Just 100 Slots Remaining for Conference Registration








January 6, 2015    

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


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Just 100 Slots Remaining for Conference Registration


With just 100 slots left for conference attendees, the Alliance now anticipates that registration for the 2015 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness in San Diego will soon reach capacity. If you have not yet registered for the conference, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. The regular registration rate of $525 per person is scheduled to run to 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 14, but will close early if the event reaches capacity before that date. Register today to ensure your spot and to take advantage of the regular rate.
For the latest information about conference workshops, track options, and the schedule, please visit the agenda page of the conference website.
Reminder: Conference Cancellations, Hotel Room Block Closing
Should you need to cancel your conference registration, please note that the Alliance will charge a $25 cancellation fee for cancellations received in writing on or prior to Monday, Jan. 19, and will charge a $100 processing fee in addition to the $25 cancellation fee for cancellations received after that date. After Monday, Feb. 2, no refunds for cancellations will be granted. To learn more about the cancellation policy, please visit the cancellations page of the conference website.
The Alliance has reserved a block of rooms at a special conference rate of $199, plus tax, for a single or double room at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel. The block of reduced-rate rooms will be available to conference attendees for booking, based upon availability, until 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Alliance recommends that conference attendees reserve their rooms as soon as possible. All conference attendees are responsible for arranging their own accommodations.





114th Congress Convenes
Today the new and re-elected members of Congress were sworn in, thus convening the 114th Congress. The House of Representatives welcomed 52 new members and the Senate welcomed 12. Republicans now hold the majority in both chambers. Both the House and Senate are expected to remain in session until the recess for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Friday, Jan. 16.
Committee Assignments in Process
Congress is in the process of finalizing committee assignments. House committee assignments have not yet been announced.




On Tuesday, Jan 13, at 1 p.m. ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on rent and move-in assistance for rapid re-housing providers. The webinar is the second in a three-part webinar series exploring the "Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing," which the Alliance crafted in cooperation with the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Speakers will discuss using rental assistance to help different populations, assessing the needs of households, and integrating rental assistance costs into a program budget.
Since the Bush administration first announced the goal of ending chronic homelessness in 2005, the number of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness on a given night has declined by 21 percent. In this post, we look at the five steps communities will need to take to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
Top 3 of 2014: 3 Things Everyone Should Know about Homelessness Now
By Emanuel Cavallaro
As we entered the New Year, the Alliance highlighted some of our most popular blog content by rerunning three of our most read blog posts. This post was originally published on Oct. 20, 2014. It's our most read post of 2014.
Top 3 of 2014: 3 Criticisms of Rapid Re-housing that Sound Valid, but Aren't
By Stuart Campbell
This post, our second most read post of 2014, was originally published on May 6, 2014. It discusses why some of the most common criticism of rapid re-housing don't hold up to scrutiny.

Reminder—HUD, USICH and HHS on Housing and Healthcare: Opportunities to Partner—January 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST


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Reminder—HUD, USICH and HHS on Housing and Healthcare: Opportunities to Partner—January 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST


HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPs) and Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are joining forces for a federal partners panel discussion on the important connection between homeless assistance and healthcare. SNAPs, USICH and HHS will present and discuss a range of opportunities to partner at the community level in our collective effort to address the complex needs of people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
Jennifer Ho, representing HUD's Office of the Secretary, will moderate an esteemed panel of presenters who will talk about why this connection between homeless assistance and healthcare is so critical. They also will explore concrete steps that you can take to strengthen this connection including how to access currently available resources. Panelists include:
  • Ann Marie Oliva, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, HUD
  • Richard Cho, Senior Policy Director, USICH
  • Seiji Hayashi, HHS, Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Jayme Marshall, HHS, Branch Chief, Homeless Programs Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Donna Cohen Ross, HHS, Director of Enrollment Initiatives, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMS)
  • Emily Rosenoff, HHS, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, (ASPE)
This panel discussion will kick-off a series of webinars that will be available to CoC, ESG, and HOPWA grantees and project sponsors in the coming months as part of the H² technical assistance initiative. This initiative is part of SNAPs and OHH's effort to support grantees and project sponsors with accessing mainstream resources on behalf of the people entrusted in your care and facilitating effective utilization of healthcare services in particular.
To view the panel discussion, go to the HUD.gov Webcast Schedule page on the scheduled date and time.


