New Resources on Documentation of Chronic Homelessness

November 28, 2016
HUD has recently posted two new resources on the HUD Exchange on the Definition of Chronic Homelessness. The following new materials are available via the Chronic Homelessness landing page:
  • Flowchart of HUD’s Definition of Chronic Homelessness – This tool guides you through HUD’s Chronically Homeless Definition through mostly “Yes” or “No” questions, providing an interactive way to help understand who meets the definition and what documentation requirements apply.
  • Sample Chronic Homelessness Documentation Checklist – This sample checklist provides an optional way to help record Chronic Homelessness for those projects that need documentation of Chronic Homelessness (like a Permanent Supportive Housing program that exclusively serves the Chronically Homeless). This sample checklist would not be needed in projects where this requirement is not in place (like an Emergency Shelter). This tool is a sample, is not required by HUD, and has been provided in an editable format so communities may edit it and add to their current forms, if they wish.
In addition to these resources, you can also find the following resources on the Chronic Homelessness landing page:
If additional questions arise that are not addressed by these resources, submit them online through the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the CoC AAQ portal, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
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FY 2016 YHDP Competition: Deadline Reminder

There are 2 days remaining until the application submission deadline for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The FY 2016 YHDP Applications are due Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by 11:59:59 PM EST. Communities should allow ample time to complete the FY 2016 YHDP Applications, and not wait until the last minute to submit the Applications in HUD strongly recommends that Collaborative Applicants submit their applications at least 24 to 48 hours before the deadline. See Section IV. Application and Submission Information of the FY 2016 YHDP NOFA for application submission and timely receipt requirements for the FY 2016 YHDP Competition.


If you have questions related to the YHDP NOFA, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal and specify in the subject line that the question is about YHDP. 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.
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In this webinar, to be held this Wednesday, November 30 at 3:00pm (ET), the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and SOAR leaders will share empowering and myth-busting information about working while applying for and receiving SSA benefits.
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  • Colleen Rinken, MEd, LPC, CSAC, ICS, VORP Clinical Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison, WI
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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: ServicePoint® 5.12.35 is Now Available!

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ServicePoint® 5.12.35 is Now Available!

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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: AHAR Updates Applied 11/23/2016

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AHAR Fixes Applied on 11/23/16

We have applied a database function update for the AHAR Report submission. This does not require an upgrade and is live on your site now provided you are on version 5.12.24 or higher.
Please note that per HUD: "The deadline for final submission of 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) data for All Persons and Veterans has been extended to Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST to accommodate the need for data resubmissions in response to changes to Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Emergency Shelter (ES) canned reports. Please keep an eye out for possible vendor announcements about patch releases and the need to resubmit some of your data.
The deadline for confirming your community's final AHAR data for All Persons and Veterans is also extended to Monday, December 12, 2016, at 11:59 PM PST."
The following updates have been applied to all ServicePoint sites that are on 5.12.24 or higher:
  • Emergency Shelters coded as Night-by-Night have coding changes to account for differences in counts for actual night in shelter. These include changes to Bed Utilization, Length of Stay and Point in Time Counts.
  • Project inclusion for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). The PSH shells will be limited to PSH only, removing other non-required PH types.
  • Disability Types will remove "Chronic Health Condition" from "Missing."
 These updates are a result of recent clarifications from HUD. Please note that you may need to request your Abt Liason re-open table shells that are already marked "Complete".
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