Reminder: Confirm Your 2016 AHAR Data Submission - All Persons and Veterans

Thank you for making the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress reporting cycle a success! Your data contributes to the nation’s understanding of homelessness in America and informs federal policy to prevent and end it.
Please remember that the deadline for confirming your community’s final AHAR data for All Persons and Veterans is Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
The community’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Primary should go into the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) and confirm their data submission by this date. If they do not, the data will be auto-confirmed at 12:01 AM PST on December 13, 2016. The Data Liaison is not authorized to assess the usability status of your data unless the data are confirmed.
Confirming your data means that someone from the CoC who has a broad perspective of your community’s homeless population (e.g. CoC Primary) has reviewed and approved your community’s AHAR submission. Clicking the confirmation button in HDX provides a final verification of each community’s data submission. The selected reviewer, such as the CoC Primary, is not required to check each data point in the submission, but rather assess the overall picture of homelessness depicted in the data submission. If the selected reviewer would like to revisit the data submission, they must contact their Data Liaison immediately.
If you have any questions about the AHAR process, or have questions about the data submission requirements, you can reach out to your AHAR Data Liaison or consult the following 2016 AHAR guidance materials:
For more information, visit the AHAR Guides, Tools, and Webinars page.
If additional questions arise that are not addressed by these resources, consult your assigned AHAR Data Liaison, or submit them online through 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 (including PIT, HIC, and AHAR)" from the "My question is related to" dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
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14 Facts About Obama's Presidency Most People Don't Know

President Obama visiting Iowa
President Obama visiting Iowa

Obama's Presidency: The Facts

People have many perceptions of how the US economy or the country as a whole has done in recent years. Depending on your political views, you may think the country is doing exceptionally well or is teetering on the verge of collapse.
Listed below are fourteen objective facts, without interjected opinion, about the state of America under the leadership of President Obama. Every statement is followed up with a link to a reputable source where you can verify the fact for yourself.

1. We've now had 78 straight months of economic expansion.

That’s right: For seventy-eight consecutive months, the US economy has gotten progressively better. That includes a new record for consecutive months of private sector job growth. Forbes magazine (which is no fan of President Obama) crunched the numbers and demonstrated how the economic recovery under President Obama has been better in just about every measurable way than the recovery under President Reagan.

2. We are currently enjoying the longest period of private sector job creation in American history.

This statistic also comes from the Forbes magazine article listed above. In fact, we've enjoyed 68 straight months of private sector job creation. That is the longest period of job creation since the Department of Labor has been keeping statistics.

3. Unemployment has dropped from 10.1% in October of 2009 to 4.9% by early 2016.

Not only has the unemployment rate dropped significantly, but since the recession ended, the US economy has gained over twelve million new jobs. (You can refer to the Forbes article above or check the article below.)
Source: Democratic Presidents Bring It: Obama Shatters Clinton’s Record For Private Sector Job GrowthPoliticusUsa.It is also worth noting that during the 2012 presidential election, Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, promised to lower the unemployment rate to 6% by the end of 2016. President Obama succeeded at lowering unemployment to under 6% two full years earlier than Romney had promised.

4. The stock market continues to set new record highs since President Obama took office.

Since early 2009, there has been a steady upward trend in stock market growth. The Dow Jones Industrial averages reached an all-time high of 18,292 in May, 2015. Since most Americans have 401K retirement investments in the stock market, this growth benefits millions of middle class Americans.

5. The Federal budget deficit is shrinking. It’s been reduced by two-thirds since 2009.

The $1.4 trillion federal budget deficit that Obama inherited in 2009 was in a large part due to the high rate of unemployment. When millions of people were put out of work in 2008 and 2009, it resulted in far less income taxes and less economic activity to generate federal revenue. As eleven million people have regained employment, there have been billions more tax dollars generated. As a result, the deficit has been shrinking each year. The 2015 deficit was $439 billion, the smallest deficit since 2007, and roughly 70% lower than it was in 2009.
Source: What is the Deficit?:

6. Under President Obama, government spending has increased only 3.3% annually, the lowest rate since Eisenhower was president.