Re: [MARHMIS] Sheltered PIT using ServicePoint

Hi Kelly -

I'd like to extend my apologies that your questions have been left pending. While we haven't released the updated PIT report for 2015 just yet (it's on the way!) we can definitely answer all of your questions about workflow, data collection and data entry.

I'll be in touch with your CSS and we'll get those answers to you today!

Thank you,
Candice Hacker
ICO, Bowman Systems

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kelly A. Blechertas" <KABlechertas@YorkCountyPA.gov>
To: "marhmis@googlegroups.com" <marhmis@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 8:20:05 AM
Subject: [MARHMIS] Sheltered PIT using ServicePoint

Hey guys,

I know we have several ServicePoint communities on this listserv - can you reach out to me if you've used ServicePoint to do your sheltered count? I've submitted questions to Bowman about the process (the appropriate assessments, etc. ) but they haven't been able to get back to me as of yet, and I'm looking to make a decision on whether or not we'll use the HMIS this year. I know they are a bit behind on releasing updated reports after the October 1st changes, and assume that is why there is the delay.

I'm just looking for someone's brain to pick about how it went in 2014. :)

Kelly Blechertas
GIS & Information Systems Administrator
E: kablechertas@yorkcountypa.gov<mailto:kablechertas@yorkcountypa.gov>

Human Services Office:
York County Human Services
100 West Market Street, Suite 401
York, Pennsylvania 17401
P: (717) 771-9347
F: (717) 771-4663

Planning Commission Office:
York County Planning Commission
28 East Market Street, 3rd Floor
York, Pennsylvania 17401
P: (717) 771-9870
F: (717) 771-9511


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Re: [MARHMIS] Sheltered PIT using ServicePoint

Hi Kelly,

I've been using ServicePoint to do my sheltered PIT for at least 3 years. I also use it for our unsheltered count.  I love it.  I just use the standard assessment and everything comes out just fine.  The only problem I had in the past were old shelter stays showing up that did not have an end date. It was pulling in shelter stays from many years ago when the SP set up was different from the former HMIS system admin.  It took me a little bit to correct these, but this may not be a problem for you. 

Why don't you just try to select some of your sheltered providers and run the PIT report available in ART based on a current date.  That way you can see how it looks and if your current assessment works.  Feel free to call me at the # below if you want to discuss.  Greta

Greta Rolland
Homeless Alliance for the Lower Shore
MD-513 CoC
HMIS System Administrator and Homeless Program Consultant
443-880-0794


-----Original Message-----
From: Blechertas, Kelly A. <KABlechertas@YorkCountyPA.gov>
To: 'marhmis@googlegroups.com' <marhmis@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Wed, Jan 7, 2015 9:20 am
Subject: [MARHMIS] Sheltered PIT using ServicePoint

Hey guys,
I know we have several ServicePoint communities on this listserv – can you reach out to me if you've used ServicePoint to do your sheltered count? I've submitted questions to Bowman about the process (the appropriate assessments, etc. ) but they haven't been able to get back to me as of yet, and I'm looking to make a decision on whether or not we'll use the HMIS this year. I know they are a bit behind on releasing updated reports after the October 1st changes, and assume that is why there is the delay.
I'm just looking for someone's brain to pick about how it went in 2014. J          
Kelly Blechertas
GIS & Information Systems Administrator 
         
Human Services Office:
York County Human Services                     
100 West Market Street, Suite 401              
York, Pennsylvania 17401                          
P: (717) 771-9347                                       
F: (717) 771-4663   
Planning Commission Office:
York County Planning Commission
28 East Market Street, 3rd Floor
York, Pennsylvania 17401
P: (717) 771-9870
F: (717) 771-9511                                   


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