June 2016 NCHV eNewsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
June 2016
HUD Releases FY 2016 CoC NOFA
Submission deadline is Sept. 14, 2016
The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. 
Approximately $1.9 billion is available through this funding notice. All of the requirements in the FY 2016 application process, including requirements for the entire CoC Consolidated Application and the total amount of funding available, are contained in this NOFA.
It is vital that homeless veteran service providers are working in collaboration with their local CoCs. Find your local CoC contact here
Thank You to All Who Participated in the 2016 NCHV Annual Conference! Presentations and More Available Online
See presentation materials, NCHV Award winners, and more
Thank you to all who made the 2016 NCHV Annual Conference a great success! Over 600 service providers, experts, and other stakeholders participated in this year's event. We especially thank those who provided input in the various listening sessions to help NCHV communicate the most pressing needs from the field to our partners in the Federal agencies and in Congress.
Hill Watch: NCHV Advocacy Team and Appropriations
Progress and setbacks in funding process
First of all, we want to send a big “thank you!” to the folks who attended the NCHV Annual Conference and in particular the Public Policy Session. The follow up discussions were some of the most fruitful and promising we have ever had with members. So many of you committed to going up on the Hill to talk to your congressional offices, and several of you told us you were going to go for your first time! That is the stuff that movements are made of – thank you for your zeal and willingness.
If you are one of those people who did take a meeting with a congressional office while you were in town, please don’t forget to fill out a NCHV Advocacy Team Hill Meeting Debrief Form by clicking here. For those of you who conduct advocacy back home, please also fill out one of those forms if you think there is something NCHV should be aware of, or do follow-up on.
Those of you who follow Hill Watch closely, or who were in the Public Policy Session, will remember the discussion of appropriations as they relate to veteran homelessness program funding, and how the vast majority of the funds those programs expend will be governed by this year’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (MilCon/VA). The House and the Senate passed different versions of this bill, but just recently their appointed conferees have come to an agreement resolving the differences. The only remaining step before the President signs this bill into law is final passage out of the Senate (the House having already done this).
Unfortunately, this week when the Senate attempted final passage, unrelated political “riders” caused the otherwise good bill to be rejected. You can read more about that in a Roll Call article here (the focus of the article is on Zika funding, which was tied in with the MilCon/VA bill). The core of the bill as far as veteran homelessness is concerned is solid: it calls for $320 million for the SSVF program, $257 million for GPD, and backfills the missing HUD-VASH case management dollars from last year.
NCHV projects that whatever final form the package around the MilCon/VA Appropriations bill takes, the core numbers for VA homeless programs will remain the same as quoted above. Whether those numbers will become law right after the Fourth of July holiday week, or well after the statutory deadline of Sept. 30, is hard to tell. Stay tuned to NCHV’s communications to find out!
Homeless Court Program Training to Take Place at San Diego Stand Down
July 22-23, registration is free but limited to the first 15 registrants
Key players from San Diego’s Homeless Court Program will provide participants with a review of the
history and the development of homeless court at Stand Down, answer questions from observers and discuss what resources are needed to replicate the program in their communities. Participants will also tour the full Stand Down program which features Child Support Court, civil legal aid services, and dozens of non-legal services.
This free training is available to the first 15 registrants and will take place July 22-23 at the San Diego Stand Down.
Veteran Employment Resources at Your Fingertips
DOL-VETS launches Veterans.gov, excerpt from blog post by Assistant Secretary Mike Michaud
In my travels around the country, one of the comments I hear the most is about the variety of websites for veterans’ employment. It’s often hard for transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses to know where to start, whether they’re looking for a first civilian job after the military, wanting a career change or hoping to start a business. And I’ve heard similar things from employers who want to hire veterans but don’t know where to begin.

I am pleased to share with you the best starting point to build a better network of resources: our virtual, one-stop online employment services website, Veterans.gov. The site brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top trending industry sectors and tools for employers.
As we continue to grow Veterans.gov and its content, we want to give customers the most robust and valuable experience we possibly can. To do that, we’ll be meeting with our government and private sector partners to learn from them what works well and hear their suggestions for improving the site. I encourage everyone to try it out today, and spread the word about all the resources Veterans.gov has to offer.

