November 13: Commemorating National Homeless Awareness Month
The National Center on Family Homelessness and First Focus are hosting a briefing in conjunction with The Congressional Caucus on Homelessness and Senator Patty Murray to commemorate National Homelessness Awareness Month. Speakers will share the latest policy and research on child, youth, and family homelessness and housing. The briefing will be held from 11 AM - 12 PM at the Rayburn Housing Office Building, Room 2325. Learn more and RSVP today.
November 6: 2013 Dawn John Moses Memorial Lecture
The National Center on Family Homelessness invites you to a special night in memory of our colleague and friend Dawn Moses. The First Annual Dawn Jahn Moses Memorial Lecture will bring Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to Arlington, MA, to share her insights about the latest developments in the federal responses to homelessness. Dawn Moses dedicated her professional life to ending homelessness for children and families in America. We are proud to launch this lecture series in her honor. Light refreshments will be served following the event. RSVP preferred to Jennifer.Teti@familyhomelessness.org.
November 2: NAEHCY 2013 Conference
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Annual Conference will be held on November 2-5 in Atlanta, GA. The National Center invites you to attend two conferences sessions by our staff: Dr. Maureen Hayes will present The Services & Housing Interventions for Families in Transition (SHIFT) Study: Longitudinal Outcomes and Residential Stability for Homeless Families and Kathleen Guarino, LMHC, will present Trauma-Informed Schools: Meeting the Needs of Our Most Vulnerable Children. Learn more.
September 26: SHIFT Presentation in Philadelphia
Join The National Center's Dr. Maureen Hayes and People's Emergency Center for "The Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition (SHIFT) Longitudinal Study" presentation in Philadelphia, PA. Learn more and register today.
July 25: Skills-Based Training in Evidence-Based Practices
Looking for skills-based training, but don't have the time to travel? Check out t3's (think. teach. transform.) fall online course offerings on Motivational Interviewing and Critical Time Intervention. t3's online learning is interactive, experiential, and fun. Engage in learning through a blend of live interactive webcasts, written materials, exercises, practice opportunities, and instructor feedback. Learn more about training dates and registration information.
June 20: Study Released on Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition
The SHIFT (Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition) Longitudinal Study examined long-term outcomes for families entering shelters, transitional housing programs, and permanent supportive housing programs over a 30-month period. Major findings include ongoing residential instability, significant traumatic experiences, major depression among mothers, and physical and emotional challenges among children. Learn more.
June 17: Trauma Training for Miami Organizations Continues
The National Center is working with service organizations in the Miami area to integrate trauma-informed practices using the trauma-informed organizational self-assessment. These trainings are part of the Healing Hearts, Promoting Health project, which is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
May 23: Webinar - Voices from the Field: Strategies for Integrating Domestic Violence and Homeless Services
During this webinar, participants will hear from the three spotlight programs featured in Closing the Gap: Dorchester Women's Safety Network, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Home Free. Each program will share their work on integrating domestic violence and homeless services, along with challenges and lessons learned. Watch webinar recording.
May 22: The National Center to Host Congressional Briefing on Homelessness
The National Center on Family Homelessness is hosting a briefing with the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness and Senator Patty Murray: Homelessness in America: Experiences & Solutions in the 113th Congress. Save the date for Wednesday, May 22, from 11 AM - 12 PM at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's Congressional Meeting Room North. Learn more.
May 20-21: Young Children Without Homes National Conference 2013
Join The National Center on May 20-21 in Cambridge, MA, for the 2013 Young Children Without Homes National Conference sponsored by Horizons for Homeless Children. Dr. Carmela DeCandia, Kathleen Guarino, and Sharon Swanson of The National Center will present Assessing Young Families and Fostering Resiliency: Strategies for Providers on May 20.
May 9: Webinar - Closing the Gap: A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs
During this webinar, participants will learn how to use the Closing the Gap toolkit to implement practical strategies to help close the gap between the domestic violence and homeless service systems to better serve the needs of domestic violence survivors experiencing homelessness. Watch webinar recording.
May 1: New Publication - Integrating Domestic Violence and Homeless Service Systems
In partnership with the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice, The National Center developed a toolkit about integrating domestic violence and homeless service systems: Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness - A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs.
