Correction: 2017 Housing Inventory Count and Point-in-Time Count Resources

This message is being sent to correct the day of the week the HIC and PIT Count Webinar will take place. The webinar will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016; Not Wednesday.
The 2017 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count is coming up quickly. Communities should be involved in their planning process by now. Several HIC and PIT count resources are available now and more resources will be released in the coming weeks.
  • 2017 HIC and PIT Count Notice: In August this year, HUD published the 2017 Notice for HIC and PIT Data Collection for Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs. This document outlines the requirements for conducting the HIC and PIT counts in 2017.
  • 2017 HIC and PIT Count Webinar: HUD will host a webinar on preparing for the 2017 HIC and PIT count on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 PM EST. The webinar will cover the 2017 Notice for HIC and PIT Data Collection for CoC and ESG Programs. It will highlight new reporting requirements and data collection guidance for the 2017 HIC and PIT Counts. During the presentation, webinar attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions related to the HIC/PIT Notice.
    To register for this webinar please select the following link: Register Now.
    This webinar will be recorded and made available for future reference.
  • 2017 PIT Count Poster: The 2017 PIT Count Poster is for use by CoCs to promote awareness of the 2017 PIT count. There are 4 files for CoCs to use depending on different media needs, including a PDF, a general social media file, a file for Facebook, and a file for Twitter. The PDF image is in full color and is meant to be printed at 11" x 17". HUD has mailed a limited number of complimentary copies to CoCs but encourages CoCs to print additional copies as they deem fit to promote the count locally.
  • Resources on Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness: In the coming days, HUD will release tools to assist communities to count youth experiencing homelessness. HUD will send a listserv announcing those resources.
If you have questions about entering HIC or PIT count data that are not covered in this Notice, please submit them to the HDX Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: SSVF 2016 Export - Export ID Field Length

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SSVF 2016 Export - Export ID Field Length

The value of this field was modified to include the string "_2016" in the new SSVF 2016 Export files. Consequently, users have reported receiving an error in the repository stating that this field is over the 32 character limit. We are currently working on modifying this field to remove the "_2016" string and return the field length back to below it's 32 character limit. We anticipate this change will be ready and available in SP 5.12.32 tomorrow.
Note: if you are running the SSVF export, please wait until SP 5.12.32 becomes available tomorrow to take advantage of the latest fixes to the export, as well as the above mentioned pending Export ID fix.
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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: ServicePoint® 5.12.31 is Now Available!

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ServicePoint® 5.12.31 is Now Available!

This version contains updates to the 2016 SSVF export and the SSVF Data Quality Report (2016). Release notes can be found in CollaboranGo's Documents & Downloads area, in the "ServicePoint > Upgrades and Updates > 5.x > Minor Versions" category.
Please contact your CSS if you have any questions.
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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: VA SSVF HMIS Repository Information

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We received the following email from the VA, and wanted to forward it along in case you missed it:
"The HMIS Repository is now open. We apologize for the delay.
Corrected uploads are still due by November 9th. The on-time deadline (3rd business day) is being waived this month.
Upload Instructions: Please be advised that all uploads must be in the HMIS CSV 5.1 format. Compress (zip/rar) your CSV files prior to uploading. Compress only the CSV files -- if you compress the folder the files are in, the Repository will not be able to locate those files.
HMIS Repository Administrator ("
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SOAR Technical Assistance Application Now Available for Continuums of Care

Are you looking for ways to increase housing placement and stability for individuals with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness in your community? Are you struggling with the complex Social Security disability application process and waiting for a long time for a decision? If so, this technical assistance (TA) and training opportunity is for you!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center is accepting applications from Continuuums of Care (CoCs) that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.
SAMHSA's SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs -- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -- for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and who have a mental illness, a co-occurring substance use disorder or other serious medical condition. 
CoCs are invited to submit a brief, 3-5 page application in response to the attached Request for Applications (RFA) to participate in the SOAR TA Project by December 7, 2016. A message of interest and intent to file an application is requested, but not required, by November 15. The RFA and the documents referred to in the RFA can be accessed on the SOAR website.
Participation in SOAR requires local commitment and collaboration while working closely with the SOAR State Team Lead to ensure that the effort is consistent with that of other communities in the state. In many states, the local and/or balance of state CoCs are actively involved in SOAR implementation at both the state and local levels.
For more information or if you have questions about the attached RFA, please contact Kristin Lupfer, Project Director, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center via e-mail at or by phone at 518-439-7415, ext. 5262.
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Follow Up from Optional Office Hours: Gaps Analysis Tool

Hi Team,

I hope that you are doing well. This is a quick follow up from the optional call this morning. I said I would send an email with the links to the Gaps Analysis Tool, Instructions, and the Webinar Recording in case folks need it. I know you are getting a lot of information right now, and I really appreciate all of your work.

