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  The NPACH Report, vol 2. no. 7

  Welcome to The NPACH Report, the newsletter of the National Policy and =
Advocacy Council on Homelessness. This month we=E2=80=99d like to call =
your attention a new paper outlining the need to expand the HUD =
definition homelessness in order to be more inclusive of the needs of =
families, children, and youth. There is also news about the Senate HUD =
appropriations process, and reports from 5 cities that have experienced =
recent increases in the number of people experiencing homelessness.

  As a grassroots organization, we welcome the input and participation =
of our partners in the field. If you have an announcement or submission =
for The NPACH Report, e-mail us at info@npach.org.=20

  NPACH is pleased to announce a new way for you to support our efforts. =
We have established new levels of support for both individual and =
organizational contributors. Homeless coalitions, housing coalitions, =
service providers, educators, students, advocates, and concerned =
citizens are encouraged to join as members and support our efforts.=20
  Download a contributor application form here: =
http://www.npach.org/contributor_support_form.pdf=20

  You can still donate easily via our website, =
www.npach.org/support.htm. NPACH is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your =
donation is tax-deductible.

  Plan to attend the NAEHCY/NPACH Conference, October 22-25, 2005
  NPACH is pleased to announce our co-sponsorship of the 17th Annual =
Conference of the National Association for the Education of Homeless =
Children and Youth (NAEHCY), to be held October 22-25, 2005, in New =
Orleans, LA. The goal of this exciting collaboration is to bring housing =
providers, shelter providers, and educators together to address the =
needs of families and youth experiencing homelessness. School district =
homeless liaisons have developed great expertise in coordinating =
services for homeless families, especially those who are forced to live =
in homeless situations that do not fit HUD's narrow definition of =
homelessness. NPACH is working with NAEHCY to develop workshops to =
foster greater cross-collaboration between the housing and education =
communities. Confirmed participants include representatives of the Child =
Welfare League of America, National Association of Housing and =
Redevelopment Officials, Volunteers of America, National Housing Trust =
Fund Campaign, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. For =
more information and registration forms, please visit: =
http://www.naehcy.org/2005registration.html=20


  NPACH News

  National Organizations Call for Changes to HUD Definition of =
Homelessness
  The Child Welfare League of America, National Association for the =
Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and NPACH have released a =
joint position paper calling for the amendment of the HUD definition of =
homelessness to be more inclusive of the needs of families, children, =
and youth. According to the paper, =E2=80=9CThe definition of =
homelessness employed by HUD includes only individuals who have a =
primary nighttime residence in private or public shelters =
=E2=80=98designed to provide temporary living accommodations;=E2=80=99 =
in =E2=80=98institutions that provide a temporary residence for =
individuals intended to be institutionalized;=E2=80=99 and in private =
and public places =E2=80=98not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a =
regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.=E2=80=99 The HUD =
statutory definition of homelessness does not include households who are =
sharing the housing of others temporarily because they have nowhere else =
to go (commonly referred to as =E2=80=98doubled-up=E2=80=99), or those =
who are staying in motels and similar places due to lack of =
alternatives. Programmatic definitions for different HUD programs may be =
even more restrictive. Because such households are not included in the =
HUD definition of homelessness, they are excluded from HUD =
services.=E2=80=9D
  Download the paper in Adobe .pdf format: =
http://www.npach.org/newdefinition0725.pdf=20

  Senate Considers HUD Appropriations Bill
  On July 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2006 =
TTHUD bill. The Senate will vote on final passage of the bill shortly =
after Congress returns from the August recess. A Senate-House conference =
to negotiate differences between the two bills will follow. Section 8 =
tenant-based assistance was funded at $15.6 billion, $209 million less =
than the President's budget request. Section 8 project-based assistance =
was funded at $5 billion, roughly $226 million below its FY 2005 level. =
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program was =
funded at $287 million, or $5 million above the FY05 level and $19 =
million above the budget request. Housing for the Elderly (Section 202 =
Housing) and Section 811 Disabled Housing were both flat funded at their =
FY 2005 levels, or $742 million and $240 million, respectively.

