Resources of Interest for Housing & Healthcare (H2) Communities: Overview of the resources featured on the ACA Landing Page

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Exchange Mailing List

Resources of Interest for Housing & Healthcare (H2) Communities: Overview of the resources featured on the ACA Landing Page

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) landing page on the HUD Exchange highlights the activities being carried out under HUD’s Housing and Healthcare (H2) TA initiative. In order to better meet the needs of people who are homeless and those who are low income and living with HIV/AIDS, HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are sponsoring technical assistance (TA) to support states, territories and communities in undertaking the systems change needed to enhance integration and collaboration between the housing and healthcare systems. The goal of the Housing and Healthcare (H2) TA initiative is to maximize care coverage for the target populations and increase their access to comprehensive healthcare and supportive services that can be coordinated with housing.

The ACA page includes a short video introducing the HUD/HHS/USICH partnership, links to “Affordable Care Act News & Announcements” and archived webinars conducted as part of the H2 TA initiative. The ACA landing page also features an overview of the action planning sessions being carried out under the H2 initiative, with links to information on each of the participating communities’ action plans. Posted H2 Action Plans include: Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. These documents are updated regularly as locales make progress on their plans’ action steps and objectives.

The ACA landing page also features customized State and Territory Profiles, which provide a quick guide to key healthcare resources for grantees and sub-recipients of the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Continuum of Care (CoC) programs. Profiles include the following up-to-date information for each state and territory:
  • Name of Medicaid Program and whether the state has expanded coverage under the ACA
  • Types of Medicaid Waivers and Demonstration programs in place
  • Name of the Healthcare Insurance Marketplace
  • Type of Affordable Insurance Exchange
  • Consumer Enrollment Options and how to access Consumer Enrollment Assistance
  • Listings of Federally Qualified Health Centers, Ryan White Assistance and Health Care for the Homeless programs
  • A link to the state/territory’s ‘benchmark’ health insurance plan
This information is provided through HUD's Healthcare and Housing (H²) Technical Assistance initiative. Sign up for ‘ACA’ in the HUD Exchange Mailing List to receive future H² TA announcements and to track progress in your state or territory.

[MARHMIS] Employment Opportunity/Project Manager with Bitfocus

If interested, please e-mail including your CV/resume directly to  Please note: this is a remote ("work from home office") position within the continental US.
Thank you!

Looking for an exceptional Project Manager to join our friendly and talented team of professionals at Bitfocus, Inc.

As a Project Manager, you will be expected to become a subject matter expert on Clarity Human Services Software functionality, and the business that it supports. You will work closely with clients, other analysts, developers and management on identifying and resolving complex software and business problems, development and preparation of information products, and be responsible for the execution of various projects. You will manage ongoing analysis of Continuum of Care coordination efforts, federal reporting requirements, partner agency data , and special projects data obtained from a variety of sources. You will will be expected to take a proactive approach to client service and problem-solving, identifying potential client issues or challenges before they become significant problems and bringing them to the attention of the team.
What you'll do:
• Troubleshoot and investigate software and business process issues reported by clients or colleagues
• Respond to client inquiries by phone, email or through our on-line ticketing system
• Adhere to internal and contractual Service Level Agreements; maintain company standards of excellence
• Develop agreements and contracts with clients for customizations and reports
• Analyze human service data from conceptualization through presentation of the data
• Thoughtfully evaluate data and deliver information products based on analysis
• Deliver data products in report/presentation format, or verbally, to customer specifications and timelines
• Work with customers to develop and understand product specifications.
• Develop appropriate methodologies for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data products
• Gather and document requirements for new features, information products and functionality
• Test new features and functionality, and write clear and detailed accompanying notes
• Be the technical resource for user documentation creation and updates
• Act as primary liaison for specific clients and become familiar with their business processes and needs
• Work with team to anticipate the needs of clients
• Manage regular calendar projects or new feature implementations as assigned
• Create/Design/Review data reports to ensure accuracy and quality assurance
• Lead demos and training sessions for new or existing functionality
• Act as a liaison between our firm, our customer, and community partners
What we'd love you to bring:
• Experience administering or using a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
• Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills
• A strong analytical background
• Adaptable and able to effectively multi-task • Ability to handle both in person and electronic project assignments
• Proficiency with analytical tools
• Excellent interpersonal skills and written/verbal communication competency
• Demonstrably computer proficient, numerate and adept at learning new and complex software applications
• Work both independently and as part of a team using Scrum/Kanban methodologies
• Strong 'Plain English' writing skills • Comfortable presenting/speaking to medium/large groups
Preferred Software Skills:
• Advanced Microsoft Excel (Crosstabs, Pivots, Formulas) SSRS, R and other statistical analysis tools experience a plus.
• Knowledge of SQL and databases a plus, but not a requirement.
Skills required:
• Strong Project Management Skills
• Strong technical, analytical, communication & organizational skills
• Principles of computer data processing, business systems applications, techniques of software and systems quality assurance and control
• Knowledge of practices of effective project and technical documentation, techniques of providing customer service
• Demonstrates and supports an environment of professionalism, performance and execution.
• Ability to process complex data and information from multiple sources and communicate actions
• Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills
• A strong analytical backgroundAdaptable and able to effectively multi-task
• Excellent interpersonal skills and written/verbal communication competency
• Demonstrably computer proficient, numerate and adept at learning new and complex software applications
• Knows the fundamental concepts in reports creation and database development, system testing and data analytics
• Work both independently and as part of a team using Scrum methodologies
• High efficiency and follow-through on assignments
• High level of integrity and customer focus
Other requirements:
Must be able to pass a criminal history background check
  • Compensation DOE ($50 - $60k range)
  • Full-time employment (40 hrs a week)
  • Remote (work from home) position within the continental US only
  • MAC computer and VOIP phone provided for your home office
  • Insurance Benefits options, Paid Time Off, Holidays
Job Type: Full-time
Required experience:
  • Project Management, HMIS, IT: 4 years
Required education:
  • Bachelor's

