Policy

10-Year Plans to End Chronic Homelessness
Communities around the country, encouraged by the U.S. Administration and under the leadership of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), have been working to create local, state, and city-wide plans with the goal of ending homelessness in ten years. The President and Congress charged the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), via the HEARTH Act, to develop and submit the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness to Congress by May 20, 2010. The Plan will serve as a roadmap for joint action by Council agencies to guide the development of programs and budget proposals towards a set of measurable targets. The Plan will reflect interagency agreement on a set of priorities and strategies the agencies will pursue over a five-year period.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness: What We Learned, State and Local Information on 10-Year Plans from ICH, 10-Year Plan page at the NAEH Website

Aged-Out and Homeless in Philadelphia: Executive Summary
Philadelphia Safe and Sound
Results and policy recommendations from a study of homeless youth aging out of foster care.

An Affordable Home on Re-Entry: Federally Assisted Housing and Previously Incarcerated Individuals

National Housing Law Project, 2008

A guide designed for advocates working with or representing individuals with a criminal record who are seeking access to US federally assisted housing programs.

AIDS 2008 Impact Report: Evidence In Action: XVII International AIDS Conference, Mexico City
International AIDS Society
English: http://www.iasociety.org/Web/WebContent/File/AIDS%202008_impact_report.pdf
Spanish:http://www.iasociety.org/Web/WebContent/File/AIDS%202008_impact_report_SP.pdf
The purpose of the report is to inform the global response to HIV using the evidence, lessons learned, and debates from the XVIII International AIDS Conference held in Mexico City from 3-8 August, 2008.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is Canada’s national housing agency. Established as a government-owned corporation in 1946 to address Canada’s post-war housing shortage, the agency has grown into a major national institution. CMHC is Canada’s premier provider of mortgage loan insurance, mortgage-backed securities, housing policy and programs, and housing research.

Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy
In September 2007 founding members of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy issued a call to action to HIV/AIDS organizations and supportive individuals nationwide to rally around a coordinated, outcomes-based and community-informed national strategy to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Now 500+ organizations and 2,400+ individuals strong, the Coalition has succeeded in committing the current administration to adopt a National HIV/AIDS Strategy to the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the development of which is ongoing. The Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy will continue to organize and inform this process.

From locked up to locked out: Creating and implementing post-release housing for ex-prisoners—2007 Update
Building Changes (AIDS Housing of Washington)

Intended as a training resource for community organizations, this guide is a starting point for planning and improving post-release housing and related services to support the transition of individuals out of prison. It includes examples of housing and service programs that are serving this population and offers references to numerous resources for further reading and research. Originally published in 2003, the book was updated in 2005 with additional chapters on Family Reunification and Collaborating with Departments of Correction and again in 2007 with more recent statistics and information.

Health Canada: HIV/AIDS

Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances. This page provides links to HIV/AIDS facts and resources.

Impressions of HIV/AIDS in America: A Report on Conversations with People Throughout the Country
A recent report prepared for the National AIDS Coordinating Committee with support from the MAC AIDS Fund shows that many Americans support increased funding to address HIV/AIDS in the U.S. The report is aimed to provide a better understanding of perceptions regarding HIV/AIDS among average U.S. residents. For the report, researchers interviewed people in five focus groups, which featured a cross-section of Americans living in urban, suburban and rural settings. Several experts in HIV/AIDS also contributed to the report.

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

The ICRW works to make women in developing countries an integral part of alleviating global poverty. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.

Leading Together: Canada Takes Action on HIV/AIDS
Leading Together: Canada Takes Action on HIV/AIDS (2005 – 2010) is a blueprint for Canada-wide action on HIV/AIDS from now until 2010. It calls for consolidated action on all fronts, including governments, community, researchers, individuals and others involved in Canada’s response to HIV/AIDS. It presents specifically what needs to happen to achieve its bold vision, that “the end of the epidemic is in sight.” Leading Together was developed collaboratively by a spectrum of stakeholders involved in the Canadian response to HIV/AIDS. It is the result of broad large-scale consultations held throughout Canada with persons living with HIV, vulnerable populations and specific stakeholder groups. It was made possible thanks to the participation of hundreds of individuals and representatives of organizations and governments.

