2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit - Beyond the Definitions: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit - Beyond the Definitions: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
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Beyond the Definitions: Where the Rubber Hits the Road
We know that change for homeless veterans overall comes down to addressing each individual veteran, but how can you capitalize on what we are learning from overlapping national initiatives that challenge Mayors and push for ‘functional zero’? At this year’s Housing Summit, you will have the opportunity to learn from and share with your peers to dig in to what programs and definitions mean to pull out tangible, effective practices that propel change on the local level.
Spend time with representatives from community agencies who have mastered key components of 'functional zero' systems. Hear how they combined coordinated intake, landlord engagement, peer mentors, master lists, master leases, low-barrier entry criteria, and creativity to maximize positive housing outcomes for homeless veterans in their communities. Be prepared to talk specifically about transitional housing’s role in this effort.
This is where the rubber meets the road… will you hit the ground running?

The 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit, "The Drive to December", will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. 
Download the 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit schedule.
The discounted room block is now SOLD OUT. 
Space at this event is limited, and no walk up registrations will be accepted. Please plan ahead to ensure you are able to attend. Stay tuned to the NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit webpage for the latest updates!

Registration fee for NCHV members is $200. 

Registration fee for non-NCHV members is $250.


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How VA is providing a record level of service

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Celebrate a historic low for VA claims


A Historic Success for Veterans Service

This week, we reduced the disability claims backlog to 98,535 claims - an 84% reduction from its peak and a historic low. This reduction means that Veterans' disability claim decisions are being delivered more accurately and efficiently. The faster Veterans receive completed claim decisions, the quicker they can access the benefits they are entitled to.

As we mark this important milestone in VA's history, we commit to continuing our efforts to improve. We will never waiver in our dedication to providing the best possible service to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and Survivors.

Find out more about how VA is improving services to Veterans and what you can do to help us achieve even greater success. 

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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.

August 26, 2015
Take Local Action to Break the Cycle of Incarceration & Homelessness for Veterans


This new USICH brief describes emerging strategies for intercepting and assisting Veterans involved with the criminal justice system.
Read the brief.  
Watch the webinar or download the slides from the July 8 webinar with speakers from VA's Veterans Justice Programs and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Watch our Webinar on Non-Time-Limited Housing for Youth

Presentation Slide for Webinar on Non-Time-Limited Housing for Youth
Non-time-limited housing is a promising way to meet the needs of youth experiencing homelessness. Jon Bradley and Charlotte DeTroy of Preble Street in Portland, Maine, and Colleen Jackson of West End Residences in New York City, joined us to talk about what they've learned through their programs.

San Diego Project Focuses on Chronic Homelessness, Saves Money, Saves Lives
Project 25 street outreach

Project 25 targets people who the most costly and frequent users of public systems and resources and provides them with housing and intensive supportive services. Over a two-year period, the program saved the community $3.7 million dollars.

Learn about Project 25 from Kris Kuntz of Father Joe's Villages.

Mel Sullivan, USICH Intern
Interested in an Internship? Learn About Mel's Experience this Summer
Melissa Sullivan joined our DC office this summer to support policy work on youth homelessness. Read her story to hear firsthand what it's like to work as an intern for USICH.

Submit your own application.


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Additional Funds Available for HUD-VASH to Aid Efforts to House Veterans

Additional Funds Available for HUD-VASH to Aid Efforts to House Veterans
Applications for new funding initiative, Extraordinary Administrative Fees (EAF), considered on a first-come first-served basis until Nov. 13, 2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced a unique and timely funding opportunity to support your community efforts to rapidly house veterans as you work toward the national goal of ending all veteran homelessness.
In response to the challenges in assisting veterans with VASH or SSVF resources in locating and moving into a unit, a NEW HUD funding initiative, known as Extraordinary Administrative Fees (EAF), is now available for communities that need additional funds for any necessary, additional or extraordinary expenses to aid current efforts. The utilization of these funds must result in an increase in lease-up rates and/or a decrease in the time it takes for a veteran to locate and move in to a unit. 
HUD has set aside $10 million for this purpose. Your PHA may apply for an amount of funding that you determine is adequate to support your community to achieve the goals of this set-aside funding.   Applicants are encouraged to be as creative and as innovative as possible.