  HUD McKinney-Vento homeless assistance grants received $1.415 billion, =
$75 million more than the House bill. As in the House version, the =
Senate bill includes a requirement that at least 30% of total =
McKinney-Vento dollars (excluding permanent housing renewals under the =
Shelter Plus Care program) be used to fund supportive housing projects. =
Permanent housing, for which non-disabled families are not eligible, now =
exceeds 50% of the total grant program. Beyond funding for new permanent =
housing projects, the Senate bill allocates $238 million for Shelter =
Plus Care renewals. In addition, an estimated $230 million will be =
necessary to renew Supportive Housing Program- Permanent Housing =
(SHP-PH) projects.=20

  To date, the 30% requirement has been enacted only through the annual =
appropriations process. However, efforts to make the 30% requirement =
permanent law are already underway, as the introduction of legislation =
reauthorizing HUD McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs is =
expected this week. Advocates should contact their full Congressional =
delegation and urge them to oppose any effort to authorize the 30% set =
aside within HUD McKinney-Vento legislation. Please call the US Capitol =
Switchboard to be connected to your Senator or Representative: (202) =
224-3121. Or, if submitting a written request it is best to fax letters =
to your Members. Fax numbers for House offices may be found at =
http://www.house.gov and fax numbers for Senate offices may be found at =
http://www.senate.gov

  Five Communities Report Substantial Increases in Homelessness
  Five communities have recently reported large increases in the number =
of people experiencing homelessness. Please read the following articles =
to learn more about this growing crisis:

  Baltimore, MD: City census finds a rise in homeless population
  http://www.npach.org/13jun05.htm=20

  Chicago, IL: Number of homeless students more than doubles since 2000
  http://www.npach.org/20jul05.htm=20

  Green Bay, WI: Number of homeless students on the rise
  http://www.npach.org/05jul05a.htm=20

  St. Paul, MN: Number of homeless surprises county=20
  http://www.npach.org/02jul05.htm=20

  Los Angeles, CA: LA homeless hit unprecedented level
  http://www.npach.org/16jun05.htm=20

  New Senate Bill Supports Higher Education for Homeless Children, =
Children in Foster Care
  On Wednesday, July 20, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. =
Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) introduced the =E2=80=9CImproving Access to =
Education for Students who are Homeless or in Foster Care Act.=E2=80=9D =
The bill, S. 1429, amends the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 to =
increase access to postsecondary education for children and youth =
experiencing homelessness and children and youth in foster care.

  S. 1429 helps increase homeless and foster youth's access to HEA =
programs by allowing youth to be considered independent students for =
purposes of applying for financial aid if they have been verified as an =
unaccompanied homeless youth; including as permissible services under =
the federal TRIO programs and GEAR UP program activities specially =
designed for homeless children and children in foster care; and =
including as model training programs under Staff Development Activities =
strategies or recruiting and serving homeless children and youth and =
students who are in foster care or aging out of the foster care system.
  Learn more about this bill: =
http://www.naehcy.org/legislative_update.html=20
  For more information, please contact Barbara Duffield, via e-mail at =
bduffield@naehcy.org or by telephone at 202.364.7392.

  UN Special Envoy Releases Report on Zimbabwe Forced Evictions; =
Secretary General Responds
  The United Nations Special Envoy on Human Settlements Issues in =
Zimbabwe, Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, has released her report on the =
scope and impact of the government=E2=80=99s =E2=80=9COperation =
Murambatsvina=E2=80=9D program. According to the report, =E2=80=9CIt is =
estimated that some 700,000 people in cities across the country have =
lost either their homes, their source of livelihood or both. Indirectly, =
a further 2.4 million people have been affected in varying degrees. =
Hundreds of thousands of women, men and children were made homeless, =
without access to food, water and sanitation, or health care. The vast =
majority of those directly and indirectly affected are the poor and =
disadvantaged segments of the population. They are, today, deeper in =
poverty, deprivation and destitution, and have been rendered more =
vulnerable.=E2=80=9D
  Download the report: http://www.npach.org/zimbabwe_report_07_2005.pdf=20

  UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan has responded to the report, saying =
in a statement that =E2=80=9CIt is a profoundly distressing report, =
which confirms that Operation Murambatsvina has done a catastrophic =
injustice to as many as 700,000 of Zimbabwe's poorest citizens, through =
indiscriminate actions, carried out with disquieting indifference to =
human suffering."
  Read the Secretary-General=E2=80=99s response online: =
http://www.npach.org/07-22_sg_formal_zimbabwe_statement.pdf=20

  NPACH would like to thank William Cobbett, Senior Urban Upgrade =
Advisor, Cities Alliance and United Nations Habitat, for these reports. =
Mr. Cobbett serves on NPACH=E2=80=99s Board of Directors.


