Maximizing Historic Stimulus to Solve Homelessness & Support Vulnerable Communities

The American Rescue Plan and other federal resources present leaders like you across America with a historic opportunity to both prevent and transform homelessness while eliminating racial inequities in your community. Join our webinar featuring Barbara Poppe and Matthew Doherty, former executive directors of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, together with Ann Oliva, former career federal official at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, to learn how your community can seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive historic progress on homelessness and racial equity in 2021 and beyond.

Webinar Topics:

  • Use the billions of dollars in new allocations to create housing across your region
  • Strategically deploy housing resources to help the most vulnerable in your community
  • Understand how to target federal and local resources coming in 2021 to combat homelessness and racial inequity in your community
  • Embrace a new approach to advocacy and collaboration needed to connect those in need with transformative resources

Special Guest Speakers:

    Matthew Doherty (Former Exec. Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (2015-2019))
    Ann Oliva (Former Federal Career Official, U.S. Dept. Housing & Urban Development (2007-2017))
    Barbara Poppe (Former Exec. Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (2009-2014))

Presentation Material:

American Rescue Plan Act


The American Rescue Plan: Using Historic Stimulus to Transform the Eviction Crisis, Homelessness & Poverty

Communities like yours across America are in a scramble about how to strategically deploy historic stimulus from the American Rescue Act to impact families in need within the coming weeks and months…But will your community maximize these new resources?

We invite your community to enroll in our upcoming 6-Week American Rescue Plan Training Intensive Program, designed to help your community cease this “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to transform homelessness, the eviction crisis, and poverty across your region in 2021 and beyond…Enrollment is now open. The weekly live training will commence on May 12.

The program contains 6 weekly modules to help your community understand how to create collaborative new strategies to target historic stimulus and other resources to those impacted by homelessness and poverty. Each week, your team will receive one training video featuring experts on housing and homelessness, an hour-long coaching session with your team, and breaking news updates.

For more details on pricing and weekly modules, access the Program Overview below:
6-Week American Rescue Plan Training Intensive

Guest Speakers:

    Barbara Poppe, Former Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
    Jennifer Loving, President & CEO, Destination: Home
    Senta Gorrie, Associate Director of Eviction Prevention, Virginia DHCD

Additional Resources:

PPT Slide

American Rescue Plan Act:
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (U.S. Congress)
The Housing Equity Framework
American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet (U.S. Treasury)

Reducing Food Insecurity:
American Rescue Plan Fact Sheet – U.S. Department of Agriculture Provisions (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

Healthcare Assistance:
Fact Sheet: The American Rescue Plan: Reduces Health Care Costs, Expands Access to Insurance Coverage and Addresses Health Care Disparities (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)

Medical Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act (Kaiser Family Foundation)

APA Praises Inclusion of Mental Health Funding and Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (American Psychiatry Association)

What’s in the American Rescue Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine And Other Public Health Efforts (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Other Assistance:
American Rescue Plan Act Will Help Millions and Bolster the Economy (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Housing Aid:
American Rescue Act Provisions Summary (NLIHC)
Help Is On The Way! The American Rescue Plan Act Becomes Law (National Alliance to End Homelessness)

Emergency Rental Assistance Program:
Senate Democrats’ Estimate of Emergency Rental Assistance Allocations for States & Localities
ERA List of Eligible Local Governments (U.S. Treasury)

Homelessness Assistance:
Home Formula Grantees & Allocations (HUD)
American Rescue Plan Act: Estimated Allocations of Homeless Assistance Grants ($5 Billion) (NLIHC)

Emergency Housing Vouchers:
House Passes $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan; President Signed It into Law (NAHRO)

Virginia Rent Relief Program:
Virginia Rent Relief Program Overview
Property Owner Certification of Voluntary Tenant Vacancy

Other Additional Resources:
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Website
NLIHC’s report on Best Practices for Creating ERA Programs (PDF)
Housing Provisions in Emergency COVID-19 Relief Package (PDF)
FAQ’s: Emergency Rental Assistance (PDF)
Estimated Allocations for Emergency Rental Assistance from Proposed Relief Bill (PDF)
Where to Prioritize Emergency Rental Assistance to Keep Renters in Their Homes (Urban Institute)


The 2021 Eviction Crisis: Is Your Community Prepared?

About 900 leaders across America have registered for our webinar…Please join them along with new guest speaker Diane Yentel, President & CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, to learn how leaders like you can take action now to prevent homelessness & eviction in your community this year.

Congress recently extended the federal moratorium until the end of January and allocated $25 billion in rent relief to prevent thousands of families in communities like yours across America from losing their homes in 2021.

With this in mind, register for our webinar tomorrow where we will share how your community can leverage new stimulus dollars and develop data-driven strategies to prevent widespread eviction and homelessness in the months ahead.

Webinar Topics:

  • NEW TOPIC: Utilize new federal stimulus resources to support your community’s eviction crisis response
  • Understand how a COVID-19 resurgence could impact your community’s ability to help households facing eviction
  • Use cutting-edge data to identify and target resources to vulnerable populations and minorities at the greatest risk of eviction in your area
  • Create new collaborations with the government and landlords to keep your citizens housed and off your streets next year

Special Guest Speaker:

    Diane Yentel - President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Additional Resources:

PPT Slide

6-Week Eviction Prevention Program PDF


How Business Chamber Leaders Can Solve Panhandling & Homelessness

In this webinar, we will share innovative new strategies on how to address homelessness-related issues like panhandling and Public Space Management, and we will explain how business leaders can find solutions to panhandling.

Topics of Discussion:

  • How business leaders can help impact and solve the growing problem of panhandling in their communities
  • How business leaders can work with elected officials and law enforcement to control infringements on public spaces
  • Modern ways business leaders can combine compassionate programs that help the homeless with common-sense best practices on public safety

Guest Speaker:

    Jacob V. Stuart, Sr. - President of Stuart & Stuart, Former President of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce (Orlando, Florida)

Additional Resources:

PPT Slide

“Housing Not Handcuffs” – National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (2018) PDF

“The Cost of Long-Term Homelessness in Central Florida” Report (2014) PDF

Rethinking Homelessness Partnership Programs PDF


How a United Way Can Partner with Business Leaders to Solve Homelessness

This is an invitation-only presentation for CEO’s and other top leaders in United Way organizations who want to solve homelessness in their communities.

Most communities are working hard to solve problems related to homelessness. But while many of these communities are still searching for lasting solutions, some United Ways have implemented strategies that actually change homelessness in their cities. This presentation will tell you how to create a partnership with your local business community to drive meaningful solutions to homelessness.

Topics to be Discussed:

  • How a United Way can create business-led, high-impact initiatives on homelessness
  • How business leaders, in partnership with a United Way, can bring together philanthropy, the faith community, and civic leaders to impact homelessness
  • How a United Way can partner with leaders to create prolific funding for community-wide homelessness initiatives
  • How a United Way can harness local media to build momentum for ending homelessness

Special Guests:

    Kathleen Cannon - CEO, United Way of Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
    Sue Parks - CEO, Orange County United Way (Irvine, California)
    Carla Jasa - COO, Orange County United Way (Irvine, California) 

Host and Facilitator:

    Andrae Bailey - CEO, Rethinking Homelessness, Org. (Orlando, Florida) 

Additional Links:

7 Steps to Solving Homelessness in Your Community PDF