While much attention, resources, education and funding are being directed towards addressing the impacts of the opioid epidemic across the nation, the Spring 2019 issue of Healing Hands set out to provide more information around other, non-opioid substances widely used by people experiencing homelessness.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of funds for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. Funds are available for supportive services grants for new and existing grantees. The Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) provides details on the application process, including:
Housing America’s Older Adults provides an overview of the need for housing for seniors that are experiencing or at risk of experiencing housing instability. According to the report, in the last five years, the U.S. population age 50 and over has increased by 10.5 million people, and 55 percent of households are headed by someone over the age of 50. The majority of older adults live on a fixed income which limits the amount of money they have to spend on housing costs.
Key findings from the report include:
A new analysis published by CSH titled, Supportive Housing & Healthcare Utilization Outcomes State of the Literature, outlines the scope of twenty-five studies published between 2002 and 2017 that make connections between housing and the health needs of vulnerable populations. This report was created with the intent of informing supportive housing and healthcare providers with the overarching details and findings across the studies which report on housing as healthcare.
Understanding and Eliminating Barriers Imposed on Homeless Job Seekers addresses the importance of collecting data from multiple locations and sources, and how an intersectional analysis can influence policy reform. As stated by the report, “the disaggregation of data is critical to understanding the disparate experiences of homelessness within our community, and guiding efforts to reform practices, improve policies, and create an equitable system.”