Examples of eligible expenses include but are not limited to:
  • Hosting a Veterans Housing or “VASH Day” to expedite the many steps in the lease up process including a one-stop for intake, issuing provisional vouchers, connecting with landlords for available units; assignment of VASH case managers; among other steps;
  • Providing housing search assistance now also known as housing navigation, which may include contracting with community-based organizations to assist with housing search, navigation and other related activities
  • Hosting Landlord Recruitment events and other activities to engage landlords to participate in the HUD-VASH program;
  • Holding extra and coordinated briefings for HUD-VASH clients;
  • Hiring temporary staff including consultants to process Request for Tenancy Approvals (RFTA) forms;
  • Hiring temporary staff including consultants to serve as a Portability Coordinator for HUD-VASH clients;
  • Funding for pre-inspections for units that HUD-VASH clients are likely to rent; or
  • Any other services to ensure that HUD-VASH clients can move into their new homes with a voucher in the shortest time-period possible.
Attached is a letter from HUD directed to all Public Housing Agency Directors that you can use to support a dialogue with your PHA and your community partners to determine how you can put these new funds to work to achieve an end to veteran homelessness. The application process is described in the above letter. Funds will be available on a first-come first-serve basis until all funding is expended; however, no applications will be accepted after 11:59pm EST, Nov. 13, 2015.

Save the Date: How New Orleans Ended Veteran Homelessness Webinar - September 1, 2015 - 3 PM EDT


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Save the Date: How New Orleans Ended Veteran Homelessness Webinar - September 1, 2015 - 3 PM EDT


On January 7, 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that New Orleans had become the first city in the United States to end Veteran homelessness. 

This webinar will present specific strategies and actions undertaken in New Orleans that can assist other communities working to achieve these same results.

Presenters include staff from the Mayor’s Office, the City’s housing department, the local Continuum of Care and the local office of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Panelists will discuss:
  • Homelessness strategies which were in place prior to the Mayors Challenge
  • Importance of public commitment to the goal
  • Acceleration and streamlining of existing processes
  • Vital role of coordination and outreach, including working with local military volunteers
  • Mid-course corrections needed
  • System innovations sustained
Ending Veteran homelessness, as part of ending all homelessness, is an important goal of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other federal, state, and local agencies. In New Orleans and elsewhere, community efforts were spurred by First Lady Michelle Obama’s national Mayors Challenge to end homelessness among Veterans by 2015.

Join New Orleans stakeholders to learn how they ended veteran homelessness a full year ahead of the national goal.

If you are interested in attending, we invite you to participate in the webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT/ 2:00 PM CDT.

Please note you DO NOT need to register to join this webinar. Instructions to access the webinar directly are provided below. However, if you would like to get credit for this webinar, you may use the link to register.

Participation Instructions

To Join via Webex

  1. At least 10 minutes before the start time, log into the webinar.
  2. Enter your first name, last name, and e-mail address
  3. Enter the meeting password: NOLA.
  4. Click Join Now
  5. WebEx Event Manager software will load; this can take several minutes.
  6. Then dial the audio-only teleconference line (see below).

To Join via Teleconference (Audio-only)

  1. Call toll-free: +1-855-797-9485 (US)
  2. When prompted, enter in the meeting access code: 667168608#

Additional Instructions

For additional instructions, such as how to ask a question during the webinar session, please visit the Training Course detail page.

Training Point of Contact

TJ Winfield | 240-582-3607 | tj.winfield@cloudburstgroup.com


Reminder: NDRC NOFA-Specific Webinar: Resources Available to Applicants - August 27, 2015 - 3 PM EDT


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Reminder: NDRC NOFA-Specific Webinar: Resources Available to Applicants - August 27, 2015 - 3 PM EDT


This NDRC NOFA-Specific webinar is one of the many upcoming webinars in the NDRC Webinar Series. It will be held on August 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT.

The NDRC Information page on the HUD Exchange provides links to a number of resources for the use of NDRC applicants. This webinar will review the information available and show applicants how to find it, after which NDRC staff will respond to questions live. NDRC staff will be available to answer questions on all NDRC topics.

Presenters: Jessie Handforth Kome (Deputy Director, HUD Office of Block Grant Assistance), Todd M. Richardson (Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD Office of Policy Development), and Joseph Baietti (Program Analyst, HUD Office of Economic Resilience)

Please note you DO NOT need to register to join this webinar. Instructions to access the webinar directly are provided below. However, if you would like to get credit for this webinar, you may use the link to register.

Participation Instructions

To Join via Webex

  1. At least 10 minutes before the start time, log into the webinar.
  2. Enter your first name, last name, and e-mail address
  3. Enter the meeting password: NDRC2015.
  4. Click Join Now
  5. WebEx Event Manager software will load; this can take several minutes.
  6. Then dial the audio-only teleconference line (see below).

To Join via Teleconference (Audio-only)

  1. Call toll-free: +1-855-797-9485 (US)
  2. When prompted, enter in the meeting access code: 661456903#

Additional Instructions

For additional instructions, such as how to ask a question during the webinar session, please visit the Training Course detail page.

Training Point of Contact

Patrick Taylor | 765-376-2787 | ndrc.webinar@cloudburstgroup.com


EMPLOYMENT OPP: Senior Analyst @ Cloudburst


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If you have any questions about the position itself, please feel free to contact Kat Freeman directly at kathleen.freeman@cloudburstgroup.com


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