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Co-Occurring and Homeless Activities Branch
SAMHSA has created the new Co-occuring and Homeless Activites branch to create a vision of systems of care for persons experiencing co-occurring disorders and persons who are homeless. Two critical ways they are working to accomplish this are by issuing grants and sponsoring other projects to advance the field. They also provide grantees and the field with state-of-the-art technical assistance to help individuals and entities to address homelessness and co-occurring disorders (COD), two public health issues that warrant significant attention.

Senate Committee Reports Spending Bill for Veterans and Housing Programs
On September 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a massive $92.9 billion spending bill (S 2825) that includes the FY 2005 budgets for the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and numerous independent agencies.

Threat to Section 8 Program Continues
The HUD Section 8 voucher program - a critical affordable housing resource for low-income people with severe mental illnesses - is currently facing twin challenges that threaten existing rent subsidies in the current fiscal year (FY 2004) and next year (FY 2005).

NAMI Offers Testimony on the 2005 Budgets for the VA and HUD
NAMI and our Veterans' Committee believe strongly that while treatment is central to recovery, it is not an end in itself. Housing and supports provided by agencies such as HUD and the VA play a critical role in this process. NAMI is therefore pleased to offer our views on the Administration's FY 2005 requests for these two cabinet level departments.

Bush Administration Proposal to Block Grant Section 8 Program Poses Threat to Housing Opportunities for Low-Income People with Mental Illnesses
The Bush Administration's proposed FY 2005 budget for HUD contains a plan to convert the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program to a block grant to be administered by Public Housing Authorities (PHAs).

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Publications
The Bazelon Center offers two particularly useful resources that may be purchased through their online store.

NAMI Housing Toolkit
A comprehensive, 62-page resource designed to help the public mental health community meet the housing needs of people with mental illnesses. (PDF, 1.2 MB -- large)

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Information, services, policy/advocacy, resources, and local programs.

National Alliance to End Homelessness
Ten-year Plan to End Homelessness, toolkit, audioconference series, profiles of model programs, local policies, and advocacy efforts, resources, online newsletter on homelessness.

National Low Income Housing Coalition
Affordability report on each jurisdiction in the U.S., advocacy guide, “The NIMBY Report” on efforts to overcome housing stigma

Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC)
Working on behalf of people with disabilities and other special needs, TAC provides information, capacity building, and technical expertise in mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable housing.

Melville Charitable Trust
Supports model services and housing programs in Connecticut, education, resources, and advocacy efforts at the state and national level.

HUD Announces 2003 SuperNOFA