SSVF Program Updates July 29, 2016


Hi Team,

This is the most recent program update. Have a great weekend!

Adrienne

From: SSVF
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 10:47 AM
Subject: SSVF Program Updates July 29, 2016
Importance: High

Topics:

1.     SSVF Regional Meetings
2.     Reminder:  SSVF Participation Survey
3.     SSVF Homelessness Prevention Screening Toolkit
4.     Grantee Action Needed Regarding Outstanding FFR Financial Status Reports
5.     HUD Exchange Upcoming Webinar Series on Evidence Based

SSVF Regional Meetings

Regional Meetings will take place from August through October.   Day 1 of these meetings will focus on community coordination and program planning efforts of grantees and stakeholders within the CoC (the community where the meeting is located), which is targeted for grantee program managers and directors.  Day 2 will offer a more traditional regional meeting format and will provide introductory training (SSVF 101) and basic practices related to rapid rehousing, Housing First, and homelessness prevention.  It is targeted for new or existing staff providing direct service, such as case managers, intake specialist or housing navigators. Registration information will be provided to grantees (using the GIFTS primary and secondary points of contact).  The email invitation will include registration information for your agency's assigned regional meeting date and location. Please be aware that grantees may be assigned to a location that is not located within their SSVF region. After registering for the meeting, grantees will receive a separate confirmation email that will have a link to book hotel/lodging. PLEASE ONLY USE THIS LINK to ensure your reservation is included in the reserved block of hotel rooms specifically for SSVF grantees at that location. Please send any questions to Bobby Thompson (Robert.thompson2@va.gov). 


Reminder:  SSVF Participation Survey

Per the SSVF Final Rule and NOFA, grantees are mandated to provide each exiting participant household with an opportunity to complete the SSVF Participant Satisfaction Survey. In order to satisfy this requirement, grantees should electronically distribute the survey to participants within 30 days of the participant's exit from the program, using a customized weblink provided by VA survey vendor, M. Davis and Company (MDAC).

Please note that grantees will not get credit for paper surveys nor will they get credit for the weblink registrations that are missing the Veteran's email or phone number.

If your grantee Point of Contact has not received the survey weblink or you have questions regarding the process, please contact M. Davis and Company (MDAC) at 215-790-8900 ext. 132 or vassvf@mdavisco.com.  To review the National Webinar PowerPoint presentation from the March 17th on our website please visit:  http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/?page=/home/.

Newly Released SSVF Homelessness Prevention Screening Tool (Version 2)

SSVF, together with our Technical Assistance providers, has developed a standardized tool to better support our assessment of risk factors and their connection to homelessness.   The new prevention screening toolkit has been posted to the SSVF website and grantees will be required to adopt the new screening form beginning on October 1, 2016.  However, grantees have the option of implementing the new toolkit now. Grantees who would like to begin using the new prevention screening form prior to October 1, 2016 should contact their SSVF Regional Coordinator.  The toolkit materials can be downloaded and are also available on the SSVF Forms webpage. 


Grantee Action Needed Regarding Outstanding FFR Financial Status Reports (FSR)

This is a reminder to grantees that they must close any outstanding (FY 14 and FY 15) FFR Financial Status Reports in the HHS Payment Management System.  It is a Federal requirement that all SSVF grantees submit the Financial Status Report portion of the Federal Financial Report (SF-425). Grantees must complete this report for all subaccounts within the HHS Payment Management System no later than 45 days after the end of the grant term, or at the end of an approved grant extension.

IMPORTANT:  Effective August 31, 2016, any failure to complete this process will cause a suspension of your HHS SSVF accountYour HHS account will remain frozen until this delinquency is resolved.  Please note that all SSVF grant accounts associated with that grantee's banking will be frozen.

Instructions can be found within the HHS website.


Please note that only the FFR Financial Status Report (FSR) is required and the FFR Cash Transaction Report is NOT required

HUD Exchange Upcoming:  Spotlight Webinar Series on Evidence Based Practices

The Substance-Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) presents the Evidence based Practices (EBP) Spotlight Series. SAMHSA's EBP Spotlight Series will focus on innovative homelessness solutions to use when working with the individuals SAMHSA grantees serve. The series will comprise three 90-minute virtual sessions over a 2 week period. The first session will begin on a Tuesday and provide an overview of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) presented by an expert and a grantee that have successfully implemented the practice. The second and third webinars will take place the next week on Monday and Wednesday, and will cover permanent supportive housing (PSH) and Motivation Interviewing (MI), respectively, using the same format.

