Monarch Housing http://monarchhousing.org Building Homes, Transforming Lives Since 1990 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:20:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 http://cdn3.monarchhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-favicon.ico-150x150.png Monarch Housing http://monarchhousing.org 32 32 3439124 Ending Homelessness By Expanding Rapid Re-Housing http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/22/expanding-rapid-re-housing/ http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/22/expanding-rapid-re-housing/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:05:45 +0000 http://monarchhousing.org/?p=35098 Change is hard, but necessary when it comes to Rapid Re-Housing, the changes communities must make can require navigating a complex set of factors.

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Securing and Expanding Rapid Re-Housing Funding and Coordinating Diverse Funding Themes

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has published three new rapid re-housing resources for Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agencies.

  1. The Role of CoC Lead Agencies in Expanding Capacity and Improving Performance: This brief describes activities that local Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agencies. Lead agencies are tasked by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with developing a systemic response to homelessness. They can and should work to increase capacity and improve rapid re-housing (RRH) practices and performance. For this brief, CoC leaders from across the country that have successfully increased capacity and improved performance were interviewed and shared effective strategies.
  2. Strategies to Secure and Expand Funds for Rapid Re-Housing: This brief helps Continuums of Care (CoCs) identify successful strategies to increase resources to expand rapid re-housing (RRH.) The brief includes tips to build community support for this expansion and key action steps for community and homeless system leaders to increase funding for RRH.
  3. Coordinating Diverse Funding Streams for Rapid Re-Housing: This brief examines action steps that homeless service system leaders can adopt to improve coordination by funders. It also examines the strengths and challenges associated with these strategies.

Change is hard, but necessary when it comes to Rapid Re-Housing, the changes communities must make can require navigating a complex set of factors.

More and more communities are embracing rapid re-housing approaches to ending homelessness that focus on permanent housing solutions, such as rapid re-housing.

New Jersey is in a unique position to utilize Emergency Assistance (EA) funds to provide intensive case management to households placed in permanent housing through Temporary Rental Assistance (TRA) and create a statewide opportunity to implement rapid re-housing.

In Mercer County, the Mercer County Board of Social Services is utilizing a single point of entry model to assess and prioritize rapid rehousing resources for families, with a commitment to intensive case management, wraparound services, and linkage to other community supports to ensure success.

Community leaders embrace the rapid rehousing model and dedicate resources for housing assistance and client centered inter-agency collaboration.

Role of CoC Lead Agencies in Expanding Capacity and Improving Performance

Strategies to Secure and Expand Funds for Rapid Re-Housing

Coordinating Diverse Funding Streams for Rapid Re-Housing

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Opioid Crisis and Homelessness Not Perfect Together http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/21/opioid-crisis/ http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/21/opioid-crisis/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:54:02 +0000 http://monarchhousing.org/?p=35078 Research on the opioid crisis shows that there are many paths to recovery, but safe and stable housing plays a key role in supporting people’s journey.

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Strengthening Partnerships Between Housing and Health Care Providers to Address Opioid Crisis and Homelessness

There is a strong link between the Opioid Crisis that is making headline news and homelessness. On February 1, 2017, the United State Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) published new guidelines linking these two issues.

Communities can assess, develop, and strengthen their community response systems to address the needs of individuals who are suffering from opioid use disorder and experiencing homelessness. The USICH outlines key strategies that communities can address.

The strategies include:

  • Assessing the prevalence of opioid use disorders and opioid misuse among individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Developing and implementing overdose prevention and response strategies
  • Strengthening partnerships between housing and health care providers to provide tailored assistance
  • Improving Access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Removing barriers to housing

USICH provides a list of resources communities may review. The list highlights best practices and opportunities for serving those who are experiencing homelessness and are working to overcome opioid use disorders.

In New Jersey, the issue of drug addiction gained increase attention this year when Governor Chris Christie focused on addiction in his annual state of the state address. In his January 10, 2017 address, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie promised to make fighting drug addiction the focus of his last year in office.

Christie called for investments in programs specifically for young adults and college housing programs set up for students in recovery.

Writes USICH in the brief, “While the research shows that there are many paths to recovery, it is also clear that safe and stable housing plays a key role in supporting people’s journey.”

USICH Guidelines

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HUD Inadequately Meets Needs of Disabled Households http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/21/hud-disabled-households/ http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/21/hud-disabled-households/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:14:07 +0000 http://monarchhousing.org/?p=35080 “The Characteristics and Unmet Housing Program Needs of Disabled HUD-Assisted Households” finds mismatch between needs of people with disabilities and HUD.

