HUD Releases System Performance Measures Videos

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HUD Releases System Performance Measures Videos

HUD is excited to announce eight brief videos to assist Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders, System Administrators, and other community stakeholders in understanding the system performance measures and facilitate conversations about how to effectively use the HUD-required system performance measures. Each video provides a detailed description of the purpose of the measure, an illustrated depiction of how the measure is calculated, and some considerations for how the results can be used locally to inform system planning.
View the videos on the HUD Exchange.

Available Videos

  • Introductory video
  • Measure 1: Length of Time Persons Remain Homeless
  • Measure 2: The Extent to which Persons who Exit Homelessness to Permanent Housing Destinations Return to Homelessness
  • Measure 3: Number of Homeless Persons
  • Measure 4: Employment and Income Growth for Homeless Persons in CoC Program-funded Projects
  • Measure 5: Number of Persons who Become Homeless for the First Time
  • Measure 6: Homelessness Prevention and Housing Placement of Persons Defined by Category 3 of HUD’s Homeless Definition in CoC Program-funded Projects
  • Measure 7: Successful Placement from Street Outreach and Successful Placement in Retention of Permanent Housing
System performance measurement is a central component of each community’s efforts to improve their homeless response systems and effectively use their resources to prevent and end homelessness in their area. HUD expects communities to adopt and incorporate system performance measurement as a regular part of how they operate their Continuums of Care (CoCs).
HUD will use system performance measures as selection criteria for the CoC Program Competition. This data will provide a wealth of information for the current state of the community’s homeless response system. HUD encourages communities to consider how best to use their performance data to identify areas of improvement and ways to improve their homelessness efforts. Communities should consider how to evaluate their system performance in response to local needs. Communities should also feel empowered to develop additional system performance measures that they believe will inform their decisions to better assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness in their area.

System Performance Measures Resources

Over the last year, HUD has published resources on the System Performance Measures page on the HUD Exchange. The measures described in these materials will become the foundation of HUD’s evaluation of Continuums of Care (CoCs).
HUD expects HMIS software vendors to have completed programming of system performance reports in HMIS by January 2016. Additional guidance related to the use and submission of system performance results will become available in the coming months.

Questions about System Performance Measures?

If you have questions about the system performance measures, please submit them through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select “Continuum of Care Program” in the “My question is related to” dropdown.

FY 2015 CoC Program Competition – e-snaps Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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e-snaps Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Currently, e-snaps is experiencing technical difficulties in which some users are unable to access the system or unable to save information. HUD is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it as quickly as possible. Once the issue has been resolved, HUD will issue a listserv message to notify all applicants and stakeholders that the issue has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

“Caps Hurt Communities” Webinar: Sign-Up Today!

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Caps Hurt Communities Webinar: Sign-Up Today!
The Caps Hurt Communities campaign, spearheaded by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development (CHCDF), will host a webinar, Spending Caps, Budget Negotiations, and the Impact on Housing and Community Development in Your Community on Monday, October 19 at 3PM.

The webinar will focus on the current sequester budget caps and how a year-long Continuing Resolution would impact affordable housing, homeless, and community development programs. The webinar will also share what you can do to engage your local media by sharing stories of the impact these caps have on your community.

You can sign up for the webinar here.

More Information:
Caps Hurt Communities campaign aims to build a movement of individuals and organizations committed to bringing an end to federal sequester caps. Congress needs to lift the unfair budget caps to allow appropriators to increase resources for affordable housing, community development, and homeless assistance programs in the final FY 2016 spending bill.

Sequestration refers to mechanisms that were set in place to achieve spending reductions through the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). One mechanism required nine annual sequesters of $109 billion (half from defense and half from non-defense programs) to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion. The first of these annual sequesters took effect in FY 2013, in the form of across-the-board cuts to programs’ already enacted spending levels. Since then, sequestration has been implemented by adhering to lowered defense and non-defense spending caps. However, since the Bipartisan Budget Act temporarily raised the caps for FY 2014-FY 2015 but has now expired, the caps we are facing for FY 2016 are much tighter than in recent years. Note also that the BCA also mandated separate discretionary sequesters if appropriations for any year exceed the annual caps set by the law.

The $2.185 billion spending level included for McKinney in the House bill (written at sequestration level spending caps) should allow programs to continue operating at their current capacities, but would not provide new housing resources. The $2.235 billion for McKinney in the Senate bill (also written under these caps) would provide limited new housing resources with a strong focus on youth homelessness initiatives, but would not make the critical investments in permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing that were included in the President’s Budget Proposal.

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have publicly stated that these caps are too low, so along with our other partners advocating on behalf of NDD programs throughout the country, we have a shot at convincing enough Members to raise them. Join the effort to ensure that Members hear why #CapsHurt people experiencing homelessness today!
Sign up for the webinar here!

Upcoming Webinar: Determining Homeless Status of Youth for HUD Programs

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

Join Us for an Upcoming Webinar!
Determining Homeless Status of Youth for HUD Programs
Wednesday, October 28, 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released guidance to assist intake workers in determining and documenting homeless status for youth using the definition of homelessness found in HUD's Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs to ensure youth are not being turned away from the housing and services they need in error. 
HUD-funded programs are an essential component of a coordinated and comprehensive community response to ending youth homelessness. As outlined in our recently released vision for a coordinated and comprehensive community response, HUD's homeless assistance resources should be a part of the array of services and housing options for youth. HUD's guidance supports the recently launched one-stop spot for youth and those that serve youth experiencing homelessness through HUD programs, to find housing with connections to resources, publications, and relevant links to other agencies and organizations.
Join our webinar for an overview of the guidance and to answer specific questions you may have related to determining homeless status for youth in HUD programs and associated requirements for documentation. We will be joined by staff from HUD as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Registration is required to attend this webinar. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a URL link and audio instructions (computer or dial-in) for accessing the webinar during the scheduled time.


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HUD Releases CoC Notice of Funding Availability

Incorporating SOAR Into Your NOFA Applications

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) just released the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and we're sure that many of you are already hard at work putting together the application materials!

While focusing your applications on increasing permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing resources, remember: Access to income increases housing options and stability.

With the competitiveness of the NOFA this year, a few things to keep in mind as you work on your application:
  1. Highlight your SOAR program's success in helping individuals to access income and housing.
  2. Utilize SOAR best practice guidance when working with special populations.
  3. Incorporate SOAR screening and referral into your Coordinated Entry System.
Integrating SOAR into Housing First programs is a proven, effective way to end homelessness for individuals with disabling conditions. We encourage you to reach out to us to discuss how you can initiate or grow a local SOAR initiative.

Read more about how to use each of these strategies on our website!
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