Register Today: Effective Management of CDBG Subrecipients Training Module - Los Angeles, CA

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Register Today:
Effective Management of CDBG Subrecipients Training Module – Los Angeles, CA

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce a series of two-day Effective Management of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Subrecipients trainings. This training provides timely guidance on critical issues regarding the selection and management of subrecipients.
Due to limited space, registrations will be reviewed. Please note that a maximum of two staff members per grantee will be allowed to attend.
Los Angeles, CA
March 10-11, 2015
For more information and to view other training locations, visit the Effective Management of CDBG Subrecipients Training Module News page.
Instructions on how to register are available in the HUD Exchange Learn User Guide.
Please note that submitting a registration request does not guarantee you a seat at the training and you should not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation.
You will receive a confirmation email if you are accepted into the training.

Watch Live Session: The ACA and Its Impact on Recovery Services

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Watch Live Session: The ACA and Its Impact on Recovery Services
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 2:30–4 p.m. Eastern Time
You're invited to watch or host a viewing party for the first Office of National Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA meeting on what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for recovery services. This meeting, Substance Use Disorders Today: Access, Recovery, and the Affordable Care Act, will bring together the Nation's leading experts in the fields of substance use disorders and mental health treatment. Discussion will include the latest programs, policies, and how the ACA is expanding coverage and access to behavioral health services.

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Conference Reminder: Film Screening Scheduled, Table Deadline, Sponsorships

January 20, 2015    

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

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Conference Reminder: Film Screening Scheduled, Table Deadline, Sponsorships

On Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:15 p.m. PT, the second day of the Alliance's 2015 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, conference attendees will have a chance to attend a free screening of "The Homestretch," a documentary film about youth homelessness. The film follows the lives of three homeless teenagers as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build futures for themselves.
Information Table Deadline Approaching
The deadline to purchase information tables for the conference is Friday, Jan. 30. To purchase an information table, please contact Alliance Meeting and Event Planner David Dirks at
Sponsorships Available
Sponsorships for the conference are still available. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alliance Development Coordinator Jennifer Olney by email at or by phone at 202-942-8241.

President to Deliver State of the Union Address
Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver the 2015 State of the Union address. In his speech, the President is expected to cover topics including free community college tuition, a new tax reform, and cybersecurity protections. He is also expected to urge Congress to address issues such as income inequality and economic mobility.
Congress Returns from Recess
The House and the Senate departed for recess for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Jan. 14 and Jan. 16, respectively. Both chambers reconvened today.

The Alliance has published a recording of a webinar that originally streamed Jan. 13, on rent and move-in assistance for rapid re-housing providers. The webinar, "Rapid Re-Housing Core Components: Housing Identification" was the second in a three-part 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 discussed using rental assistance to help different populations, assessing the needs of households, and integrating rental assistance costs into a program budget.
Earlier this month the city of New Orleans reached a historic milestone when Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that New Orleans had ended homelessness among veterans. In this post, we look at this accomplishment and what it means for the national fight to end veteran homelessness.
How We Conduct Research on Homelessness Matters as Much as Our Findings
By Liza Doran
Strong studies of homeless populations give our policy team and our advocates the ammunition they need to make compelling arguments to lawmakers about the necessity of support for homeless persons. In this post, we discuss why the methodology of a study matters.
5 Perspectives from the Transatlantic Exchange Program
By naehblog
In this guest blog post, five homeless assistance professionals, who spent several weeks learning about homeless assistance practices in England as participants in the Transatlantic Practice Exchange program, discuss their experiences.

