FY2013 Grant Extension Requests

                                                                                          
Due to the late announcement of the FY2013 CoC Program Tier 1 & 2 renewal grants awarded under the FY2013-FY2014 CoC Program Competitions, SNAPS is providing guidance to field office staff for recipients whose CoC Program, S+C, and SHP grants expire through the second quarter of CY 2014 [January 1, '14 - June 30, '14]. This is a temporary reprogramming of funds for the term of the extension only. Approval of extension requests in no way implies that the Tier Two project will be renewed.

If funds are available and you desire to extend the grant term for any project whose expiration date ranges from January 31, 2014 through June 30, 2014, please submit a request to your CPD Rep. The renewal grant will then start at the end of the extension date.




 

HOPWA Webinar: A Discussion on Confidentiality Requirements and Issues - April 17, 2014 - 3 PM EDT


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HOPWA Webinar: A Discussion on Confidentiality Requirements and Issues - April 17, 2014 - 3 PM EDT

Host: Office of HIV/AIDS Housing
This webinar will provide a general overview of confidentiality in the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program and will introduce content from the HOPWA Confidentiality User Guide. Presenters will highlight examples related to integrating HOPWA into HMIS and confidentiality practices in rural areas. This webinar is part of the HOPWA Best Practices Training Series.
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT
Please note the correct time for your time zone!
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Presenters:
  • Benjamin L. Ayers, Community Planning and Development Specialist, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, HUD
  • Mariah Ybarra, Senior Consultant, Sound Thinking
  • Julie A. Eberbach, Associate Director, Iowa HMIS Project Lead, Institute for Community Alliances
  • Kathie Hiers, Chief Executive Officer, AIDS Alabama
This webinar is designed to:
  • Enhance knowledge about confidentiality and familiarity with the HOPWA Confidentiality User Guide.
  • Increase attention to confidentiality and prevent inadvertent disclosure.
  • Promote implementation of sound confidentiality policies, procedures, and practices among HOPWA providers.
  • Promote HOPWA integration into HMIS.


Quarterly Report



National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
April 10, 2014

Quarterly Report: Announcements and Recap 
This Quarterly Report includes a preview of key upcoming activities for advocates, as well as a review of major developments from the last quarter. Specifically, this issue reviews:
  • Preview of Capitol Hill Day 2013;  
  • Quarter one advocacy results;  
  • Upcoming congressional briefing; and 
  • Release of State of Homelessness in America 2014.  


Preview: Capitol Hill Day 2014

During the next quarter, we will begin planning Capitol Hill Day 2014, to be held in conjunction with the Alliance's National Conference on Ending Homelessness from July 29 to 31 in Washington, DC. Each year, Capitol Hill Day provides an opportunity for conference attendees to inform federal policymakers about solutions to homelessness. Attendees are able to speak first-hand about the scope of homelessness and the successful interventions being implemented in their communities - one of the most important ways to impact federal homelessness policy.

This year, Capitol Hill Day will take place on Thursday, July 31. Capitol Hill Day 2013 was yet another record-breaking success, with well over 400 participants attending over 300 congressional meetings with Members of Congress from 45 states! If you are interested in serving as a State Captain this year or in participating in Capitol Hill Day, please contact Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org! Help us make this year another one for the record books! 


Fantastic Advocacy Results from Quarter One!   

In the past few months, the Alliance has been blown away by the outpouring of advocacy activities from all of our partners across the country. During our March Letter Writing Campaign, we set the goal of sending 500 letters to Members of Congress urging them to support increased funding for HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants in FY 2015. In just over three weeks, the results were astounding! Collectively, you all took well over 700 advocacy actions, going beyond sending letters to make calls, send direct emails, create petitions, hold meetings, and much, much more.
We have already seen the fruits of these astounding efforts through the fantastic results from the Dear Colleague McKinney sign-on letters circulated in the House and Senate. The Senate Dear Colleague letter, circulated by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), calling for the Appropriations Committee to provide robust funding for McKinney programs in FY 2015, got 28 signers - just as many as last year. This was an important goal to ensure the program received the same level of support as last year. The House Dear Colleague letter, circulated by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), calling for the Committee to provide $2.405 billion for McKinney programs in FY 2015 got 89 signers - 7 more than last year and a record for the letter!

In a very difficult budget environment, in which there is only minimally more money to spend this year than last year, it was particularly important that we sent a strong message early in the federal funding process about the need for increased funding for McKinney and you all rose to the challenge! Thank you for your efforts, and well done!   


Congressional Briefing on Veteran and Chronic Homelessness 
On April 24, the Alliance will be holding a congressional briefing titled, "Finishing the Job: Ending Veteran and Chronic Homelessness" for congressional staff and national partners. The briefing will focus on the goals laid out in Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness to end veteran homelessness in 2015 and chronic homelessness in 2016. Panelists will include Administration officials, researchers, and practitioners who will discuss the great work that is being done in communities to meet these goals and some challenges that remain.

In order for this briefing to have maximum impact, we need to make sure that as many congressional staff attend as possible. Please call your Members' offices and ask staff to attend!


Here's What You Can Do:

  1. Call your Senators' and Representatives' offices and ask to speak to the person who handles housing or veterans issues.
    1. You can reach your Members' offices by calling the congressional switchboard at 202.224.3121
  2. Urge the staff person to attend the USICH/Alliance briefing on April 24 at 10:00 am.  
    1. You can provide more information to the staff person by sharing this link, or have them contact Kate Seif at cseif@naeh.org
  3. Let us know which offices you contacted and what they said!  
We have made critical progress in addressing both veteran and chronic homelessness in recent years, but there is still much work to be done. This briefing will educate congressional staff on the importance of providing sufficient resources to address the housing needs of these populations and to meet the goals laid out in Opening Doors. Please encourage your Members' staff to attend!

State of Homelessness in America Upcoming Release   
In the upcoming quarter, the Alliance will release a new report, State of Homelessness in America 2014, our annual assessment of homelessness data and other economic factors. We are planning on hosting a webinar to go over the details of the report and discuss how you can use the report to assist your advocacy and media efforts.  

Stay tuned to future Advocacy Updates and the Alliance's website for further information!