SAVE THE DATE – Jan 8, Homelessness Awarenesss Day & Memorial Vigil at the VT State House

Every year in January concerned citizens and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage with their elected representatives and to renew their commitment to end homelessness in our state.

On Thursday, January 8 the Annual Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil will kick off early at 8:00am in the Card Room. Folks will be present there all day to share information, connect with policy makers, see the work being done around the state, and to be a part of the conversation on which strategies are working in reducing homelessness and which ones still need work.

At 9:30am, please assemble in the House Gallery to hear the reading of a Resolution calling for an end to child homelessness in Vermont and to be recognized for the work being done by homeless shelters and housing and service providers to help alleviate homelessness in Vermont.

At Noon community members, elected officials, administration representatives, and advocates will take to the State House steps for a Vigil to emphasize the urgency of the problems facing Vermonters who are homeless, to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe and secure housing.

Please see the flyer below for more information. For a link to a downloadable version to print and distribute click here.

Additional information will soon be released. VCEH is proud to be the primary sponsor of the day’s activities, along with co-sponsor the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.

For more information, please contact Linda Ryan by email or phone at 802.373.6505.

I hope you can join us on the 8th.

Meanwhile, here’s wishing you all the best for a joyous Holiday Season and a healthy and successful New Year!

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NLIHC Call to Action: Urge Congress to Replace Sequestration with a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

Sign on today to a letter urging lawmakers to act quickly to stop sequestration from taking effect in the upcoming fiscal year. Sequestration in FY16 would impose additional deep cuts to important nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs, including HUD and Rural Housing Service housing programs. Join advocates from around the country in calling on Congress to stop these cuts from going forward. Sign your organization on by COB on Monday, January 5.

BACKGROUND

In 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which resulted in 6% across-the-board cuts to housing and most other discretionary programs in 2013. Those cuts resulted in 100,000 fewer housing choice vouchers being in use in 2014, as well as cuts to every other HUD and Rural Housing Service program. The 2013 sequester had significant negative consequences on the availability and affordability of housing and it should not be repeated.

NLIHC continues to work with NDD United, a coalition representing a broad range of NDD programs, in addition to housing and community development, such as job training, public health, scientific research and national parks. It is important that this letter, organized by NDD United, include a large number of housing and community development organizations to express our sector’s serious concerns about another round of cuts in FY16.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 negotiated by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) provided partial, temporary relief from sequestration in FY14 and FY15. This relief expires at the end of FY15. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if sequestration moves forward in FY16, NDD spending will drop to 3.3% of gross domestic product in 2015 and 3.1% in 2016.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

NDD programs have already been cut disproportionately in recent years as lawmakers work to reduce the deficit, even though experts across the political spectrum agree these programs are not a driving factor behind our nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges.

NDD programs cover a wide range of important services, including homelessness prevention, housing assistance, community development, education, job training, human services, public health, scientific and medical research, national parks, and more. As a result of sequestration and other austerity measures enacted since 2011, FY14 funding for NDD programs was about 15% below FY10 levels, adjusted for inflation. Unless Congress takes action to end sequestration, funding levels will decline even further and will be equal to their lowest level in at least 50 years.

HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION

Congress needs to hear from you! Join advocates from many sectors around the country by signing a letter urging lawmakers to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction.

Sign your organization on to the letter.
Sign on at http://nlihc.org/takeaction/ndd2106
View the letter at http://bit.ly/1wXaLG4
Share the letter and encourage organizations in your network to sign.
Sign your organization on to the letter by COB on Monday, January 5.

Questions or comments, please email outreach@nlihc.org.

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VSHA S+C SW Waitlist Open Again

Dear VSHA S+C [Statewide Grant] Sponsors & Local CoCs:

What: VSHA is currently accepting between 15-20 S+C applications to serve homeless households to live in all counties of Vermont, except Chittenden.

Why: Although we met our goal with the recent S+C waitlist opening, several S+C participants recently transitioned to the VSHA Sect. 8 HCV Program using our S+C preference and we have grant savings to spend.

Who: S+C subsidies will be prioritized to applicants that meet the definition of chronically homeless, but there may be some available to also serve some households that only meet the literal homeless definition, particularly those with the longest histories of homelessness and those residing in CoC Transitional Housing/Safe Haven who entered from literal homelessness.

How: Please act SOON to conduct outreach and to start the S+C application. Contact Daniel Blankenship at Daniel@vsha.org or (802) 828-3295 immediately with potential applicants [chronic and literal] to secure a position on our short-term S+C waitlist while you complete the S+C application. All approved, new S+C households receive an automatic security deposit upon move-in.