LGBT Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force & National Coalition for the Homeless, 2007
A comprehensive review of the available academic research and professional literature on basic questions, including why so many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth are becoming and remaining homeless; a report on the harassment and violence that many of these youth experience in the shelter system; a summary of research on critical problems affecting them, including mental health issues, substance abuse and risky sexual behavior; an analysis of the federal government’s response to youth homelessness, including the specific impact on LGBT homeless youth of increased federal funding for faith-based service providers; detail on model programs developed to improve service delivery to LGBT homeless youth; profiles of LGBT homeless youth, many of which were collected through focus groups conducted at service providers around the country; a series of state-, federal- and practitioner-level policy recommendations that can help to curb this epidemic.

McMaster University Program in Policy Decision-Making
The mission of the Program in Policy Decision-Making is: to conduct empirical research on how the general climate for efforts to link research to action, research-production processes and systematic efforts to link research to action (including push efforts, efforts to facilitate user pull, user-pull efforts and exchange efforts) foster or hinder the use of research evidence in healthcare management and policymaking; to conduct empirical research on the public policymaking process and the factors that influence it, which include ideas (research evidence, other types of information and values), interests, and institutions; to regularly update a systematic review of the factors that influence whether and how research evidence is used in public policymaking; and to derive concrete implications for research funders, research organizations, knowledge brokers, and policy decision-makers about how best to foster the use of research evidence in healthcare management and policymaking.

National Alliance to End Homelessness

NAEH 2009 Policy Guide
This policy guide applies the principles set forth in the Ten Year Plan to legislation before Congress. In general, there are two kinds of legislation that Congress uses to make Federal policy. Each year, Congress passes appropriations, which are laws setting funding levels for Federal programs, including many that help poor and homeless people. Congress also works on authorizing legislation to initiate or reform programs and to shape the economic environment through tax policy and other regulations. This guide is designed to share information about both kinds of measures and their impact on people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. It describes existing law, the changes under examination by Congress, and, in many cases, NAEH’s recommendations.

Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness among Veterans
This report includes the following findings: (1) In 2006, approximately 195,827 veterans were homeless on a given night—an increase of 0.8 percent from 194,254 in 2005. More veterans experience homeless over the course of the year. We estimate that 336,627 were homeless in 2006. (2) Veterans make up a disproportionate share of homeless people. They represent roughly 26 percent of homeless people, but only 11 percent of the civilian population 18 years and older. This is true despite the fact that veterans are better educated, more likely to be employed, and have a lower poverty rate than the general population. (3) A number of states, including Louisiana and California, had high rates of homeless veterans. In addition, the District of Columbia had a high rate of homelessness among veterans with approximately 7.5 percent of veterans experiencing homelessness.

National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Office of National AIDS Policy
One of the President’s top HIV/AIDS policy priorities is the development and implementation of a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) through The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). There are three primary goals for the NHAS: (1) Reducing HIV incidence; (2) Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes; and (3) Reducing HIV-related health disparities.
Community Ideas for Improving the Response to the Domestic HIV Epidemic: A Report on the National Dialogue on HIV/AIDS Findings and Recommendations from the Office of National AIDS Policy Consultation on Housing and HIV Prevention and Care

National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC)
NHCHC 2010 Policy Statement on Housing and Homelessness
NHCHC – Adapting Your Practice: Treatment and Recommendations for Homeless Patients with HIV/AIDS
NHCHC – Health Reform and Health Care for the Homeless: Key Health Reform Provisions
NHCHC – Defining and Funding the Support in Permanent Supportive Housing: Recommendations from Health Centers Serving Homeless People

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
NLIHC Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy
The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2010 Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy is intended to provide advocates, policymakers, students, and others with information on the most relevant housing and housing-related programs and issues at the federal level, as well as information related to the community planning process.
NLIHC Congressional District Profiles
In an effort to prepare its members for informed and data-driven housing advocacy, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) provides the following Congressional District Profiles. Each profile pulls from a variety of sources and illuminates several dimensions of housing affordability for renter households in each district, the surrounding area, and the state.
NLIHC – Out of Reach 2010
On April 21, 2010, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released “Out of Reach,” its annual report that provides data about how much households must earn to afford a Fair Market Rent (FMR) rental home in every state, metropolitan area, and county in the United States. The report’s key unit of measurement is the Housing Wage, which measures the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental unit at the local FMR. According to the report, in 2010 households must earn a Housing Wage of $18.44 per hour, or $38,360 per year, to afford a two-bedroom rental home at the national average FMR. However, the estimated median wage for workers is only $14.44. Households earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 would have to work 102 hours each week to afford a two- bedroom home at the national average FMR.