ACTION NEEDED: 2015 Baltimore County Point in Time Survey

Please review the notes below pertaining to your program.  Contact us (Jason or Sam) at 410-887-5968 for any questions and/or concerns.  Thank you for your continued support!!!
  • Street Team Volunteers 
    • As discussed during training, please review attachments
      • Also available on (resources ---> baltimore county ---> coc docs)
  • Street Team Leaders + Prologue
    • As discussed during training, please review attachments
      • Also available on (resources ---> baltimore county ---> coc docs
    • Street Kits (clipboards, gift cards, hygiene kits, etc.) available for pickup on 1/27 or 1/28 only
      • Coordinate pickup time w/Jason or Sam ASAP
    • Return completed surveys and leftover supplies to Jason or Sam by 2/1 
  • DSS Offices 
    • Marty Zimmerman will inform DSS offices of procedure w/paper surveys
    • Screening Unit at Drumcastle must enter data real-time into HMIS (no paper surveys)
  • DV Shelters
    • Complete surveys and return to Jason or Sam by 2/1
      • Only 1 survey per household
      • Must keep separated by emergency vs. transitional shelters
      • Do NOT include actual client names or actual DOB (approx ages ok)
  • Participating HMIS Providers
    • All current HMIS users must have data entered accurately by 11:59pm of PIT date
    • No paper surveys required
NOTE: Point in Time date is 1/29/15 (snow date is 1/30/15).  Jason will email everyone in the event of inclement weather by 6am.

Jason Burns, MCSE 
Systems Administrator 
HMIS Support Team 
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Updated eCon Plan Troubleshooting Guide and FAQ’s Now Available

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Updated eCon Plan Troubleshooting Guide and FAQ’s Now Available

On December 19, 2014 a new and updated version of the eCon Plan Suite was released removing many of the system issues users experienced. HUD has updated the eCon Plan troubleshooting guide with interim solutions for remaining system defects in IDIS. HUD has also updated the eCon Plan’s FAQ resource to reflect common questions grantees have about the system.
View the Troubleshooting Guide: Consolidated Plan Template in IDIS.
View the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and CAPER in IDIS: Frequently Asked Questions.

FW: SOAR January eNews

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SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is Accepting Applications from CoCs for SOAR Training

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is accepting applications from Continua of Care (CoCs) that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.

We are inviting CoCs to submit a brief, three to five-page application to participate in the SOAR TA Project by February 9, 2015. Only one application per CoC will be accepted. The application must be from the CoC or someone designated by the CoC to respond to this RFA. We expect that up to five CoCs will be selected. Review the RFA attachments here.

For more information, contact Kristin Lupfer, Project Director, via e-mail at or by phone at 518-439-7415, ext. 5262.

Sharing Our Successes

Arizona: Congratulations to Loren Gallegly, SOAR Eligibility Specialist with Lodestar Day Services, Human Services Campus in Phoenix, Arizona on his 20th approval! Loren remarked during a recent Arizona State Meeting that this 20th approval was a difficult claim, which was originally turned down by other providers.  In fact, Loren commented that an SSA Claims Representative, who learned about the SOAR program through invitations to SOAR trainings and presentations, referred this case and a few others.  Also, stronger collaboration with DDS in Phoenix has helped to form a pilot program, which assigns DDS evaluators to their agencies' SOAR claims. This is reducing processing time and improving communication!
Maryland: Congratulations to Maryland's Montgomery County, which recently obtained its 100th SOAR approval, with an over 90% approval rate for initial cases! A big thank you to Rich Schiffauer, the Montgomery County SOAR lead, and all of the SOAR providers for this wonderful achievement! Their dedication, expertise, and commitment have truly changed the lives of so many people!
North Dakota: Dawn Olson, Independent Living Specialist with Independence, Inc. in Minot, North Dakota was successful through a combination of perseverance and dedication.  Dawn began working with a 23-year-old woman who is at risk of homelessness. The claim was recently denied at the reconsideration stage. Dawn reached out to the SOAR TA Center for technical assistance.  We were able to work on building a collaboration with North Dakota Legal Services staff who would accept the case at the hearing level.  Dawn got busy filing the appeal paperwork, gathering updated medical records, writing an On the Record (OTR) request letter, and aggregating other supporting documentation not included at the earlier levels.  The outcome couldn't have been any better. Although the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) did not grant the OTR request, the hearing date was expedited and the ALJ granted a "fully favorable" bench decision.  In layman's terms, the woman was awarded her SSI benefits "on the spot."  Well done, Dawn! 
Accepting Applications: Community Tool Box Out of the Box Prize 2015
The Community Tool Box is celebrating its 20th anniversary by hosting an Out of the Box Prize to honor exemplary approaches to promoting community health and development happening in communities worldwide. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 USD; a Second Prize winner will receive $3,000 USD. All finalists' stories will be featured on the Community Tool Box website. Efforts may involve activities to improve community health, education, urban or rural development; or to address poverty, the environment, or to promote social justice. The opening date for applications is January 1, with a closing date of April 30, 2015.

