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Nominate an outstanding individual, group or agency!

We are now accepting nominations in the categories of Outstanding Homeless Coalition, Outstanding Community Service Award, Outstanding Community Organization, and Outstanding Case Manager to be awarded at the 2012 Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness, September 26-28 in Houston. There are so many individuals, groups and agencies doing great work and they deserve to be recognized. Fill out the online form now and share their inspiring story!


Motivational Speaker Roy Juarez, Jr. Surpasses Goal 

Roy Juarez, Jr., motivational speaker, reaches milestone of working with over 100,000 students on the “My Bag, My Home: Homeless By Choice” Tour. The Tour began as a dream (literally) to inspire students not to give up on life, their dreams, and understand the value of a higher education. In 2010, Juarez set out on his self-funded tour with a mere $100 and a full tank of gas.

From the southern tip of California to the northern corner of Maine, Juarez has traveled the nation, hitting all 48 continental states, inspiring youth at more than 500 lectures with his personal story of perseverance, hope, and forgiveness. Even through personal struggles that include dropping out of high school and being left homeless as a teenager on the streets of San Antonio, Texas, Juarez inspires people from all walks of life.

"I believe being homeless as a teenager prepared me for my current mission: being homeless again. This time, however, it’s by choice, and I have a mission! I hope by sharing my story, young people everywhere will understand the power of forgiveness and the importance of an education,” Juarez said.

At the age of 14, Juarez became a caretaker to his two younger siblings when his parents' divorce caused rippling effects and left Juarez and his baby brother and sisters without parents or a home. After finding guardians for his younger siblings, Juarez packed a duffle bag of personal items that he called his home.

"Roy’s presentation touched and influenced so many of our students and their lives. I know for a fact that at least two of our students that were dropouts returned to school and graduated. The school’s culture has experienced a positive change following the message of Roy’s presentation,” said Eulalio Mendoza, Assistant Principal of Deming High School in Deming, New Mexico.

As a young humanitarian and entrepreneur, Juarez has been able to develop a successful career, lecturing to thousands of youth, educators, and parents throughout the United States and abroad. Once a homeless teenager, Juarez fought the battle to leave the streets only to return to them after becoming a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University. Juarez is currently working on his second national tour; he plans to continue to speak professionally and publish books that speak to the many lessons learned from all his experiences.

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Senate Passes VAWA

Last Thursday, April 26, the full Senate voted on and passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This version of VAWA has stronger language to help protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), tribal, and immigrant survivors and would provide particular protections for survivors in a variety of HUD programs. 

Read more on the NAEH blog.


News from HUD: Innovative Housing Solutions for Philadelphia's LGBT Seniors

April 16, 2012

Public-Private Partnerships, Ingenuity and $11M Tax Credit Provides Innovative Housing Solutions for Philadelphia’s LGBT Seniors

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Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is proud to spotlight a new Philadelphia housing development recognized as a pioneering innovation in U.S. housing solutions for low-income LGBT seniors.

A new public-private housing initiative, co-developed by the dmhFund and Pennrose Properties and spearheaded by dmhFund President Mark Segal, has secured $11 million in tax credit financing from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) – making it possible to break ground on a six-story, 56 bedroom, $19 million project, intended to house LGBT seniors aged 62 and over who earn less than 60 percent of the Philadelphia median income.

Continue to the entire news story.


Senate Marks Up HUD Funding Bill

From the National Alliance to End Homelessness:

Last Thursday, April 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The legislation included proposed funding levels for key affordable housing and homelessness programs, including:

  • $2.15 billion for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, an increase of $245 million over the FY 2012 level, but approximately $80 million below the amount requested by the President;
  • $19.4 billion for Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, an increase of $482 million over FY 2012, including $75 million for approximately 10,000 new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers;
  • $4.6 billion for the Public Housing Operating Fund, an increase of $629 million from FY 2012;
  • $9.8 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, which is $536 million above the FY 2012 level and includes renewal of all project-based contracts for 12 months;
  • $1 billion for HOME, which represents flat funding from FY 2012; and
  • $3.1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),an increase of $152 million from FY 2012.

To view a summary of the bill, please click here. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks. The House Appropriations Committee has not yet announced when it will release and vote on its own HUD funding bill.