Funding Opportunity: Department of Justice's Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Service Providers

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) seeks applicants to provide intensive human trafficking training and technical assistance to service providers in one of two purpose areas: (1) housing, and (2) employment, in order to assist them in developing and implementing meaningful housing and/or employment practices. The solicitation closes on March 16, 2017.
For additional information on the solicitation or information on how to apply, please visit the FY 2017 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Service Providers program information and application page.
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Resources from Our Federal Partners

Recently, our partners at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have released the following materials and training opportunities that will assist Continuums of Care (CoCs) and their stakeholders in their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
Each of the following resources are described below in more detail:
  • Enhancing Coordinated Entry through Partnerships with Mainstream Resources and Programs (USICH)
  • Strategies to Address the Intersection of the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness (USICH)
  • “Personal Experiences with Housing First | Successes, Challenges, & Recommendations” webinar (SAMHSA)

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Enhancing Coordinated Entry Through Partnerships with Mainstream Resources and Programs

To assist communities with implementing HUD's requirements for coordinated entry announced in CPD-17-01: Notice Establishing Additional Requirements for a Continuum of Care Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System, USICH has released Enhancing Coordinated Entry through Partnerships with Mainstream Resources and Programs. This guide, along with an accompanying sample housing assessment questionnaire, seeks to help communities ensure their coordinated entry processes include federal, state, and local programs that are not specifically tailored to individuals or families experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Strategies to Address the Intersection of the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness

As discussed in USICH's blog, the United States is witnessing an unprecedented opioid crisis that is touching many segments of the population, from rural and suburban to urban communities and across socio-economic lines. To help communities address this, USICH has released Strategies to Address the Intersection of the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness, which identifies strategies that communities, providers, and policymakers can use to address the intersection of homelessness and the opioid crisis and highlights resources developed by federal and national partners to support such efforts.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Personal Experiences with Housing First | Successes, Challenges, and Recommendations Webinar

SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is pleased to announce the latest webinar in its Persons with Lived Experience Spotlight Series. This webinar, “Personal Experiences with Housing First | Successes, Challenges, & Recommendations”, is a must for behavioral health and homeless/housing service providers, case managers, practitioners, and peers working with individuals with mental disorders or substance use disorders who are experiencing or are at risk for homelessness. The webinar will feature the personal experiences of three individuals who received services from providers implementing the Housing First model of housing for individuals experiencing homelessness in various parts of the country.
Moderated by SAMHSA Voice Award winner LaVerne D. Miller, Esq., of Policy Research Associates, Inc., this webinar will provide attendees with guidance from those with personal experiences with homeless and housing services. The presentations will enhance the understanding of those unique experiences while also offering recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of permanent housing assistance.
Join us for “Personal Experiences with Housing First | Successes, Challenges, & Recommendations” on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT.
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Industry News

Vicki Been, Katherine O'Regan Return to NYU Furman Center

Been, most recently commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Bill de Blasio, and O'Regan, most recently assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will return to the New York University Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy as faculty directors.

Mixed-Income Innovation and Action Network to Launch
Salin Geevarghese has been appointed founding director of the Mixed-Income Innovation and Action Network -- a new venture of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Urban Strategies Inc., and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). The network will improve, accelerate, and track the progress of the national effort to create equitable mixed-income communities. Geevarghese most recently served as deputy assistant secretary for international and philanthropic innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He will be based with CSSP.

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Three Dangers and an Opportunity
Michael Bodaken and Ellen Lurie Hoffman, National Housing Trust
In the coming months and years, a number of high stakes policy decisions will pose significant threats to core affordable housing and community development programs, while others could create opportunities. Here are some of the most important. More

New Bills Would Enforce Ignorance on Housing Opportunity
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How will two proposed Republican-sponsored bills in the House and Senate leave the public, local government, and affordable housing advocates in the dark on issues of housing segregation and discrimination? More

Not All Asian Elderly Are Well Off
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A recent Fox News attempt at comedy highlighted mass media's general stereotypes about Asian Americans. But how are assumptions about that community being wealthy harming efforts to advocate for a particularly vulnerable sub-group? More
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Houston, It's Time to Stop Accommodating Segregation
John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Mayor Turner has declared that he will "utilize all possible avenues" to overturn HUD's integration order. In doing so, he continues to misunderstand the meaning of fair housing . . . More

Bringing Together Arts and Community Development
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Jason Schupbach, director of design programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, says: "When you want to repress or take away freedoms in a society, the first thing you do is take away its culture . . ." More
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