  NPACH Southern Regional Office (NPACH-SRO)

  Mississippi Advocates Aid in Securing McKinney Funding
  NPACH would like to acknowledge the work of advocates and service =
providers in Mississippi for helping secure an additional $174 million =
in HUD McKinney-Vento within the Senate version of the bill. A grass =
roots organizing campaign led to 18 state and local organizations =
signing a letter addressed to Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad =
Cochran, which was helpful in the committee=E2=80=99s deliberations. You =
can download the letter here: =
http://www.npach.org/mississippi_homeless_letter.pdf=20

  NPACH-SRO Welcomes Bill Emerson Hunger Fellow
  The Southern Regional Office welcomes Brett Murphy, who will be =
working with us in conjunction with the Congressional Hunger =
Center=E2=80=99s Bill Emerson Hunger Fellow program. Brett is a native =
of Norman, Oklahoma, and received his undergraduate degree from Rice =
University in Houston. Brett=E2=80=99s focus will be a study NPACH-SRO =
is conducting on the connections between housing instability and health =
outcomes. Brett will be joined in New Orleans by Hunger Fellow Amanda =
Wagner who has been assigned to Hope House, a muti-service, social =
justice organization located in the St. Thomas neighborhood of the city.
  Learn more about the Congressional Hunger Center online: =
http://www.hungercenter.org=20


  NPACH People & Events

  =E2=80=9CHomelessness Isn=E2=80=99t Funny=E2=80=9D Campaign Update
  NPACH is proud to announce that San Francisco comic Doug Ferrari has =
joined the =E2=80=9CHomelessness Isn=E2=80=99t Funny=E2=80=9D campaign. =
In 1984, Doug snagged first place in the San Francisco International =
Comedy Competition, leading to national headlining appearances at major =
clubs, with television spots including Showtime, MTV, Fox and Comedy =
Central. A prolific comedy writer, Doug has written for TV and radio as =
well as for Rodney Dangerfield, Jay Leno, and many others. Doug has =
experienced homelessness and works in San Francisco to raise awareness =
about the issue. Learn more about Doug: http://www.dougzilla.com/.=20

  NPACH Technical Assistance and Strategic Planning Services
  NPACH staff are available for technical assistance and strategic =
planning sessions. If your local agency or continuum of care would like =
to have us work with you, please contact us via e-mail at info@npach.org =
or telephone at (202) 714-5378.=20
  Learn more about our services by downloading this form: =
www.npach.org/technical_assistance.pdf=20


  Partner News

  Community Action Partnership to Hold Annual Conference in New Orleans
  The 2005 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention will be held =
from August 30 -September 2 at the New Orleans Marriott. The theme for =
this year=E2=80=99s conference is =E2=80=9CCommunity Action: Unity, =
Creativity, Vision.=E2=80=9D Please visit CAP=E2=80=99s website for more =
information, including all conference registration materials and an =
events schedule.
  http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/events/default.asp=20

  National Student Campaign Announces Annual Conference
  Attend the 18th Annual Conference of the National Student Campaign =
Against Hunger and Homelessness at Seattle University on November 11-13, =
2005. Join 300 student activists and community members from across the =
country for a weekend filled with informative briefings, workshops, =
networking opportunities, and inspirational speakers. If you are a =
student, come hear about innovative campus programs and learn skills =
that will improve your campus organizing efforts. Conference organizers =
are also still looking for workshop presenters. For more information, =
call 800-664-8647, or visit www.studentsagainsthunger.org.=20

  SUPPORT NPACH TODAY

  The National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness is dedicated =
to ending homelessness through grassroots partnerships with =
organizations around the United States. Our primary concern is to ensure =
that national homelessness policy accurately reflects the needs of local =
communities. Through education, grassroots organizing, research, and =
technical assistance, we work to bring about real change to homelessness =
policy in America.

  You can easily make a tax-deductible donation online via our website: =
http://www.npach.org/support.htm
  If you=E2=80=99d like to make another donation, contact Rob Wilbanks =
via e-mail, rwilbanks@npach.org, or by telephone at (202) 714-5378.






