks us through how two communities are using the Supportive Housing Opportunities Planner tool to steer conversations around realigning supportive housing units to bring availability to scale.
 
Register for these Upcoming Webinars!
             
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Engaging and Supporting Landlords through Risk Mitigation Funds, Friday, May 6
Join Community Solutions and Rapid Results Institute, for a discussion on risk mitigation funds. Hear from Seattle and Orlando as they implement this incentive as a part of their overall landlord engagement strategy.  It's not too late,  register today!  
 
Key Strategies for Connecting People Experiencing Homelessness with SSI/SSDI Benefits, Thursday, May 19
Join Policy Director Lindsay Knotts, SSA, SAMSHA, Veterans Affairs, and PRA, Inc., to learn about strategies to better connect people experiencing homelessness to these important sources of income. Register here.
 
USICH Staff Updates
USICH Policy Director Lindsay Knotts
   
We are pleased to announce that Lindsay Knotts has been promoted to Policy Director! Previously, Lindsay served as Policy Advisor for USICH, helping to shape and lead the work of the Council and preparations for our quarterly meetings. 
 
In her new role, Lindsay will take on even greater leadership for our efforts to end chronic and Native American homelessness, as well as to advance other key strategies under Opening Doors