USICH stands for United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. Nothing on their page will tell you that, unless you hover over the tab in your internet browser. I literally had to Google it.
I am hoping that, as an agency , they are better at their job than they are at getting their name out there. I found them through a link on the Department of Labor site.
Their Inventory of Programs that MAY Assist Homeless Families with Children is TWO YEARS OLD. #FAIL again. With the economy and funding issues that have closed so many of the services in my neighborhood - or limited their scope, I was hoping to find a more recent roster and service directory. Please don't use the Table of Contents to guide you through the book - it is not correct. TANF was listed as being on page 64 but is actually on page 73. Not only that but they don't know how many families without housing access the services. Since I work in GAIN which is the new and improved California version of TANF called CalWORKS: I am alarmed.
Known level of participation of homeless families:The federal government does not collect data on the number of homeless families who access TANF, nor does the federal government require that states collect this data. However, HHS is currently conducting a survey to determine if states are collecting data about the housing status of TANF applicants and recipients
I learned something else today - that TANF goals are "
(2) End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage; (3) Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-ofwedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies; and (4) Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families
How can you put out a book on services that MAY assist homeless families. How can you publish listings in that guidebook where the fact of service to individuals and families who are homeless is UNKNOWN!?!?!? Seriously?
BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE (BRAC)
Known impediments for homeless families: There are no statutory or regulatory impediments to assess by homeless families to assistance and services.
Number of Families Served Annually:Family demographic data not collected in this program
and on and on and on