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Friday news roundup 12/12/14


 Architects designed a five-story structure and an overhaul of a 1926 YMCA building in Los Angeles to provide 49 affordable housing units for youths leaving foster care. (Courtesy of Eric Staudenmaier)

Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed an omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) that will provide funding for HUD and several other departments of the federal government through September 30, 2015. The Senate began consideration of the bill today and is expected to approve it by tomorrow, when the current continuing resolution expires.

Late yesterday HUD posted a contingency plan to provide guidance for PHAs in the event of a lapse in appropriations. You can download it as a Word document or a PDF, but it's not likely that the plan will be needed now.

Jacobin: An inadequate estimate of the scope of homelessness

NHC: Progress in ending veterans homelessness

NLHA: Scholarship program for residents of federally assisted rental housing or HCV recipients

NLIHC: Report shows child homelessness at an all-time high

Rooflines: Vouchers are helping children avoid concentrated poverty

Rooflines: Moving from debate to productive dialogue

Washington Post: Affordable housing design doesn't have to be boring