Reminder: Coordination between Hospitals and CoC Homeless Assistance Providers Results in Improved Residential Stability - November 10 - 1 PM EDT

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Reminder: A Hear from Your Peers Webinar - Effective Coordination between Hospitals and CoC Homeless Assistance Providers Results in Improved Residential Stability and Reduced Costs - November 10, 2015 - 1 PM EDT

This webinar will explore how three hospital systems – state, county and private nonprofit – have streamlined their internal operations, coordinated with homeless Continuums of Care and effectively leveraged both internal and external resources to reduce overuse of hospital emergency departments and frequent readmissions, while improving discharge outcomes and expanding access for homeless and at-risk patients to permanent housing and other needed community-based resources and services.
Panelists include:
  • Roula K. Sweis, M.A., Psy.D., Supervisory Program Advisor, HUD’s Office of the Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development
  • Lisa Bahadosingh, Community Liaison for Regional Initiatives, Fairfield County, CT
  • Joyce Platz, Executive Director, Residential Services, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport, CT
  • Corrin Buchanan, Program Manager, Housing for Health, LA County Health Services, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lynn Kovich, Senior Consultant, Technical Assistance Collaborative, Boston, MA

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.  
Learning objectives include:
  • Sharing innovative approaches at the state and local levels for connecting hospital and CoC resources to improve care and reduce costs for homeless and at-risk patients.
  • Sharing information about successful solutions being implemented to leverage Medicaid and local resources to fund permanent housing interventions.
  • Engaging with front-line experts who can offer access to cutting-edge information and suggest workable solutions for improved hospital discharge outcomes through braiding federal, state and local resources.

Participation Instructions:

The webinar is limited to 1,000 participants.
Webinar Link:

Event password: H2Webinar

Teleconference information:
Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-223-6370 (US)
Conference Code: 718 687 7411
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.


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Advocacy Opportunity: Call-In Week EXtended!
Our call-in week has been extended until THIS Wednesday, November 11. It is crucial that Congress hears from homelessness advocates the importance of fully funding housing and homelessness programs in the final FY 2016 bill!

The Alliance, in partnership with CSH, have provided talking points about the three most important priorities to be included in the final FY 2016 bill to make a difference for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Here’s What You Can Do:

1. Call your members of Congress THIS WEEK by dialing the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351.
a. When you reach your Members’ offices, ask to speak to the staff person who handles housing issues.

2. Deliver this message: “Please ask your boss to contact leadership of the full Appropriations Committee and T-HUD subcommittee and communicate that we need to take advantage of the opportunity created by the budget deal to address the homelessness crisis and get back on track to end homelessness. Congress can do this through prioritizing 3 key HUD programs by:

  • Providing $2.480 billion for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, including $40 million for homeless youth initiatives.
  • Providing $18.05 billion to renew all Housing Choice Vouchers in use at the end of 2015 and $470 million to restore the remaining 60,000 vouchers lost due to sequestration.
  • Not raiding the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) to fund other programs.”
** You can use these talking points and share these one-pagers on the cost savings of ending chronic homelessness and why Congress should fully fund homelessness programs this year.

3) Spread the word about these National Call In Days to your colleagues and community partners!

4) Let us know which offices you called and what the responses were!

The Balanced Budget Act (BBA), a two year budget agreement that raises overall budget caps by $80 billion over the next two fiscal years, was signed into law last Monday, November 2. This presents the biggest opportunity we have to get Congress to do something about homelessness since the HEARTH Act passed six years ago! To learn more read this Advocacy Update.

This is our chance to make progress on ending homelessness, and to finally put the resources on the table to end chronic homelessness! We need to get a strong, unified message out about what Congress needs to do to ensure the message permeates and ending homelessness rises to the top of appropriators’ priority lists.
Access the talking points and the one pagers to share with your Members.

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