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70% of Extremely Low Income Disabled Households Have Unmet Accessibility Needs

A new study, “The Characteristics and Unmet Housing Program Needs of Disabled HUD-Assisted Households” finds a mismatch between the housing needs of people with disabilities and U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.

Seventy percent of extremely low income (ELI) households with a disability are not served by HUD programs. The study was authored by Casey Dawkins and Mark Miller and published in Housing Policy Debate.

A high percentage of those receiving HUD assistance have unmet accessibility needs. Seventy percent of households with a disability living in public housing, for example, did not receive a requested disability-related accommodation.

Thirty-six percent of all ELI households and 34% of ELI renter households include a person with a disability. Seventy percent of all ELI disabled households and 53% of ELI renter disabled households with a disability do not receive HUD assistance. This suggests that many potentially eligible households are not served by HUD programs.

A significant share of HUD-assisted households with a disability live in housing that is potentially not accessible. For example:

  • Ninety-two percent of 481,328 public housing households with a disability do not live in an accessible unit;
  • Seventy percent of 48,000 public housing households who requested a disability-related accommodation did not receive one; and
  • In HUD’s multifamily programs, 52% of households with a disability live in properties not designated for people with disabilities.

These findings indicate potentially unmet program needs for accessible housing.

The authors recommend community outreach to identify and recruit people with a disability who may be eligible for HUD assistance. They recognize that properties designated for people with disabilities, specifically HUD 811 properties, may be at odds with the goal of community integration for people with disabilities.

The authors make a few suggestions and recommendations:

  • Balance the goal of integration with the goal of matching HUD-assisted households to appropriate accommodations;
  • Gather better data about disability accommodations in HUD-assisted properties;
  • Collection by HUD of data on the specific disabilities of HUD-assisted persons and on the accessible units requested and provided. This data would provide a better picture of unmet needs within HUD programs.

The Characteristics and Unmet Housing Program Needs of Disabled HUD-Assisted Households

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Inadequate Funding Puts 3,274 NJ Housing Vouchers At-Risk http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/20/3274-nj-housing-vouchers-risk/ http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/20/3274-nj-housing-vouchers-risk/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:17:27 +0000 http://monarchhousing.org/?p=35066 CBPP estimates that, across the county, more than 100,000 current housing vouchers could go unfunded if FY17 spending remains at FY16 levels.

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Extended Continuing Resolution Could Leave 3,274 NJ Housing Vouchers Unfunded

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a report, “Substantial Funding Boost Needed to Renew Housing Vouchers in 2017.”

CBPP estimates that the cost of renewing current housing vouchers in 2017 is $18.86 billion, which is $1.18 billion higher than in 2016. The cost is $500 million higher than the amount passed by the Senate in its fiscal year FY17 spending package.

CBPP estimates that, across the county, more than 100,000 current vouchers could go unfunded if FY17 spending remains at FY16 levels. And, nationally, more than 25,000 vouchers could be unfunded under the Senate’s spending plan.

In New Jersey, 66,826 households used vouchers in 2016. And under the Senate bill approved in May 2017, 802 vouchers used in the state were cut. And 3,274 vouchers would be left unfunded in our state with an extended 2016 continuing resolution in 2017.

The number presumes that the continuing resolution funds housing vouchers at the 2016 funding level. CBPP analyzed U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Voucher Management System data.

In New Jersey housing vouchers are having an impact in ending and preventing future homelessness.

In a recent study, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found that vouchers reduce housing instability, food insecurity, domestic violence and the risk of children being placed in foster care or having to live with other family members.

The “Budget Control Act of 2011” required across-the-board spending cuts in most discretionary programs in 2013. These cuts included a $938 million reduction for Housing Choice Vouchers.

This forced state and local housing agencies to reduce the number of vouchers for low income families by more than 80,000. Over the last two years, Congress provided sufficient funding for more than 55,000 vouchers to be been added back to the supply.

The renewal funding for these additional vouchers in 2017 represents a 2.7% increase from 2016. In addition, tenant income growth has not kept pace with rising rental costs.

A voucher typically covers the gap between the recipient’s rent contribution (30% of adjusted income) and the cost of their rent up to a payment standard for a modest rental home. Rising rents and stagnant incomes increase the cost of filling this gap.

The report’s authors also note that approximately half of voucher recipients are seniors and people with disabilities, most of whom live on fixed incomes like Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security and SSI was 0.3% for 2017, while rental costs increased by 3.1%.