Objectives of the EBP webinar series include the following:
·         Provide opportunities for grantees to learn more about the impact of interventions and how to address the complex issues faced by clients who are experiencing homelessness
·         Identify the core skills used in EBPs being implemented by SAMHSA strategically to treat mental and substance use disorders.
·         Collaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs) to strengthen and implement evidence-based interventions for mental, emotional, and behavioral health promotion; and
·         Describe the key processes and practices to help bolster clients' motivation to take steps to improve their lives.
Register here:
Please send questions related to registration and assistance to:


Schedule of Events
·         Critical Time Intervention webinar: August 2, 2016 (Tuesday)
·         Permanent Supportive Housing webinar: August 8, 2016 (Monday)
·         Motivational Interview webinar: August 10, 2016 (Wednesday)
o   Each webinar will take place from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT


Thank you,

SSVF Program Office

NOTE:  If you are receiving this email in error, please disregard.  We request your patience as the SSVF Program Office continues to address system issues with the grants management database.




IDIS MicroStrategy Reports on August 1, 2016


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IDIS MicroStrategy Reports on August 1, 2016


IDIS MicroStrategy Reports will be unavailable starting at 6:00 PM EDT on Monday, August 1, 2016 and will be up and available Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00 AM EDT.


July 2016 NCHV eNewsletter



NCHV eNewsletter
July 2016
DOL-VETS Releases Guidance on AJC Services for HVRP-Enrolled Veterans
All grantees must enroll all participants in public workforce system
The Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) has released Veterans Program Letter 03-16 to provide guidance and information on the requirement to have participants of the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) enroll in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) title I workforce programs available through American Job Centers (AJC).