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  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><BR>Welcome to The NPACH Report, the =
newsletter of=20
  the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness. This month =
we=E2=80=99d like=20
  to call your attention a new paper outlining the need to expand the =
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  definition homelessness in order to be more inclusive of the needs of=20
  families, children, and youth. There is also news about the Senate HUD =

  appropriations process, and reports from 5 cities that have =
experienced recent=20
  increases in the number of people experiencing homelessness.<BR><BR>As =
a=20
  grassroots organization, we welcome the input and participation of our =

  partners in the field. If you have an announcement or submission for =
The NPACH=20
  Report, e-mail us at </FONT><A href=3D"mailto:info@npach.org"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>info@npach.org</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3>. <BR><BR>NPACH is =
pleased to=20
  announce a new way for you to support our efforts. We have established =
new=20
  levels of support for both individual and organizational contributors. =

  Homeless coalitions, housing coalitions, service providers, educators, =

  students, advocates, and concerned citizens are encouraged to join as =
members=20
  and support our efforts. <BR>Download a contributor application form =
here:=20
  </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340484"><FONT=20
  =
size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/contributor_support_form.pdf</FONT></A><FON=
T=20
  size=3D3> <BR><BR>You can still donate easily via our website, =
</FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340485"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>www.npach.org/support.htm</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3>. NPACH is =
a 501(c)(3)=20
  organization, and your donation is tax-deductible.<BR><BR><STRONG>Plan =
to=20
  attend the NAEHCY/NPACH Conference, October 22-25, =
2005<BR></STRONG>NPACH is=20
  pleased to announce our co-sponsorship of the 17th Annual Conference =
of the=20
  National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth=20
  (NAEHCY), to be held October 22-25, 2005, in New Orleans, LA. The goal =
of this=20
  exciting collaboration is to bring housing providers, shelter =
providers, and=20
  educators together to address the needs of families and youth =
experiencing=20
  homelessness. School district homeless liaisons have developed great =
expertise=20
  in coordinating services for homeless families, especially those who =
are=20
  forced to live in homeless situations that do not fit HUD's narrow =
definition=20
  of homelessness. NPACH is working with NAEHCY to develop workshops to =
foster=20
  greater cross-collaboration between the housing and education =
communities.=20
  Confirmed participants include representatives of the Child Welfare =
League of=20
  America, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials,=20
  Volunteers of America, National Housing Trust Fund Campaign, and the =
National=20
  Network to End Domestic Violence. For more information and =
registration forms,=20
  please visit: </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340486"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.naehcy.org/2005registration.html</FONT></A><FONT =
size=3D3>=20
  </FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><BR><STRONG><U>NPACH=20
  News<BR></U></STRONG><BR><STRONG>National Organizations Call for =
Changes to=20
  HUD Definition of Homelessness<BR></STRONG>The Child Welfare League of =

  America, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children =
and=20
  Youth, and NPACH have released a joint position paper calling for the=20
  amendment of the HUD definition of homelessness to be more inclusive =
of the=20
  needs of families, children, and youth. According to the paper, =
=E2=80=9CThe=20
  definition of homelessness employed by HUD includes only individuals =
who have=20
  a primary nighttime residence in private or public shelters =
=E2=80=98designed to=20
  provide temporary living accommodations;=E2=80=99 in =
=E2=80=98institutions that provide a=20
  temporary residence for individuals intended to be =
institutionalized;=E2=80=99 and in=20
  private and public places =E2=80=98not designed for, or ordinarily =
used as, a regular=20
  sleeping accommodation for human beings.=E2=80=99 The HUD statutory =
definition of=20
  homelessness does not include households who are sharing the housing =
of others=20
  temporarily because they have nowhere else to go (commonly referred to =
as=20
  =E2=80=98doubled-up=E2=80=99), or those who are staying in motels and =
similar places due to=20
  lack of alternatives. Programmatic definitions for different HUD =
programs may=20
  be even more restrictive. Because such households are not included in =
the HUD=20
  definition of homelessness, they are excluded from HUD =
services.=E2=80=9D<BR>Download=20
  the paper in Adobe .pdf format: </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340487"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/newdefinition0725.pdf</FONT></A><FONT =
size=3D3>=20
  <BR><BR><STRONG>Senate Considers HUD Appropriations =
Bill<BR></STRONG>On July=20
  21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2006 TTHUD =
bill. The=20
  Senate will vote on final passage of the bill shortly after Congress =
returns=20
  from the August recess. A Senate-House conference to negotiate =
differences=20
  between the two bills will follow. Section 8 tenant-based assistance =
was=20
  funded at $15.6 billion, $209 million less than the President's budget =