You may have heard critics say that President Obama is spending money wildly and running up our debt. According to this article from Forbes, Obama has increased spending by 1.4% annually, far less than President Reagan (8.7%) or George W. Bush (8.1%). According to a more recent article from the Washington Post, Obama has increased spending 3.3% annually. In either case, Obama has increased spending less than any president since Eisenhower.

7. For 95% of American taxpayers, income taxes are as low or lower than they were at almost any point in the last 50 years.

After President Obama took office, thousands of Tea Party members all over the country held rallies protesting Obama’s tax increases. At that time, President Obama had actually passed several tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Most of the Tea Partiers who were protesting had only seen their taxes decrease under Obama, yet polls indicated that most Tea Party members wrongly believed their taxes had gone up.
In fact, the only people whose income taxes have gone up during Obama’s presidency are those making $400,000 per year or more. That's less than 2% of the population. Today, for the vast majority of people, tax rates are lower than or exactly where they were when Obama first took office. The article below from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains this in greater detail.
Source: Federal Income Taxes on Middle-Income Families Remain Near Historic Lows, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

8. Dependence on foreign oil has shrunk due to record domestic oil production and improved fuel efficiency standards.

While some claim that oil production has declined under President Obama, the truth is just the opposite. Oil production has reached record highs. The United States now produces so much oil that we export more oil and gasoline than we import.
Source: IndexMundi.

9. At least 18 million more Americans now have health insurance than before.

Depending on whose numbers you use, anywhere from 12 to 18 million Americans acquired health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act. Now that those millions of Americans have insurance, the rest of us are no longer on the hook to pay for their healthcare when they get sick. This saves the American people billions of dollars in the long run.

10. The Affordable Care Act has added years to the life of Medicare.

The Medicare trust fund had been on course to run out of money by the end of 2016. But due to cost savings from the Affordable Care Act and lower healthcare expenses, Medicare’s trust fund will now remain stable until the year 2030 without cutting benefits.

11. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, we are seeing the slowest rate of increase in healthcare costs since 1960.

Contrary to the Republican predictions, healthcare costs have increased at a much slower pace since the passage of the ACA.

12. We currently have fewer soldiers, sailors, and airmen in war zones than we did at any time in the last 12 years.

With the end of the Iraq war and the steady withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, we have fewer people in war zones now than we did at any time since 2002.

13. There have been zero successful attacks by al Qaeda on US soil since Obama became president.

Despite Dick Cheney’s warning that if voters elected a Democrat as president, we’d be “hit again and hit hard” by al Qaeda, we have actually been far safer from terrorist attacks on US soil in recent years than we were under the previous president. There have been several unsuccessful attacks against the US under both Bush and Obama, but under Obama, al Qaeda has been largely unsuccessful in striking the US on our home soil.

14. We now successfully catch and deport more illegal immigrants than ever before.

Despite the mythology being spread by President Obama's political opponents about our "open border" with Mexico, the numbers prove that President Obama has turned back and deported more illegal immigrants than any other president.
Politifact checked the claim that President Obama turned away more illegal immigrants than any other president, and they confirmed that under President Obama, the US has turned back or deported an average of 32,886 people per month. That's a far greater rate than any other president in history by far.

