Register Today: IDIS for CDBG Entitlement Grantees Training - Fort Worth, TX; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR

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Register Today: IDIS for CDBG Grantees Training - Fort Worth, TX; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Block Grant Assistance is pleased to announce a series of eight Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) training sessions this Fall for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees.
These sessions will provide CDBG grantees with hands-on training on the IDIS system, including recent updates. These sessions will specifically focus on CDBG requirements, screens, reporting, the new Section 108 component, and will provide an overview of Grant-Based Accounting (GBA).

Who Should Attend?

This training is open to CDBG grantees. For the Newark, Fort Worth, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco sessions, entitlement grantees will receive priority enrollment. For the Jacksonville session, which will focus on the State CDBG program, States will receive priority enrollment.
Only one representative per grantee will be accepted into the training. In addition, individuals who attended IDIS training for CDBG in 2013-14 will be placed on a waitlist. (These individuals may see an error when trying to register; they may email the IDIS Training Registrar to be placed on the waitlist).

Please note that submitting a registration request does not guarantee you a seat at the training. Due to limited space, registrations will be reviewed and approved prior to confirmation. You will receive a confirmation email if you are accepted into the training. Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation email from the Training Point of Contact.

For more information, visit the IDIS Training for CDBG Entitlement and State Grantees News pages.

Schedule of Deliveries

Note: The deliveries occurring on the same dates will be joined via video teleconference. The deliveries in Seattle and Los Angeles will be “primary” locations, where the trainer will be on-site. The Portland and San Francisco deliveries will have a training assistant on-site, but will view the main trainer via video-teleconference.
Location Date Registration
Newark, NJ September 28-29, 2016 Register Now
Fort Worth, TX October 11-12, 2016 Register Now
Seattle, WA October 26-27, 2016 Register Now
Portland, OR October 26-27, 2016 Register Now
Los Angeles, CA November 1-2, 2016 Registration TBA
San Franciso, CA November 1-2, 2016 Registration TBA
Jacksonville, FL (State CDBG Session) TBD Registration TBA
Note: the previously announced session in San Diego was moved to Los Angeles due to technical requirements.

Registering for the IDIS Training for CDBG Grantees

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Improving Our Understanding of Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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Improving Our Understanding of Youth Experiencing Homelessness

HUD and its federal partners have agreed to establish 2017 as the baseline year for measuring progress in ending youth homelessness in the context of the Point-in-Time (PIT) count.

How many homeless youth are there? HUD has been working with its federal partners, including the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Education (ED), to better understand how many youth experience homelessness nationally and how best to support communities to identify and serve youth locally. HUD and its partners are leveraging existing data sources, supporting new data collection efforts, and sharing emerging practices. Our best answer to how many youth experience homelessness so far has been that no single source of data provides the full picture – but that there are a few key data sources that are extremely helpful. These data sources include:

Each of these data sources provides unique insights into how many youth experience homelessness and each has its advantages and disadvantages. We anticipate more resources to come, including recommendations on counting youth from Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count effort.

In the last two years, communities have increased their efforts to identify youth experiencing homelessness in their PIT counts. We commend you for your efforts. HUD and its federal partners have agreed to establish 2017 as the baseline year for measuring progress in ending youth homelessness in the context of the PIT count. This means that, as HUD measures national and local progress on ending youth homelessness with the PIT count, it will generally use 2017 as the initial comparison year. It is critical that communities ensure this count is as accurate as possible to be able to fully demonstrate their progress on ending homelessness among youth in 2018 and beyond. While the PIT count data is a critical resource for measuring progress, HUD and its federal partners will use the PIT count data together with other data to understand progress towards ending youth homelessness.

To help communities conduct the most accurate count of youth experiencing homeless possible, we will publish various resources in the coming months, including a crosswalk of Continuums of Care (CoCs), Runaway and Homeless Youth providers, and education liaisons, updated model surveys with youth-specific recommendations, and a best practices document based on efforts across the country.

Data is an essential tool for communities seeking to prevent and end homelessness. Just as HUD intends to use the 2017 PIT count data to inform national policies, we encourage communities to use the PIT count data – and other data on youth experiencing homelessness in your communities – to improve how you serve youth in your communities. We need to learn all we can about this vulnerable population and provide the necessary housing and services to end their homelessness. Our efforts will give us more confidence in the data we collect and in our ability to act effectively. Let’s focus on using the data to do more and work towards preventing and ending youth homelessness.

