EMPLOYMENT OPP: HMIS System Admin (Carroll County, MD)

Homeless Information Systems Analyst

Department of Citizen Services
$18.79 hourly salary (Grade C10)
37.5 hour position with full benefit package

Apply By: Friday April 29, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.

Apply on-line: ccgovernment.carr.org
Call the Carroll County Job Hotline at (410) 386-2020 to request an employment application
Call (410) 386-2129 for employment inquiries

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES Maintains, supports, and provides training for Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and agency staff in HMIS design, use, documentation, training, problem solving and projects in accordance with federal, state and local laws.

ESSENTIAL TASKS include the following; other duties may be assigned.
1. Meet with agencies to determine use of HMIS software as a daily tool for improved efficiency of operations; provide demonstrations to potential clients
2. Coordinate Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) with Department of Social Services, Local Management Board, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and non-profit agencies and software vendor for improved efficiency of data collection operations
3. Analyze projects, determine customer’s needs, design appropriate processes to achieve goals and support clients on an on¬going basis.
4. Develop customization of the HMIS database to help meet customer needs; create special fields within the system and reports as needed by agencies and the grants office for the purpose of aggregated data in obtaining grants within HMIS
5. Coordinate and provide connection, maintenance, and upgrades with DTS and end users
6. Design and monitor processes for maintenance of HMIS for data collection, analysis, monitor accuracy of data, reports, and transmission data
7. Perform quality review of HMIS records to monitor program compliance
8. Provide training, technical assistance and communicate changes for use and application of HMIS system
9. Facilitate Carroll County Circle of Caring Homeless Board HMIS Committee and represent County at the MD State Administrators Collaborative
10. Write and present reports requested by the Executive Committee
11. Any employee may be identified as Essential Personnel during emergency situations
12. Provide service to customers by answering questions, providing information, making referrals, and assuring appropriate follow-through and/or resolution


1. Valid driver’s license


1. Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field
2. Relational Database Experience generating reports preferably with Business Objects/Crystal Reports/ART * *
3. Two years experience in system analysis and design
4. Experience with microcomputer installation and software installation*
* A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications

Carroll County is an equal opportunity employer
The County Commissioners of Carroll County recognize the rights of all people, including County employees, to equal opportunity. Discrimination against County employees on the basis of age, religion, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability is strictly prohibited. The Americans with Disabilities Act, Titles I and II, applies to County government employment. If you have questions, suggestions, or complaints, please contact Kimberly L. Frock, Director and Carroll County Government Americans with Disabilities Coordinator for employment, at the Department of Human Resources (410-386-2129) or Md. Relay 711/800-735-2258. The mailing address is 225 North Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157.

HUD Announces New Coordination and Collaboration for CoCs and Con Plan Jurisdictions Guide and Video

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

HUD Announces New Coordination and Collaboration for CoCs and Con Plan Jurisdictions Guide and Video

The HUD Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) is pleased to announce the release of two new complementary tools: Coordination and Collaboration for CoCs and Con Plan Jurisdictions Guide and Video for Continuum of Care (CoC) and Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) Jurisdictions, including those with and without Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) allocations.

The guidebook and video:
  • Provide an overview of the consultation requirements.
  • Identify ways that CoC and Con Plan Jurisdictions (including ESG recipients) can effectively collaborate.
  • Discuss the benefits of collaboration.
  • Assist key stakeholders in understanding why and with whom they should collaborate.

To explore these new tools and other related CoC resources, please visit the CoC Toolkit - Responsibilities and Duties.

View the Marketing Flyer announcing the release of these new tools.

Additional CoC Program tools and resources are located on the CoC Program Toolkit Page. Resources are provided in a variety of formats, including online self-paced trainings, broadcasts, podcasts, videos, and presentations.

Now Available: CoC Program Grant and Project Administration Requirements Online Training Module

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Now Available: CoC Program Grant and Project Administration Requirements Online Training Module

The HUD Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) is pleased to announce the release of a new tool: Continuum of Care Program: Grant and Project Administration Requirements. This online training module ensures that recipients and subrecipients understand the primary responsibilities in administering a Continuum of Care (CoC) Program project. The module includes a summary of information about the requirements established for recipients and subrecipients in the CoC Program Interim Rule.

The training enables users to:
  • Understand the requirements related to housing activities
  • Describe the requirements related to program participants
  • Explain the applicability of other Federal requirements in relation to the CoC Program
  • Summarize the requirements for recordkeeping and expectations for monitoring

To explore this new training module and other CoC grant administration tools, visit the CoC Toolkit - Grant Administration.

View the Marketing Flyer announcing this new training module.

Additional CoC Program tools and resources are located on the CoC Program Toolkit Page. Resources are provided in a variety of formats, including online self-paced trainings, broadcasts, podcasts, videos, and presentations.

April 2016 NCHV eNewsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
April 2016
Register Today: 2016 NCHV Annual Conference
June 1-3, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. 

