March 20, 2014
We Count, California! Improving Youth Inclusion in the 2015 Point-in-Time Homeless Count

Hidden in plain sight, youth have been historically overlooked and undercounted in local, state, and federal efforts to enumerate the homeless population. But efforts to better understand the prevalence of youth homelessness are underway, as 2013 marked the first year the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) required communities to include unaccompanied minors and transition age youth in their Point-in-Time (PIT) counts of homeless individuals.

Following our report on promising practices and common challenges faced by California communities in counting unaccompanied homeless youth, our team from the University of California, Berkeley and California Homeless Youth Project is now offering a series of free one-day regional trainings across California in anticipation of the 2015 PIT count.

Members of the local Continuum of Care involved in PIT count planning, youth service providers, and McKinney-Vento school district liaisons are invited to attend a regional convening in which participants will:

·         Explore how to incorporate promising practices and overcome common barriers in counting homeless youth during the Point-in-Time count

·         Collaborate with local and regional partners to exchange ideas and build capacity

·         Develop initial plans for youth-inclusive or youth-focused 2015 PIT counts

·         Discuss the importance of better data on homeless youth, and its impact on programs and policy at the local, state, and national level

Travel stipends are available to support participation in the convening.

Following the training series, communities will have the opportunity to apply for seed grants to implement youth-focused initiatives in their 2015 counts.

For more information, please contact Coco Auerswald (, Jess Lin (; 415.326.6103), and Laura Petry (

We look forward to working together to move the needle forward around this issue!


April 18, 2012
Proposed Increase for McKinney-Vento Funding

Yesterday, April 17, 2012, the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies voted on a draft proposal for fiscal year 2013 appropriations. The draft proposal includes funding for many affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs. The bill includes the largest one year increase in HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. The proposal is 80 million less than what was requested by the president, but still represents a significant increase over FY 2012, which may have implications in helping homeless youth pursue their education. Follow the link for more information about the proposal and other affordable housing programs that were included.


April 2, 2012
Act to change definition of homeless youth

Currently children who are living in motels and couch surfing are not classified as homeless within HUD’s definition. Meanwhile the Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services do classify those youth to be homeless. The Homeless Children and Youth Act, HR 32 would amend HUD’s definition of homeless children and youth to include many that qualify for services and aren’t receiving them. This act would increase youth and families eligibility for services under these four programs or laws: Head Start, the Runaway Youth Act, the McKinny-Vento act governing education, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education act.


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March 28, 2012
HUD’s new LGBT housing rule

Earlier this month, HUD published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. The rule creates a new regulatory provision that generally prohibits considering a person’s marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity (a person’s internal sense of being male or female) in making housing assistance available. Now lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are guaranteed equal access to all housing and shelters.  
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said, “HUD is working to ensure that our housing programs are open to all” and that the rule states “clearly and unequivocally that LGBT individuals and couples have a right to live where they chose.”

Access to the final rule document and webinar can be found on HUD’s page at: Or you can watch the webinar through youtube at: http://,


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March 12, 2012
HUD Secretary Discusses Trans Issues at White House Conference

See the full text of his remarks above.

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