Beginning in Program Year (PY) 2016, VETS will require the grantees serving homeless veterans to enroll all participants in the public workforce system through the local AJC while these participants are receiving services through VETS' homeless veterans program grantees. Grantees can find the closest AJCs by clicking here. Note that each state may refer to an AJC with a unique brand or name.
Stay tuned to the NCHV TA Center page for more information and resources regarding this guidance.
Proposed Rule Change for SSVF Program
Comments due by Sept. 26, 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced in today's Federal Register its proposal to amend its regulations that govern the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This rulemaking would clarify VA's procedures for continuing to fund SSVF Program services in communities that have lost SSVF grants due to the non-renewal or termination of services of an existing award to a grantee by awarding non-renewed or deobligated funds to other existing SSVF grantees in or near the affected community. This award of non-renewed or deobligated funds would prevent potential access issues associated with grant termination. This rulemaking would also reduce the number of satisfaction surveys grantees are required to provide to participants in order to reduce the burden on grantees and participants.
All comments are due by Sept. 26, 2016. To read the full description of the proposed rule change, view the announcement in today's Federal Register here.
Hill Watch: Congress Leaves D.C. for Recess
Little movement on veteran legislation
The Senate and the House have both had their last session for the month of July as they left for recess earlier in the month. They return to session on Sept. 6, which will leave 19 legislative days to accomplish the task of funding the federal government by the end of the fiscal year. The traditional August recess combined with the campaigning pressures of a presidential election year has left Congress with a severely truncated work schedule this year.
We reported in our last Hill Watch that the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (MilCon/VA) had been up for final passage, needing only to clear the Senate on its way to the President's desk. After initially failing this last step in the Senate during the last week of June, the same bill was to be taken up and again attempted to be passed in the Senate this week. Last night that bill was again rejected.
Though the MilCon/VA bill is the most germane to our work, and the bill which is furthest along in the process, it was not the only one to fall prey to gridlock this week; the Defense Appropriation's bill was also caught up in the turmoil.
As a result, NCHV can now say with some confidence that we expect the fiscal year to close with a continuing resolution, which funds the federal government at the current level for another several weeks or months – until the Congress can agree on a funding package. This may very well take place after the elections in November.
NCHV will keep you updated as this process moves along. And remember, as we said in our last Hill Watch: "The core of the bill as far as veteran homelessness is concerned is solid." No matter how long it takes to pass the bill, when it becomes law, VA homeless programs will see a boost in funding.
VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans Releases H-PACT Program Report
Report on pilot program aimed at new ways to address care needs of homeless veterans
The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans has released a report on the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT) model. H-PACT is a multi-disciplinary, population-based medical home model organized around the unique challenges homeless veterans face accessing and engaging in care. The H-PACT model addresses the multiple medical and social needs of these veterans in one setting by incorporating five core elements that distinguish it from traditional primary care models:
  1. Reducing barriers to receiving care
  2. Providing one-stop, wrap around services that are integrated and coordinated
  3. Engaging veterans in intensive case management that is coordinated with community agencies for continuous care;
  4. Providing high-quality, evidence-based and culturally sensitive care through on-going homeless care skill development for H-PACT staff;
  5. Being performance-based and accountable with real-time data and predictive analytic applications to assist teams in targeting those most in-need, provide on-going technical assistance and personalized feedback to the field and inform team performance.
The report provides valuable information on the history of the program, emerging peer-reviewed evidence supporting this approach, and insight into how H-PACTs have provided for several new projects and initiatives aimed at addressing the care needs of homeless and at-risk for homelessness veterans who face unique and often insurmountable challenges within our traditional care model.
DOL-VETS Introduces New TAP Curriculum
Updated Transition Assistance Program resource available online
For more than 25 years, the DOL Employment Workshop portion of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) has prepared service members and their spouses for their transition to civilian employment. In April, the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) introduced a refocused curriculum that focuses on four core competencies:
  1. Developing and executing a job search plan
  2. Planning for success in a civilian work environment
  3. Creating resumes, cover letters, and other self-marketing materials
  4. Engaging in successful interviews and networking conversations
The full workshop is available online and will soon be featured as an e-book for servicemembers, veterans, and their families who want to access the training anytime, anywhere.
Funding Opportunities
The Francis Hollis Brain Foundation is a private family foundation that funds nonprofit organizations or projects that serve disadvantaged, undeserved, and/or vulnerable communities. The foundation limits its giving to programs within Kentucky, Georgia, and Maine. They focus on organizations that support communities in the areas of health, education, and human services. To be considered for the winter cycle, applicants must submit initial inquiries by Sep 1. For more information, click here.
Wells Fargo funds nonprofit organizations in order to create more resilient, sustainable communities. They give to organizations all over the U.S., excluding certain states. They support organizations that support communities in the areas of human services, arts and culture, community development, civic responsibility, education, environmental consciousness, and volunteerism. The application deadline is Aug. 31. For more information, click here.
This eNewsletter is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
For the latest news, resources and grant information, visit our website at www.nchv.org.
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333 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
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Upcoming: Spotlight Webinar Series on Evidence-Based Practices


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Upcoming: Spotlight Webinar Series on Evidence-Based Practices


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) presents the Evidence-based Practices (EBP) Spotlight Series. SAMHSA’s EBP Spotlight Series will focus on innovative homelessness solutions to use when working with the individuals SAMHSA grantees serve. The series will comprise three 90-minute virtual sessions over a 2-week period. The first session will begin on a Tuesday and provide an overview of Critical Time Intervention (CTI), presented by an expert and a grantee that have successfully implemented the practice. The second and third webinars will take place the next week, on Monday and Wednesday, and will cover permanent supportive housing (PSH) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), respectively, using the same format.
Objectives of the EBP webinar series include the following:
  • Provide opportunities for grantees to learn more about the impact of interventions and how to address the complex issues faced by clients who are experiencing homelessness;
     
  • Identify the core skills used in EBPs being implemented by SAMHSA strategically to treat mental and substance use disorders;
     
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs) to strengthen and implement evidence-based interventions for mental, emotional, and behavioral health promotion; and
     
  • Describe the key processes and practices to help bolster clients’ motivation to take steps to improve their lives.
Register for this webinar series.
Please send questions related to registration and assistance to: hhrn@ahpnet.com

Schedule of Events

  • Critical Time Intervention webinar: August 2, 2016 (Tuesday)
     
  • Permanent Supportive Housing webinar: August 8, 2016 (Monday)
     
  • Motivational Interviewing webinar: August 10, 2016 (Wednesday)
Each webinar will take place from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT.

