HUD Releases New Data on Homelessness and Housing Instability

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HUD Releases New Data on Homelessness and Housing Instability

For the past 50 years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been committed to serving our nation’s most vulnerable people. Today, these individuals and families are facing a challenge that is all too common. Communities across the country are experiencing a housing affordability crisis that has left too many people without a safe, stable home.

HUD and its federal partners continue to make progress in reducing homelessness, but sustained investment and focus is critical to making lasting progress. To demonstrate the current level of need among people experiencing homelessness, HUD released its 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) Part 2.

The report shows a nationwide decline of 6.3% in homelessness since HUD began tracking this information in 2007. While this reduction is substantial with more than 100,000 fewer people in shelter programs than in 2007, in the past year we have seen an increase of 4.6% in the number of people using shelter programs. This increase, however, occurred in conjunction with a 10% reduction in the number of people homeless at a point in time in unsheltered locations. This progress is attributable to the hard work of local homeless service providers nationwide. HUD and other federal agencies have continued to target resources and emphasize evidence-based interventions to support this work. As the national economy continues to improve, we must remember those nearly 1.5 million Americans with no place to call home and judge our nation’s prosperity by the number of Americans sleeping in shelters or on the streets.

This year, the AHAR includes complementary data, like the American Housing Survey and the U.S. Department of Education’s data, to paint a more complete picture of homelessness and housing instability for all populations, including children and families. These data play a critical role in helping the federal government, states, and local communities in reaching the goal to end homelessness. Comprehensive data are critical to understanding the need in our communities and the resources necessary to serve any person who is experiencing homelessness or housing instability. HUD values and takes into account whatever data is available to understand homelessness and encourages communities to do the same.

This report shows substantial progress toward ending a social wrong that deprives people of their full potential. Ending homelessness means more than providing a roof over people’s heads. It means giving people the opportunity to address their challenges in a stable and secure environment, providing families with a place to raise their children, and ensuring that our nation’s veterans can heal in their own home.

To access the full report, view the 2014 AHAR: Part 2 - Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.

Home Depot Foundation Veteran Housing Grants Program - Accepting applications

Home Depot Foundation

Program:  Housing, Shelter
State:  National
Maximum Grant:  $500,000
Deadline:  February 24, 2016

The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) is accepting applications to the Veteran Housing Grants Program. This program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the development and repair of veterans housing. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Eligible Projects:
* New construction, rehab or repair, single family or multifamily, permanent supportive housing or transitional housing.
* Grants are awarded solely for the physical construction or repair of housing for veterans (hard costs). THDF does not provide funding for soft costs, such as furnishings, rental subsidies, tenant services, etc.
* Target population of veterans, at or below 80% AMI.
* Projects in which at least 20% of the units are reserved for veterans.
* All veterans served are honorably discharged.
* Project will commence within the next twelve months.
* THDF grant funding must comprise less than 50% of the total development cost of the project.
* 75% of the project's funding sources have been identified at the time of proposal submission.
* The amount of funding requested does not exceed $25,000 per veteran unit.
* For multifamily rental projects, proposals requesting above $100,000 must provide evidence of a third party binding agreement that ensures the units are a.) reserved for veterans; b.) occupied by veterans for a minimum of 15 years for rental or 3 years for homeownership ( i.e. project-based HUDVASH, other funder requirement, deed restriction, zoning requirement, etc.).

Eligible Applicants:
* Grants are only awarded to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that have been in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service for at least 5 years.
* Organizations with a current operating budget of at least $300,000 and audited financial statements from the past three years.
* Organizations with previous experience developing, and either currently manage or own, veteran specific housing.
* For rental projects, nonprofit must have a 15+ year ownership stake in the development.

Preferred Project Criteria:
* Projects which serve the housing needs of women veterans with children, Post 9/11 wounded warriors, veterans with caregivers, homeless veterans, or aging in place for senior veterans.
* Projects which combine addressing the housing needs of veterans with supportive services or opportunities for community service activities.
* Projects with a funding request between $15,000 and $25,000 per veteran unit.
* Projects located in urban/major metropolitan areas.
* Projects with a mix of local private/public financial support as well as a mix of local, city, state, federal and private funding.
* Proposals which clearly demonstrate how organization will track and report outcomes.
* Proposals which clearly demonstrate how organization will locate and identify veterans.
* Organizations willing to provide volunteer opportunities for local Home Depot store associates.

* Multi-family developments which;
o Have a substantial track record in developing and managing housing projects for veterans as well as providing services to veterans.
o Have site control.

* Single Family New Construction projects which;
o Have a track record in developing, gifting and selling housing to veterans.
o Have site control of the lots.
o Veterans have been identified and qualified.