Substantial Funding Boost Needed to Renew Housing Vouchers in 2017

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Watson Coleman Calls for Reinvestment in Affordable Homes http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/17/watson-coleman-affordable-homes/ http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/17/watson-coleman-affordable-homes/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:40:24 +0000 http://monarchhousing.org/?p=35059 Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman has signed a Dear Colleague letter to reinvest any savings from housing-related tax reforms into affordable homes.

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Housing-Related Tax Reforms Should Fund Affordable Homes

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman has signed a Dear Colleague letter circulated by Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) to reinvest any savings from housing-related tax reforms, like reforms to the mortgage interest deduction (MID) into affordable homes.

The Dear Colleague letter was sent to the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA.)

The MID should benefit rental housing programs for low income households such as:

The savings should not be used to lower tax rates or reduce the deficit.

New Jersey Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) is one of thirty House Democrats to sign the letter.

Other signers include Representatives:

  1. Adams (D-NC),
  2. Brady (D-PA),
  3. Carson (D-IN),
  4. Cicilline (D-RI),
  5. Clarke (D-NY),
  6. Conyers (D-MI)
  7. DeSaulnier (D-CA),
  8. Espaillat (D-NY),
  9. Green (D-TX),
  10. Grijalva (D-AZ),
  11. Heck (D-WA),
  12. Jayapal (D-WA),
  13. Jeffries (D-NY),
  14. Kihuen (D-NV),
  15. Larsen (D-WA),
  16. Lawrence (D-MI),
  17. Lee (D-CA),
  18. Meeks (D-NY),
  19. Moore (D-WI),
  20. Napolitano (D-CA),
  21. Nolan (D-MN),
  22. Holmes Norton (D-DC),
  23. Pingree (D-ME),
  24. Pocan (D-WI),
  25. Rush (D-IL),
  26. Serrano (D-NY),
  27. Slaughter (D-NY), and
  28. Velázquez (D-NY).

NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel stated, “Given the affordable housing crisis in communities across the nation, it is critical that Congress reinvest scarce federal resources into providing affordable rental homes for people with the greatest needs. I applaud these Members of Congress for taking this important step toward ending homelessness and housing poverty once and for all, and I encourage them to cosponsor the Common Sense Housing Investment Act of 2017, which would do just that.”

Mr. Ellison reintroduced the “Common Sense Housing Investment Act” on February 8. NLIHC and the United for Homes campaign—which is supported by more than 2,300 national, state, and local organizations and government officials—strongly endorse the legislation. Stay tuned for more information on Mr. Ellison’s legislation, and action you can take to support it, coming soon.

Dear Colleague Letter

Diane Yentel’s Press Statement

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White House Promises Federal Budget Within Weeks http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/16/federal-budget-within-weeks/ http://monarchhousing.org/2017/02/16/federal-budget-within-weeks/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:06:33 +0000 http://monarchhousing.org/?p=35055 White House Spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that the Trump Administration will submit a federal budget blueprint to Congress “within a few weeks.”

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Both FY17 and FY18 Federal Budget are On the Table

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has reported that on February 9, 2017, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that the Trump Administration will submit a federal budget blueprint to Congress “within a few weeks.”

Lawmakers and other observers had speculated that the Administration might forgo submitting a budget request and instead submit a comprehensive financial package later in the spring.

It is unclear when Congress will begin budget deliberations for fiscal year (FY)18. Lawmakers must first complete spending bills for the rest of FY17 which runs until September 30, 2017.

The government is currently operating on a stopgap funding measure (Continuing Resolution) that expires on April 28, 2017.

The statutory deadline for the president to submit a FY18 budget was February 6, but that deadline has been missed consistently in recent years, especially when a new president begins his term.

The Administration will most likely provide a “skinny budget,” a high-level budget outline new presidents typically submit when they first take office, rather than a comprehensive executive branch budget.

Mr. Spicer suggested the Administration’s budget plan would reduce deficits through a combination of spending cuts and economic growth that would increase tax revenues.

“When it comes to deficit reduction, which is something (Mr. Trump) is very interested in, it is not a one-side-of-the-ledger option,” Mr. Spicer said. “The president has been very, very keen on trying to make sure that we look at the revenue side as much as we look at the spending side.”

Mr. Spicer was asked if overhauling entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare would be part of the president’s plan to balance the budget, but Mr. Spicer demurred: “I think that (the budget outline) will answer a lot.”

Several independent budget analyses, including one by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, have cast doubt on the assertion that economic growth could pay for Mr. Trump’s many campaign promises, including trillions of dollars of tax cuts over a decade, increases in military and veterans’ spending, and the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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