Webinar Now Available for Viewing: Peer-to-Peer Learning - Successful Housing and Healthcare Integration Strategies

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Webinar Now Available for Viewing:
Peer-to-Peer Learning - Successful Housing and Healthcare Integration Strategies

HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPs) and Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), are pleased to announce the availability of a recently recorded ‘Hear from your Peers’ webinar focused on strategies for forging community-wide linkages that help assure access and continuity of housing, needed healthcare and support services, and employment opportunities for people experiencing housing instability, homelessness, and chronic homelessness.

You can listen to peer leaders offering firsthand knowledge on how two innovative agencies - one rural and the other urban - have developed internal systems and external partnerships to assist homeless and at-risk clients with effectively accessing the housing, supportive services and healthcare resources the need. Discussants provide real-life stories of how they assess and approach the barriers and opportunities inherent in creating cross-system linkages.  The webinar can be viewed on the HUD Exchange Course Page: A ‘Hear from Your Peers’ Webinar - Successful Housing and Healthcare Integration Strategies.

Presenters included:

Roula K. Sweis, M.A., Psy.D., Supervisory Program Advisor, HUD’s Office of the Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development - Opening Remarks

Leslie Tallyn, M.A., Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Central City Concern, Portland, OR

Christopher Molinelli, CEO, HONOR, Middletown, NY

Participants will learn:

  • How a one-stop center in an urban setting and a multi-faceted agency serving both small city and rural communities integrate their offerings with mainstream and targeted resources to assure seamless service delivery for a wide range of eligible participants.
  • Successful strategies for creating and sustaining Housing First permanent supportive housing in both single-site and scattered-site locations.
  • Effective methods for forging long-term linkages between federally qualified health centers, healthcare for the homeless providers, managed care organizations and the multiple case management and housing organizations that are associated with their respective homeless continuums of care.
  • The demonstrated positive impact that having staff dedicated to forging and maintaining these linkages at the client, provider and system levels is having in two very contrasting communities.
This webinar is part of a series of webinars being developed through HUD's Healthcare and Housing (H²) TA initiative. Sign up for the HUD Exchange Mailing List to learn about future webinars.

New IDIS FAQs Available on the HUD Exchange

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New IDIS FAQs Available on the HUD Exchange

Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are now available on the HUD Exchange. FAQs provide guidance on commonly asked questions.

View the new FAQs on the IDIS FAQs page.

FAQ topics addressed include:
  • Administration
  • Funding and Drawdown
  • Grants
  • Plans, Projects, and Activities
  • Reports
If you have a question that is not answered by the existing FAQs, please submit your question through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select “IDIS: Integrated Disbursement and Information System” in the “My question is related to” drop down list, and then select the related program to which your question belongs.

IDIS resource pages provide guidance, tools, and webinars to assist grantees in using IDIS.

NVTAC Webinar – Job Retention Approaches

NVTAC Webinar – Job Retention Approaches
Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT
The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) will present the webiner "Job Retention Approaches" on Aug. 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. This webinar will provide an opportunity to explore the key concepts of facilitating long-term job retention and career advancement for veterans. We will discuss both formal and informal assessment techniques, develop a better understanding of critical factors that impact job retention, and identify strategies that can support job retention and career development. The session will be facilitated by Pat Tucker of Advocates for Human Potential.
TO REGISTER FOR “Job Retention Approaches”
Please send the following information to conferencecalls@nchv.org
First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
Organization Address:
What webinar are you registering for?
Does your organization have an HVRP grant?
You will receive instructions for joining the training and a link to the training materials when you register. For additional questions, please contact Antonio Addessi at aaddessi@nchv.org or call us at 202-546-1969.

President Obama Nominates Mike Michaud for Assistant Secretary of DOL-VETS

President Obama Nominates Mike Michaud for Assistant Secretary of DOL-VETS
Former U.S. Representative to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Employment and Training Service
Washington – President Obama today announced that he is nominating former U.S. Representative Mike Michaud for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Veterans Employment and Training Service at the Department of Labor (DOL-VETS).
Mr. Michaud had been a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 until the 114th Congress.
As the Democratic Representative from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, Mr. Michaud had a large impact on veteran issues through his seat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He served as the Ranking Member of that Committee, as well as the Health Subcommittee. In his work in these positions he was a committed advocate for homeless veterans and the programs that serve them, especially on areas that addressed employment and education.
DOL-VETS is responsible for a wide range of veteran specific programs at the Department of Labor, including the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), Jobs for Veteran State Grants (JVSG), and Stand Downs. Last year they served 1.1 million veterans and helped them gain employment.
The position is currently held by Acting Assistant Secretary Teresa Gerton, who has held the position since the retirement of Assistant Secretary Keith Kelly earlier this year. Ms. Gerton had previously held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at DOL-VETS, and has been an impactful leader on the issue of veteran homelessness in both positions.
NCHV Executive Director Baylee Crone said of the nomination, "NCHV looks forward to the arrival of Mr. Michaud at DOL-VETS, and is excited to be re-gaining a partner with such a long history of committed advocacy on behalf of this country’s homeless veterans."

