Save the Date: December 14 ISMICC Press Conference and Virtual Public Meeting


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Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Will Release Report to Congress

Press Conference | Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 9–10 a.m. Eastern Time 
Members of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) will discuss the recommendations in their first Report to Congress in a press conference on December 14, 2017. The findings and recommendations in the ISMICC report have the potential to spur federal action to revolutionize behavioral health care by increasing access, quality, and affordability of care.
Registration is required for in-person attendance at the press conference. Contact ismicc@samhsa.hhs.gov by December 12, 2017, to RSVP. For more information, visit SAMHSA's ISMICC webpage.
Virtual Public Meeting | Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 10:30 a.m– 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Members of the public can attend the open, public portion of the ISMICC meeting via telephone or webcast. The meeting can be accessed via webcast on the HHS Live Stream channel. To obtain the call-in number and access code or request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Pamela Foote, Designated Federal Official at ismicc@samhsa.hhs.gov.

NCHV Response to Secretary Shulkin’s Statement on VA Homeless Funding

NCHV Response to Secretary Shulkin’s Statement on VA Homeless Funding
Clarity needed to ensure services for America's most vulnerable veterans continue
While NCHV applauds Secretary Shulkin’s decision not to change homeless funding at this time, we hope VA will clarify what this statement means. Veterans, VAMCs, Housing Authorities, affordable housing developers, and other homeless service providers across the country need concrete assurance that HUD-VASH case management funding for FY 2018 will remain designated as special purpose funding. As VA evaluates how to best target homeless programs funding, it is imperative that funds available for case management of HUD-VASH residents remain distributed in proportion to the geographic distribution of vouchers to ensure these veterans can retain their housing and access any additional supports needed.
To see Secretary Shulkin's statement, click here.

CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of December 5, 2017, have been posted to HUD Exchange.
These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.

CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:
{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.
Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.

2017 PIT: Geographic Variations Affect Results This Year



2017 Point-in-Time Estimates Show Significant Geographical Variations in Our Progress Toward Ending Homelessness

By Matthew Doherty, Executive Director
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its report summarizing the data from communities' 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) counts, reporting a mix of results. The estimates provided by this data indicate there was continued progress in many parts of the country, but finds indications of stalled progress or significant increases in some communities. Further, the data documents important progress in ending homelessness for families with children, but stalled progress for Veterans, and significant increases for people with disabilities who are experiencing chronic homelessness. These results appear to have been impacted significantly by limited supply and increasing rents in many large urban areas across the country.

Estimates
 
The estimates for different populations experiencing homelessness include:
  • The estimate of the total number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night was 553,742 people. This represented an increase for the first time in seven years - up a little less than 1% (or 3,814 people) - after declining 14% between 2010 and 2016. This increase is driven entirely by a 9% increase in unsheltered homelessness.
  • The number of families with children experiencing homelessness was reduced by 5% (or 3,294 households) between 2016 and 2017, contributing to an encouraging 27% reduction between 2010 and 2017.
  • Estimated homelessness among Veterans ticked up slightly - by 1.5% or 585 Veterans - stalling the 47% reduction in Veteran homelessness between 2010 and 2016.
  • The number of individuals estimated to be experiencing chronic homelessness went up by 12% (or 9,476 individuals), after declining 27% between 2010 and 2016, which appears to be both driven by worsening conditions and by efforts in many communities to more accurately determine which people meet the definition of chronic homelessness.
  • There were an estimated 40,799 unaccompanied youth under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness. This number will serve as the baseline for assessing progress on youth homelessness within the PIT counts in the years ahead.
Regional Variations   
There is a great deal of local and regional variation in the data this year, with a small number of communities having a large impact on the national totals and with continued indications of progress in much of the country.
  • 60% of Continuums of Care (237 CoCs) reported that they had reduced total homelessness, while 40% (162 CoCs) reported increases.
  • 30 states and the District of Columbia reported that they had reduced total homelessness, while 20 states reported increases.  
  • The increase in homelessness nationwide has been driven primarily by increases in unsheltered homelessness among individuals in some communities, especially along the west coast, that are facing significant challenges within their rental markets. For example, if we remove the data from just a few high cost / low vacancy rental markets that reported large increases, the rest of the country reported an estimated 3% reduction in total homelessness, a 7% reduction in homelessness among families with children, a 6% reduction in homelessness among Veterans, and a smaller increase of 4% in chronic homelessness.
But we also know that we can't overlook the challenging issues within many parts of the country that this data documents. It is clear to us that many of the forces that appear to be driving increases in homelessness in some communities cannot be solved by the agencies and programs dedicated to ending homelessness alone. High costs and low vacancy rates are putting more people at risk of entering homelessness - and are making it harder and harder for people to find housing as they strive to exit homelessness.  
Addressing those challenges requires a broader, community-wide response, engaging the efforts of many different jurisdictions, systems, agencies, and sectors. Otherwise, our homelessness services systems will be increasingly bottlenecked by the lack of housing in which people can afford to live. We're seeing such bottlenecks forming already in some communities.