  request. Section 8 project-based assistance was funded at $5 billion, =
roughly=20
  $226 million below its FY 2005 level. The Housing Opportunities for =
Persons=20
  with AIDS (HOPWA) program was funded at $287 million, or $5 million =
above the=20
  FY05 level and $19 million above the budget request. Housing for the =
Elderly=20
  (Section 202 Housing) and Section 811 Disabled Housing were both flat =
funded=20
  at their FY 2005 levels, or $742 million and $240 million,=20
  respectively.<BR><BR>HUD McKinney-Vento homeless assistance grants =
received=20
  $1.415 billion, $75 million more than the House bill. As in the House =
version,=20
  the Senate bill includes a requirement that at least 30% of total=20
  McKinney-Vento dollars (excluding permanent housing renewals under the =
Shelter=20
  Plus Care program) be used to fund supportive housing projects. =
Permanent=20
  housing, for which non-disabled families are not eligible, now exceeds =
50% of=20
  the total grant program. Beyond funding for new permanent housing =
projects,=20
  the Senate bill allocates $238 million for Shelter Plus Care renewals. =
In=20
  addition, an estimated $230 million will be necessary to renew =
Supportive=20
  Housing Program- Permanent Housing (SHP-PH) projects. <BR><BR>To date, =
the 30%=20
  requirement has been enacted only through the annual appropriations =
process.=20
  However, efforts to make the 30% requirement permanent law are already =

  underway, as the introduction of legislation reauthorizing HUD =
McKinney-Vento=20
  homeless assistance programs is expected this week. Advocates should =
contact=20
  their full Congressional delegation and urge them to oppose any effort =
to=20
  authorize the 30% set aside within HUD McKinney-Vento legislation. =
Please call=20
  the US Capitol Switchboard to be connected to your Senator or =
Representative:=20
  (202) 224-3121. Or, if submitting a written request it is best to fax =
letters=20
  to your Members. Fax numbers for House offices may be found at =
</FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340488"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.house.gov</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> and fax =
numbers for Senate=20
  offices may be found at </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340489"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.senate.gov</FONT></A></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><STRONG>Five Communities Report =
Substantial=20
  Increases in Homelessness<BR></STRONG>Five communities have recently =
reported=20
  large increases in the number of people experiencing homelessness. =
Please read=20
  the following articles to learn more about this growing=20
  crisis:<BR><BR>Baltimore, MD: City census finds a rise in homeless=20
  population<BR></FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340490"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/13jun05.htm</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3>=20
  <BR><BR>Chicago, IL: Number of homeless students more than doubles =
since=20
  2000<BR></FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340491"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/20jul05.htm</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> =
<BR><BR>Green=20
  Bay, WI: Number of homeless students on the rise<BR></FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340492"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/05jul05a.htm</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> =
<BR><BR>St.=20
  Paul, MN: Number of homeless surprises county <BR></FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340493"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/02jul05.htm</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> =
<BR><BR>Los=20
  Angeles, CA: LA homeless hit unprecedented level<BR></FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340494"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/16jun05.htm</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> =
</FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><STRONG>New Senate Bill Supports Higher =
Education=20
  for Homeless Children, Children in Foster Care<BR></STRONG>On =
Wednesday, July=20
  20, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Mike DeWine =
(R-OH)=20
  introduced the =E2=80=9CImproving Access to Education for Students who =
are Homeless or=20
  in Foster Care Act.=E2=80=9D The bill, S. 1429, amends the Higher =
Education Act (HEA)=20
  of 1965 to increase access to postsecondary education for children and =
youth=20
  experiencing homelessness and children and youth in foster =
care.<BR><BR>S.=20
  1429 helps increase homeless and foster youth's access to HEA programs =
by=20
  allowing youth to be considered independent students for purposes of =
applying=20
  for financial aid if they have been verified as an unaccompanied =
homeless=20
  youth; including as permissible services under the federal TRIO =
programs and=20
  GEAR UP program activities specially designed for homeless children =
and=20
  children in foster care; and including as model training programs =
under Staff=20
  Development Activities strategies or recruiting and serving homeless =
children=20
  and youth and students who are in foster care or aging out of the =
foster care=20
  system.<BR>Learn more about this bill: </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340495"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.naehcy.org/legislative_update.html</FONT></A><FONT =
size=3D3>=20
  <BR>For more information, please contact Barbara Duffield, via e-mail =
at=20
  </FONT><A href=3D"mailto:bduffield@naehcy.org"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>bduffield@naehcy.org</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> or by =
telephone at=20
  202.364.7392.</FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><STRONG>UN Special Envoy Releases =
Report on=20
  Zimbabwe Forced Evictions; Secretary General Responds<BR></STRONG>The =
United=20
  Nations Special Envoy on Human Settlements Issues in Zimbabwe, Mrs. =
Anna=20
  Kajumulo Tibaijuka, has released her report on the scope and impact of =
the=20
  government=E2=80=99s =E2=80=9COperation Murambatsvina=E2=80=9D =
program. According to the report, =E2=80=9CIt=20
  is estimated that some 700,000 people in cities across the country =
have lost=20
  either their homes, their source of livelihood or both. Indirectly, a =
further=20
  2.4 million people have been affected in varying degrees. Hundreds of=20
  thousands of women, men and children were made homeless, without =
access to=20
  food, water and sanitation, or health care. The vast majority of those =