EMPLOYMENT OPP: Assistant Admin Analyst (Trenton, NJ)

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 4th.

Health & Human Services

Community Relations & Social Services

   Assistant Administrative Analyst


$39,323 - $61,896
8:30AM - 4:30PM


Under direction, assists in performing the work involved in the analysis and evaluation of administrative procedures, practices, and organizational structure in order to provide information and recommendations to management on ways to improve administrative functions and managerial control of operational activities; does related work as required.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply by sending their resume by Tuesday, August 4 2015 to: Steve Ponella, Personnel Director at 319 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608 or via email to sponella@trentonnj.org. For emails, the Subject Line should include the title of the job for which you are applying.  Resumes can also be dropped off to the Department of Administration, 3rd Floor, Trenton City Hall.

Advocacy Update: Join Efforts to Raise Spending Caps & Increase HUD Funding!

Advocacy Update
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Join Efforts to Increase Spending Caps: Secure More Money for HUD!
Caps Hurt Communities is a new initiative spearheaded by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development (CHCDF) that aims to build a movement of individuals and organizations committed to bringing an end to federal sequester caps (see the “more information” section below for details on sequestration). Congress needs to lift the unfair budget caps to allow appropriators to increase resources for affordable housing, community development, and homeless assistance programs in the final FY 2016 spending bill.

The spending levels provided in the initial versions of the spending bills for HUD programs that passed through the full House and the Senate Appropriations Committee in June do not provide sufficient funding to make the critical investments needed to drive progress at meeting the Opening Doors goals of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2017 or family and youth homelessness by 2020. Further, neither the House nor Senate Appropriations Committee spending bills provide investments to restore any of the 67,000 vouchers lost due to sequestration and target them to vulnerable populations like the Administration requested. Congress needs to hear from advocates that the current situation of homelessness in your community is unacceptable, and that the budget caps NEED to be raised in order to help communities make progress in ending homelessness and restore Housing Choice Vouchers lost due to sequestration cuts.
Here’s What You Can Do: 
  1. Visit www.capshurtcommunities.org to join thousands of advocates across the country who are deeply concerned about the effects of sequestration cuts on critical housing and community development programs.
    1. Join the “Twitterstorm” TODAY and tomorrow using #CapsHurt to oppose sequestration!
  2. Sign your organization (national, state, and local organizations are all welcome to join!) on to this letter circulated by NDD (Non-Defense Discretionary) United urging Congress to build on the Bipartisan Budget Act and stop sequestration.
  3. Invite your Members on a site visit of your program during the August recess, and mention the need to raise the caps during the visit! Site visits are one of the most effective ways to advocate to federal policymakers. 
    1. If you can’t schedule a site visit, try to schedule meetings with your Members in their district or state offices! 
More Information:
Sequestration refers to mechanisms that were set in place to achieve spending reductions through the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). One mechanism required nine annual sequesters of $109 billion (half from defense and half from non-defense programs) to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion. The first of these annual sequesters took effect in FY 2013, in the form of across-the-board cuts to programs’ already enacted spending levels. Since then, sequestration has been implemented by adhering to lowered defense and non-defense spending caps. However, since the Bipartisan Budget Act temporarily raised the caps for FY 2014-FY 2015 but has now expired, the caps we are facing for FY 2016 are much tighter than in recent years. Note also that the BCA also mandated separate discretionary sequesters if appropriations for any year exceed the annual caps set by the law.

The $2.185 billion spending level included for McKinney in the House bill (written at sequestration level spending caps) should allow programs to continue operating at their current capacities, but would not provide new housing resources. The $2.235 billion for McKinney in the Senate bill (also written under these caps) would provide limited new housing resources with a strong focus on youth homelessness initiatives, but would not make the critical investments in permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing that were included in the President’s Budget Proposal.

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have publicly stated that these caps are too low, so along with our other partners advocating on behalf of NDD programs throughout the country, we have a shot at convincing enough Members to raise them. Join the effort to ensure that Members hear why #CapsHurt people experiencing homelessness today! 
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