SAMHSA Now Accepting Applications for FY 2016 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) Grants

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SAMHSA Now Accepting Applications for FY 2016 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), are accepting applications for FY 2016 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grants. The purpose of this jointly funded program is to enhance and/or expand the infrastructure and mental health and substance use treatment services of states and territories, local governments, and other domestic public and private nonprofit entities, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges, and community- and faith-based organizations.

CABHI grants will increase capacity to provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services; permanent supportive housing; peer supports; and other critical services for:
  • Individuals who experience chronic homelessness and have substance use disorders (SUDs), serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED), or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs); and/or
  • Veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness and have SUD, SMI, or COD; and/or
  • Families who experience homelessness with one or more family members that have SUD, SMI, or COD; and/or
  • Youth who experience homelessness and have SUD, SMI, SED, or COD.
Applications are due March 15, 2016. For additional information, visit the CABHI Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information page on SAMHSA's website.

CRA Exams Aren't Cutting It

Also in this issue: 7 Ways to Help Workers With Unpredictable Schedules * Organizing and Community Land Trusts
Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Desperate Measures: Survival Strategies of the Poorest of the Poor | Washington, DC | Jan. 27

Over the past two decades, the number of families living with little to no income has climbed. Sponsored by the Urban Institute, this panel discussion will explore why assistance programs are essentially nonexistent for many who need them most.

Online Event | Stepping Up to Make a Difference: The Vital Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Health Improvement | Jan. 27

From hospitals and health systems to universities, anchor institutions are organizations with deep roots and longevity as major employers in their communities. RSVP here for this web forum sponsored by the Public Health Institute and others, in which leaders from anchor institutions will discuss how they are increasingly working outside their own walls to make lasting contributions to the regions they serve.

Webinar | The Promise of Children's Savings | Jan. 28

Part of CFED's National Week of Action, this virtual briefing will introduce
Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs) and their impact, discuss examples of successful programs, and provide resources for those interested in starting a CSA program in their community.

Cities Building Community Wealth | CUNY School of Law | Jan. 29
In this free event, CUNY School of Law, the Democracy Collaborative  and Surdna Foundation will highlight the work of innovative city leaders working to build more inclusive, equitable, and cooperative economies, and discuss how municipal policy can be best used to build community wealth. See list of speakers and register here.


2016 NALCAB Colegio  Fellowship: Call for Applications!

Established in 2010, NALCAB Colegio was developed to ensure that next generation Latino leaders develop the practical, personal and professional skills needed to fill the increasing leadership gap in community economic development nonprofit organizations across the country. Learn more and apply here.

7 Ways to Help Workers with Unpredictable Schedules
Tara Marlowe, Rutgers Law School Fellow

Just-in-time scheduling is an abusive practice, and people are working to end it. In the meantime, here are some ways community groups can change their practices to better help the most vulnerable workers . . . More 

CRA Exams Aren't Cutting It
Josh Silver, NCRC

CRA exams were meant to ensure that banks are serving low-income communities. But if 98 percent of banks in our current climate are getting passing grades, something is wrong.  More 

Organizing and Community Land Trusts
Miriam Axel-Lute and Dana Hawkins-Simons, Shelterforce

What happens when organizers win a campaign for community control of land? That depends a lot on the choices they make about how to exercise that control . . . More 

Review of City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis
edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce

The essays in this book have a lot of merit, but to say people are writing about home, and then leave out the perspective of people writing about their actual homes is strange. It makes for a book in which . . . More 

You Said It!

On How Are We Responsible for Baltimore?

I find the subject line of the email I received from Shelterforce (in which a link to this article was included) incredibly offensive. "Repairs-for-Sex Scandal: Just a Symptom" . . . Implying that these women somehow traded sexual favors for repairs to their apartments is beyond unacceptable. They were sexually abused, extorted by the very people who should have been assisting them, and the victims of a very serious crime. We need to stop sugar-coating what happened to these women and actually speak frankly and honestly about how to prevent something like this from ever happening again. Firing our Housing Commissioner would be a good first step, using language that properly reflects what happened to these women would be another. --Carol Ott
Editor Reply
I can see your point about the implication of complicity, though it was not at all what we intended. We know that what happened was absolutely not an exchange in which the women are in any way complicit; it was extortion and sexual assault. Period. It is challenging to convey the sort of nuance and complexity that our writers regularly deliver in the length of a subject line, and to do it in a way that makes people pay attention enough to open and read, which is our obligation to our writers. Perhaps we were too caught up in the indignity and wanting everyone to pay attention to this important piece on it that we didn't realize that anyone would read it that way. I realize that that is ironic given the content of the post, which is all about how our assumptions and misperceptions of women in public housing are what let these assaults be overlooked for so long. --Miriam Axel-Lute

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