Presenters

  • Scott Petersen, LCSW, CAC-III - Mr. Petersen has worked for more than 20 years with people affected by trauma, mental illness, and substance use. He has served as an outreach worker, case manager, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and program director. Mr. Petersen is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Peterson received his master’s in social work and master’s in arts from the University of Chicago.
     
  • Greg Shinn, M.S.W. - Mr. Shinn began his social work career in 1988 on the Bowery in Manhattan, where he worked in homeless shelters and performed street outreach in subways, parks, and flophouses. Mr. Shinn received his master's degree in clinical social work from New York University in 1993. Since then, he has worked in a variety of settings, including state psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and home-based programs. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Shinn served as the director of social services for the John Heuss House, a shelter in lower Manhattan's financial district for individuals experiencing homelessness who have a mental illness.
     
  • Paul Duncan, LCSW - Mr. Duncan has provided direct services and leadership within behavioral health and homeless services. In his work providing housing services to veterans experiencing homelessness, Mr. Duncan worked with staff to implement a modified approach to CTI for a program providing rapid rehousing services. Mr. Duncan has provided CTI training to veteran service organizations within Southern California and worked to create a system informed of CTI practices, including bridge housing, rapid rehousing, and PSH providers. Mr. Duncan currently works at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as the associate director of systems integration, overseeing Los Angeles coordinated entry system for single adults, families, and youth.
     
  • Ali Hall, J.D. - Ms. Hall is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant and trainer. She has designed and facilitated more than 900 MI and MITI coding workshops for healthcare practitioners, behavioral health clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and criminal/juvenile justice professionals, and she provides training for trainers in EBPs. Ms. Hall offers MI coding and skill development coaching and provides consultation to systems for effective MI implementation.
     
  • Astrea Greig, Psy.D. - Ms. Greig is a clinical psychologist with specialty in multicultural psychology and working with underserved populations. She received her doctoral degree from University of Hartford, completed her internship at Yale, and her post-doctoral fellowship with the Veterans Affairs administration. She is also chair of the diversity committee of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, a division of the American Psychological Association. She currently is at a unique non-profit called Boston Health Care for the Homeless, which serves individuals in need of medical and behavioral health care who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness.






Reporting System Performance Measures: Submission Deadline Extended to August 15, 2016


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Reporting System Performance Measures: Submission Deadline Extended to
August 15, 2016


HUD’s system performance measures are critical indicators for how a community is working to end homelessness. Because of the nature of measuring performance across an entire system, these measures are complex. HUD is aware that communities are facing several challenges with their data, from Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) software concerns to data quality issues, as they are in the process of submitting their system performance measures data. As a result, HUD has decided to extend the submission deadline until Monday, August 15, 2016 7:59:59 PM EDT to provide Continuums of Care (CoCs) with enough time to run updated reports and submit data to the HUD Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) web portal.
CoCs must submit their 2016 System Performance Measures data by the new deadline to meet the HUD reporting requirement. Meeting the data submission deadline is a factor considered by HUD in the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition.
HUD understands there may be various data quality issues associated with this first submission. HUD encourages communities to prioritize submitting the best data they have and then to document their concerns when they submit. HUD is very interested in the challenges CoCs are facing and wants to use that information to assist where it can. HUD expected that this initial submission would reveal several challenges and encourages CoCs to work with their HMIS Lead and vendor to continuously improve data quality in their HMIS, even after the community submits its data in HDX. For this year, CoCs should focus on making sure they submit the report by the deadline. HUD will provide an opportunity to update or resubmit FY 2015 System Performance Measure data in the future. 

Additional Questions and Updating Submitted Data

If you have any questions about System Performance Measures that are not covered in the Data Submission Guidance or Training webinar, please visit the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal.
  • CoCs who have already submitted the report in HDX can request access to the report to edit data by submitting a question to the HDX AAQ portal. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC and AHAR)” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process and indicate Reporting Systems in the subject line. Requests must be submitted by August 12, 2016.
     
  • Technical questions related to data submission in HDX should be submitted to the HDX AAQ portal. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC and AHAR)” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process and indicate Reporting Systems in the subject line.
     
  • Questions about calculation of the measures or preparing the report in HMIS should be submitted to the HMIS AAQ portal. To submit a question to the HMIS AAQ portal, select “HMIS: Homeless Management Information System)” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process and indicate Reporting Systems in the subject line.

