DEADLINE TOMORROW: Sign-On Letter to Increase McKinney Funding and Protect USICH

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DEADLINE TOMORROW: Sign-ON TO Increase McKinney Funding and Protect Usich
As a reminder, please sign your organization on to this letter asking appropriations leadership to fund McKinney at least at $2.487 billion; and maintain funding for USICH at $3.6 million and extend its sunset date from 2017 to 2020 by TOMORROW, Wednesday July 13 at 12pm EST.

Here’s What You Can Do:

  1. Sign-on your organization to this letter here
  2. Share this sign-on letter with your networks. Particularly in Maine, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and North Carolina!
  3. If USICH has worked with your community, please also reach out to the housing staffer for your Representative in the House to let them know about the role they played in ending homelessness in your community. Ask them to weigh in with appropriations leadership in support of USICH.  
    • Reach out to Jaime Colman or Julie Klein if you need their contact information.  
    • Keep us posted on your outreach!
More Information:
The House Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Other Related Agencies (T-HUD) bill in late May which included a very impressive $237 million increase of $2.487 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program. This would be the biggest one-year increase in the last 20 years and would provide housing for approximately 40,000 more people than this year.

However, during the T-HUD mark up to consider the bill, it became clear that the existence and capacity of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is threatened. We will need to work together to secure at least the House level of funding for McKinney and defend USICH!

We need to get the message about the importance of McKinney funding and the work USICH does to end homelessness to Chair Diaz-Balart and his colleagues! Please sign-on by TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 13 at 12pm EST.
Sign-on here!

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HUD Releases HMIS Data Standard Tutorials

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HUD Releases HMIS Data Standard Tutorials

HUD is pleased to announce the first set of Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Data Standard Tutorials are now posted on the HUD Exchange.

HMIS Data Standards have been established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow for standardized data collection on individuals and families. HMIS data elements are explained in detail in the HMIS Data Standards Manual.

These multi-segmented tutorials explain select required data elements in greater detail. The tutorials provide information about when a data element is collected, who the data is collected from, how to collect the data, and where to report it.

These tutorials are designed as a resource for HMIS Lead agency and local Continuum of Care (CoC) project staff who seek a more detailed understanding of each data element. CoCs and HMIS leads are encouraged to use these tutorials to supplement local HMIS data standard trainings. There is no particular order to the tutorials.

HUD has posted an introduction tutorial and the tutorials for data elements:
HUD will publish additional tutorials as they become available.

As each tutorial is posted, the link from the introduction will go live. HUD will send another announcement when all tutorials are posted.

If you have questions about the tutorials, please submit them through the HMIS Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the HMIS AAQ portal, select “HMIS: Homeless Management Information Systems” in the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.


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