Report: Rental housing supply lags behind demand

HUD
A view of construction on the 400 block of E. 20th Street following an announcement about RAD authority being granted to Baltimore and cities around the country.



For families that earn less than 30 percent of the median area income, buying a house is often out of the question. And for these low-income households, finding a place to rent can also be a struggle, the Urban Institute has reported

Not a single county in the nation offered enough affordable housing to keep up with its extremely low-income renters, the organization said. In the Baltimore region, some counties have fewer available units than the national average of 28 units available for every 100 renter households.

In Baltimore County, there are 22 units for every 100 households with extremely low income, defined as $25,700 for a family of four in 2013. In Baltimore, there are 43 units available per 100 such households."That means those other families are probably getting by living in inadequate housing, perhaps no plumbing, mold, just not good conditions. That's one of the consequences," said Erika Poethig, the study's lead analyst. "Additionally, their rent is going way beyond what they can afford for shelter — they're forgoing food and education, they're compromising their health."

Supply is falling further behind demand, the Urban Institute reported. While the number of households in need of adequate and affordable rental units jumped 38 percent from 2000 to 2013, the organization says, the number of units available grew just 7 percent.

In 2000, there were 30,319 units in Baltimore for 52,230 households. By 2013, there were 23,402 units for 54,654 households — a shortfall of more than 31,000 units.

"What's happening is that we have a supply of affordable rental housing that is either declining in some communities or not keeping pace in others," Poethig said. "Baltimore County and Baltimore City are highly dependent on federal resources to provide affordability for these families and their private market is not adding any housing that these families can afford."

Extremely low-income families are relying increasingly on assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Fifty-seven percent relied on HUD in 2000, according to the Urban Institute; 80 percent relied on HUD in 2013.
Without federal housing assistance, Baltimore would have only one affordable and adequate unit per 100 extremely low-income city households, the organization says. In Baltimore County, there would be none.

"Without vital federal rental assistance, the magnitude of this problem would be much greater," the organization said. "Simply put, virtually no affordable housing units would be available to [extremely low-income] households absent the continued investment in federally assisted rental housing."
Poethig noted the many houses in the Baltimore area lost to vacancy or abandonment.

Glut of new apartments could reshape market

HUD spokeswoman Niki Edwards said about 10,000 public housing units nationwide are lost a year, mainly to disrepair. She said HUD is working to preserve such housing.

"For each unit of affordable housing we can preserve … there is a family that has a safe and decent place to call home," Edwards wrote in an email. "It's clear that in an environment in which public resources will never be able to meet the increasing unmet capital needs of public housing, government must tap into the power of the private market to preserve and expand our affordable housing stock."
Poethig called the housing affordability gap a "solvable problem" but said it will require coordination between local, state and federal officials.

"The challenge is that our federal housing policies are not keeping pace with population changes and market conditions," she said. "We're on an unsustainable path, and these families will only continue to feel the pinch if we don't take some kind of action."

Rental shortfall

Number of housing units available for every 100 households meeting the extremely low-income requirement. The national average was 28 units.

Anne Arundel: 27
Baltimore: 43
Baltimore County: 22
Carroll: 31
Harford: 35
Howard: 28

Use this interactive map to see nationwide results.





Baltimore County HMIS News 6/20/15

Please view the news/updates below, and contact us with any questions/concerns.  We're always glad to assist.  Thank you!


Jason Burns, MCSE
Systems Administrator
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410-887-5968

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Webinar - Benefits: Social Security Administration

Webinar - Benefits: Social Security Administration
Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Social Security disability benefits are critical sources of income for veterans with disabling mental or physical health conditions, and lead to increased housing stability and improved healthcare outcomes.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR), is a federal program sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase access to disability benefits among people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Since 2006, states report 22,863 approvals on initial SSI/SSDI applications, with an approval rate of 65 percent in an average of 94 days using the SOAR model.
This presentation will describe best practices for utilizing SOAR with veterans who access HVRP services, with special emphasis on justice-involved veterans. Jen Elder and Dazara Ware from the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc. will be leading the discussion.
TO REGISTER FOR “BENEFITS: SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION”
Please send the following information to ssi@nchv.org:
First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
Organization:
Organization Address:
What webinar are you registering for?
Does you organization have an HVRP grant?
You will receive instructions for joining the training and a link to the training materials when you register. For additional questions, please contact Cindy Borden at cborden@nchv.org or call us at 202-546-1969.