April 10: President's Budget Proposal Released
The President has released his budget proposal for FY 2014. The proposal gives some increases to many homeless programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, level funding is proposed for other programs, such as the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program at the U.S. Department of Education and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. View the President's budget and a fact sheet from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
April 4: Collaborating to Improve TANF Resources for Families Experiencing Homelessness
The National Center and partners, Horizons for Homeless Children and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, released a brief, Collaborating to Improve TANF Resources for Families Experiencing Homelessness. The brief discusses how to maximize TANF benefits to meet housing and child care needs of families experiencing homelessness. Read the brief.
April 2: Pressing Issues Facing Families Who Are Homeless
The National Center on Family Homelessness recently released a brief, Pressing Issues Facing Families Who Are Homeless. The brief highlights recommendations for preventing and ending homelessness for families. Read the brief.
March 26: Interagency Council on Homelessness Created in Mississippi
A Mississippi Interagency Council on Homelessness (MSICH) was recently created by the Mississippi Legislature and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant. The purpose of the MSICH is to establish, develop and implement a plan to reduce homelessness in the state that focuses on the needs of children, youth, families, individuals, and veterans. Membership will include representatives from the Governor's office, Legislature, state agencies, Continuums of Care coalitions, emergency shelters, local school districts, and other community organizations as well as Tuwanna Williams of The National Center on Family Homelessness.
March 14: 2013 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference
Kathleen Guarino, Director of Training, will be presenting at the 2013 National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium in Washington, DC. Join her on March 14 for the session, "Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness."
March 14: Louisiana Conference on Homelessness and Housing
Rebecca Rhoads, Senior Associate, will be presenting at the Louisiana Conference on Homelessness and Housing - Changing the Tune of Homelessness. Join her on March 14 for the session, "Current Practices in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs."
March 7: Congress Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) last week, after the U.S. Senate passed it earlier this year. It was signed by President Barack Obama on March 7. VAWA helps prevent domestic violence, support survivors, and provide housing protections.
February 21: t3 Spring 2013 Course Registration Now Open
Join t3 (think. teach. transform.) this spring for online courses on Critical Time Intervention and Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. In each course, participants will engage in learning through a blend of live interactive webcasts, written materials, exercises, practice opportunities, and instructor feedback. Send more than five staff to the same course and get a group discount. Email email@example.com with any questions and for special pricing. CEUs are available. Register today!
February 12: President Lays Out Priorities in State of the Union Address
During his annual State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out the Administration's priorities for the year, describing proposals that could benefit all low-income people, including families at risk of and experiencing homelessness. These proposals include increasing the minimum wage, providing universal access to pre-kindergarten, and supporting the involvement of fathers in their children's lives. The President also outlined his opposition to across-the-board cuts to domestic and defense spending known as sequestration. Read the address.
February 7: Promoting Best Practices in Transitional Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors
The National Center is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) on a new project, Promoting Best Practices in Transitional Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors. This project supports the transition of domestic violence survivors from homelessness to safe, stable, permanent housing. The National Center is assessing the scope and nature of challenges faced by OVW Transitional Housing grantees and clients, identifying best practices, and developing and disseminating resources for grantees.
February 7: Update from The National Center on Family Homelessness
In October 2012, The National Center merged with the Human and Social Development Program (HSD) at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research organizations. Within AIR, The National Center continues to work to end homelessness for children and families under the leadership of our new Director, Dr. Carmela DeCandia. Dr. DeCandia has been with The National Center since October 2011 and is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in trauma, child and adolescent development, program development, and assessment. Dr. DeCandia will work with Ellen Bassuk, MD, founder and long-time leader of The National Center who continues to be involved as a strategic advisor, and senior leadership at HSD/AIR to further our research, program development and evaluation, and training and technical assistance initiatives.
January 3: Bringing Trauma-Informed Services to Women Veterans
The National Center is proud to announce that we have been selected to participate in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's Mental Health & Well-Being initiative which supports innovative programs that address the mental health needs of returning veterans and their families. Read the press release from the Foundation.
January 3: Resources for Ending Child Homelessness in Your State
The Campaign to End Child Homelessness has developed four briefs about ways to begin to prevent and end child homelessness in your state. Creating a Plan to End Child Homelessness: Process and Challenges, Getting Involved in Preventing and Ending Child Homelessness: 10 Tips for States, Dedicated Funding for Housing Trust Funds Helps Homeless Families, and The Cost of Homelessness are now available at www.HomelessChildrenAmerica.org.