Invitation to Advocacy Call on Homelessness and Medicaid Jan 11th

National Advocacy Call: Preserving Medicaid and its Role in Ending Homelessness

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 3:00pm EST

The National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council invite you to a call to discuss the future of Medicaid. The purpose of this call is to connect with local homeless service providers and stakeholders and ask you to advocate for the Affordable Care Act—and the Medicaid Expansion specifically—with  your members of Congress.

The call will provide information on proposed changes to Medicaid being discussed in Congress and the information you can provide that will best promote Medicaid's effectiveness in improving health and lowering costs. The webinar will provide talking points and tools for reaching out to your members and will provide time for questions.

Please register for this call and share this invitation with anyone in your community who may be interested in helping us advocate.

Register Here

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ARDRAW Small Grant Announcement

Get funded for your graduate student research project!
Get funded for your graduate student research project!

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Get funded for your graduate student research project!


Applications for Research Stipends Due: March 2, 2017

For more information and to apply

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation and disability issues through the ARDRAW Small Grant Program.  The objective of the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program is to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students. ARDRAW replaces the 5-year grant called the Disability Determination Process Small Grant Program, with a new focus on research relevant to SSA's work incentives and employment support - specifically rehabilitation, work and the disability program.
Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level part-time or full-time graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2017). Selected students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for the one-year program.

Informational Calls

We will be holding two informational conference calls on January 31, 2017 at 3:30pm (ET) and February 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm (ET). Interested students and faculty mentors are invited to attend. We will provide a brief introduction to the program, review the elements of a successful application and answer any questions. 

Register here: 

January 31st:
February 8th:

View the Request for Applications (RFA):

Contact us at with any questions. 

Updates for the 2017 Point-in-Time Count

HUD has published additional resources to assist communities with preparation for and implementation of the 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count. These tools are optional but they are designed to provide insight and assistance to help communities to conduct the most accurate PIT count possible.

Updated Resources

Model PIT Count Surveys: In order to help communities better collect data during the PIT count, HUD published updated model surveys that reflect changes in the PIT Count reporting requirements since 2015. These surveys reflect the input of leading survey and homeless methodology experts.
PIT Count Extrapolation Tool: This tool can assist Continuums of Care (CoCs) in extrapolating gender, ethnicity, and race information within each household category for people for whom the CoC was not able to collect this information.
Update PIT Count FAQs: HUD has added and revised existing FAQs for conducting the PIT Count. These are available on HUD Exchange.

New Resources

Veterans HIC/PIT Count Guidance Tool: This tool aims to foster a better understanding between homeless CoC and U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) staff in their local Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and PIT Count roles, provide basic guidance on what projects and persons should be included, and help readers to learn about how veterans' HIC and PIT Count data is reported.
Check the PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page on the HUD Exchange for guidance and tools related to the HIC and PIT count.
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Eight things the new congress may do with big impacts on homelessness
Big change is underway in Washington, DC! While there is little information coming from the Trump administration’s transition team about policy, there are some things we can plan for based on what we do know. Read our blog on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act, appropriations, spending limits and more.
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The Families and Youth Services Bureau has released its final rule on its Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs.

The rule reflects existing statutory requirements in the RHYA and changes made via the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008. More specifically, the rule establishes program performance standards for RHY grantees providing services to eligible youth and their families.

The final rule also includes additional requirements that apply to the Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach Programs, such as nondiscrimination, background checks, outreach, and training.
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There is little information coming from the Trump administration’s transition team about policy. But, there are some things we can plan for based on what we do know.
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