Please visit our site to view our monthly HMIS report cards.  These will be implemented and enforced on 7/1/14.  Thanks to those of you that collaborated and participated in our numerous meetings/trainings pertaining to this project (especially Sam)!

For those of you seeking additional information regarding our monthly HMIS report card, please contact our HMIS Program Liaison, Samantha Just, at or 
410-887-5968 to join us at one of the future meetings listed below.  

Data Management Committee Meeting (7/3, 10:30am)
-seating is full for this meeting
-conference call & web only

HMIS Report Card Review (7/8, 11:30am)
-seating is limited; first come, first serve by appointment request w/Sam
-conference call & web available

Jason Burns, MCSE
HMIS System Administrator
Baltimore County Dept of Planning
105 W Chesapeake Ave, Ste 201
Towson, Maryland 21204
Office Ph: (410) 887-5968

*Submit ALL inquiries / requests to our Support Portal at:

Early Conference Registration Closing, Volunteer Opportunities Available

May 6, 2014    

ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro

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Early Conference Registration Closing, Volunteer Opportunities Available

Early registration for the Alliance's 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will close at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 13. At that time, the early registration rate of $500 per person will expire, and the registration fee will increase to the regular rate of $550. Online registration is scheduled to run to Monday, July 7, but may close early if the event reaches capacity. Register today to ensure your spot and take advantage of the early rate.
The Alliance is also still accepting applications for its conference volunteer program, but positions are limited and are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals who volunteer at the conference will receive complimentary conference registration. To learn more about volunteering for the conference, visit the volunteer page of the conference website and contact the Alliance's Conference Associate Jaime Colman at

House Budget Committee Holds Hearing on Poverty
Last Wednesday, April 30, the House Budget Committee held a hearing titled "A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines," during which committee members heard firsthand accounts of the challenges facing communities struggling with poverty. Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) opened the hearing by proposing that, although the government should play a role in ending poverty and safety nets are necessary, economic growth and smarter investments in effective poverty-reducing programs are also critical.
During the hearing, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, advised the committee that social programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and housing assistance must be robustly funded if we are to the continue the progress the nation has made toward reducing poverty. She urged members of the Budget Committee to hear from people who are served by anti-poverty programs before deciding how to improve investments in such programs.

On Thursday, May 1, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released new HMIS Data Standards that will allow for standardized data collection on homeless households across systems. The release comprises two documents: the HMIS Data Dictionary, which is intended for HMIS vendors and system administrators, and the HMIS Data Manuel, which has a broader audience. The standards will go into effect on October 1, 2014.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has said the rental market in the U.S. is undergoing 'the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.' In this post, we take a look at how renters in the U.S. are burdened by the cost of their housing.
Keys to High Performance: Funders and Providers
In this post, the third in our "Keys to High Performance" blog series, we look at funders and providers. Providers, especially those that are changing their programs to improve their performance, need funders that will be supportive if they decide to change their business models to better meet the community's goals, vision, and outcomes.

[MARHMIS] RE: MARHMIS May 12th Agenda Topics

Hello MARHMIS Members,
For those that have already registered, Thank you. For those that have not registered for our May 12th session, I have corrected the meeting time which was incorrect in the last email. Please click the link below to register for the online meeting.

Abram Hillson
Director of HMIS
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
P.O Box 18550
Trenton, New Jersey 08650-2085
Phone: 609-278-7567
Fax: 609-278-4173

 MARHMIS Webinar 05/12/2014
Join us for a Webinar on May 12
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
MidAlantic Homeless Management Information Systems BI-Monthly Conference

MARHMIS Webinar 05/12/2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

<![if !supportLists]>·       <![endif]>10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introductions - (Susan Starrett)

<![if !supportLists]>·         <![endif]>10:10-10:30 Update on NHSDC Conference - (Member – Open Discussion)     
Members that attended the NHSDC conference to provide update on what was presented.

  • 10:30-12:00  HUD New Data Standards – (Member – Open Discussion)
Members to discuss various aspects of the New Data Standards

  • -12:15 BREAK
  • 12:15-12:30 Re-occurring agenda item: software solution providers.  (Vendors)

  • 12:30-1:00 Committee Reports & Discussion
    • Agenda (Abram Hillson)
    • Data Committee (Kelly Blechertas)
    • Ad Hoc HEARTH Rules Committee

REMINDER: Members anything that is distributed to the group via the 'listserv' is accessible by members and non-members online. 

Abram Hillson
Director of HMIS
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
P.O Box 18550
Trenton, New Jersey 08650-2085
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HUD Publishes FY 2014 HOME Match Reductions

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HUD Publishes FY 2014 HOME Match Reductions

HUD has published the FY 2014 HOME Match Reductions which includes match reductions granted for FY 2014 due to fiscal distress, severe fiscal distress, and Presidential disaster declarations. For those PJs with both fiscal distress and Presidential disaster match reductions, the PJ may take the higher match reduction for the current fiscal year.
Guidance on HOME Match and historical match data is available on the HOME Match page.

At the NCHV Annual Conference!

At the NCHV Annual Conference 
25 Cities Initiative, Public Policy Forum, Awards Banquet among the highlights!

The VA 25 Cities Initiative will be featured at the NCHV Annual Conference, May 28-30, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel inWashington,D.C.Service providers will be able to learn how to become fully involved in their city's coordinated community assessment and housing placement systems.
Participants in the 25 Cities Initiative – Atlanta • Baltimore • Boston • Chicago • Denver • Detroit • Fresno • Honolulu • Houston • Las Vegas • Los Angeles • Miami • New Orleans • New York City • Orlando • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Portland • Riverside • San Diego • San Francisco • Seattle • Tampa • Tucson • Washington, DC   
The Annual Membership Meeting and Public Policy Forums will offer attendees an up-close look at priorities in the NCHV Policy Strategic Plan, and the opportunity to weigh in on issues that will impact the transition from the "rescue mission" to the "prevention mission" in the campaign to end veteran homelessness. Increasing access to affordable housing, employment and health services are all on the table. And we will discuss the local angle to national policy issues – this is where service providers can be the most impactful in the advocacy arena.
During the NCHV Annual Awards Banquet the evening of May 29, The Home Depot Foundation and NCHV will present the first Peter Dougherty Award for Veteran Supportive Housing, named for the former VA Director of Homeless Programs and chief advisor to seven Secretaries of Veterans Affairs. Dougherty, now Sheriff of Jefferson County, West Virginia, will help present the award. The recipient organization will receive a $50,000 grant from the Foundation to honor its contribution to creating supportive housing for homeless veterans and their families.
We will send out more information and updates as developments warrant. Registration for the conference is brisk, so don't wait to submit your registration form for the 2014 NCHV Annual Conference.

To register online, click here.
You may also print the registration form, fill it in and fax it to us at 202-546-2063.
The discount room block at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel may be sold out. If so, you can find comparable accommodations at
We look forward to seeing you at the NCHV Annual Conference. 
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National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
333 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-546-1969 or toll-free 1-800-VET-HELP