FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition - Funding Announcement

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FY 2014 Continuum of Care Program Competition - Funding Announcement

Earlier today, Secretary Castro announced $1.8 billion in grants to support nearly 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants awarded today support the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness by providing critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the country. View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.
In addition to renewing effective projects already in operation and projects created through local strategic resource allocation, today’s announcement includes funding for 25 new projects that will provide permanent supportive housing to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness in areas with especially high need. These new projects were awarded as part of a special competition designed to help the Department make progress toward its goal of ending chronic homelessness.

Details about Funds Announced Today for CoCs and Applicants

As stated in the FY 2014 CoC Program Funding Notice, HUD is issuing this single funding announcement that includes conditional funding for those projects that passed the eligibility and threshold criteria: renewal projects, new permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing projects that were created through reallocation, new permanent supportive housing projects created through the Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus, CoC planning, and UFA Costs.

Adjustments to Funding

The conditional award amounts included for renewal projects may be different than the request that was submitted in the project application. The McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act, requires HUD to make certain adjustments to funding prior to award. These adjustments were made after the tiers were established and are as follows:
  1. Funds awarded for rental assistance were adjusted by applying the Fair Market Rent (FMR) in effect at the time of application submission (including decreases). View the FY 2015 Fair Market Rent Limits.
  2. Funds awarded for operating and leasing in permanent housing projects were increased based on the average increase in FMR amounts within a CoC’s geographic area, weighted for population density. Because operating and leasing costs do not decrease relative to rent amounts for specific units, adjustments were not made to these costs if the FMRs decreased in the geographic area.
  3. In addition to these required adjustments, projects were reviewed to ensure that they were consistent with the approved Grants Inventory Worksheet and CoC Program interim rule.
If you have additional questions or require more specific information, please submit a question to the e-snaps HUD Exchange Ask A Question or contact your local HUD CPD field office.

News Alert: HUD Awards $1.8 Billion to Fight Homelessness

January 26, 2015    

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News Alert: HUD Awards $1.8 Billion to Fight Homelessness

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that it will award $1.8 billion in grant funding to 8,400 local homeless housing and service programs across the country. The Continuum of Care (CoC) funding announced today by HUD Secretary Julián Castro is meant to support the Obama Administration's efforts to provide housing and services to end homelessness among hundreds of thousands of American individuals and families.
This latest round of funding will renew funding for thousands of existing programs that provide transitional and permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, and street outreach, but it will also fund 25 new projects that target housing to chronically homeless individuals and families in areas of the country where the need is greatest.

MSHDW NEWS: 01/26/2015

Good afternoon!  You may view and download the HUD Awards (by CoC) and updated PIT News on our MSHDW site.  Thanks!

Jason Burns, MCSE
Systems Administrator
HMIS Support Team

Always use our manuals. NEVER guess! Properly entering data, or contacting us, saves hours! 

PIT Count Date Exceptions

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PIT Count Date Exceptions

Given the unexpected severe weather conditions in several regions of the country this week, HUD wanted to remind Continuums of Care (CoCs) of its exception policy regarding the date for the Point-in-Time (PIT) count, as outlined in the Notice for Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Data Collection for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program. Per Sections 578.3 and 578.7 of the CoC Program interim rule, CoCs must conduct their PIT count in the last 10 calendar days of January. CoCs may request an exception to the required timeline for good cause. If HUD grants an exception to conducting the PIT count within the last 10 days of January, HUD normally requires that the count be conducted within the last 10 days of February.
HUD only grants exceptions for three types of good cause, which include:
  1. A longstanding practice of performing such a count at a date between December 1 and March 31;
  2. Unanticipated inclement weather (e.g., snow storm, hurricane, tornado) or other natural disasters; and
  3. Other reasons HUD deems would have a negative impact on the accuracy and completeness of a CoC’s count.
CoCs must submit their exception requests via email to Michael Roanhouse at Michael.Roanhouse@hud.gov. The email must include:
  1. Why the CoC is seeking an exception, specifically stating which of the three good causes listed above applies;
  2. When the CoC proposes to conduct its PIT count, specific date;
  3. Why that alternate date was chosen; and
  4. Who HUD should communicate its determination.
HUD appreciates your hard work and wishes you luck in your counts!

2014 SOAR Outcomes Released

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2014 SOAR Outcomes Released

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is excited to announce the release of outcomes from SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR approach from 2006 through June 30, 2014.

Since SOAR began, more than 26,269 people who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness have accessed SSI/SSDI benefits using the SOAR approach. The national approval rate on SOAR applications is 65 percent and the average time to decision is 94 days. The top 10 SOAR states (representing over 4,000 applications) have an approval rate of 82 percent!

We are proud of these statistics, and are grateful for the work of SOAR providers. Thank you for your dedication and efforts - without you, these outcomes would not be possible. You are changing lives one application at a time.
Read more about SOAR in your state and successful SOAR collaborations: http://soarworks.prainc.com/article/2014-national-soar-outcomes
SOAR 2014 Outcomes Infographic 

New Report Tracks the Behavioral Health of America

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New Report Tracks the Behavioral Health of America
Brief Document
The "National Behavioral Health Barometer" (Barometer) provides data about key aspects of behavioral health care issues affecting American communities. Those issues include rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.
The Barometer shows these data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The Barometer indicates that the behavioral health of our Nation is improving in some areas, particularly among adolescents. For example, past-month use of both illicit drugs and cigarettes has fallen for youth ages 12–17 from 2009 to 2013 (from 10.1 percent to 8.8 percent for illicit drugs, and 9.0 percent to 5.6 percent for cigarettes). Past-month binge drinking among children ages 12–17 has also fallen from 2009 to 2013 (from 8.9 percent to 6.2 percent).
"The Barometer provides new insight into what is happening on the ground in states across the country," said SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "It provides vital information on the progress being made in each state as well as the challenges ahead. States and local communities use these data to determine the most effective ways of addressing their behavioral health care needs."

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