SOAR providers are always thinking and working "out of the box," and deserve recognition for it! Consider nominating yourself or a colleague for a Community Toolbox Out of the Box Prize! To learn more, please visit

Federal Updates

The Faces and Facts of Disability - Kira's Story

Please help us dispel misconceptions about Social Security disability insurance by sharing this powerful video with your colleagues and audiences. The video relates the story of Kira, a 34-year-old woman who lives with cerebral palsy and works part-time to supplement her modest monthly Social Security check. As with most people who receive Social Security disability benefits, her payment barely covers her basic needs. The video includes sobering facts about critical safety net Social Security provides and puts a real face to the often misunderstood statistics. View the video here.

Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

December 17, 2014 marked the 15-year anniversary of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act! It is through this program that people with disabilities continue to access help to find meaningful jobs and move toward financial independence. Read the full blog post.

SAMHSA Releases Leading Change Accomplishments Report

SAMHSA has released the Leading Change Accomplishments Report. This report highlights some key accomplishments SAMHSA has achieved through its Strategic Initiatives. Through these initiatives, SAMHSA has helped local behavioral healthcare providers take advantage of new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act and worked with states to ensure that SAMHSA block grants complement expanded Medicaid and private insurance coverage. Read the announcement.

Funding Opportunities

Don't Forget: SOAR TA Center Offers Individual Funding Searches

Did you know you are eligible to receive a free, comprehensive funding source report from the SOAR TA Center? Answer a few easy questions and within days you will receive a full list of potential funding sources to grow or sustain SOAR activities in your state. The reports are specifically tailored to your geographic location, funding goals, and objectives!

See your SOAR State Liaison for more information!

Oak Foundation - Housing and Homelessness Program

The Oak Foundation's Housing and Homelessness Program works to promote economic self-sufficiency, increase the availability and supply of affordable housing, and prevent homelessness. The Foundation partners with organizations working on a national basis and also those with a local focus, and grant awards are wide-ranging. The Housing and Homelessness Program targets the most vulnerable populations and promotes long-term outcomes.

Ford Foundation

Each year the Ford Foundation receives over 40,000 proposals and awards roughly 1,400 grants. Requests range from a few thousand to millions of dollars and are awarded in categories such as project planning and support, general support, and endowments.

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

The Hidden Homeless - Transition Age Youth

When one thinks about the demographic of people most often affected by homelessness, an image of a single adult often comes to mind, maybe a veteran, or a family that has been displaced into homelessness. However, homelessness among teens and young adults has risen in recent years. Read more.

Ring in the New Year with a COLA

Happy New Year from Social Security! Put down the champagne and ring in the New Year with a COLA! And we don't mean the soda. Read more.

Help Social Security Help the Homeless

December 21 is National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. Since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless brings attention to and seeks compassion for the homeless who have died because they didn't have a warm, safe place to sleep. Read more.

Upcoming Events

DDP Application Overview

January 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EST

All students interested in submitting an application to the Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program are invited to attend. The presenters will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application, and answer questions. Please click here to register. For more information and to access application materials, please visit Contact with any questions.

Webinar: HUD's Centralized Intake and Coordinated Assessment: What Does This All Really Mean for SOAR Providers?

January 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EST

In this webinar, you will hear from presenters who led planning and implementation efforts in their states and cities. They will share how their involvement with SOAR informed their decision making in their respective communities. Learning from other communities that have been through the process will help you during conversations about what this all means for your own agencies and communities. Register here.

Leadership Academy 2015 Dates

  • March 3-5, 2015 - Kansas City, MO
  • June 9-11, 2015 - Chicago, IL
  • September 1-3, 2015 - Denver, CO
See your SOAR State Liaison for more information!
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