HUD Releases the Housing First Assessment Tool

HUD continues to encourage Continuums of Care (CoCs) and providers to implement and strengthen Housing First approaches. To support these efforts, HUD recently released the Housing First Assessment Tool. This tool builds on the work of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’s (USICH) Housing First checklist. It assists providers and CoCs to document how closely their projects align to the Housing First model. CoCs can use this tool to assess and measure a project’s progress in aligning with Housing First best practice standards, and an individual project can use this tool to identify what they are doing well and where improvements can be made. The Housing First Assessment Tool can be used as an iterative tool to track progress on implementing Housing First over time, and is a great opportunity to initiate Housing First conversations among various levels of project staff. Completion of this tool should take into account the local written standards and CoC policies related to Housing First and lowering barriers. This tool identifies Housing First best practice standards, which in some instances may be more robust than what HUD has previously stated regarding Housing First, and therefore CoCs and projects are invited to use this as a method for improvement.
The assessment standards are separated into the following categories: Access, Evaluation, Service, Housing and Leases, and Project-specific. The tool calculates which categories are applicable for the chosen project type, which include Coordinated Entry, Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and Permanent Supportive Housing.
View the CoC Responsibilities and Duties toolkit to access the Housing First Assessment Tool and other resources related to CoC governance and structure. Companion documents are coming soon.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Homelessness Update

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TELL YOUR SENATORS TO PROTECT MEDICAID
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The Senate is making a final push to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This latest proposal makes huge cuts to Medicaid and fundamentally restructures the program.

Medicaid is essential to the fight to end homelessness. It enables people experiencing homelessness to treat physical and mental health needs, and it pays for permanent supportive housing services. It also prevents people in poverty from experiencing medical or financial crises which may lead to homelessness.

The next week will be crucial to protecting these resources. The Senate only has until September 30th to pass this bill, and it will only take 3 additional Senators to reject these cuts. Your calls can make the difference. Together, we can send a message that your Senator needs to:
  • Vote NO on any healthcare bill that cuts, caps, or block grants Medicaid, or phases out the Medicaid expansion in any way.
  • Commit to protecting coverage guarantees and service affordability for people escaping homelessness, including services for people with severe health or mental health conditions, and those recovering from substance abuse disorders.
  
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NEW TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
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RRH for Youth Webinar: The next online meeting of the Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Learning Community will take place Thursday, September 28th at 2:00pm EDT. Expert youth RRH providers will discuss the challenges and rewards of implementing Housing First and harm reduction for young people. Register now!

New Tools: Ending youth homelessness requires the perspectives of young people who have lived the experience. That’s why the Alliance partnered with True Colors Fund (TCF) to sponsor the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (NYFH). TCF and NYFH have launched a new Youth Collaboration Toolkit to help communities create more effective partnerships with young people to end youth homelessness. (You can learn about implementing the toolkit at the 40 to None Summit in Philly next month. There’s still time to register!)

New Communities: The most recent 100-Day Challenges to End Youth Homelessness provided a great example of the power of partnering with young people. Our partners at Rapid Results Institute and A Way Home America have announced the new wave of 100-Day Challenge communities. Congratulations Sioux Falls (SD), Gulfport (MS), Marion County (OR), Mendocino County (CA), and Franklin (ME)!
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NEW REPORT SHOWCASES THE POWER OF TRANSATLANTIC EXCHANGE
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The exchange of knowledge and practice is essential for communities working to end homelessness. But the opportunities for learning exist beyond our nation's borders.

The newly-released Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2017 report brings together learnings and reflections from professionals in US and UK homeless services, who spent up to two weeks hosted in each other's countries.

The Exchange plays an invaluable role for participants, hosts, and their communities in the effort to end homelessness in the US. We extend our gratitude to the Oak Foundation and our partners at Homeless Link for making it possible for the Exchange to better inform improvement in homeless systems and practices.

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UPCOMING WEBINARS
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Monday, September 25, 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
Ending Unsheltered Family Homelessness in Washington State - 
This Webinar, hosted by the Community Action Partnership, will examine how 100 Day Challenges were used to galvanize local efforts to significant reduce (and in one case end) unsheltered homelessness among families. Register here.

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST 
​Connecting Youth Experiencing Homelessness to Employment: Policy, Programs & Practice - Join the Alliance and our partners at Heartland Alliance to discuss policy and systems approaches, program models, and best practices aimed at helping youth experiencing homelessness access and succeed in employment. Register here.

Thursday, September 28, 2:00 - 3:30 EST
Community Action Agencies Ending Homelessness at the State Level - 
This final installment of the Community Action Partnership Decreasing Family Homelessness Learning Collaborative Webinar Series will examine how Nebraska and Maryland are working to end homelessness, and the role of Community Action Agencies. Register here. 
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They've Heard From Us. Now, Make Sure They Hear From You
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This week, the Alliance hosted a Congressional briefing to highlight the incredible progress towards ending homelessness across the country. House and Senate staffers heard from Alliance partners about their successes to date, and their needs to keep the progress moving forward. Now Congress needs to hear your voice too, especially as the Senate is once […]
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Congress is Back to Work. You Have a Role.
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Now that Congress has returned from their August break, they've turned their attention toward the work in front of them for the fall. The Alliance is staying plugged into the developments on Capitol Hill and continuing to make sure Congress knows how their decisions will impact the most vulnerable Americans. We'll keep you updated as […]
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Housing is the Common Ground
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Written by Guest blogger, Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco; Chief Medical Consultant at Mercy Housing In recent months, the intense healthcare debate has often centered around our individual values: how much autonomy should we have to control our healthcare finances? How do we meet our responsibility to care for people who live […]
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