FY 2017 CoC Program Grant Inventory Worksheets are Available for Review on the HUD Exchange

HUD has posted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care Program (CoC) Competition Grant Inventory Worksheets (GIWs) to the HUD Exchange for review by CoCs, project recipients, and interested stakeholders. HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) changed the GIW process to make the process both easier and transparent. SNAPS completed a thorough review to ensure all known eligible projects are included on each CoC’s FY 2017 GIW. The GIW calculates the Annual Renewal Amount (ARA) for each project, which is the total renewal amount a project may request under the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition, and the sum of all renewable budget line items (BLI) (e.g., rental assistance, leasing, supportive services). The sum of all individual project ARAs within the CoC is then used to calculate each CoC’s Estimated Annual Renewal Demand (ARD).

Important Notes:

  • SNAPS pre-populated the FY 2017 GIWs with all grants that are eligible for renewal funding within the CoC’s jurisdiction in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition.
  • SNAPS used data from FY 2016 GIWS, Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS), and e-snaps to review the accuracy of the pre-populated project information.
  • The designated Collaborative Applicants for CoCs must review the projects on the posted GIWs and verify accuracy.
  • If a CoC identifies missing projects, projects that should be removed or projects with information that must be updated (e.g., BLI changes through a grant agreement amendment, grant consolidations approved by the local HUD CPD field office), the Collaborative Applicants must complete a GIW Change Form and submit it to the local HUD CPD field office for review.
  • Collaborative Applicants should only submit one GIW Change Form for all changes within that CoC.
  • All GIW Change Forms must be approved by the local HUD CPD Field Office. SNAPS will not consider any GIW Change Forms it receives directly from any CoC.

Important Dates:

  • The deadline for Collaborative Applicants to complete GIW reviews and submit GIW Change Forms to their local HUD CPD Field Office is May 4, 2017. Local CPD field offices will not accept GIW Change Forms after May 4, 2017. Therefore, CoCs should not wait to send GIW Change Forms, but should begin their review and submit them early to allow their local CPD field offices time to review and approve or deny changes.
  • The local HUD CPD field offices will finalize GIW Change Forms received and provide the GIW Change Forms to SNAPS by June 9, 2017.
  • SNAPS will update GIWs based on the GIW Change Forms approved by the local CPD field office.
  • SNAPS will post all revised GIWs to the HUD Exchange no earlier than June 9, 2017.
  • SNAPS will send a listserv message to confirm completion of the FY 2017 GIW process.

Additional Resources

The following resources are available on the HUD Exchange:


If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration process, submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center Resources Available


Resources Available From the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center

The Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center (BHWRC) aims to strengthen the workforce responsible for prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders by conducting studies to inform workforce development and planning. A joint initiative between SAMHSA and the Health Resources and Services Administration, the BHWRC works with a national consortium of experts in mental health, substance use disorders, and health workforce research. Current BHWRC research projects include:
  • Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health: A recent study by the BHWRC found that care integration tends to be implemented most effectively in organizations that create and cultivate a strong culture of collaboration; engage employees through orientation and training programs, including periodic "refresher" training; and utilize "warm hand-offs" for patient care, especially at the beginning of a patient's treatment episode.
  • Development of a Diverse Behavioral Health Workforce: Several organizational characteristics can affect the recruitment and retention of a diverse behavioral health workforce. Respondents to a recent survey conducted by the BHWRC identified "the opportunity to provide care for the population served by an organization" as a major factor in their decisions to join and stay with an organization. Other important factors cited by the respondents included organizational mission, work location, job security, and flexible work schedules.
Read other recent BHWRC reports, view upcoming webinars, and sign up for the newsletter at the BHWRC website.
Learn More About BHWRC

NHSDC Spring Conference – Two More Weeks!

NHSDC Final Agenda!
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Final Agenda is Here!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Salt Lake City in two weeks. The final agenda and detailed schedule can be downloaded here.

Tour Added to Pre-Conference Activities
We are organizing a tour of Salt Lake City’s homeless service providers, including stops at an emergency shelter, a youth resource center and the largest permanent supportive housing project in Utah. This free tour includes round trip transportation and a boxed lunch from a local caterer at the end of the excursion. Space is limited – sign up here.

Pre-Conference, Data Quality Institute
To successfully change the homeless service system and improve projects, the community needs reliable and comprehensive information. Join us for this half-day Institute. Learn about new available resources and walk away with an enhanced data quality strategy for your community.  Seats are almost sold out – sign up here.
We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!

System Performance Measures: HDX Submission Now Open - Guidance Materials and Resources Available

On Monday, April 3, 2017, the Sys PM Module opened in the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX). FY 2016 System Performance Measures data must be submitted via HUD’s HDX web portal by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:59:59 PM EDT
The following resources are available to Continuums of Care as they prepare to submit their data:


If you have any questions about the System Performance Measures data submissions process, please visit the Ask a Question page on the HUD Exchange.
  • If you have technical issues with your HDX submission, under “My question is related to: select “HDX Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC, AHAR, Sys PM, and PDX).”
  • If you have questions about the calculation of the measures, under “My question is related to: select “HMIS.”
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Get Recognized for Your Great Work!

Nominations are now being accepted for two recognition programs!
Nominations are now being accepted for two recognition programs!
Get Recognized!
Two recent recognition opportunities for community partners, one by SAMHSA and the other by the National Alliance to End Homelessness have announced a call for nominations. We encourage the SOAR community to submit nominations for these recognition opportunities to highlight the incredible work that you do each day!
SAMHSA's Voice Awards, Call For Nominations. Nominations Due April 24

SAMHSA's Voice Awards: Call for Nominations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Voice Awards program honors people in recovery and their family members who are community champions to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and addictions. The Voice Awards also recognizes television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible.
In 2017, the Voice Awards is putting the spotlight on individuals and entertainment productions that provide hope and support to past and present service members who have faced mental health and addiction challenges.
Nominations are due by April 24, 2017.
NAEH 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards

National Alliance to End Homelessness Innovation and Excellence Awards: Call for Nominations

This year, the National Alliance to End Homelessness is launching two new awards to honor organizations and individuals in the effort to end homelessness: one to honor innovation in the practice of serving people experiencing homelessness (Innovation Award) and one to recognize outstanding achievements in ending homelessness (Excellence Award).
Nominate an individual or organization that you think should be recognized, or share your own success by nominating your own organization.
Nominations are due by Friday, May 5, 2017.