Register today for the 2016 NCHV Annual Conference, "New Beginning: Building Blocks of a Post-Plan Era"! Join service providers, government agency representatives, nonprofit partners, VSOs, and other stakeholders from around the country on June 1-3, 2016 when the 2016 NCHV Annual Conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
New for the NCHV Annual Conference in 2016:
  • Veteran Homelessness 101 for those new to the field
  • NCHV Board members leading discussion on key issues
  • Best practice discussion tables focused on specific issues, strategies, and challenges
  • Coordinated visits to your representatives in Congress
We'll also have the same great level of participation from top officials, special guests, and experts from the field. This year's event is especially important as we chart our nation's course to end veteran homelessness as we move beyond the Five-Year Plan.
Space is limited, register today!

Have you renewed your NCHV membership? Interested in becoming a member? NCHV members receive discounted rates for the Annual Conference. Click here to renew or become a member today! For more information about NCHV membership, email Anna Kaminski at akaminski@nchv.org. Your NCHV membership must be current to receive the discounted rate.

Do you want to share the value of your program with Congress, and help advance the goal of ending veteran homelessness? Do you have the desire, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, NCHV is here to help! Email jstewart@nchv.org to get started!
Hill Watch: Members of Congress Join Together to Support Homeless Veteran Funding
Appropriations letters signed by 67 Representatives and 30 Senators in show of bipartisan support
March is always a busy month for the Appropriators of Congress – those members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate who sit on the Appropriations Committees. They receive endless streams of letters from their colleagues which support various types of programs and sources of funding. Among the issues being supported is the cause of ending veteran homelessness. We had a particularly good year this time around, with strong bipartisan support for letters in both the House and Senate.
In the House, a letter co-written by Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Ryan Costello (R-PA), and Brad Ashford (D-NE) garnered the support of 67 Members from both sides of the aisle. The letter encouraged the House Appropriators to robustly fund the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) for the upcoming fiscal year. NCHV joins them in encouraging Appropriators to fully fund the President’s Budget request for the HVRP program at $50 million, which would be an increase over the last several years budgets. To read the letter and see who else signed, click here.
In the Senate, a letter coauthored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) called for robust funding for the Grant and Per Diem (GPD), Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, and the HUD-VASH program. This letter was also signed by an additional 28 Senators of both the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as a Senator affiliated as an Independent. NCHV joins them too in their support of these programs, and calls for the full funding requested in the President’s Budget- $300 million for SSVF, $247.5 million for GPD, and an increase of $47 million for the HUD-VASH program over last year’s request. To read the letter and see who else signed, click here.
NCHV thanks every one of the 97 Members of Congress who either authored or signed the two letters to Appropriators this year. As we progress through the appropriations process this year, we hope that the input from these Members will help make the President’s Budget request numbers a reality.
You can help with this process, too! Are you coming to the NCHV Annual Conference this year? The Public Policy Session at this year’s Annual Conference will be a chance to get attendees up to speed on what is happening on Capitol Hill, and to prepare them for meetings with Congress. Will you help yourself and fellow providers across the country to better serve homeless veterans, by walking the halls of Congress? Even if you have never spoken to your congressional offices before, NCHV will be able to prepare you for your first meeting. Are you already planning on taking these meetings? Let us know!

For more information, or to express your interest in setting a “Hill Meeting”, email our Director of Policy, Joshua Stewart, at jstewart@nchv.org.
Military Sexual Trauma Resources for Service Providers
From the National Center for PTSD
Are you asking your patients about sexual trauma? Did you know that sexual assault survivors report higher rates of physical issues? Sexual trauma can lead to PTSD and other problems for which you can provide help or referral. Here are some resources to assist you:
Webinar – Using SOAR to Access Social Security Disability Benefits
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm EDT
The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Using SOAR to Access Social Security Disability Benefits” on Thursday, April 21 at 2:00 pm EDT.
Social Security disability benefits are critical sources of income for veterans with disabling mental or physical health conditions, and lead to increased housing stability and improved healthcare outcomes. SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR), is a federal program sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase access to disability benefits among people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Since 2006, states report 27,226 approvals on initial SSI/SSDI applications, with an approval rate of 65 percent in an average of 81 days using the SOAR model. This presentation will describe best practices for utilizing SOAR with veterans who access HVRP services, with special emphasis on employment and housing stability.
Jen Elder from the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc. will be leading the discussion.

TO REGISTER FOR “Using SOAR to Access Social Security Disability Benefits”

Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2332425176120990212 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Cindy Borden at cborden@nchv.org.
Special Report: How to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Older Adults
From Justice in Aging and the National Alliance to End Homelessness
A lack of affordable housing and higher costs for health care and other necessities are pushing greater numbers of older adults into homelessness. A Special Report by Justice in Aging, created in partnership with The National Alliance to End Homelessness, outlines the problem and recommends policy solutions to ensure that all older adults have a safe place to age in dignity, with affordable health care, and sufficient income to meet their basic needs.