Next Steps 
As we pursue the necessary, longer-term solutions, we'll be immediately focused on next steps in the following areas:
  • We'll be delving further into all of the data about housing needs and homelessness. The PIT count is just one of the data sources we use to understand homelessness and housing needs nationwide and in communities across America. We also look to HUD's Homeless Management Information System and Worst Case Housing Needs data, as well as data gathered by schools for the Department of Education. Once all of those reports are released, we will provide a more comprehensive analysis of trends over the last year.
  • We'll continue to identify and advance the strategies that are driving the greatest progress. When able to be scaled up to match the scale of need,Housing First-oriented systems are working to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in communities throughout the country. Since 2015, 57 communities and 3 entire states have ended Veteran homelessness, and we've seen that momentum sustained in 2017. In the last month alone, Atlanta, the Greater Kansas City region, Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, and Delaware County, PA, have achieved the goal.
  • We'll be using this data and information to strengthen the federal strategic plan. This data provides a continued call to action for the need to strengthen our efforts moving forward, including the need for more actions to address the challenges the lack of housing that people can afford are creating.Within our planned revised federal strategic plan, we'll be striving to identify and implement strategies to increase the supply of housing that is affordable to people at a wide range of income levels.
At the same time, we will continue to support and champion the communities around the country that are continuing to work hard and make progress toward the end of homelessness. Because we cannot thrive as a country unless everyone - in all of our communities - can thrive.
As always, we thank you for your dedication to making sure every American has a safe and stable home.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 301 7th St. SW, Suite 2080, Washington, DC 20407

Homelessness Update

HUD RELEASES 2017 ANNUAL HOMELESS ASSESSMENT REPORT
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HUD’s newly-released 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress finds that on a single night in 2017, 553,742 people experienced homelessness. This represents an increase of less than one percent over last year, and is the first increase in total homelessness since 2010.

Despite the overall increase, the report also shows that the majority of states and communities in the nation reported decreases in homelessness. In fact, current levels of homelessness remain two percent lower than they were in 2015, and 13 percent lower than in 2010.

The report finds a 12 percent rise in unsheltered homelessness, with the largest increases in major cities. It also details small increases among homeless veterans – despite significant decreases for the past several years.
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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2018 TRANSATLANTIC PRACTICE EXCHANGE
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The Alliance and our partners in the United Kingdom are now accepting applications for the 2018 Transatlantic Practice Exchange.

The Exchange aims to develop future leaders in the homelessness sector and establish transatlantic good practice connections. Five participants each from the US and UK will be selected to spend up to two weeks with a homelessness organization in their peer country to explore a practice area of interest.

Applications are open now, and will be accepted through Tuesday, December 19. Check out the Alliance's website for more information on the Exchange, suggested topics for perspective applicants to explore, and how to apply.
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Rapid ReHousing for Youth Learning Community returns
Tuesday, December 19
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Join us for the final online meeting of the 2017 RRH for Youth Learning Community on Tuesday, December 19 at 2:00 pm EST.

We'll wrap up this year's efforts by featuring the work of young leaders who are guiding coordinated community responses to youth homelessness and helping to create youth RRH programs!
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homeless persons’ memorial day is december 21
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Each December, on the longest night of the year, advocates gather for National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. The National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board, and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council encourage communities to host public events on or near December 21, to remember your neighbors who have died homeless in the past year.

Anyone can coordinate an event, including advocates, service providers, organizations, homeless and formerly homeless individuals/families, religious leaders, city representatives, students, and concerned citizens.
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from the blog
Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
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Part II: Why Every Community Should Apply for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (even if they don't intend to submit)
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Written by guest blogger, Matthew Aronson. This is the second in a two-part series, exploring the upcoming Notice of Funding Availability for the FY 2017 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. Part 1 can be found here. If asked when an agency will make an unpublished grant notice public, federal officials often respond with a hopeful "soon," "imminently," […]
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Why Every Community Should Apply for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (even if they don't intend to submit)
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Written by guest blogger, Matthew Aronson. This is the first in a two-part series, exploring the upcoming Notice of Funding Availability for the FY 2017 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program As you may know, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will soon publish its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY 2017 Youth […]
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Not Out of the Woods Yet: State Waivers Threaten Medicaid Expansion
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This blog is written in collaboration with Families USA. One of the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the expansion of health coverage to low-income individuals and families through Medicaid. The ACA extends Medicaid eligibility to childless adults with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. This helps […]
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