HUD Secretary Julián Castro Remarks Posted

March 10, 2015    

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On the Website: HUD Secretary Julián Castro 2015 Family and Youth Conference Remarks

The Alliance has published the full text of the speech delivered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro at the 2015 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness on Friday, Feb. 20. The speech is also available on the HUD website. In his remarks, Secretary Castro expressed support for the LGBT community and homeless youth, reaffirmed his commitment for fighting for additional funding for homeless programs, and declared that ending homelessness must be a national priority.
"We believe that no child or family should be subjected to the hardship that comes with life in a shelter or on a street," he said. "We believe that no youth should have to choose between a night on the street or night in a hotel room in exchange for sex. And we believe that every American deserves an opportunity to live with dignity and pride."

In this post, we briefly examine the trends in homelessness as revealed in HUD's recently released report, part two of its "2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress," which contains information obtained from homeless shelters throughout the course of 2013.
Some Thoughts on the 2015 National Family and Youth Conference
By Steve Berg
In this post, the Alliance's Vice President for Programs and Policy Steve Berg shares some thoughts on our recent conference, touching on such topics as systems work, employment, youth homelessness, and others.
Here are 5 Steps Communities Must Take to End Veteran Homelessness
By Kate Seif
In this post, we introduce a new resource that is meant to provide guidance to communities in the run-up to the 2015 goal of ending veteran homelessness. The resource, "Five Steps to End Veteran Homelessness," outlines the five major steps that communities must take to get the job done.
Ending Chronic Homelessness, Now in 2017
By Emanuel Cavallaro
In this we post, we look at what the Obama administration's decision to move the date it set for ending chronic homelessness back a year, from 2016 to 2017, says about the administration's commitment to ending chronic homelessness.

SAMHSA Unveils New Suicide Prevention App

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Suicide Safe Is Now Available for Download!
Today at the National Press Club, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., unveiled Suicide Safe, the latest mobile app from SAMHSA.
The app, based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices and address suicide risk among their patients.
Suicide Safe is now available for free on iOS® and Android™ mobile devices. Be among the first to try this new suicide prevention learning tool—optimized for tablets.

Join SAMHSA for a live demo of the app today at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Videos of the launch event at the National Press Club and the app demonstration will be available on SAMHSA's YouTube channel at a later date. Stay tuned for email notification when both recordings become available.

Like SAMHSA on Facebook   Follow SAMHSA on Twitter   Subscribe to SAMHSA's YouTube Channel   Visit the SAMHSA Dialogue Blog

SOAR Webinar - Transition Age Youth

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SOAR Webinar:
Using SOAR with Transition Age Youth

Wednesday, March 25, 3:00pm (EDT)

Join us for our next webinar on Wednesday, March 25th, 3:00-4:30pm (EDT).

Transition age youth are most commonly defined as individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 years. In this webinar, you will be introduced to our new issue brief titled, Ending Youth Homelessness: Using SOAR to Increase Access to SSA Disability Benefits for Transition Age Youth. You will also hear from SOAR providers who are successfully serving youth who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness to increase access to Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits. When working with transition age youth, SOAR's intensive engagement process and holistic approach to applying for SSI and SSDI can benefit a very vulnerable and difficult-to-serve population.

This webinar is recommended for SOAR Coordinators, SOAR Trainers, SOAR Leaders, and for individuals who would like more information on how to use the SOAR model with youth experiencing homelessness.

  • Abby Lemon, Project Associate, with SAMHSA's SOAR Technical Assistance Center, in Delmar, NY. Abby will share important statistics and facts with respect to transition age youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Laura Kolb, Staff Attorney, with the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) in Philadelphia, PA, will discuss HAP's referral model and engagement techniques for transition age youth.
  • Raven Smith, Homeless Youth Program Director and SOAR Local Lead, with Posada in Pueblo, CO, will describe effective youth engagement strategies.
  • Kris Kuntz, Program and Research Analyst, with St. Vincent De Paul Village in San Diego, CA, will share methods for documenting youth disability and other important aspects of representing this population.
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[MARHMIS] Fwd: SSVF Updates

As a follow-up to yesterday's call.

A SSVF Program Update was released to SSVF grantees last week on March 4th (attached). Please note that this update was intended for grantees. However, it provides context in terms of timelines and expectations that may be helpful just for reference.

MARHMIS-There will be a webinar on CoC level gap analysis data on 3/12. If you are interested, you would be welcome to join by registering at

SSVF Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

·         Applications are due March 17th by 4pm EST.

