[Hpn] Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference - Jan. 13: "using TANF resources more effectively to end homelessness"

Morgan W. Brown Morgan W. Brown" <morganbrown@gmail.com
Wed, 5 Jan 2005 08:27:49 -0800


My apologies if you have already the below forwarded information
either directly or from elsewhere.

Additional information can be found at:

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH):
http://www.endhomelessness.org/index.htm

Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference Series:
http://www.endhomelessness.org/audio/
-- "presenting the leading strategies among states, local
jurisdictions, and nonprofit organizations to prevent and end
homelessness"

Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference Series:
Using TANF Resources More Effectively to End Homelessness
Thursday, January 13, 2004
3-4 p.m. EST
http://www.endhomelessness.org/audio/2005/0113.html

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Morgan  morganbrown@gmail.com
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA
Norsehorse's Home Turf:
http://norsehorses-turf.blogspot.com

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From: naeh@newsletter.naeh.org <naeh@newsletter.naeh.org>
Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 10:53:51 -0500
Subject: Leadership to End Homelessness Audio Conference - Jan. 13
To: morganbrown@gmail.com

Dear Alliance Partners:

We invite you to join us from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 13,
for a national audio conference on using TANF resources more
effectively to end homelessness.  Our featured speaker will be
Commissioner John Wagner of the Massachusetts Department of
Transitional Assistance (DTA).  Commissioner Wagner will discuss how
his department has shifted its response to family homelessness from
heavy reliance on motels to an approach that moves families back into
housing more rapidly.

DTA, which is responsible for administering the TANF program, spent
over $20 million of the Commonwealth's Emergency Assistance program
funds in fiscal year 2003 to house families in motels when shelters
were full. In August 2003, 500 families in Massachusetts were residing
in motels at a cost of $3,000 per month for each family. Determining
that this approach was unsustainable, DTA implemented a series of
changes and, within one year, ended its reliance on motels.

The changes included moving families out of homelessness more rapidly,
reducing the strain on the existing shelter system, and strategically
increasing the supply of family shelter beds. With the substantial
cost savings, DTA has invested in new initiatives to foster progress
in ending family homelessness. These initiatives include a Shelter to
Housing pilot that provides $6,000 to private agencies that
successfully re-houses working families residing in shelters. DTA has
also partnered with the Department of Housing and Community
Development to provide up to 100 families with transition-in-place
housing and with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership to
provide services and housing assistance to families with
self-identified mental or behavioral health problems.

The audio conference will include a brief presentation and a
discussion period, in which participants will be invited to submit
questions for Commissioner Wagner.  The audio conference can be
accessed free via the Internet or for a nominal charge by phone.
Complete information about how to participate in the call and further
details on Massachusetts's efforts to end homelessness among families
are available at http://www.endhomelessness.org/audio/2005/0113.html

This call is a part of the Leadership to End Homelessness Audio
Conference Series, a monthly series of national conference calls
focusing on the leading strategies that states, local jurisdictions,
and nonprofit organizations have employed to end homelessness.  The
series is sponsored by the Council of State Community Development
Agencies, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National
Council of State Housing Agencies, the National League of Cities and
the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Please feel free to pass this invitation on to others who may be interested.

Sincerely,

Nan Roman

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Morgan  morganbrown@gmail.com
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA
Norsehorse's Home Turf:
http://norsehorses-turf.blogspot.com