Youth have a Voice—We Want and Need You to Listen

I think things are beginning to change in this country, both in small, grass roots movements and on a national front sweeping through the country. It’s easier... Continue Reading →

Medicaid Can Pay for Services for People in Permanent Supportive Housing

Two new documents released by HHS on October 10 make it clear, once and for all, that the services provided in permanent supportive housing can indeed be covered and financed... Continue Reading →

Council Explores Progress on Ending Homelessness and Federal Action Going Forward

Just ahead of reporting remarkable advancements in ending homelessness across America, Obama Administration officials who make up the Council met on October 15, 2014, to measure the progress in the work... Continue Reading →

Partnerships for Opening Doors – Ending Homelessness through Meaningful and Sustainable Employment

“One of the best ways to eliminate homelessness is to get people jobs,” said Labor Secretary and Chair of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)... Continue Reading →

Council Explores Progress on Homelessness and Federal Action Going Forward

Just ahead of reporting remarkable advancements in ending homelessness across America, Obama Administration officials who make up the Council met on October 15, 2014, to measure the progress in the work... Continue Reading →

How Our Shelter Began Focusing on Permanent Housing, And Started Ending Homelessness for Our Clients

When I joined the staff of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVSF) as the program manager of the SERVE Shelter in February 2010, I had many things to learn about the 6... Continue Reading →

July 2014 Council Meeting Focuses on Leveraging Mainstream Resources

On July 18, 2014, HUD Secretary and Council Chair Shaun Donovan convened Council agencies for the second meeting of 2014.  Council agencies discussed efforts to leverage Federal mainstream resources in the... Continue Reading →

Four Clarifications about Housing First

In the first, of what I learned would be many, interagency meetings on chronic homelessness, Housing First adoption was discussed as a primary strategy for accelerating progress. And one... Continue Reading →

How to Talk About Housing First

I recently partnered with the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) to host a first-of-its kind discussion locally, billed as Housing First: A Community Conversation for... Continue Reading →

Council Focuses on Youth Homelessness, Elects New Leaders for 2014

Last week, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness elected Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as its Chair for 2014, transitioning from Veterans... Continue Reading →