MSHDW NEWS: 6/20/15


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Review VA's Request to Share HMIS Client Info, 6/24, 11:30am-12:30pm

Please join us to discuss "VA's Request to Share HMIS Client Information" via WebEx on 6/24, 11:30am-12:30pm (registration not required).  Adrienne MelĂ©ndez (VA TA) has graciously agreed to provide a brief overview, and then we will have an open forum.  Listed below is the WebEx info and the original email I sent to Adrienne this morning.  Hope you are able to attend.  Thanks!


Jason's email to VA TA, 6/19, 9:43amAdrienne, would you be open to a discussion about VA's request to share client information amongst CoC's?  While I encourage and support efforts to assist our clients, I have some major concerns regarding some of the preliminary discussions, drafts, etc.  After quickly skimming through a few of the drafts this morning, I already noticed several areas that conflict or are out of compliance with either federal, state, local, HIPAA, VA, and HUD regulations.  I also have concerns regarding the additional workload this will create for all of the CoC's, providers, and case managers.  I completely understand the intent, but wish to provide input before this is released, if at all possible.  As always, thank you for your efforts and consideration.


Jason Burns, MCSE
Systems Administrator
443-574-HMIS
410-887-5968

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June 2015 NCHV eNewsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
June 2015
2015 NCHV Annual Conference Presentations Available Online!
Presentations and materials on www.nchv.org
Thank you to all presenters, attendees, guest speakers, and exhibitors who helped to make the 2015 NCHV Annual Conference - "25 Years: Thank You for Your Service," the largest event in NCHV history! 
Presentations and additional materials are now being posted to the Annual Conference page on our website. The remaining presentations will be posted as we receive them. Thank you to all presenters for making your information available to attendees as well as those who weren't able to attend.
Check back to the Annual Conference page regularly for the latest additions!
2015 NCHV Award Winners Honored by Homeless Veteran Assistance Community
Annual NCHV Awards Ceremony, May 28 in Washington, D.C.

Each year, NCHV honors the commitment and service of a few of the many deserving organizations and individuals helping homeless veterans across the nation. As is true every year, we received so many worthy nominations for truly inspiring individuals and organizations that are dedicated to ending veteran homelessness in their communities and throughout the country.
Read more about each of the 2015 NCHV Award recipients on NCHV's blog, Coalition Call.
New Referral Tool focused on Homeless Veterans
Guide developed by USICH and VA
The Obama Administration is committed to achieving an end to homelessness among our nation’s veterans and to connecting veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to needed services. Achieving this goal requires an ‘all-of-community’ response in which Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities, homeless services organizations, Continuums of Care, health care providers, law enforcement, the public workforce investment system, and other community-based organizations work together to identify veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and refer them for assistance that can help them obtain permanent housing.
A Veterans' Referral Tool was developed as a guide to help connect veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness to appropriate housing and services. Specifically, this document provides guidance on how to:
  • Identify veterans among others who are experiencing homelessness;
  • Assess whether a veteran is experiencing or at-risk of homelessness;
  • Identify what type of assistance is needed by each veteran experiencing homelessness; and,
  • Refer veterans to appropriate sources for homelessness assistance.           
This Referral Tool is available at:
NVTAC Webinar - Benefits: Social Security Administration
Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Social Security disability benefits are critical sources of income for veterans with disabling mental or physical health conditions, and lead to increased housing stability and improved healthcare outcomes.
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR), is a federal program sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase access to disability benefits among people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Since 2006, states report 22,863 approvals on initial SSI/SSDI applications, with an approval rate of 65 percent in an average of 94 days using the SOAR model.
This presentation will describe best practices for utilizing SOAR with veterans who access HVRP services, with special emphasis on justice-involved veterans. Jen Elder and Dazara Ware from the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc., and Cindy Borden of the NCHV TA Center will be leading the discussion.
TO REGISTER FOR “BENEFITS: SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION”
Please send the following information to ssi@nchv.org:
First Name:
Last Name:
Email Address:
Organization:
Organization Address:
What webinar are you registering for?
Does you organization have an HVRP grant?
You will receive instructions for joining the training and a link to the training materials when you register. For additional questions, please contact Cindy Borden at cborden@nchv.org or call us at 202-546-1969.
Funding Opportunities
The Fidelity Foundation seeks to work with organizations on strategic, transformative projects that have the potential to substantially increase the grantee’s impact, efficiency or long-term stability. They seek to fund projects that focus on planning initiatives, technology, capital improvements, and organizational development. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, click here.
The Sowers Club of Lincoln, Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Nebraska. They seek to improve the quality of life in their community by providing a wide range of charitable giving with an emphasis on youth; underprivileged, and education. Applications are due by Sept. 15. For more information, click here.