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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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.
Submit Your Ideas!
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.

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