Friday, March 27, 2009

U.S. Representative Young Co-Sponsors

Today, U.S. Representative C.W Bill Young signed on as a co-sponsor for the national "Calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211.)

Why is the "Calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211) needed?

Although the national 2-1-1 system has developed over the past decade through local government and United Way funding, the national 2-1-1 system lacks stable long-term financing. Because of the increasing demand and increasing visibility of 2-1-1, many 2-1-1 call centers across the United States lack the adequate telecommunications infrastructure and appropriate staff levels to establish or maintain 24-hour-a-day service and maintain complete and accurate informational databases. The Calling for 2-1-1 Act would provide the funding needed to meet these increasing needs.

What does the "calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211) do?

H.R. 211 would create a federal grant program to complete implementation of a nationwide 2-1-1 system. Specifically the bill would:
  • Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award a grant to each state to establish a program or fund an existing program which will make 2-1-1 service available to all the residents of a state with phone service.
  • Require a state match, meaning each participating state must ensure that at least 50% of the resources of the program funded by the grant will be derived from other sources.
  • Mandate that grant recipients collaborate with human service organizations to provide an exhaustive database of services with which to provide information and referral to persons utilizing the 2-1-1 service.
  • Provide $150 million for each of first two years, $100 million for the next four years, for a total of $700 million.
Thank you U.S. Representative Young for your continued support of 2-1-1!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) - Economic Stimulus

The forthcoming economic stimulus dollars will provide additional funds to communities to provide more assistance to residents as well as start some new initiatives. In the coming days, communities across the country will be informed of the new rules and regulations that accompany these new dollars. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares will stay on top of programs with additional resources to aid residents with additional stimulus dollars. You can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day to find places who will be able to help. 

For more information, below is a list of the dollars available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). These are links to the Department of Housing and Urban Developments( HUD) website. 

Friday, March 13, 2009

An Alert from the Federal Government

ALERT FROM THE

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

 

“Please be aware that the website http://bailout.hud-gov.us/ is NOT an official HUD site

and the public is warned not to use this site in order to access any HUD assistance or programs.

This is a consumer-friendly alert.”

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Internships

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has started an internship program with local colleges to give students practical work experience prior to college graduation. These opportunities range from direct work with clients, work with computer systems, and data analysis. There are opportunities for those who like to work with people and those who like to work with things.

You can find more information regarding our available Internships by visiting our website at www.211tampabay.org, going to about us section, and choosing Internships. 

Tax Time!!!

Are you or your clients thinking about paying someone to have your tax preparation done?

Did you know you can have it done for free?!?!
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has been a long term partner with the Wealth Building Coalition promoting VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) - a non profit program that works with volunteers from February to April providing FREE tax preparation with fast refund to low income people (usually income below US$42K/year - per person or per family).


Call 2-1-1 now to know where to go and what documents you must have with you to have your taxes prepared for free or visit our site http://www.211tampabay.org/ => Find Help (enter your county and the key word 'VITA' and search.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thank You to out TBIN Member Agencies

In December 2008 and January 2009, the Annual Homeless Assessment Report known as the AHAR was new for your organization and the TBIN staff. Jointly, we worked together to repair and clean-up the data from October 2007 to September 2008. This tasks was monumental, but together we achieved something wonderful.

The data has been submitted in aggregate format (only numbers with no client level detailed data) to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After careful review, HUD has determined that 3 out of the 5 sets of data we submitted are good enough to be included in their report to Congress due this spring. This is great news for our TBIN system, your organization, and our continuum of care. TBIN will be reviewing this data more often and asking you to continue this collaborative work with us to ensure that the data for next year is of better quality than this year.

TBIN took your organization on a journey of data discovery and you gladly joined us on that journey. For that and the hard work that you committed yourselves to, TBIN wants to thank you!