Reminder: NDRC NOFA-specific Webinar: Q&A - Review Completeness Requirements - October 8, 2015 - 3 PM EDT

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Reminder: NDRC NOFA-specific Webinar: Q&A - Review Completeness Requirements - October 8, 2015 - 3 PM EDT

This NDRC NOFA-specific webinar is part of the NDRC Webinar Series. It will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT.
HUD will review the requirements for an NDRC NOFA response to be considered complete and provide time for questions and answers with key HUD Staff.
  • Jessie Handforth Kome, Deputy Director, HUD Office of Block Grant Assistance
  • C. Duncan Yetman, Jr., CPD Specialist, HUD Office of Block Grant Assistance
  • Other members of the NDRC team
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: 664 029 677#

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 |

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SAMHSA SOAR TA Center's FY 2015 Accomplishments

As the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center closes its 2015 fiscal year and marks 6 years of service, we wanted to highlight some of our major accomplishments this past year and thank you, our SOAR supporters, for helping us achieve these milestones.
Thank you for your time, effort, and energy in bringing this initiative to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We have been able to accomplish measurable, impactful change in the lives of individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness because of your hard work and commitment to the SOAR model. Thank you!

Sharing Our Successes

SOAR TA Center to Present at APHA Conference

Senior Project Associate Jen Elder will present at the American Public Health Association's (APHA's) Annual Meeting this November. Jen will speak on the Health Policy and the Impact of Homelessness and Housing panel, to be held Tuesday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. EST. Jen will speak about lessons learned using SOAR in the HUD- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Homeless Veterans Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT), and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) programs. Learn more about the APHA Annual Meeting and Jen's presentation here.

Leadership Academy Recap

On September 1-3, 2015, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center hosted its fourth and final Leadership Academy for FY 2015. The SOAR TA Center hosted Leadership Academies in Dallas, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; and Denver, Colorado this year, training a total of 100 new individuals! During the Leadership Academies, these 100 individuals received the tools and training necessary to becoming local leads within their communities! Congratulations to all of our FY 2015 graduates -- we're excited to see you SOAR! Dates and information about the FY 2016 Leadership Academies will be sent to State and Local Leads shortly!


On September 11, 2015, SOAR TA Center liaisons Abigail Lemon and Matt Canuteson facilitated a SOAR forum in Hartford, Connecticut.  Approximately 35 representatives from state and local agencies convened to learn about SOAR and action plan around how to make SOAR successful in Hartford. Congratulations, Hartford! We are excited to see you SOAR!

If you have a SOAR-related success story to share, e-mail

Federal Updates

Strategies You Can Use to Connect People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI/SSDI Benefits

The SOAR TA Center has been mentioned in a new United States Interagency Council on Homelessness blog about the interagency publication, Key Strategies for Connecting People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI and SSDI Benefits. From the blog: "The Key Strategies are informed by many of the best practices developed and proven to be effective by SAMHSA's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program. SOAR is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by SSA for eligible adults who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. To get trained in the SOAR model, check out their website." Read the full blog post here.

Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Funding Awards

On September 14, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the renewal of approximately $300 million in grants under the SSVF program. This program provides critical outreach, supportive services, and rapid re-housing for Veterans and their families who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. The SOAR TA Center works closely with SSVF grantees nationwide to help Veterans with disabling conditions access SSI/SSDI. A list of grantees is located at If you'd like more information about how to integrate SOAR into your local SSVF program, contact us at

The VA also announced the award of $4 million in renewal funding to Grant and Per Diem (GPD) providers, who help Veterans achieve housing and income stability. The SOAR TA Center recently presented on a SOAR overview webinar for GPD providers nationwide, and will continue to assist them in utilizing SOAR to help end Veteran homelessness. 

Job Postings

Orange Blossom Family Health is hiring a full-time SOAR Benefit Specialist based in Orlando, Florida.

Visit for more information on this job posting.

Do you have a job posting you would like to share with the SOAR community? E-mail it to!

Funding Corner

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2016 Culture of Health Prize -- Call for Applications

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health, and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change. Each of the 10 winning communities that will be honored in 2016 will receive a $25,000 cash prize and the opportunity to share their accomplishments across the nation to spark local change. The Call for Applications for the 2016 Culture of Health Prize is open until November 12, 2015.

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

Learning to "SOAR" in San Francisco

Swords to Plowshares is a San Francisco-based non-profit Veterans advocacy agency that provides a wide array of core services to former military men and women. Read the full blog

SOAR Spotlight: Suzy Sodergren

Get to know SOAR Project Assistant Suzy Sodergren in a new SOAR Spotlight blog. Find out what her job entails, her favorite travel story, and her favorite SOAR success story! Read the full blog.

Working with Applicants

In most of my writing, I mention that I am a person in recovery because I want the reader to understand that it is one of the perspectives I bring to my work at Policy Research Associates. Read the full blog.

Upcoming Events

November Webinar -- Save the Date!

Save the date -- our next webinar on Traumatic Brain Injury will be held November 12 at 3:00 p.m. EST!  More information, including presenters and registration details, will be distributed shortly!
In This Issue

SAMHSA SOAR TA Center's FY 2015 Accomplishments

Sharing Our Successes

Federal Updates

Job Postings

Funding Corner

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

Learning to "SOAR" in San Francisco

SOAR Spotlight: Suzy Sodergren

Working with Applicants

Upcoming Events


November Webinar -- Save the Date!

News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

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

October 7, 2015
To End Family Homelessness, We Must Address Domestic Violence
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During this Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and all throughout the year, we stand with the victims and survivors of domestic violence, and with the direct service providers, advocates, and partners who are working tirelessly to serve the thousands of individuals and families with children who are in desperate need of resources and support.  
USICH Policy Director Jasmine Hayes discusses the intersection of family homelessness and domestic violence.
Join Us in Welcoming Our New Regional Coordinator

Joe Savage We are pleased to introduce Joe Savage, the latest addition to our National Initiatives team!

Based out of Philadelphia,
Joe will support the work of leaders in communities across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, as they strive toward the goals of Opening Doors.
Top Highlights of the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition
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As a follow-up to our webinar on September 29, USICH Policy Advisor Lindsay Knotts recaps the presentation and highlights key takeaways for the Continuum of Care Program Competition.
The HUD NOFA closes on November 20, 2015.
Further Guidance and Specifications on What it Means to End Veteran Homelessness

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In response to requests that expectations be clearer and more measurable, we released further guidance for communities working towards the goal of ending Veteran homelessness. 

Don't Miss the Nov. 13 Deadline for HUD's Extraordinary Administrative Fees Initiative 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD has set aside $10 million for public housing agencies to cover necessary, additional, or extraordinary activities that help end Veteran homelessness. Activities 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.  

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