Healthcare and Housing (H2) Initiative: First Round of Sites Selected for Homeless and Healthcare Systems Integration; HUD Still Accepting New Requests
On October 17, 2014, HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPs) and the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the availability of onsite technical assistance (TA) to assist Continuum of Care (CoC), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) recipients with carrying out planning efforts designed to increase housing participants’ access to healthcare resources. HUD received numerous, diverse requests from CoCs around the country. The requests represented differently sized communities with a great variety of populations and needs. After careful and thorough consideration, HUD has selected nine sites (covering at least 28 CoCs) to proceed to the planning stage of this TA initiative. Each selected community will work directly with expert TA providers and facilitators to plan a specialized session catered to its specific needs. These nine action planning sessions follow two very well-attended and productive pilot sessions that took place in Nevada and Virginia in December and January. It’s not too late to request an action planning session for your community! Requests for this TA opportunity are still being considered. HUD will continue to review incoming requests on a rolling basis. A second round of sites will be selected by March 2015. CoCs are encouraged to seek out this opportunity as a way to strengthen programmatic performance on a key goal of the CoC program – to facilitate access to and effective utilization of mainstream resources. All communities, regardless of size, geographic location, relative size of the homeless population and range of healthcare opportunities available through Medicaid will be considered for this TA. The SNAPs – HOPWA TA Announcement: Housing & Health (H2) Initiative flyer outlines the specific steps CoCs can follow to request this TA.