Vets@Home - Technical Assistance for Communities to End Veteran Homelessness in 2017

As established in Opening Doors, the country is committed to the goal of ending homelessness among its Veterans. To that end, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Vets@Home technical assistance effort in July 2015, to provide technical assistance and additional resources to Continuums of Care (CoCs). Since then, over 130 communities have received technical assistance through Vets@Home.
Today, HUD is continuing its effort by inviting CoCs who are new to Vets@Home to request technical assistance. As of April 2017, some CoCs are continuing their TA engagements, and all CoCs are invited to receive TA through Vets@Home. CoCs new to Vets@Home should submit a TA request through the HUD Exchange’s Request Technical Assistance form. HUD will provide all CoCs requesting TA through Vets@Home with remote TA. HUD will provide more intensive and tailored TA to some CoCs based on 2016 Point-in-Time (PIT) count data, as well as information provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Requesting Vets@Home TA

After registering to create an account, log in to the HUD Exchange website to request the TA. Specify “Vets@Home Technical Assistance Request” in the subject line and select “Continuum of Care (CoC) Organization” under “Organization Type.” In the box for “Overall Need for Technical Assistance,” describe the activities related to ending veterans’ homelessness that your community would benefit from the most.

Vets@Home TA Activities

Examples of activities for which technical assistance could be provided are:
  • Understanding and measuring progress using the Federal Partner Criteria and Benchmarks to end Veteran Homelessness;
  • Building an effective veteran leadership team that is transparent and accountable;
  • Using data and data analytics to identify Veteran populations and local needs, measurable system goals, and in developing a prioritization and placement strategy to meet needs and goals;
  • Expediting and scaling up housing search, targeting, and placement capacity;
  • Reducing timelines for placing Veterans in VA/HUD permanent housing projects, including supportive housing opportunities. This includes expanding access to affordable permanent housing via more effective use of resources such as Rapid Re-Housing assistance, HOME/Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, and Public Housing Agencies/Housing Choice Voucher preferences;
  • Identifying resources for Veterans who are not eligible for VA health or housing services; and
  • Creating a master list of all homeless veterans within the CoC.

CoCs Participating in the Zero: 2016, 25 Cities, or HUD Priority Communities TA Initiatives

CoCs Participating in the Zero: 2016, 25 Cities, or HUD Priority Communities TA Initiatives should first work with their current HUD TA provider to make adjustments to the existing TA work plan. To obtain contact information for the lead TA provider, please submit a request to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. 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.
To access more resources targeted toward homeless veteran service providers, visit the Veteran Homelessness page on the HUD Exchange.
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Webinar: State Solutions in Workforce


State Solutions in Workforce Webinar:

Growing Alaska's Future Behavioral Health Professionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for part three of a quarterly webinar series that will highlight current innovative practices throughout the nation. This webinar features the state of Alaska's efforts to grow its future behavioral health professional workforce.
This webinar series is sponsored by SAMHSA, in partnership with the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, and the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce.
If you have questions regarding the webinar, please contact Valerie Kolick at (Please note that the event number for this webinar is 364858.) 
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The fourth part of this series will take place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2 p.m Eastern time: Massachusetts Careers of Substance

Homelessness Update: CoC NOFA Registration Open

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Registration Now Open for FY17 Coc Competition
Continuums of Care (CoC) have until May 1 to register for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's FY17 CoC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Stay tuned for more from the Alliance as we share resources and tips for this year's CoC Program Competition.
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Rapid Re-Housing for Youth Learning Community Kick Off
April 20, 2:30 p.m. ET
Want to learn more about rapid re-housing for youth? Join our Learning Community! Sign up for the kick-off webinar, and hear from experienced youth RRH providers about how to tailor thisintervention for young people experiencing homelessness. Register »

30 Minutes On: The Future of Medicaid Expansion
April 24, 1 p.m. ET

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed and Medicaid expansion ends, how will this impact the people your agency serves? Join us for the second in our series of 30-minute webinars on health care reform. Register »

The Role of Emergency Shelter in a Crisis Response System
April 26, 2 p.m.

Have you looked at your emergency shelter system lately? The Role of Emergency Shelter in a Crisis Response System is the first in a new series about the how you can change your emergency shelter system. Register »
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Los Angeles implemented a Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP) in 2014. Now, four years later, LA is sharing lessons for other communities in its new report.
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Congress hosts in-district events while on recess
Members of Congress are on April Recess. When they return to Washington, they will be expected to finalize the Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations bill.

In the meantime, advocates across the U.S. will spend the next two weeks rallying their communities to end homelessness through in-district meetings and town hall attendance.
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Georgia Emergency Shelters Take on the Shelter Challenge
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We spent the last few months providing technical assistance to emergency shelters all over Georgia. Our goal was to help them lower barriers in order to make it easier for people to enter shelter — especially for those with nowhere else to go — and develop housing-focused services to make it easier for people to leave shelter and return to permanent housing. We have now kicked off the #GAShelterChallenge – a 90-day push to house as many people as quickly as possible.
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In 2016, the Alliance conducted regular online meeting of providers, system leaders, and technical assistance specialists from around the country in an effort to better understand best practices for using RRH to end youth homelessness. Here's what we've learned.
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