CoC Competition Focus: Ending Veteran Homelessness

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CoC Competition Focus: Ending Veteran Homelessness

Since 2010, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness has been cut nearly in half to just under 40,000 veterans, with 13,000 living in unsheltered locations. To date, 2 states and 29 communities have effectively ended homelessness amongst veterans.

This Competition Focus message provides information and resources to help Continuums of Care (CoCs) and stakeholders understand the FY 2016 policy priority ending veteran homelessness.

Continue Work Towards Meeting and Sustaining the Goal

Ending veteran homelessness continues to be a high policy priority of this Administration. While the timeframe established in Opening Doors to end veteran homelessness was December 2015, there is still a lot of work to do to meet this goal nationally. Therefore, we encourage communities to continue efforts to meeting this ambitious goal, ensuring that homelessness amongst veterans is rare, brief, and non-recurring. And for those communities that have already met the goal, celebrate the great accomplishment but know that sustaining it is just as important as getting there.

Keep measuring your progress towards reaching the goal by using the criteria and benchmarks established by HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) to assess the performance of your homeless assistance system in meeting the needs of homeless veterans. Use the tools and resources that go along with the criteria and benchmarks to help you do this.

Evaluate Your System and Submit a Strong Community Claim

Communities who have submitted strong claims through the Federal interagency review process have demonstrated the following:
  • Ability to identify all veterans experiencing homelessness. The community demonstrates a comprehensive outreach strategy covering a full geographic area and the multiple settings within it and which is coordinated across all teams and providers.  Additionally, the community uses an active list (commonly referred to as a by-name-list) that is regularly updated with data from all community partners including the VA, allowing the community to track progress from the point of initial engagement to housing placement in real time.
  • Resources, plans, and system capacity in place should any veteran become homeless or be at risk of homelessness in the future. The community demonstrates that resources are available to prevent homelessness for veterans at risk of homelessness and to promote long-term housing stability of formerly homeless veterans that have entered permanent housing (e.g., on-going case management, connections to employment, peer support programs). Additionally, the community has demonstrated a strong coordinated entry process to identify veterans who might become homeless or return to homelessness in the future.
  • Capacity to assist veterans move quickly into permanent housing. The community has demonstrated that a system-wide Housing First orientation is in place allowing veterans to access housing quickly with few barriers to entry. The community also has robust permanent housing options (e.g., HUD-VASH, SSVF, Housing Choice Vouchers) that allow for veteran choice.
  • Service-intensive transitional housing is provided in limited circumstances only. The community has demonstrated that when service-intensive transitional housing is provided that it has been chosen by the veteran, who was also offered a choice of permanent housing, and that the transitional housing has a purposeful focus on minimizing lengths of stay and a strong emphasis on Housing First principles and practices.
  • Ability to shelter immediately any veteran experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The shelter made available by these communities is low-barrier and when a shelter bed is not available the community has a pre-existing plan in place to shelter unsheltered veterans.
  • Deploy all resources effectively. The community efficiently deploys and fully utilizes all available resources to meet the needs of veterans experiencing homelessness. While the VA has a vast array of resources available to house veterans experiencing homelessness such as HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), not all veterans experiencing homelessness will be eligible to receive assistance through the VA. In those cases, CoC and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program resources should be used.
  • Actively recruit landlords. The community has created partnerships with private market landlords, ensuring that units are available for veterans experiencing homelessness to choose from when looking for permanent housing. One popular incentive to engage landlords in a tight housing market is the use of Landlord Risk Mitigation Funds.

These strategies have been highlighted in technical assistance materials developed by HUD and our partners, including USICH and the VA. We encourage you to read and use these resources, some of which can be found at the end of this message, to help you end veteran homelessness in your community. As always, CoCs who need help using any of the above strategies are encouraged to contact their technical assistance providers and request additional TA.
The list of communities that have ended veteran homelessness continues to grow and we are proud to see that ending veteran homelessness is within reach of so many. As always, thank you for your tremendous work.

Norm Suchar and Linda Charest
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

Additional Resources

Download this CoC Competition Focus: Ending Veteran Homelessness