Mike Michaud is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training.
Guidance from USICH, HUD: Criteria and Benchmark for Ending Chronic Homelessness
Federal criteria for ending all chronic homelessness
Permanent housing with individually tailored supportive services is the solution to chronic homelessness. To make sure all individuals experiencing chronic homelessness are on a quick path to permanent housing, communities need robust, coordinated systems that are focused on shared outcomes.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and Department of Housing and Urban Development have released criteria and benchmarks for ending chronic homelessness that are intended to help communities build and fine-tune those systems, to help define the vision of ending chronic homelessness within communities, and to align local efforts in support of that vision.
To view these new criteria and benchmarks, click here
Funding Opportunities
MetLife Foundation primarily focuses on grants to organizations that help with financial inclusion for low-income individuals and families. Financial inclusion grant requests are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Applications are accepted through their online application system. For more information, click here.
Sam L. Cohen Foundation grants to nonprofit organizations that benefit people living in southern Maine. The five program areas that are funded are: arts and culture; civic and community; education; health and human services; Jewish culture and tradition. The fall cycle for initial inquiry is from June 1 to Aug. 1. For more information, click here.

The FY 2016 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

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The FY 2016 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT
  • The FY 2016 CoC Program Competition is administered under the CoC Program interim rule (24 CFR part 578) and covers the application and award process for the FY 2016 CoC Program funds.
  • The electronic application, e-snaps, is not yet available. HUD strongly encourages CoCs, Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, and stakeholders to use the time before e-snaps opens to:
    • Carefully and thoroughly read the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA to clearly understand what has changed from last year; and
    • Begin to plan local competitions based on the information, new and changed, from the previous competition, provided in the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA.
  • An announcement will be made on the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange and via listserv message when the e-snaps is available. For your planning purposes, we anticipate this will occur sometime after July 6, 2016.
  • HUD will issue a Preliminary Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) Report that includes each CoC’s Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) and ARD amounts no earlier than July 8, 2016, followed by a final ARD Report no earlier than August 5, 2016 that will include each CoC’s PPRN, ARD, CoC Planning, and Permanent Housing Bonus amounts available.

What’s New and Special Considerations for the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition

The list below highlights some important information about what has changed, what is new, and special considerations that CoCs should make while planning for the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive, so please plan to watch the upcoming 2016 NOFA Broadcast and read the Competition Focus Messages for additional information.
  • Tier 1 is now 93 percent of the CoC’s ARD amount, up from the 85 percent in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition, which means CoCs will have an opportunity to protect more of the higher priority projects.
  • The amount available for the FY 2016 Permanent Housing Bonus is 5 percent of the CoC’s Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN), which allows HUD to provide permanent housing bonus funding to more CoCs.
  • Tier 2 project-level scoring has been revised to include:
    • Up to 50 points based on CoC Application score;
    • Up to 35 points based on where the CoC ranks a project in Tier 2 in the local ranking process;
    • Up to 5 points based on the type of project in Tier 2; and
    • Up to 10 points based on each Tier 2 project’s commitment to a Housing First approach. It is important to note that any project that identifies through the project application as Housing First will be required to operate as such.
  • After several years of preparing for and providing information on performance measures, this is the first Competition where CoCs will be rated for submitting system performance measures, which will be worth 10 points. You can find more information about the System Performance Measures on the HUD Exchange.
  • The local ranking process continues to be crucial to making the CoC program as effective as possible. CoCs should use objective, performance-based criteria to rate projects and should consider both the need to serve particular populations (for example, survivors of domestic violence, youth, and persons with substance use disorders) of people experiencing homelessness and the effectiveness of their projects in reducing homelessness.

HUD strongly encourages CoCs to consider the needs of special populations when making local ranking decisions. In particular, HUD has received many questions about transitional housing (TH) projects that serve people fleeing domestic violence. HUD recognizes that in many communities CoC-funded domestic violence programs are vital, particularly in those places where there are no other projects serving people fleeing domestic violence within a reasonable distance. We encourage CoCs to ensure that these programs are reviewed and ranked with special attention to the needs of the population in mind and that these programs are not unfairly disadvantaged in the local decision-making process. However, we also want to ensure that like all CoC-funded projects, projects serving people fleeing domestic violence are as effective as possible, and we encourage CoCs, when they have TH projects serving households fleeing domestic violence that are lower performing, to reallocate to other types of projects serving people fleeing domestic violence. HUD will release an additional message on this issue shortly.

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.

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, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.

If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox please contact info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.


If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program 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 portal 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 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2016 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.