To view the report, click here
Funding Opportunities
The Investors Bank Foundation is dedicated to helping organizations that support the arts, education, health and human services, youth initiatives, and more. Funding is available to organizations located in the areas served by Investors Bank, which includes most of New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island. Grant applications are considered on a quarterly basis. For more information, click here
The Sobrato Family Foundation is addressing root causes of the economic divide in the Silicon Valley through its education and career pathways grantmaking, and provides flexible support to hundreds of nonprofits that promote self-reliance and economic independence in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties in California. Upcoming open application periods include: health or legal services – August 2016; housing or employment/financial sufficiency programs, nonprofit capacity building programs – February 2017. For more information, click here

Both Dems Release Housing Platforms!

In this issue: Development's Racial Comfort Zone ● Energy Efficiency and Low-Income Households ● Harvard Planners Talk Race, Design, and St. Louis
Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Webinar | Homes For All: A National Dialogue with Matthew Desmond & HFA Leaders | May 18, 3-5pm EDT

Homes For All & Right To The City Alliance host a national online discussion with Matthew Desmond about the eviction epidemic facing black & brown communities, women, and low and moderate income families across the country. Desmond is the author of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Webinar | Housing as a Health Care Investment for Children | April 25, 2-3pm EDT

Affordable and safe housing has an important impact on the health of children. The National Housing Conference hosts this webinar, analyzing recent research conducted by Children's HealthWatch showing that access to affordable housing is associated with lower risk of hospitalization among infants from vulnerable, low-income families. Speakers will also discuss policy implications and solutions to increase access to affordable housing for low-income families.

Video | Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority

As we move through this polarized election season, political organizations are spending millions of dollars chasing white swing voters--when in fact, it's minority voters who increasingly make up the political majority and have the power to determine our next president. The Ford Foundation recently hosted a discussion with author Steve Phillips about the shifting demographic landscape and its underlying disconnects at the launch of his new book.

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Axel-Lute Comparing the Democratic Candidates' Housing Platforms
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
"There's still time to get the nation's housing and urban crisis on the presidential campaign radar," wrote Randy Shaw in February. I doubt at the time he had high hopes that it would happen. I didn't. But since then, the Democrats have stepped up! Here's what the Clinton and Sanders affordable housing platforms look like . . .  More

Break Development Out of Its Racial Comfort Zone

Ana Garcia-Ashley, Gamaliel Foundation
Many of us live in cities that are undergoing a renaissance, but the longstanding populations are no better off than before. In the midst of giant cranes building hotels and condos sprouting like weeds . . . More

Energy Efficiency = Dollars and Sense for Low-Income Households

Michael Bodaken and Dana Bartolomei, National Housing Trust
The poorest among us tend to live in the least energy-efficient housing in the country. This coalition of local and national groups intends to upend that dynamic . . . More

Harvard Planners Talk Race, Design, and St. Louis
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Long-time urban planner and racial equity advocate Chester Hartman has recommended that urban planning programs be moved out of design schools, where they so often reside, and instead locate them where they would have more interaction with politics and public policy programs. He might have been surprised, but also pleased, by the conference put on recently by the Harvard Graduate School of Design . . .  More

You Said It!

On Two Sneaky Reasons Why Building More Housing Isn't Helping

By using statistics for a touristy area like Venice, you are cherry-picking. Even the study you rely on claims that CITYWIDE, AirBnB reduces citywide housing supply by just over 7,000 units--a drop in the bucket in a city as large as Los Angeles. And these units meet supply too; short-term rentals address housing needs just as long-term rentals do . . . . --Michael Lewyn

Author Reply
Housing markets are local. The linked report notes that AirBnB units are clustered very heavily in an handful of touristy neighborhoods--in those neighborhoods they are absolutely having an effect. And short term rentals do not address supply for housing, any more than conversions to office space would. They are hotel units. Different kettle of fish . . . . --Miriam Axel-Lute
On Why We Must Build

Allowing more units per acre does increase profit in the short run. But land markets will capitalize those values, and land values will increase, reducing profits to the next buyer. The capitalization is unlikely to be perfect, and density may produce some higher profits or lower rents, but in the long term . . .
--Dan Immergluck

Buildings age, causing the net income to decrease while the demand for that building also decreases. It may not lead to abandonment, but it can lead to a number of other outcomes including removal or becoming poorly maintained. --David Nelson

On Integrating Whitman

. . . Although the Whitman resident may have believed that all prospective families were on welfare, that is just not the case, and because of the rigorous approval process for potential tenants, no family on welfare would have been approved to live in Whitman. Also, 50 percent of the houses were reserved for people who had previously lived in Whitman. After driving around the neighborhood myself, I have a very hard time seeing the Whitman Park Townhouse Project as a failure. An embarrassment, maybe, because of the massive civil rights violations. --C. DeFelice

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