Additional Resources

HUD recently posted a set of FAQs on the measures. You can review these, along with the other System Performance Measure resources on the System Performance Measures page. You can also view recordings of the recent System Performance Measures webinars at the following links:


Register Today: Q & A Session: Developing a CAPER in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar - Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 1 PM EDT


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Register Today: Q & A Session: Developing a CAPER in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar - Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 1 PM EDT


The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a Question and Answer (Q&A) Webinar for all State and Entitlement grantees that develop a CAPER/PER in the eCon Planning Suite. The webinar will review key tips and participants will be able to ask questions regarding the using the eCon Planning Suite to develop a CAPER.
This webinar will focus on the process and requirements for setting up and completing a CAPER/PER in the eCon Planning Suite template in the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), using the Con Plan Goals and Accomplishments Report and troubleshooting common issues in the eCon Planning Suite.
Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions to HUD and technical assistance providers regarding the eCon Planning Suite and Consolidated Plan process.
Participants will learn:
  • How to create, edit and submit a CAPER using the IDIS template
  • How to use the Con Plan Goals and Accomplishments report

Registration

Training Date Registration
Q&A Session: Developing a CAPER in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar 8/18 August 18, 2016 Register Today
Registration is required. Go to the course page and click “Register Now” next to the August 18 class. Login to register or, if you are new to HUD Exchange Training and Events, click on “Create an Account” and then follow the instructions.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is relevant for anyone who is or will be preparing a CAPER/PER in IDIS. The CAPER/PER is required to be submitted through IDIS if your most recent Consolidated Plan or Annual Action Plan was submitted through IDIS. The Q&A will provide valuable opportunities to learn how to properly set up Con Plans and Action Plans in the eCon Planning Suite and troubleshoot issues.

Training Point of Contact

TJ Winfield | 240-582-3607 | econplan.training@cloudburstgroup.com
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Training and Events.


FY 2016 Housing Trust Fund Income and Rent Limits


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FY 2016 Housing Trust Fund Income and Rent Limits


HUD has released the FY 2016 Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Rent Limits and Income Limits, effective July 1, 2016. They are available on the HUD Exchange at the links below. You may also access them from the Housing Trust Fund page under “HTF Program Limits.”


CoC Competition Focus: Ending Chronic Homelessness


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CoC Competition Focus: Ending Chronic Homelessness


HUD and the Administration are striving to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017. The FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFA continues to emphasize the importance of implementing those strategies that will help CoCs meet this goal. Earlier this month, HUD and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released the criteria and benchmark for what it means to end chronic homelessness, and you will hear more about these in the coming weeks. This installment of CoC Competition Focus provides resources on the policy priority included in the FY 2016 CoC Program NOFA for ending chronic homelessness.
This policy priority focuses on three key areas:
  • Targeting persons with the highest needs and longest histories of homelessness for existing and new permanent supportive housing;
     
  • Increasing the number of dedicated permanent supportive housing units; and
     
  • Improving outreach.

Target persons with the highest needs and longest histories of homelessness for existing and new permanent supportive housing:

Earlier this week, HUD published Notice CPD-16-11: Prioritizing Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Other Vulnerable Homeless Persons in Permanent Supportive Housing which supersedes Notice CPD-14-012, which was published in July 2014. In this Notice, HUD lays out recommended orders of priority for both dedicated permanent supportive housing (including permanent supportive housing not awarded as dedicated but identified as prioritized) and for non-dedicated permanent supportive housing. HUD updated the prioritization guidance to reflect the definition of chronic homelessness included in the final rule. CoCs are encouraged to adopt these orders of priority and incorporate them into their written standards, however, CoCs will be eligible to receive points outlined in SectionVII.A.6.(a) of the FY 2016 CoC Program NOFA for demonstrating adoption and incorporation of the orders of priority included in either Notice CPD-16-11 or Notice CPD-14-012.
To be able to achieve an end to chronic homelessness — and to sustain it — CoCs must work diligently to ensure that persons experiencing chronic homelessness are prioritized to the maximum extent possible in all available permanent supportive housing while also working to ensure that fewer and fewer people “age in” to chronic homelessness by connecting them to permanent housing sooner. Adopting a Housing First approach in as much of the available permanent housing as possible will be integral to making this happen. Those with the highest needs and longest histories of homelessness will be the least likely to meet unnecessary program requirements and will benefit the most from this approach.
HUD also recognizes that when targeting those persons with the highest needs and longest histories of homelessness, obtaining the documentation required in the final rule may take time. It is not HUD’s intent to delay a person experiencing chronic homelessness from being able to quickly access permanent supportive housing due to burdensome recordkeeping requirements. Therefore, HUD has published FAQ 2872, clarifying that while at least 9-months of third-party documentation is required for at least 75 percent of program participants in an operating year, recipients have up to 180 days after a program participant has been enrolled to a project to obtain that documentation.