* Single Family Home Repair projects which;
o Have a track record of identifying and managing critical repairs on a veteran's home.
o A waitlist of veterans exists.

All applicants will first complete a questionnaire to determine their eligibility to receive funding through this program. If the project is eligible, applicants will be directed to submit a Grant Proposal for consideration by THDF.

Kathleen E. Freeman
Manager, Housing and Community Development
Solutions for Health | Housing | Land
207-582-2424 direct
207-441-8882 cell
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FY 2015 CoC Program Competition – Deadline Reminder

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FY 2015 CoC Program Competition – Deadline Reminder

There are 7 days remaining until the application submission deadline for the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Applications, that includes the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are due November 20, 2015 by 7:59:59 PM EST. Please allow ample time to complete your FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application, and do not wait until the last minute to submit via e-snaps to HUD. HUD strongly recommends that Collaborative Applicants submit their applications at least 24 - 48 hours before the deadline. See Section VI. Application and Submission Information of the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA for application submission and timely receipt requirements for the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition.
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  • Due date reminders – it is the sole responsibility of Collaborative Applicants and their project applicants to submit the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing containing all project applications by the due date and time.
  • Availability of webcasts.
  • Important updates or additional information – the additional information will not change the selection criteria or selection process included in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, but may include items such as updates on the status of e-snaps and reminders of impending deadlines.
If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link,, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.
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If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
The AAQ accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2015 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST.

First Lady Urges Landlords to Aid Fight to End Veteran Homelessness

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First Lady Urges Landlords to Aid Fight to End Veteran Homelessness
First Lady Michelle Obama released a video Thursday, Nov. 5, in which she implored landlords across the country to contribute to the national drive to end veteran homelessness. In a year when communities like Portland and Los Angeles have announced homelessness states of emergency, other communities like New Orleans and Houston have announced an end to veteran homelessness.
In the video, the First Lady reminds landlords that they can contribute to the progress while also looking after their bottom line by renting to veterans who have received federal housing vouchers. “You all have the power to open doors for Vets,” she says, “and give them the stability they deserve, and help our country solve an issue that has been swept under the rug for far too long.”
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HUD Releases Part 2 of 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report
Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released Part 2 of its 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). The report provides an analysis of data collected from homeless shelters throughout the course of 2014. According to the report:
  • In 2014, 1,488,465 people used homeless shelters in America, a 4.6 percent increase from 2013, but a 6.3 percent decrease from 2007.
  • Nearly 9 percent (131,697 people) who used shelter in 2014 were identified as veterans.
  • 70 percent of people in shelter were in major cities.
Read the report »

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Houston Veterans Share Stories About Homeless Experience
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Technical Assistance Available for States on Health and Housing Collaboration
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new initiative aimed at strengthening state-level collaboration between health and housing agencies. The initiative, an intensive six-month action planning process, is intended for governors’ staff and leaders of Medicaid, housing, behavioral health, and human services agencies. The initiative is meant to help participants address two challenges:
  • Increasing the supply and availability of supportive housing stock targeted at low income persons with complex health needs.
  • Determining ways in which states can use Medicaid to fund services that promote stable health and housing outcomes.
To apply, state Medicaid, housing, and behavioral health agencies must complete and submit an expression of interest by Tuesday, Dec. 1.
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Webinar Video: Meeting the Needs of Job Seekers Experiencing Homelessness
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Happy Veterans Day from the Alliance
by Kathryn Monet
Veteran’s Day is a time to honor the service and sacrifice of the many men and women who served in the United States military. The best way we at the Alliance believe we can do that is by ensuring that every single one of these men and women and their families have a warm and safe place to call home. 
Five years ago, the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a challenge to the nation: end veteran homelessness. Since that day, the Obama administration, Congress, as well as local and community partners, and stakeholders like the Alliance have been hard at work to improve and invest in programs and system changes that will house our heroes. Nationally, we are seeing results. According to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count, the number of homeless veterans has dropped 33 percent since that challenge was issued.
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Here are 10 New Facts About Sheltered Homelessness in America
by Liza Doran
Every day, homeless service providers across America input a plethora of data into their community’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). This information contains a wealth of information on the homeless population who accesses services, and it can answer a lot of questions about our nation’s sheltered homeless population.
For example: How many people access shelters during a year? What are the demographic characteristics of this population? How long do people experiencing homelessness tend to stay in shelter or transitional housing?
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Here's Your Chance to Learn Homelessness Best Practices in the UK
by Anna Blasco
How often do homeless service professionals in the U.S. get the opportunity to travel to a foreign country to learn about best practices?
Until recently, the answer to that question was “almost never.” Now, thanks to a partnership between the Alliance, Homeless Link, and the Oak Foundation, five motivated mid-level homeless assistance professionals will get the chance to learn about a practice area in the United Kingdom.
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