Additional Facts About Economic Gains with Obama's Presidency

Although all of the facts stated above can be confirmed through multiple sources, most Americans are not aware of these positive statistics. I invite you to do your own research and check these facts for yourself.
The truth is, most other presidents would envy President Obama’s record which has flourished despite the fact that he inherited the results of the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
If you feel particularly ambitious, feel free to research these additional facts:
  1. Since Obama became president, our economy has gone from losing 750,000 jobs per month to adding 250,000 jobs per month. That’s a net improvement under Obama of about 1 million jobs per month!
  2. Before Obama became president, our financial system was in ruins and millions of people were at risk of losing their life savings. Now, the financial loopholes have been fixed and we are no longer at risk of another financial collapse.
  3. In just 7 years under Obama, there were more than three times as many jobs created as there were in the whole 8 years under George W. Bush.
  4. President Obama passed credit card reforms that protect consumers from excessive fees, rate hikes, deceptive marketing, and unreasonable due dates.
  5. Thanks to Obamacare, senior citizens have saved billions of dollars on prescription drugs.
  6. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of collected premiums on healthcare. As a result, millions of Americans have received refunds from their health insurance companies.
Source: Health Insurers Set to Give Out More Obamacare RefundsHuffington Post Business.
Despite the unprecedented obstructionism and record number of filibusters used by Republicans to kill even the most routine legislation, the fact remains that the American people are profoundly better off today than they were before President Obama took office, in almost every measurable way.

SOARing Over Lunch Call

Join us for our December SOARing Over Lunch Call!
Join us for our December SOARing Over Lunch Call!

SOARing Over Lunch Call
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
1:00pm ET

Our next SOARing Over Lunch call is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 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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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.

How to Use CDBG for Housing Activities Modules Now Available

Do you use the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund housing activities in your community? Or are you exploring how you might fund housing activities with CDBG?
We have just released a new CDBG technical assistance product, How to Use CDBG for Housing Activities. In this six-module video, you will learn more about the kinds of housing activities that can be funded with CDBG, how to use CDBG to meet the housing needs of the community, and the key elements to be considered in housing program design.

This six-module video presents actionable information for using CDBG eligible housing activities and leveraging local and private funds to meet the housing needs of your community. Viewers will learn about key considerations in housing program design and the kinds of housing activities that can be funded with CDBG, such as housing rehabilitation, home ownership, and rental assistance.

This latest product joins the engaging collection of Explore CDBG online technical assistance products designed to help community development professionals learn more about the CDBG program, its rules and practical implications.
Visit the CDBG Project Profiles page to learn about how your peers in other communities are using the CDBG program to invest in their communities in innovative ways and implement successful projects. We want to hear from you too! We encourage you to share the great work you are doing in your community, the difference you make, and how you do it. Send us your story today.
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[MARHMIS] Job opening in Albany, NY

Hi folks

We’re looking for a new HMIS Data Specialist here at CARES, Inc.  If you know anyone in the Albany area who would like to apply, send ‘em my way!  One of my team members was promoted to the CoC team J

Database Specialist:

CARES, Inc. is a not for profit based in Albany, NY dedicated to supporting our community in creating a system of care to prevent and end homelessness and is seeking a Database Specialist to join the HMIS team.  CARES, Inc. offers generous time off, health, paid holidays and a friendly, professional work atmosphere. 


Database Specialist Job Duties:

  • Plans database upgrades by maintaining, evaluating, and improving a transaction processing model
  • Assesses database performance by developing a protocol for measurement of results and identification of problem areas.
  • Supports database performance by monitoring database; evaluating and resolving processing and programming problems; designing database management tools; answering user questions.
  • Secures database by preparing access and control policies and procedures; implementing disaster recovery procedures.
  • Supports application design by contributing expertise to applications, operations, and technical support teams.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Accomplishes information systems and organization mission by completing related results as needed.
  • Reports out on database with basic analysis and trending
  • Supports users via helpdesk and explanatory data committee meetings
  • Works with team to develop new and innovative ways to disseminate data to the community

Database Specialist Skills and Qualifications:

Database Management, Data Maintenance, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Process Improvement, Requirements Analysis, Attention to Detail, Database Security, Developing Standards, Database Performance Tuning, Operating Systems.  Web design experience a plus.

Salary begins at 40K

Allyson Thiessen
Director of HMIS Program and Services
P: (518) 489-4130 x103     F: (518) 489-2237
200 Henry Johnson Blvd, Suite 4, Albany, NY 12210
Visit us at www.CARESNY.ORG