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The Southwest Coalition Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 has been CANCELLED due to pending winter weather conditions.
"Ten years ago I came to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a young homeless services provider to head up the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS). It was my dream job - one I never imagined I would have. "
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Homelessness continues to decline in the U.S, specifically among families with children, veterans, and individuals with long-term disabling conditions according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 549,928 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2016, a decline of 14 percent since 2010, the year the Obama Administration launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
During the 2018 Point-In-Time Count, the Balance of State will partner with advocates of the Central Homeless Coalition to offer the Central Homeless Connect to the homeless community in Meridian, MS. During this event, homeless participants will be able to meet with various agencies serving the homeless population, receive a meal and take a wellness bag full of daily necessity items. Vendors will ranged from health and wellness, housing, and support services.
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has just released criteria and benchmark for achieving the goal of ending chronic homelessness. The criteria and benchmark are intended to help communities build and fine-tune robust, coordinated systems to ensure that people experiencing chronic homelessness are on a path to permanent housing with tailored supportive services as quickly as possible.