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The Homeless Advisory Board was established by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners on May 1, 2007. ( See resolution and amendment. ) The Board’s mission is the development of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness as conceived by HUD; “leading a collaborative planning process to design, execute, and evaluate programs, policies and practices to prevent and end homelessness.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to present to Congress the 2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). This is the third report in a series of reports on homelessness in the United States and the first to be based on a full year of Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data reported by communities across the country. This 2007 report will provide a baseline for measuring changes in homelessness from one year to the next. The reports respond to a series of Congressional directives beginning with the FY 2001 HUD Appropriations Act. In that year, Congress directed HUD to assist communities in implementing local HMIS and required every jurisdiction to begin client-level reporting within three years. Senate Report 106-410 noted that HMIS data could be used to develop an unduplicated count of homeless people and to analyze the use and effectiveness of homelessness assistance services. To that end, Congress further charged HUD with collecting and analyzing HMIS data from a representative sample of communities in order to understand the nature and extent of homelessness across the nation.

The Co-Occurring and Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB) second issue of its Bi-Monthly Newsletter.

What will most help homeless people reenter the fabric of society? Some say the answer is right there in the question: a home. In this PBS video, NOW investigates a program that secures apartments for the long-term homeless, even if they haven't kicked their bad habits. If you think that sounds crazy, think again. Advocates say this approach reduces costs, encourages self-help and counseling participation, and restores self-esteem. The evidence seems to be with them, and the program is spreading to hundreds of cities across the country. NOW follows a man nicknamed 'Footie' who invited us to see this idea in action in New York City. To view video please go to:

The Handbook provides direction to mental health, criminal justice, housing and other agencies interested in working together to address housing needs. Specifically, the Handbook: • explains why housing is a critical element; • describes the obstacles of individuals with justice involvement and mental illness in locating housing; • introduces a number of successful housing strategies and models for individuals with justice involvement and mental illness; and • provides a step by step guide to successfully incorporating housing players and resources into a planning process.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released this report on the ADA and integrated housing opportunities for people with mental illness. This report is designed to provide guidance and thought leadership to nationwide stakeholders about how the ADA has been and can be used in the future to create supported housing for individuals with mental illnesses who are needlessly institutionalized or at risk of needless institutionalization. The report describes what the ADA's integration mandate and the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision require, how they have promoted the development of supported housing for individuals with mental illnesses, what supported housing should look like, and how investment in supported housing will help states comply with their legal obligation to administer services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

In this report, recommendations for reducing homelessness in our state are addressed. This report also summarizes the extent of homelessness and characteristics of those men, women, and children who are without a home.

Leveraging Housing Interventions that Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs

Housing First—Planning and implementation of permanent supportive housing for individuals who are homeless with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder involved in the criminal justice system. The Power Point was made by Dr. Sam Tsemberis, Founder of Housing First, corresponding to the quarterly conference call held on December 12, 2016.