Registration Update: 2015 CDBG-DR Regional Training


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Registration Update: 2015 CDBG-DR Regional Training


Update: Registration for Chicago extended to Thursday June 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM EDT

This training will help grantees understand the requirements for administering the CDBG-DR grants in accordance with federal requirements. It will also allow grantees the opportunity to network with one another and share experiences and best practices.
Participants will:
  • Understand the framework of CDBG-DR
  • Know crosscutting program requirements
  • Understand federal register requirements
  • Understand DRGR reporting requirements
  • Know how to develop viable CDBG-DR projects

Who Should Attend?

The 2015 CDBG-DR Regional Training is relevant to all CDBG-DR grantees. Attendance for each class delivery is limited to 75 participants and registration for this training will close on June 18, 2015 for the Chicago training. Contractors should not attend these trainings.
Chicago, IL August 18-20, 2015 Register Now

Training Series Point of Contact

Jennifer Hopkins| 630-499-9221| DRTraining@hopkinsconsultinggroup.com
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Training and Events.


USICH Blog: Fully Utilizing HUD-VASH to Achieve the National Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness


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USICH Blog: Fully Utilizing HUD-VASH to Achieve the National Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness


The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) recently published a blog that discussed how communities can fully utilize the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program in order to achieve the national goal of ending Veteran homelessness. It highlighted a letter to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that had recently been sent by HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing highlighting strategies to increase HUD-VASH utilization. While aimed at Public Housing Agencies, it contained useful information for all community partners that are involved in the local efforts to end Veteran homelessness.
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Fully Utilizing HUD-VASH to Achieve the National Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness

By: Peter Nicewicz
The HUD-VASH program has been a vital tool in our national efforts to end Veteran homelessness and since 2008, has assisted over 90,000 Veterans experiencing homelessness by providing rental assistance with case management and clinical services. In order to help communities achieve the goal of ending homelessness by the end of this year, HUD and the VA have worked to ensure the timely deployment of HUD-VASH vouchers. In April, HUD and the VA announced over 9,300 new tenant-based HUD-VASH vouchers, for a total of 79,000 HUD-VASH vouchers now allocated to VA Medical Centers and Public Housing Agencies across the country.
Now it is up to partners at the community level, with Federal support, to put them to full use. Doing so requires communities to identify all eligible Veterans with high service needs, especially those experiencing chronic homelessness, and refer them to the HUD-VASH program. It entails engaging Veterans and helping HUD-VASH applicants through the voucher application and approval process. It entails PHAs quickly processing and issuing vouchers. It entails community partners assisting Veterans to find apartments that can be rented with the HUD-VASH voucher. And, it entails case managers providing ongoing service support so that Veterans receiving assistance through HUD-VASH can remain stably housed.
HUD’s Office of Public & Indian Housing recently published a letter highlighting strategies that PHAs can pursue to improve HUD-VASH voucher utilization. Although aimed at PHAs, all partners engaged in the community efforts to end Veteran homelessness, including Continuums of Care, VA Medical Centers, and other community partners, should understand these strategies and collaborate with their PHAs to advance their efforts of ending Veteran homelessness.
Here are two specific strategies:

  • Apply for Extraordinary Administrative Fees (EAF). Public Housing Agencies may apply for extraordinary administrative fees for increased costs specifically from administering the HUD-VASH program, such as holding extra briefings for HUD-VASH clients, providing housing search assistance to HUD-VASH voucher holders, and other services to ensure that Veterans are able to move into permanent housing as soon as possible. To apply, the PHA should contact their Financial Analyst at the Financial Management Center and include documentation to support the additional administrative expenses.
     
  • Contact your local HUD Field Office for technical assistance in deploying HUD-VASH effectively. HUD will review utilization of HUD-VASH sites throughout the year, and at sites where additional assistance may be helpful, will hold joint meetings between VA staff, HUD staff and PHAs. These meetings are not only meant to review issues that may be creating barriers to full utilization, but also to identify connections to partners which could help increase HUD-VASH utilization. If your community would like assistance from HUD regarding the HUD-VASH program, the PHA should contact the local HUD field office.

Additional Resources for Communities



Save the Date: Strategies to Support Homeless and at-Risk Clients with Effectively Utilizing the Healthcare System - June 24, 2015 - 1 PM EDT


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Save the Date:
Strategies to Support Homeless and at-Risk Clients with Effectively Utilizing the Healthcare System - June 24, 2015 - 1 PM EDT


Don’t miss your opportunity to listen live to this important webinar featuring national leaders who are committed to homeless assistance and healthcare systems integration. This webinar is third in the six-part series included in SNAPs’ H² TA initiative. The last webinar presented strategies for enrolling clients in healthcare insurance. This webinar will focus on keeping them engaged in the healthcare system and supporting program recipients with learning how to effectively utilize the healthcare system.
Presenters Include:
  • Roula K. Sweis, M.A., Psy.D., Supervisory Program Advisor, HUD’s Office of the Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development - Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Cara James, Director, Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Presentation of the “From Coverage to Care” (C2C) toolkit developed to support newly insured adults with effectively utilizing the healthcare now available to them

  • Kim Nettleton, Product Development - Capabilities, UnitedHealthcare Community & State - Presentation of a white paper describing the operating environment for Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and their motivations and incentives for forging stronger links with community-based housing and service providers

  • Jessie Beebe, Health Services Specialist, Center for Housing and Health, AIDS Foundation of Chicago - Presentation of lessons learned and best practices in establishing and maintaining healthcare access for more than two hundred newly enrolled extremely low-income Medicaid recipients in the Chicago area

Who Should Attend?
This webinar targets agencies administering HUD-funded CoC, ESG, and HOPWA housing and supportive services. It will be particularly relevant to administrators and program planners responsible for developing agency-specific protocols and those who participate in community-level systems planning and development.
This webinar is also open to the following U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grantees due to their key role in collaborating with HUD’s grantees to address the healthcare needs of people experiencing homelessness:
  • Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White and Health Center grantees

  • Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grantees

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Targeted Homeless and HIV Programs grantees
Registration Instructions:
To register, please complete and submit the Webinar Registration Form. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the webinar meeting link and call-in number.
If you are unable to participate in the webinar you can still view it at a later time. The webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing on the HUD Exchange Training and Events page. Materials referenced by the presenters will also be available through the HUD Exchange.
If you have any registration questions, please contact Donald Chamberlain at (206) 409-8588 or donald@sound-thinking.org
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.