Ensuring Safety and Stability for Survivors of Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year is the 30th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.

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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 →

Supportive Services for Veteran Families: A Powerful Tool to Keep Veterans and Their Families Home

So what makes SSVF such an effective program in ending and preventing homelessness for Veteran households? There are several key ingredients.

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Communities Come Together to Discuss Coordinated Entry

Through the 25 Cities initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, communities have been invited to convene local leaders eager to build on their successes, identify... 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 →

Cabinet Leadership Advances Efforts to End Family Homelessness

On July 9th, the Obama Administration convened a meeting to push forward its agenda to end homelessness.

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