Gaps Analysis Tool
11/14/16 Close of Business
Submission via email to Regional Coordinator
Gaps Analysis Tool and Instructions  (Bullets 12 and 13 under SSVF Toolkit)

National Webinar Recording from 10/20

Gaps analysis tool section of the webinar starts at 18:26

Please note that there will only be one submission per CoC, similar to the community planning updates that we have required in the past. Please read the instructions/participate in the webinar for more information.

Thanks so much!


Adrienne Nash Melendez, MLD
Regional Coordinator
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Please note new email address:

SOAR November eNews

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The SOARWorks Social Media Accounts Have Moved to SAMHSA!

The SOARWorks Facebook and Twitter accounts have moved to the SAMHSA social media accounts! To stay up-to-date on the latest SOAR news and resources, like SAMHSA on Facebook and follow SAMHSA on Twitter!
We have enjoyed sharing resources, news, and events with the SOAR community over the past 4 years and look forward to connecting with you on the SAMHSA social media accounts. The SOARWorks Facebook and Twitter profiles will no longer be monitored and will be deactivated on Wednesday, November 23. Thank you for your support; keep SOARing with SAMHSA!

New Resources on SOARWorks Website

The SOAR TA Center is pleased to announce the following new resources:
  • Appointed Representative Services: This article discusses the availability of SOAR applicants' electronic folders (a.k.a. eFolders) to Appointed Representatives with Administrative Law Judge hearing and Appeals Council-level cases. 
  • SSA-821: Work Activity Report: This article provides information and tips for assisting applicants with the Work Activity Report.
  • All SOAR webinar recordings are now available on YouTube.

November is Youth Homeless Awareness Month

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness month. We have collected SOAR resources on youth to honor the month and to assist our SOAR partners who work with youth. We encourage you to visit our Youth Topic page on the SOAR website to learn more.

Success Stories


Zina Washington of Help Me Help You in Long Beach, California wrote in to share that Help Me Help You was able to secure funding for its SOAR program by serving as a subcontractor to Harbor Interfaith, which was funded through the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's Coordinated Entry Services Request for Proposals. This funding allows Help Me Help You to hire a part-time, BA-level outreach worker and a part-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Zina says, "This is a big step in helping us develop our program. It is our intention to develop a full program…so we are well on our way." Congratulations Help Me Help You on this fantastic news!
Do you have a success story you would like to share with the SOAR community? E-mail it to!

Federal Updates

SSA Announces 0.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2017

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 65 million Americans will increase 0.3 percent in 2017, SSA announced. The 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2017. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2016. Read SSA's 2017 Social Security Changes fact sheet and visit SSA's COLA web page to learn more.
Public comment deadline: November 18, 2016
SSA is seeking public input for a potential demonstration project that will study ways of helping people with disabilities (specifically, those with musculoskeletal impairments) remain in the workforce. Through this research, SSA hopes to identify effective strategies for supporting workers who want and are able to keep working while living with a disability. Your input will help to guide this effort, which could potentially lead to changes in the Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI programs.

Job Postings

North Carolina

The Servant Center in Greensboro, North Carolina is seeking a full-time SOAR Case Manager. The successful candidate will provide outreach and support to SSI/SSDI applicants.
Learn more about this posting on the SOARWorks website. Do you have a job posting you would like to share with the SOAR community? E-mail it to!

Funding Corner

SOAR Funding and Sustainability Tip

Don't forget to include small, locally focused grants as a part of your overall funding and sustainability plan for your SOAR programs. Remember—most nonprofit funding comes from local sources and most of the time the application processes will be much easier. Additionally, if awarded, the reporting requirements tend to be much less intensive and the use of the funds more flexible. For more information, e-mail SOAR TA Center liaison Matt Canuteson at

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SOARing Over Lunch Conference Calls

November 15, 2016; 1:00 p.m. ET
The next SOARing Over Lunch Conference Call will take place November 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET! The SOAR TA Center is hosting a series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Participants can call in to ask about any SOAR-related question they may have.

Upcoming SOAR Webinars

November 16, 2016; 3:00 p.m. ET
In this webinar, representatives from the SOAR TA Center and SSA will discuss the new revisions to the Mental Disorder Listings. 
November 30, 2016; 3:00 p.m. ET
In this webinar, the SOAR TA Center, SSA, and SOAR leaders will discuss working while applying for and receiving SSA benefits.
In this webinar, held on October 12, 2016, the SOAR TA Center and SOAR leaders discussed the challenges and successes implementing and sustaining SOAR in rural areas. The webinar recording, PowerPoint slides, and supplementary materials are available for on-demand viewing on the SOAR website.

SOAR Leadership Academies

The SOAR TA Center is now accepting applications for all Leadership Academies. Contact your SOAR TA Center liaison with any questions.
  • December 6-8, 2016: Washington, D.C. (Apply soon!)
  • February 7-9, 2017: Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 2-4, 2017: Portland, Maine
  • August 29-31, 2017: Detroit, Michigan
The SOAR TA Center is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Disclaimer: The SOAR Technical Assistance Center develops and distributes E-News with support from SAMHSA, HHS. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of HHS or SAMHSA.