Save the Date: Hear from Your Peers Webinar – Successful Housing and Healthcare Integration Strategies - July 21, 1-2 pm 

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Save the Date:
Hear from Your Peers Webinar - Successful Housing and Healthcare Integration Strategies - July 21, 1-2 PM EDT

Listen live to this webinar featuring two CoC grantees discussing how they have forged community-wide linkages that help assure access and continuity of housing, needed healthcare and support services, and employment opportunities for people experiencing housing instability, homelessness and chronic homelessness.
Panelists include: Roula K. Sweis, M.A., Psy.D., Supervisory Program Advisor, HUD’s Office of the Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development; Leslie Tallyn, M.A., Chief Clinical Operations Officer, Central City Concern, Portland, OR; and Christopher Molinelli, CEO, HONOR, Middletown, NY.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar primarily targets agencies administering HUD-funded CoC 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.

Participants will learn:

  • How a one-stop center in an urban setting and a multi-faceted agency serving both small city and rural communities integrate their offerings with mainstream and targeted resources to assure seamless service delivery for a wide range of eligible participants.
  • Successful strategies for creating and sustaining Housing First permanent supportive housing in both single-site and scattered-site locations.
  • Effective methods for forging long-term linkages between federally qualified health centers, healthcare for the homeless providers, managed care organizations and the multiple case management and housing organizations that are associated with their respective homeless continuums of care.
  • The demonstrated positive impact that having staff dedicated to forging and maintaining these linkages at the client, provider and system levels is having in two very contrasting communities.

Registration Instructions:

The webinar is limited to 1,000 participants and registration is required to join the webinar.
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
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.

SNAPS In Focus: NOFAs Past and Present

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SNAPS In Focus: NOFAs Past and Present

Here at SNAPS, we are busy preparing to release the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the next several weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to provide some feedback about last year’s competition and give you a sense of our priorities moving forward.

FY 2014 Funding Process

In one sense, the FY 2014 funding process was much easier because there was no CoC Application; instead, we used the CoC’s score from the FY 2013 CoC Application. We saw an improvement in project applications, and we think that is due in part to the fact that project applicants and CoCs took more care to ensure that project applications were more complete and accurate. This resulted in fewer projects falling below threshold requirements.

Fewer CoCs reallocated funds to new projects in 2014 than in 2013. Some CoCs may have chosen not to reallocate because there was less time to plan before the 2014 process or because they could apply for bonus projects. We received over 200 applications for permanent supportive housing bonus projects and were only able to fund only 25. Needless to say, there were several excellent projects that we could not fund because of a lack of resources.

As we move forward into the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition we hope to see the same attention to the quality of the project applications even as CoCs have to complete the CoC Application once again.

FY 2015 and Beyond

The quick turnaround between 2013 and 2014 and using the 2013 CoC Application score for both years allowed us to return to a more reasonable competition timeline. This year, our goal is to release the NOFA in July, and in future years, we’d like to release the NOFAs in late spring. Here is what you can expect from the next NOFA.
  • A More Competitive Process. We believe that we have enough funding for FY 2015 to award all renewal projects, however, we are still implementing a tiered funding process. Tier 1 will be a smaller percentage than in years past, and the process for selecting projects from Tier 2 will be much more competitive. Whether a project is funded will depend much more on the performance of the CoC and the qualities of the project. CoCs should be evaluating their performance and identifying lower priority projects that can be reallocated as well as planning new permanent housing projects that can be created through reallocation or bonus.
  • Rewards for CoCs Implementing Strategies Consistent with Opening Doors. In FY 2015, HUD will be more aggressively promoting the strategies outlined in Opening Doors. This includes demonstrating progress towards strategic resource allocation, ending chronic homelessness, ending family homelessness, ending veteran homelessness, ending youth homelessness, and implementing housing first approaches. As we get closer to the target dates for the goals of ending family and youth homelessness, you can expect to see an increased emphasis during the competition on meeting these goals.
  • Expanded Reallocation Opportunities. In the past few competitions the only new projects CoCs could apply for were permanent housing projects. This year, we are expanding reallocation to allow CoCs to fund projects that enhance data collection and analysis along with coordinated entry. This means, in the FY 2015 Competition, CoCs will be able to reallocate to the following types of projects:
    • Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless households, including individuals, families, and unaccompanied youth
    • Rapid Re-housing for individuals and families, including unaccompanied youth, who are residing on the streets or in emergency shelters or who are fleeing domestic violence
    • Dedicated HMIS
    • Supportive Service Only for Coordinated Entry
It is our hope that with additional time to plan and increased opportunities, that more CoCs will take advantage of reallocation to reprogram funds to better meet local needs.
  • Permanent Housing Bonus Projects. There will be an opportunity to apply for permanent housing bonus projects – either rapid re-housing or permanent supportive housing. We suggest that you read the NOFA carefully as some of the requirements for the permanent housing bonus will likely be different than in prior years.
As we do each year, we will post a NOFA broadcast to walk through the highlights and will cover what you need to know to compete for funds. Please view the broadcast and carefully review the NOFA and detailed instructions that accompany the application to ensure that you are as competitive as possible.

In the meantime, we have published a variety of resources on the HUD Exchange and I recommend that you take some time to read them as they will provide you with a sense of program requirements, HUD policies related to ending homelessness, technical assistance materials, and promising practices.

Thank you for your commitment to ending homelessness.

