U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness


Council Adopts Additional Strategies for Preventing and Ending Family Homelessness

At our December meeting, the Council approved a set of action areas that focus on strengthening the connection between the homelessness service system and mainstream programs, like early childhood, public schools, child welfare and TANF.

Policy Director Jasmine Hayes outlines the path forward.

Website: https://www.usich.gov/news/council-meeting-update-december-2015?utm_source=January+7+News+from+USICH&utm_campaign=Jan+7+News+from+USICH&utm_medium=email

Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse November 2015 Newsletter

self-sufficiencely monthly newsletter

November 2015

This month, SSRC is focusing on highlighting new research around self-sufficiency, including reports on Responsible Fatherhood programs, and the introduction of our new library feature that allows you to access electronic copies of library records online and at local libraries.

Featured Research

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders

This fact sheet for community organizations and leaders offers recommendations for handling economic downturns within communities. Topics include instilling a sense of safety, calming the public, self-efficacy, and hope. The publication explains that community organizations are in a unique position to lead, partner with others, and inspire essential changes to help their communities overcome hardship.

Website: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/content/coping-hard-times-fact-sheet-community-organizations-and-leaders

Brand NEW CCC Snapshot of NYC Children and Families!


Our NEW Snapshot of NYC Children and Families in 2014 is based on the latest data available fr the United States Census American Community Survey, which includes estimates on demographics including age, gender, race, and household characteristics, as well as economic and housing conditions.

The 2014 data reveal that signs of economic recovery seen in 2013 seem to have lost momentum. Key findings from CCC’s analysis include:

•    One in three NYC children continue to live in poverty.
•    Median income for NYC families with children stagnated.
•    The cost of living in NYC continued to increase.
•    Unemployment rates for New Yorkers ages 20 and up approached pre-recession levels.

Download our snapshot for a thorough analysis of the data.

The Census 2014 data are now available on Keeping Track Online. Explore these indicators and more on a citywide, borough or community district level through user-friendly maps, charts and tables!

Updated NYS Poverty Profile



As you may have heard, the Census Bureau has released their latest data on poverty and related issues today.  In order to make the most of the media coverage of this, NYSCAA has prepared an updated NYS Poverty Profile for you to share and use to bring attention to your agencies and the need in your community.  The preliminary data released is specifically ONE YEAR DATA.  Since our poverty report generally is based on three year data, it is important to note this profile is based on one year data if you are comparing it to last year’s statewide profile included in the poverty report released earlier this year at the symposium.

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Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services

Please see the resource below and forward to your networks……

This Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit was created to provide programs with a roadmap for becoming trauma-informed. The Toolkit offers homeless service providers with concrete guidelines for how to modify their practices and policies to ensure that they are responding appropriately to the needs of families who have experienced traumatic stress.

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For additional resources and webinar information from OFA Peer TA, please see the website below:


HTR3 – New Webinar Available: Studying the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Sex Trafficking



Studying the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Sex Trafficking Presented by: Nicole Bryan, Ph.D., Director of CSR Initiatives Access her full bio here: http://business.montclair.edu/directory/bryann


  • Runaway and homeless youth agencies represent the front line, face real challenges, offer opportunities to build trust, are uniquely positioned to facilitate dialogue, have important ground-truth to contribute, possess varying capacities and knowledge sets, and require a seat at the table in resource planning, research and engagement.
  • The relationship between sex trafficking and technology is far from transparent.  Attention to detail and listening-to-understand is critical.   Sex trafficking is not new yet new forms of technology-facilitated exploitation are emerging.  Dynamic adaptation and inclusion are critical.
  • Youth-inclusive, evidence-based approaches, sensitive to nuance and agile enough to embrace different iterations, offer advantages over fear-based policy.  Holistic responses that address interdependencies, embrace well-being, are mindful of unintended consequences and the dangers of moral hazard and moral panic, offer prudent alternatives to zero-tolerance policy and zero-sum, one-size-fits-all thinking.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PRE-TEST AND WEBINAR: https://nationalsafeplace.ilinc.com/join/zvsbxfs

Download: HTR3 – Info Sheet – Social Media and Internet

Poverty Fell in 2013; Children and Young Adults Still Face Greatest Risks

claspNew Resources From CLASP Break Down the Numbers, Highlight Policy Solutions

Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on poverty in 2013.  The data reveal that 14.5 percent of Americans lived in poverty—a small drop from the previous year.  Poverty for children fell by nearly 2 percentage points.  Yet children (especially young children) once again experienced the highest rates of poverty in the United States.  Young adults were close behind.

The good news is that the 2013 poverty rates for children and young adults reversed the sharp uptick that came with the Great Recession. The bad news is that even before the recession, these rates were unacceptably high.

CLASP spoke to a number of reporters about the new data.  Today’s Washington Post includes perspective from Olivia Golden, our executive director.

Additionally, CLASP has released two resources that break down the Census numbers and detail policy solutions to reduce poverty, with a sharp focus on what truly matters for children, youth, and families:

NEW Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services Programs

CFPB_logoOn July 30, 2014 the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released Your Money, Your Goalsa toolkit to help social services programs understand when and how to introduce financial education in their work with clients. The toolkit can help clients build skills in managing money, credit, debt and other financial matters.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau worked with a variety of organizations to introduce the toolkit at training workshops in 21 states and Washington, D.C. Over 1,400 social services staff participated. ACF Region II collaborated with the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. to deliver two workshops in New York City. After the training, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau collected information from participants about their experiences in using the toolkit to help improve it.

You can now download the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit in English and Spanish from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website. http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

The available resources include an implementation guide, PowerPoint slides with trainer notes and a train-the-trainer video. You can also sign up for news on upcoming training events and updates to the toolkit. 

From Poverty To Opportunity: Tuesday August 12


Fifty years ago, the Economic Opportunity Act was passed, launching the War on Poverty. The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Act by convening a Symposium, From Poverty To Opportunity, on Tuesday August 12. The Symposium will highlight DYCD’s anti-poverty strategies and programs funded by DYCD via federal Community Services Block Grant funding.  There will be three tracks throughout the day so attendees may focus on best practices in Youth, Adult, or Immigrant Services. It will also feature practical “how-to” workshops and resource opportunities.

Invited to attend are human service professionals, community advocates, members of faith-based and community-based organizations, students of law, public policy and social work, and members of the press. Event partners include the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA), the New York State Department of State, HealthFirst, Modells, and New York Law School. The Symposium represents New York City’s role as part of NYSCAA’s statewide public education and outreach effort to confront myths and misconceptions about poverty by highlighting successful anti-poverty programs and services provided by Community Action across New York State.

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