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: HIV/AIDS in Ontario
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is changing works towards better health care for Ontarians, providing overall direction and leadership for the system, focusing on planning, and on guiding resources to bring value to the health system. The ministry involved in: establishing overall strategic direction and provincial priorities for the health system; developing legislation, regulations, standards, policies, and directives to support those strategic directions; monitoring and reporting on the performance of the health system and the health of Ontarians; planning for and establishing funding models and levels of funding for the health care system; and ensuring that ministry and system strategic directions and expectations are fulfilled.

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s goal is an Ontario made up of safe and strong urban and rural communities with dynamic local economies, abundant greenspace and a quality of life that is second to none. The ministry promotes accountable local governments that are able to plan, manage and invest for the future. The ministry works to strengthen Ontario communities by promoting a housing market that serves the full range of housing needs, protects tenants, and encourages private sector building. The ministry also provides opportunities for supportive programs for low-income tenants and housing for special-needs tenants, and supports the creation of affordable housing.

Policy Basics: Introduction to the Federal Budget Process Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The way Congress develops tax and spending legislation is guided by a set of specific procedures laid out in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. The centerpiece of the Budget Act is the requirement that Congress each year develop a “budget resolution” setting aggregate limits on spending and targets for federal revenue. The limits set by the budget resolution, along with a companion “pay-as-you-go” rule, apply to all tax or spending legislation developed by individual committees as well as to any amendments offered on the House or Senate floor.

Priced Out in 2008
Across the United States in 2008, people with disabilities with the lowest incomes faced an extreme housing affordability crisis as rents for moderately priced studio and one-bedroom apartments soared above their entire monthly income. This crisis is documented in Priced Out in 2008 – a study of the severe housing affordability problems of people with disabilities who must survive on incomes far below the federal poverty line. The study compares the federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments of people with serious and long-term disabilities to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Market Rents for modestly priced rental units. Priced Out is published every two years by the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force to shine a spotlight on our nation’s most compelling – and least understood – housing affordability crisis. Priced Out in 2008 is the latest edition.

Project Vote Smart
Find out who your legislators are. The Project Vote Smart website also provides information on legislators’ voting records and public statements. If you are not already registered to vote, the site offers detailed information about becoming registered in your state.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): HIV/AIDS
PHAC’s primary goal is to strengthen Canada’s capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians and to help reduce pressures on the health-care system. PHAC is responsible for the overall coordination of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. The Federal Initiative – a partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Correctional Service Canada – works towards a Canada free from HIV and AIDS and the underlying conditions that make Canadians vulnerable to the epidemic.

Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth
Lambda Legal, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Right at home: Report on the consultation on human rights and rental housing in Ontario
Ontario Human Rights Commission / Commission ontarienne des droits de la personne
This report is the end result of a province-wide consultation on rental housing and human rights by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the Commission). It documents what the Commission heard and aims to increase our collective understanding of human rights in rental housing. Individuals and organizations responsible for implementing and advancing housing rights protections need to feel “right at home” in understanding what obligations exist and how to fulfill them. Tenants also need to feel “right at home” in being able to access and live in rental housing that is free from discrimination. As the recommendations and commitments in section 6: “Framework for action” show, we all have a role to play in understanding and eliminating housing discrimination in our province.

The State of the Nation’s Housing 2009
Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
The Joint Center for Housing Studies is one of the nation’s leading centers for information and research on housing markets and trends in the United States. Marking its 50th anniversary in 2009, the Joint Center is a collaborative unit affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School.The State of the Nation’s Housing report has summarized national housing trends for a wide audience of policymakers, practitioners, industry decision makers, academics, affordable housing advocates, and public sector leaders since 1988.

Treatment Access Expansion Project
The Treatment Access Expansion Project is the only US national organization whose mission is focused exclusively on maximizing access to comprehensive care and treatment for low-income people living with HIV or AIDS. TAEP’s health care access programs focus on both increasing the number of people receiving care and treatment, and on improving the quality of the health care received. This year, the political climate is right for major reform of the nation’s systems of health care delivery.

Vital Links: Housing’s Contributions to the Nation’s Health and Education Objectives

For each of two topics–the contribution of affordable housing to health and the contribution of affordable housing to education– the Center for Housing Policy has prepared a Research Summary, Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography. Two brief Fact Sheets also are available. These are useful tools for better articulating the contributions of affordable housing and encouraging stronger and more direct linkages between housing and other key societal objectives to help ensure a brighter future for America’s children and families.