Resources for Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness

HUD and its federal partners agreed to establish the 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count as the baseline year for measuring youth experiencing homelessness. To assist communities in having the best count possible, HUD has published some resources to aid communities in identifying youth.
Promising Practices for Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in the Point-in-Time Counts highlights several strategies and efforts communities are implementing to better count youth experiencing homelessness. This document also references other helpful resources communities can refer to as they plan their PIT counts.
Crosswalk of Key Federally-funded Child and Youth Homeless Contacts contains a crosswalk of Continuum of Care (CoC) primary contacts, Homeless Liaison (LEA) contact information for schools, and Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) providers. The goal of this document is to make it easier for stakeholders that serve children and youth experiencing homelessness that receive federal funding to know how to contact each other. HUD and its federal partners know that this document will have errors – both in actual contact information as well as in the crosswalk because contact information changes regularly and agencies record the physical locations and jurisdictional boundaries of their programs in different ways. However, those errors are likely to be limited and we will strive to improve this document in the future to minimize issues. If your community currently does not have all three of above stakeholders at the table, where applicable, we strongly encourage you to use this document to reach out to those contacts and come together to prevent and end homelessness among children and youth. We also encourage you to reach out to other youth-serving programs which are not included in the spreadsheet, including shelters and drop-in centers, child welfare agencies, juvenile justice agencies, affordable housing developers, afterschool programs, behavioral health organizations, and others.
Check the PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page on the HUD Exchange for guidance and tools related to the Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and PIT count. HUD is also planning to publish several more resources related to counting youth experiencing homelessness and other populations in the coming months. Check the Resources for Counting Specific Populations tab for updates on these resources.
In addition, HUD strongly encourages communities to review the many resources being published to better count youth experiencing homelessness. They come from federal partners (e.g., the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness), advocacy organizations (e.g., the True Colors Fund, National Network for Youth), research entities (e.g., Chapin Hall), and communities. These resources are based on a variety of perspectives and offer unique insights to identifying youth experiencing homelessness in PIT counts. While these resources provide helpful ideas CoCs bear the responsibility to ensure whatever they adopt complies with HUD’s requirements (see Notice CPD-16-060: 2017 HIC and PIT Data Collection for CoC and ESG Programs and Point-in-Time Count Methodology Guide).
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NCHV Announces Historic Partnership with Harbor Freight Tools

Veterans Day Partnership Announcement
NCHV Announces Major Investment by Harbor Freight
Dear Partners in Service,
I’m writing to you on Veterans Day weekend with a huge thank you to those veterans who have served our country, and to those partners who are invested in the effort to end homelessness for all veterans and their families. I am humbled by the daily commitments to brotherhood, service, and compassion that I see in your work. I’m honored today to be able to share some exciting news about others who share this deep gratitude:  
Yesterday, our friends at Harbor Freight made a historic announcement: they doubled down on their commitment to NCHV, making an incredibly impactful investment in the continued effort to end veteran homelessness. Because of this investment, NCHV’s Technical Assistance Center will ramp up our support to you as you engage your local mayor’s office, plan out GPD’s role in your community planning effort, and build out more effective systems to serve the most vulnerable veterans.
Over the last two years, our friends at Harbor Freight have demonstrated a profound commitment to this work and to NCHV’s role in helping local agencies reach and serve more veterans in need. As many of you know, our team here at NCHV is deeply and relentlessly committed to making sure all veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness have what they need to find stability, safety, and security for the long term. It is personal to us. We are humbled to see that same passion and personal commitment mirrored with our partners at Harbor Freight.
We know many of you are anxious about the future, but know that the commitment to ending homelessness for all veterans will not end. Your local work paired with our national voice will continue to resonate strongly for many years to come. NCHV will continue to stand and serve with you, thanks to partners like Harbor Freight.
Thank you for your service, and for the work you do every day on behalf of those who need us most.
Baylee Crone and the NCHV team

SOARing Over Lunch Call

Join us for our November SOARing Over Lunch call!
Join us for our November SOARing Over Lunch call!