Upcoming Webinar: SAMHSA’s Youth First Spotlight Series: Developmentally Appropriate Housing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness - June 30, 2016

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Upcoming Webinar:
SAMHSA’s Youth First Spotlight Series: Developmentally Appropriate Housing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness -
June 30, 2016 - 2:00 PM EDT

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network presents:
The Youth First Spotlight Series:
Developmentally Appropriate Housing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Webinar
June 30, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

The Developmentally Appropriate Housing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness webinar is the last webinar in a series of three webinars focused on youth homelessness. Transition-aged youth experiencing homelessness often struggle to find housing programs that meet their developmental needs. After age 18, youth usually must access adult shelters, which do not provide sufficient supports. Many housing programs for youth also set preconditions, rather than utilizing a Housing First approach. This webinar will focus on models, characteristics, and best practices for developmentally appropriate housing that leads to positive outcomes for youth. Housing needs for particular youth subpopulations will also be addressed.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify challenges and barriers faced by youth vulnerable to or experiencing homelessness;
  • Explain the impact of homelessness on youth;
  • Implement a harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and recovery-oriented approach when serving youth experiencing homelessness; and
  • Identify effective services and recovery supports for youth experiencing homelessness.
Visit SAMHSA's event registration page to register for this webinar.
Please send questions related to registration and assistance to: hhrn@ahpnet.com.


  • Diamond McMillion became homeless at 16, when her family kicked her out of the house due to her sexual orientation. She spent the next 8 years on the streets – sleeping in alleyways, elevator shafts, and shelters. At 24, with the support of Youth on Fire (YOF), Ms. McMillion finally stabilized and obtained permanent supportive housing. She became a member of the YOF staff in 2011, working as the food and nutrition coordinator, as well as working with the LGBTQ Peer Leader Program. Ms. McMillion has transformed her experiences as a young adult experiencing homelessness into passionate support of youth and homelessness prevention and support programs. As an advocate for the homeless and LGBTQ communities, Ms. McMillion has testified for the LGBTQ Youth Commission at the Massachusetts State House, met with Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo to advocate for policy changes related to funding for homeless shelters and the structuring of youth-specific shelters, and presented to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as well as to students enrolled in courses at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. Ms. McMillion was recognized as a Hannaford Health Hero for her work on improving access to healthy food for youth experiencing homelessness. In December 2012, Governor Patrick appointed Ms. McMillion to the Unaccompanied and Homeless Youth Commission to make policy recommendations to the state on how to better serve young adults experiencing homelessness. She has since gone on to work with a number of organizations, acting as a change agent from within the system and currently as a peer support specialist.
  • Kendall Rames, M.A., L.P.C., is the deputy director/director of Urban Peak in Denver, Colorado. She is responsible for the oversight of each of Urban Peak’s programs, which provide a convergence of care for runaway youth and youth experiencing homelessness, ages 15 through 24. Ms. Rames has been working with youth for 30 years, including her role as a therapist and clinical supervisor in residential treatment facilities in Colorado and Illinois. She is a long-time advocate for youth and their families, and in that capacity she has been a tireless advocate for addressing the needs of runaway youth and youth experiencing homelessness. Ms. Rames received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado.

Homelessness Update: The CoC NOFA is out

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The coc nofa is out now
The HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was posted today and we are feverishly reviewing it here at the Alliance to compare it to last year’s competition and assess how this will impact our efforts to end homelessness. Click the link below to read our observations so far. We’ll share more as we dig deeper into the notice.
What's at stake this year? »
news alert
hundreds of stories about homelessness published today
News outlets in San Francisco, with support from Seattle, New York City, San Diego and others, have spent the day publishing stories about homelessness in their communities. See them all by following #SFHomelessProject on Twitter.

A great place to start is the San Francisco Chronicle's "Solution to SF's homeless problem starts with supportive housing."
Rapid Re-Housing Performance Evaluation & Improvement Toolkit
This toolkit provides details on using the performance benchmarks from the Rapid Re-Housing Performance Benchmarks and Program Standards to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of rapid re-housing practice, both in individual programs and across a system.

Current and potential rapid re-housing providers, funders, and other stakeholders can use the toolkit to understand how effectively programs are operating and create performance improvement plans.
Access the toolkit »
housing trust fund allocation plan info available for each state
The Housing Trust Fund (HTF) website now includes allocation plan information for each state. The documents listed include
  • Draft allocation plans
  • Notices of public comment periods
  • Submitted comment letters
  • State-specific advocacy resources.
Each state’s page also lists contact information for the State Designated Entity responsible for administering HTF programming, as well as the advocacy point person.
See what's happening in your state »
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The CoC NOFA is out now
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Today, HUD released the Notice of Funding Availability for FY2016 Continuum of Care Program Competition.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will likely release their 2016 Notice of Funding Application in the next month or so, and there are things you can do now to prepare. Watch our videos and get your community ready for the process.
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