Increase the number of dedicated permanent supportive housing units:

In addition to prioritizing people experiencing chronic homelessness in existing permanent supportive housing, most CoCs will need additional permanent housing resources to meet the goal of ending chronic homelessness. Therefore, we encourage CoCs to continue to reallocate funds from lower performing projects to create new permanent supportive housing dedicated to chronic homelessness and apply for new bonus funding for this purpose. CoCs should also consider additional ways to create more available permanent supportive housing dedicated for the chronic homelessness outside of the CoC Program Competition.
One way to do this is by partnering with a local Public Housing Agency (PHA) to initiate a moving-on strategy, which is where persons currently residing in permanent supportive housing but who no longer need the supportive services “move on” to housing that is supported through the PHA such as a Housing Choice Voucher or Public Housing. This essentially increases the rate of turnover in permanent supportive housing (in a positive way) which frees up more units for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.

Improve outreach:

A CoC cannot confidently declare that they have achieved the goal of ending chronic homelessness unless they have a persistent, coordinated, and creative outreach and engagement strategy that ensures that they have, to the best of their ability, identified all persons experiencing homelessness. The outreach and engagement efforts — including in-reach to local public systems where chronically homeless persons cycle in and out of — should be connected to coordinated entry and other mainstream systems to ensure that every person is connected to assistance. CoCs should continuously engage persons experiencing chronic homelessness (and most at risk of becoming chronically homeless), even if they repeatedly decline housing and services.
Communities should share information across outreach teams and sites and engage with other systems, including law enforcement, hospitals and emergency departments, corrections, libraries, and job centers. These efforts should proactively seek all people who are unsheltered within CoC, including people living in encampments or tent cities, and not be limited to serving only persons seeking assistance. All outreach should be person-centered and emphasize building rapport and trust as a means of helping people obtain housing with appropriate services.
Over the coming weeks, HUD and USICH will be providing additional resources and tools aimed at helping CoCs understand what it means to end chronic homelessness. As always, we thank you for your continued commitment to ending homelessness.
Norm Suchar and Marcy Thompson
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS)

Resources Related to Ending Chronic Homelessness:

Download this CoC Competition Focus: Ending Chronic Homelessness


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The Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership administers the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program. The Deputy Director will have both internal and external responsibilities, ranging from project management and program administration to partnership development . . . Read Full Listing
LISC Greater Newark
Affordable Housing Development
Senior Project Manager
New Destiny connects at-risk, low-income families to safe, permanent housing and services. The Senior Project Manager's responsibilities will include: assisting in site selection, feasibility analysis; negotiating acquisition terms and contracts with team . . . Read Full Listing
Program Officer
Program Officers are local technical assistance providers who have a wide variety of skill sets throughout LISC's network including: community engagement; program management and implementation; contract management; workforce development, real estate development and finance; safety programming . . . Read Full Listing
Resources for Community Development
Resources for Community Development
Assistant Project Manager

The APM will provide administrative support for a full range of development activities, including but not limited to: preparing and assembling funding applications, researching locational and other amenities for development sites, preparing maps and graphic . . . Read Full Listing

Project Manager I
The PMI will have primary responsibility for a full range of development activities relating to affordable multifamily housing development projects, such as researching, identifying, and securing funding sources, organizing reports, graphics, budgets . . .  Read Full Listing
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Community Organizer/Developer


The HANDS Community Organizer will work directly with senior staff, community residents, partnering organizations, businesses, and municipal officials to develop relationships, increase participation by stakeholders, and identify and nurture . . . Read Full Listing


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