HMIS UPDATE: Report Cards w/Graph Tabs

Both report cards (on our site) now have tabs w/graphs detailing specific performance measures.  See screenshot below. 

Jason Burns, MCSE
Systems Administrator
HMIS Support Team


Register Today: Q & A Session: Using HEROS – Regions 1, 7, 8, & 10

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Register Today:
Q & A Session: Using HEROS – Regions 1, 7, 8, & 10

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Environment and Energy is pleased to announce a Q & A Session: Using HEROS for entitlement responsible entity staff in HUD Regions 1, 7, 8, and 10. This live question and answer session provides an opportunity for persons involved in the environmental review process to address specific questions about using the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS).
HEROS is currently only available for entitlement responsible entity staff in HUD Regions 1, 7, 8, and 10 which encompasses New England, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Pacific Northwest.
The regions include the states of Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.
Q & A Sessions will be held for the other HUD regions as HEROS is released.
Q & A Session: Using HEROS –
Regions 1, 7, 8, & 10
October 1, 2014
For more information regarding HEROS and to view related resources, visit the HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS) page.
Instructions on how to register for this session are available in the HUD Exchange Learn User Guide.
Registration is open only to participants who currently have access to HEROS. If you work in a Region where HEROS is currently available (see list above) but do not yet have HEROS access, please contact your local HUD Field or Regional Environmental Officer.
Please note that submitting a registration request does not guarantee participation in this Q & A Session.   
You will receive an enrollment notification email from the HUD Exchange if you are accepted into the session.

Tomorrow Begins Recovery Month: Join the Voices of Recovery


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Join the Voices of Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out!

Thursday, September 4, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time

For the last 25 years, communities and individuals across the country have joined together in September to observe SAMHSA's National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) and celebrate the journey and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery from a mental and/or substance use disorder.

This Thursday, SAMHSA, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Recovery Month Planning Partners will kick off the 25th annual National Recovery Month. The National Recovery Month 2014 press conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. eastern time and can be viewed virtually. Watch the kick-off event live where SAMHSA will release the latest national data on:

  • Prevalence of behavioral health conditions
  • Attempts, plans, and serious thoughts of suicide
  • Use of behavioral health treatment and services.

After the press briefing, stay tuned for live updates from the 2014 Recovery Month Luncheon, sponsored by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, along with its partners, Entertainment Industries Council, Young People in Recovery, and the Association of Recovery Schools. Tune in to the live stream of the luncheon to take a look back through the history of the recovery movement and SAMHSA's National Recovery Month.

Get involved in Recovery Month 2014 and spread the word that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Take the Pledge 4 Recovery and participate in community events near you. Also, be sure to check out the 2014 National Recovery Month toolkit for more information and resources to help you get connected.

Like SAMHSA on Facebook   Follow SAMHSA on Twitter   Subscribe to SAMHSA's YouTube Channel   Visit the SAMHSA Dialogue Blog

NEXT WEEK: National Call-In Week for McKinney!

National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
September 3, 2014

National Call-In Week for McKinney!
NEXT WEEK is National Call-In Week! Congress is back from its summer recess on September 8 and preparing to begin negotiations on finalizing fiscal year (FY) 2015 federal funding.

We need to use this time, particularly September 8-12, to call congressional offices about the importance of providing a $301 million increase for McKinney programs in FY 2015.

During National Call-In Week, please call your representatives' and senators' offices and tell them to contact the Chair or Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and tell them that providing $2.406 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2015 is a high priority.

These funds would help us end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 and make significant reductions among other populations. Even in another difficult budget year, Congress should be working to ensure that we help those who are most in need.

Call your Members of Congress NEXT WEEK as part of a National Call-In Week!

Here's what you can do:  
  1. Call your Senators and Representative(s)! During the week of September 8, reach out to both your representatives AND senators. You can find your senators' contact information here and your representatives' contact information here. When you call the offices, ask to speak to the person who handles housing issues for the Member. 
  2. Tell the staff person to urge their boss to contact the Chair or Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and tell them that providing $2.406 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2015 is a high priority. More in-depth talking points can be found here!
  3. Let us know if you have any questions and/or which office(s) you contacted! It is important that we keep track of how many calls everyone has made, so please let us know how many calls you make!
  4. Spread the word with this flier and this sample action alert that you can share with your field to customize before sending it around to their networks!
More Information 
The President's FY 2015 Budget Proposal included good news for HUD, including a 14 percent increase to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program to $2.406 billion! In contrast to the President's Budget Proposal, this legislation passed by the full House flat funded HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, and made cuts to various other HUD programs. This funding level would result in cuts to Continuums of Care, and if enacted, communities will once again be faced with the difficult tiering and prioritization decisions they made for the FY 2013 NOFA.

This legislation passed by the full Senate Appropriations Committee included $2.145 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, which is $40 million above the enacted FY 2014 level but $255 million below the level proposed by the Administration. Although this amount would likely be enough to cover renewals from FY 2014, it would not provide funding to expand ESG programs or any additional funding for new projects.


Call-In Week Talking Points

National Call-In Week Flier

Sample Action Alert

FY 2015 McKinney Campaign

The Alliance works collaboratively with its local, state, and national partners to advance policies and programs that prevent and end homelessness.

Jaime Colman
Policy Outreach Associate
Julie Klein
Policy Outreach Associate

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