  directly and indirectly affected are the poor and disadvantaged =
segments of=20
  the population. They are, today, deeper in poverty, deprivation and=20
  destitution, and have been rendered more =
vulnerable.=E2=80=9D<BR>Download the report:=20
  </FONT><A=20
  =
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mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340496"><FONT=20
  =
size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/zimbabwe_report_07_2005.pdf</FONT></A><FONT=
=20
  size=3D3> <BR><BR>UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan has responded to =
the=20
  report, saying in a statement that =E2=80=9CIt is a profoundly =
distressing report,=20
  which confirms that Operation Murambatsvina has done a catastrophic =
injustice=20
  to as many as 700,000 of Zimbabwe's poorest citizens, through =
indiscriminate=20
  actions, carried out with disquieting indifference to human=20
  suffering."<BR>Read the Secretary-General=E2=80=99s response online: =
</FONT><A=20
  =
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mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340497"><FONT=20
  =
size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/07-22_sg_formal_zimbabwe_statement.pdf</FON=
T></A><FONT=20
  size=3D3> <BR><BR><EM>NPACH would like to thank William Cobbett, =
Senior Urban=20
  Upgrade Advisor, Cities Alliance and United Nations Habitat, for these =

  reports. Mr. Cobbett serves on NPACH=E2=80=99s Board of =
Directors.</EM></FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><BR><STRONG><U>NPACH Southern Regional =
Office=20
  (NPACH-SRO)<BR></U></STRONG><BR><STRONG>Mississippi Advocates Aid in =
Securing=20
  McKinney Funding<BR></STRONG>NPACH would like to acknowledge the work =
of=20
  advocates and service providers in Mississippi for helping secure an=20
  additional $174 million in HUD McKinney-Vento within the Senate =
version of the=20
  bill. A grass roots organizing campaign led to 18 state and local=20
  organizations signing a letter addressed to Senate Appropriations =
Chairman=20
  Thad Cochran, which was helpful in the committee=E2=80=99s =
deliberations. You can=20
  download the letter here: </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340498"><FONT=20
  =
size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/mississippi_homeless_letter.pdf</FONT></A><=
FONT=20
  size=3D3> </FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><STRONG>NPACH-SRO Welcomes Bill Emerson =
Hunger=20
  Fellow<BR></STRONG>The Southern Regional Office welcomes Brett Murphy, =
who=20
  will be working with us in conjunction with the Congressional Hunger =
Center=E2=80=99s=20
  Bill Emerson Hunger Fellow program. Brett is a native of Norman, =
Oklahoma, and=20
  received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston. =
Brett=E2=80=99s=20
  focus will be a study NPACH-SRO is conducting on the connections =
between=20
  housing instability and health outcomes. Brett will be joined in New =
Orleans=20
  by Hunger Fellow Amanda Wagner who has been assigned to Hope House, a=20
  muti-service, social justice organization located in the St. Thomas=20
  neighborhood of the city.<BR>Learn more about the Congressional Hunger =
Center=20
  online: </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340499"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.hungercenter.org</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> =
</FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><BR><STRONG><U>NPACH People &amp;=20
  Events<BR></U></STRONG><BR><STRONG>=E2=80=9CHomelessness Isn=E2=80=99t =
Funny=E2=80=9D Campaign=20
  Update<BR></STRONG>NPACH is proud to announce that San Francisco comic =
Doug=20
  Ferrari has joined the =E2=80=9CHomelessness Isn=E2=80=99t =
Funny=E2=80=9D campaign. In 1984, Doug=20
  snagged first place in the San Francisco International Comedy =
Competition,=20
  leading to national headlining appearances at major clubs, with =
television=20
  spots including Showtime, MTV, Fox and Comedy Central. A prolific =
comedy=20
  writer, Doug has written for TV and radio as well as for Rodney =