SOARing Over Lunch Call
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
1:00pm ET

Our next SOARing Over Lunch call is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, at 1:00pm (ET).
Please join us for this informal call aimed at peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and facilitated open discussion.
Call-in/log-in Information:
Conference Phone: 1-866-805-9853
Conference Code:  7712924792
While there is no agenda set in advance for these calls, we do want your ideas! Please click the button below to submit any questions and/or topics that you would like discussed on the September call.
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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 is sending this NewsFlash 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.

This Veterans Day, Reflecting on Our Obligations

Veterans Day 2016
This Veterans Day, as we recognize the contributions and sacrifices of all of who have served in the United States Armed Forces, we also are given a powerful opportunity to think about our obligations to Veterans. Including those Veterans who are at risk of, or are experiencing, homelessness. 
When I think about those obligations, I often reflect on a story from when I lived and worked in San Diego. Honestly, I think about this story almost every day, but I don't tell it very often.
In 2010, I helped to coordinate a Registry Week effort in San Diego, seeking to engage, survey, and assess the vulnerability of about 1,000 people sleeping outside, unsheltered, in the downtown area. One man was assessed as the most vulnerable of anyone who was surveyed. He was a Veteran, 65 years old, with many medical challenges, and was sleeping under a highway overpass. When VA staff went back out to find him and offer him assistance, he could no longer stand, and he looked up at them and, with tears in his eyes, said "I didn't think anyone was ever going to come help me."
And I know we have to do better than that. We have the obligation to build systems in our communities that will ensure that no Veteran experiencing the crisis of homelessness ever - ever - has to wonder if anyone is going to come help. That's very much the vision behind the criteria and benchmarks for ending Veteran homelessness that USICH, HUD, and VA have developed:
  • That we know every Veteran experiencing homelessness, that we can provide shelter to all who want it, and that we can quickly link people to permanent housing.
  • That we've driven down the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness at any given time as low as we can get it.
  • And that we've built the systems that can prevent homelessness whenever possible and when a Veteran does fall into homelessness, we can make that experience as brief as possible and never to be repeated.
We're seeing more and more communities make that vision a reality. Late last month, Buffalo, New York, announced that they have achieved the goal of ending Veteran homelessness, bringing our total to 31 communities and two states that have been confirmed as having achieved the goal.
The hard work that I see happening in communities - your work - is driving us closer to that vision every single day. Not only for your communities, but for the entire country. You've put Veterans at the center of your work, building systems that are tailored to the diverse and individual needs of Veterans. You've found new ways to overcome obstacles to data sharing so that you can develop strong by-name lists. You've mobilized new partners, like landlords and the business community. And, perhaps most importantly, you've acted with urgency, recognizing that every day someone experiences homelessness is a day of crisis.
Through that work, you've fundamentally changed the conversation about homelessness in our country. You've helped to show your communities, and the entire country, that it is truly possible to end Veteran homelessness - and to end all homelessness.
But, of course, we have more work to do.
We need to continue to strengthen and transform the roles that transitional housing programs are playing within our systems. We need to continue to innovate in our efforts to end homelessness for Veterans who are not eligible for VA services and programs. We need to sustain our investments into the strategies and programs that are working, knowing that our systems must be poised to respond to crisis every day.
And, from time to time, we need to pause, celebrate the progress, and then take a deep breath, and resolve to keep pushing forward, to keep meeting our obligations. Until no Veterans experience homelessness and have to worry that no one is going to come help them. Until we've ended homelessness for all Veterans, and ultimately, for all Americans.
Thank you for all you have done - and all you are still doing - to make that vision a reality. Our obligations to Veterans mean that we must never stop striving toward that vision. Never.

Matthew Doherty
Executive Director 

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 1275 First Street, NE, Suite 227, Washington, DC 20552

IDIS Online, HEROS, DRGR, and e-snaps Will Close Early November 12, 2016

Due to final steps in the HUD Data Center Migration this coming weekend, user access to systems including IDIS Online, HEROS, DRGR, and e-snaps will close early November 12 starting at 6:00 PM EST.
The systems will be available again November 14 at 7:00 AM EST.
For systems questions, grantees can submit a question through HUD Exchange Ask A Question.
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