Safe Housing Needs Assessment - Critical Input Needed! (Please complete by July 21st)

Dear Stakeholders,

The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), in collaboration with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), and Collaborative Solutions, Inc (CS),  also known as the Domestic Violence and Housing Consortium TA Team (more information attached)  and other local, state and national stakeholders, [1] developed this Safe Housing Needs Assessment (link below) to gather input from victim service providers, community service providers, coalitions and continuums of care.

This assessment is the first of its kind aimed at simultaneously reaching the domestic and sexual violence field, as well as the homeless and housing field. The assessment seeks to identify specific barriers preventing collaboration across these fields, as well as promising practices. As a key stakeholder in this historic assessment, your participation will directly change the awareness, understanding and collaboration that is essential in meeting the needs of the field.  Your responses will determine the results to help us provide organizations and communities with the tools, strategies and support necessary to improve coordination between domestic violence/sexual assault service providers and homeless and housing service providers, so that survivors and their children can ultimately avoid homelessness and live free from violence.

The needs assessment should take 10-15 minutes. The assessment will close on Friday, July 21st. It can be completed on your computer or mobile device. Please click to begin:

*If you have sub grantees and this survey is more appropriate for them, please forward*

Should you have any questions please contact Larisa Kofman, Director, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) at


Larisa Kofman, J.D.
Director, National Alliance for Safe Housing 
District Alliance for Safe Housing, Inc. (DASH) P.O. Box 91730; Washington, DC 20090
(202) 462-3274 x114

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[1] Local, state and national stakeholders include the Needs Assessment Working Group members: Collaborative Solutions, Inc., National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Safe Housing Advisory Committee Members include: National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, The Northwest Network National LGBTQ DV Capacity Building Learning Center, API on Gender-based Violence, National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, National Housing Law Project, ACLU Women's Rights Project, National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Non listed stakeholders include staff from local domestic and sexual violence as well as homeless programs.

Webinar – Employers: The Other Client in HVRP

Webinar – Employers: The Other Client in HVRP
Thursday, July 20 at 2:00 pm EDT
The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Employers: The Other Client in HVRP” on Thursday, July 20 at 2:00 pm EDT.
Employers are the other customer in HVRPs. Understanding the needs and perspective of our employers helps us prepare job applicants most likely to meet employer demands and succeed in the workforce. In this webinar we’ve invited employers and HVRP staff who collaborate together to discuss their experience and to consider their advice in efforts to work together to hire our vulnerable and homeless veterans. The discussion will include the challenges of job applicants with justice involved backgrounds and those with other barriers to employment. There will be a robust discussion of the issues and challenges, and an interactive question and answer session.
TO REGISTER FOR “Employers: The Other Client in HVRP”
Go to and complete the registration form.
You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact

Housing First Partners Conference (HFPC) 2018 Save the Date

Dear friends,

I am very happy to announce that DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute will convene their fourth biennial international Housing First Partners Conference, April 9 – 12, 2018, at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Denver, CO.

We hope you will join us for this dynamic 3-day conference (and pre-conference) that will feature workshops, plenaries, TED-style talks, interviews,  and inspiring presentations from providers, researchers, policy makers and those with lived experience, all of whom are passionately engaged in ending chronic homelessness.

There will be opportunities to meet with colleagues in the Housing First community from around the country and around the world and to engage with and debate with your colleagues and with leaders in the field.

Since our last conference, Housing First programs have continued to expand and have been adapted to serve increasingly diverse populations, especially families, and youth.   The model continues to expanded into a growing number of national and international communities and is implemented in a range of political,  economic, and cultural contexts as well as in urban, suburban and rural landscapes.

The 2018 conference is particularly timely as the political context has become highly polarized. Some countries, notably Canada and others in Europe, are pursuing policies to end chronic homelessness by bringing Housing First to scale while others, the US, are advocating for a return to the shelters assessments approaches of the last century.  This and other non-evidence based policy initiatives such as a return to the "war on drugs" and the elimination of health care options for the poor require a strong, resilient and well-informed response.

The need for a conference emphasizing basic human rights, evidence-based solutions, person-centered care, empowerment, and harm reduction approaches like Housing First is greater than ever.

HFPC 2018 will focus on how the principles and values of Housing First are useful in guiding a consistent approach to program practice, even as populations served and locations expand.  There will be presentations on new program practices and innovations and examples of how HF principles are guiding overall community approaches to ending chronic homelessness and improving health, recovery and well-being.

We expect more than 800 attendees! Participants come from across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. We will comprise local, state & federal government representatives; research and policy experts; funders; medical and behavioral health practitioners; housing and homeless service providers; property managers; peer specialists; veterans, youth, indigenous people, people with lived experience, faith community representatives; and more. Please save the date, consider making a presentation, and come join us next spring in the Mile-High City!

For more information, visit

Best regards,

Sam Tsemberis

Homelessness Advocacy Update


Advocacy Update


Don’t let your Senators' Phones go silent on Healthcare
Reports suggest they will try to vote on an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), estimated to cut nearly $800 billion from Medicaid and leave 15 million more people without Medicaid coverage, before August. While the final bill is likely to change, no targeted funding, such as for addressing the opioid epidemic or creating high-risk pools, can sufficiently replace massive cuts to Medicaid.

These cuts will be devastating to our country’s most vulnerable citizens. It will only take 3 Senators to reject these cuts, and your voice can make the difference, so now is the time to keep calling. Together, we can send a message that your Senators need to:
  1. Vote NO on any healthcare bill that cuts or caps Medicaid, or phases out the Medicaid expansion.
  2. Commit to protecting coverage for people escaping homelessness, including services for people with severe health or mental health conditions, and those recovering from substance abuse disorders.
  3. Commit to holding a public hearing on a final bill, to ensure we know how it will impact the most vulnerable in our community before a vote.

We need as many people to call as possible, so once you’ve made your calls, tell your friends, share the link above and mobilize your network today!


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ART Scheduled Report Clean Up on 7/12

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ART Scheduled Report Clean Up
In an effort to free up ART Resources and increase stability and performance, we will be cleaning up old instances of scheduled reports on Wednesday, July 12th. Reports that were completed on or before 7/1/2016 will be removed from sites.
This will only affect scheduled ART reports marked "Completed" or "Failed". We will be removing them from the list of scheduled reports for all users. The actual reports in the users' ART Inbox will not be removed.
Please contact your CCA if you have any questions.
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