·         This is for renewal funding only. No new applications are being accepted.

·         Additional information can be found at:

·         HMIS is an eligible expense. If the grantee is requesting to use SSVF dollars for this cost, the grantee should include it in their application budget.

SSVF Final Rule

·         The SSVF new final rule was published on February 24, 2015. (The previous rule was November 10, 2010).

·         The new final rule is effective March 26, 2015. Please note that grantees learned on 3/6 that they have several options in terms of the implementation timeline and that in some cases, they may not begin using the final rule right away. Overall, grantees will coordinate with the other grantees serving each CoC so that implementation is consistent.

·         A new SSVF Program Guide will be released on 3/26/15. The current Program Guide is 10/31/14.

·         The final rule can be found at:

·         The national call recorded webinar from 3/6 on the final rule should be posted soon; this webinar highlights changes and enhancements and addresses specific questions from grantees.

Coordinated Entry

·         SSVF grantees are required to participate in the development, implementation, and ongoing operations of their local CoC's coordinated assessment. This information is included in the NOFA and also the new final rule.

·         In terms of implementation, it is understood that this will look different for each CoC.

·         Guidance is consistent with the Coordinated Entry Policy Brief released by HUD last week.

·         Grantees understand that they play a role in providing resources for Veteran households and services in addition to community planning and coordination which includes coordinated entry.

Ending Veteran Homelessness

·         This is the link to the recorded webinar: 25 Cities Initiative and SSVF Integration with CAHP Systems on February 2, 2015. It includes a presentation by New Orleans.

·         NAEH Snapshot on New Oreans

·         Community planning to end Veteran homelessness  is a focus for the SSVF regional meetings. Attached, please find two images that address the goal of ending Veteran homelessness and functional zero. After the regional meetings conclude, the materials will be posted on the SSVF University, and a link can be shared with you. Please note that communities that are not Priority 1 (P1) will be submitting a community plan to end Veteran homelessness by April 21st. In many cases, this means that grantees will be reaching out to CoCs and HMIS System Administrators prior to that time to discuss goals, needs, and plans.

SSVF Repository Uploads/Data Support

·         This message was sent to repository users this morning.

o   Hello,
All programs should have received a Data Quality Report within 24 hours of uploading your data to the Repository this month. Please review this report carefully and correct the errors identified. The Repository will remain open through 3/13 to upload the corrected data. If you should need assistance in interpreting the report, please contact us at<>

Thank you,

SSVF Repository Administrators

·         If you have any questions, please contact<> and cc the appropriate Regional Coordinator. Regional Coordinators will most likely not respond directly, but they do read emails and will follow up as needed.

·         Please note that staff are conducting regional meetings the next few weeks so responses may not be as fast as usual. Thanks for your patience.

·         We had some transitions in regions this year. In general, these are the Regional Coordinators that serve the areas covered by MARHMIS states.

o   DC


o   Delaware


o   Maryland


o   New Jersey

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§<>  (Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Atlantic)

o   New York

§<>  (NY State, NYC, and Long Island)

o   Pennsylvania

§<>  (Philadelphia and Delaware, Chester, Montgomery Counties, shares Bucks County with Bobby)

§<>  (All other counties in PA)

o   Virginia

§<>  (Some shared geography with Adrienne in Northern Virginia)

o   West Virginia


Dates to Remember for SSVF Grantees

·         Monday, February 23 NY Statewide Meeting (SSVF grantees serving VISN 2)

·         Tuesday/Wednesday February 24-25 Newark Regional Meeting

o   Grantees in MARHMIS States Participating: NY, NJ, PA, DE

·         Friday, February 27 NJ SSVF Statewide Meeting

·         Sunday, March 1st SSVF Program Changes Due

·         Wednesday/Thursday March 4-5 Raleigh Regional Meeting

o   Grantees in MARHMIS States Participating: MD, DC, VA

·         Friday, March 6th at 2pm National Required for SSVF Grantees Webinar on the New Final Rule

o   Register @

·         Monday, March 9th Gap Analysis CoC Data Released

·         Thursday, March 12th Required for SSVF Grantees Webinar on Gap Analysis CoC Data

o   Register @

·         Friday, March 13th Revised/Corrected Data Upload due to Repository (if applicable)

·         Thursday, March 19th Cleveland Regional Meeting

o   Grantees in MARHMIS States Participating: WV and PA

·         Friday, March 27th P1 Community Plan Updates due

·         Tuesday, March 31st 2nd Quarter Ends

·         Tuesday, April 21st Non-P1 Community Plans due