Homelessness in the U.S. Continues to Decline

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.

2018 East Central Homeless Connect

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.

Criteria and Benchmark for Achieving the Goal of Ending Chronic Homelessness

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.

Christian Services’ March for Meals – March 5th

Christian Services of Hattiesburg, MS is sponsoring a March For Meals 5K, Walk or Rock benefiting their Meals on Wheels Program. The race  will happen Saturday, March 5, 2016. Registration starts at 7:00 AM 301 E. Second Street, Hattiesburg, MS . The race starts at 8:00 AM. For more information, contact Catherine Jorns (catherine@christianserve.org) at 601-528-5683 or visit http://www.christianserve.org. Registration All participants can … Continue reading Christian Services’ March for Meals – March 5th

Defining Chronically Homeless: Final Rule

HUD is making changes to the definition of chronic homelessness. This final rule establishes the definition of “chronically homeless” that will be used in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, and in the Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development (CPD) Programs. This definition has been the subject of significant public comment which has guided HUD in establishing the definition of “chronically homeless” that will be used in its homeless assistance programs.