Dangerfield,=20
  Jay Leno, and many others. Doug has experienced homelessness and works =
in San=20
  Francisco to raise awareness about the issue. Learn more about Doug: =
</FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340500"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.dougzilla.com/</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3>. =
</FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><STRONG>NPACH Technical Assistance and =
Strategic=20
  Planning Services<BR></STRONG>NPACH staff are available for technical=20
  assistance and strategic planning sessions. If your local agency or =
continuum=20
  of care would like to have us work with you, please contact us via =
e-mail at=20
  </FONT><A href=3D"mailto:info@npach.org"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>info@npach.org</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3> or telephone at =
(202) 714-5378.=20
  <BR>Learn more about our services by downloading this form: </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340501"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>www.npach.org/technical_assistance.pdf</FONT></A><FONT =
size=3D3>=20
  <BR><BR><BR><STRONG><U>Partner =
News<BR></U></STRONG><BR><STRONG>Community=20
  Action Partnership to Hold Annual Conference in New =
Orleans<BR></STRONG>The=20
  2005 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention will be held from =
August=20
  30 -September 2 at the New Orleans Marriott. The theme for this =
year=E2=80=99s=20
  conference is =E2=80=9CCommunity Action: Unity, Creativity, =
Vision.=E2=80=9D Please visit=20
  CAP=E2=80=99s website for more information, including all conference =
registration=20
  materials and an events schedule.<BR></FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340502"><FONT=20
  =
size=3D3>http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/events/default.asp</FO=
NT></A><FONT=20
  size=3D3> <BR><BR><STRONG>National Student Campaign Announces Annual=20
  Conference<BR></STRONG>Attend the 18th Annual Conference of the =
National=20
  Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness at Seattle University =
on=20
  November 11-13, 2005. Join 300 student activists and community members =
from=20
  across the country for a weekend filled with informative briefings, =
workshops,=20
  networking opportunities, and inspirational speakers. If you are a =
student,=20
  come hear about innovative campus programs and learn skills that will =
improve=20
  your campus organizing efforts. Conference organizers are also still =
looking=20
  for workshop presenters. For more information, call 800-664-8647, or =
visit=20
  </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340503"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>www.studentsagainsthunger.org</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3>. =
</FONT></P>
  <P align=3Dleft><FONT size=3D3><STRONG><U>SUPPORT NPACH=20
  TODAY<BR></U></STRONG><BR>The National Policy and Advocacy Council on=20
  Homelessness is dedicated to ending homelessness through grassroots=20
  partnerships with organizations around the United States. Our primary =
concern=20
  is to ensure that national homelessness policy accurately reflects the =
needs=20
  of local communities. Through education, grassroots organizing, =
research, and=20
  technical assistance, we work to bring about real change to =
homelessness=20
  policy in America.<BR><BR>You can easily make a tax-deductible =
donation online=20
  via our website: </FONT><A=20
  =
href=3D"http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=3DURLTracker&a=
mp;cmd=3Dtrack&amp;j=3D37289724&amp;u=3D340504"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>http://www.npach.org/support.htm</FONT></A><FONT =
size=3D3><BR>If you=E2=80=99d=20
  like to make another donation, contact Rob Wilbanks via e-mail, =
</FONT><A=20
  href=3D"mailto:rwilbanks@npach.org"><FONT=20
  size=3D3>rwilbanks@npach.org</FONT></A><FONT size=3D3>, or by =
telephone at (202)=20
  714-5378.<BR></FONT></P></BLOCKQUOTE>
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