Norm Suchar
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

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Announcement: TA Opportunity Related to Implementation and Approval of Owner-Adopted Admissions Preferences for Persons Experiencing Homelessness

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Announcement: Technical Assistance Opportunity Related to Implementation and Approval of Owner-Adopted Admissions Preferences for Persons Experiencing Homelessness

On July 25, 2013, HUD issued Notice HUD 2013-21: Implementation and approval of owner-adopted admissions preferences for individuals or families experiencing homelessness. This Notice provides guidance on an optional homeless admission preference for HUD-assisted multifamily properties. Pioneering communities such as Massachusetts, Chicago, and Philadelphia have leveraged this option over the last year to reduce homelessness locally.

HUD is now issuing a Technical Assistance Request for Interest for communities that wish to capitalize on the homeless preference in 2015. Continuums of Care (CoCs) and their partners in regional HUD Multifamily offices are invited to apply in two person teams for short term technical assistance for fall, 2015 to help connect HUD-assisted Multifamily Housing owners with efforts to end homelessness locally. The one page application is easy to complete and is due on August 7, 2015.

View the TA Request for Interest and Notice HUD 2013-21 for additional information. Please send your questions regarding the Request for Interest to

News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness - No on should experience homelessness. No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.

July 14, 2015
USICH and Federal Partners Release New Guidance on SSI/SSDI Benefits for People Experiencing Homelessness  
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and its partners at SSA, SAMHSA, and VA are pleased to release Key Strategies for Connecting People Experiencing Homelessness to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits.

HUD Study Shows Access to Affordable Housing Can End Family Homelessness

We were all given an important opportunity last week to deepen our conversations and strengthen our efforts to end family homelessness. 
USICH Executive Director Matthew Doherty talks about some of his initial reactions to HUD's Family Options Study.

Read his blog

Medicaid Services Can Support Housing Stability  
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released an information bulletin on how states can use Medicaid to pay for housing-related services, particularlfor people experiencing chronic homelessness. Read the bulletin.

A Closer Look at Opening Doors | Spotlight on Data

Data helps us to end homelessness. It allows us to understand the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our communities, put resources in the right place, and measure the results of our efforts. That's why data takes on even more importance in the newly amended Opening Doors. Read our blog
For more on the four key updates to Opening Doors, read our blogs on Medicaid, Crisis Response Systems, and Changing of the Goal of Ending Chronic Homelessness.   
Interested in joining the USICH team? We are looking for a Regional Coordinator to facilitate implementation of Opening Doors locally.

Ribbon Cutting Event: Baltimore County Westside Men's Shelter, 7/23, 11:30am

Alliance Online News: 2015 DC Homelessness Conference Begins Tomorrow 

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2015 National Homelessness Conference Begins Tomorrow in DC
The Alliance’s three-day 2015 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15, and run to Friday, July 17. Around 1,600 people will be in attendance, including federal and local officials, homeless advocates, and others working on the front lines of the fight to end homelessness. The Alliance extends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who registered to attend as well as to all our speakers, not just the conference keynotes, Richard Gere, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, and the Alliance’s own President and CEO Nan Roman, but also to our workshop speakers for sharing their experience, expertise, and insights with our attendees.
If you are unable to attend, you can still follow the conference on the Alliance’s social media and blog, where we will be sharing highlights and photos from the event. You can also engage with us and conference speakers and attendees on Twitter using the conference hashtag #naeh15.
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Upcoming Webinar: Rapid Re-Housing for Youth
Tuesday, July 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m. EDT
On Tuesday, July 28, the Alliance will host a webinar on using rapid re-housing to serve homeless youth. This webinar will feature speakers from innovative providers who are helping youth connect to housing by implementing the Core Components of Rapid Re-housing:  housing identification, time-limited rental assistance, and long-term mobile supportive services. Speakers will share the lessons they have learned and discuss the benefits of expanding overall capacity to serve homeless youth.
USICH, Partners Release Guidance on SSI/SSDI Benefits
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and others to provide guidance for homeless assistance providers on connecting homeless people with benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs. Among the topics covered in the guidance, which was produced in cooperation with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are:
  • Application processes;
  • Coordinating with local SSA field offices, health care providers, and others; and
  • Strategies for working with veterans and other populations.
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USICH: How the National Housing Trust Fund Will Help
The National Housing Trust Fund, which was signed into law in 2008 as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, will begin receiving funding this year. In anticipation, USICH last week released a paper that explains how service providers and government leaders may use this new source of funding in the near future to finance the construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing and the way in which states will allocate Housing Trust Fund resources. 
Read the paper »
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Attending Our Homelessness Conference? Here's Your Chance to Talk to Congress
by Julie Klein
Here at the Alliance we’re gearing up for our annual National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, DC, which will take place this Wednesda,y July 15, to Friday, July 17. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you there!
As you may already be aware, the Alliance holds a Capitol Hill Day each year in conjunction with our July conference. It’s a chance for our conference attendees to visit Capitol Hill where they can meet face-to-face with their Senators and Representatives and congressional staffers. This year we’re holding the event on Friday, July 17.
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Virginia Reduced Family Homelessness by 25 Percent in Four Years. Here's How They Did It
by Anna Blasco
A few years ago, the Commonwealth of Virginia decided to make a major change in the way their homelessness funding and strategies worked.
In Virginia, like many communities, state funds were invested heavily in emergency shelter operations. Based on the success with rapid re-housing Virginia experienced when implementing the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), they decided to adopt rapid re-housing as the commonwealth's primary intervention for homeless families.
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Senate Committee Takes Action to End Youth Homelessness
by Sharon McDonald
For too long, the needs of most homeless youth have gone unaddressed. While communities around the country run many good programs to help them, these programs are typically filled to capacity and serve only a fraction of youth in need.
That means that tonight, many homeless youth, including youth under the age of 18, will have no safe place to stay. Instead, they will camp out in abandoned buildings, in the woods, in garages, or spend the night in homes where they are in danger of abuse or sexual exploitation. Or they may just walk the streets all night.
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