July 2017 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
July 2017
Thank You! 2017 NCHV Annual Conference Session Materials Available Online 
More to be posted as they are received
Download the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference programfeaturing the full Conference schedule, session tracks and descriptions, speaker bios, and more information on this year's event.
Many of the presentation materials from the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference are now available on the Annual Conference page of our website. As we receive the rest, they will continue to be posted so check back for updates.

Photos from the event are posted in several albums on our Facebook page. Please feel free to tag yourself or your organization in any photos you're in!
Stay tuned for the latest updates, and thank you again for helping to make this year's Annual Conference a great success!
NCHV Partners with Synchrony Financial to Better Assist Women Veterans with Children
Help by providing input based on your experiences in your community
The current state of the field has shown us and our partners that we need better data and insight on the needs of vulnerable and high-risk families, especially female heads of household. We have some data around serving veterans in these groups, but even this data is limited.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has partnered with Synchrony Financial to assess the contributing factors to housing instability among women and women veterans with children and the barriers that can hinder their ability to find resolution to move their lives forward. The information you provide us will be extremely valuable and will be used to advocate for services to better serve women and women veterans with children experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified back to you will remain strictly confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission. At the end of the survey, you will be able to opt in or out of providing your contact information if you consent to survey providers contacting you at a later date if there is a need for follow-up information.
Please take a few moments to help us by completing the survey found here. Thank you for your time, and for all you do to help veterans in your community!
Recent NVTAC Webinar Recordings Available Online
View our archive of webinars at www.nchv.org
We post recordings and presentation materials of all webinars presented by the NCHV TA Center and the National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC).
Two recent NVTAC webinars: Legal Services at Stand Downs, and Employers: The Other Client in HVRP are now available in the archive. 
View our entire webinar/teleconference archive by clicking here
Wrap-up and Resources from National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference
Presentations and videos available online
The National Alliance to End Homelessness recently held their 2017 National Conference in Washington, D.C. NCHV CEO Kathryn Monet was on hand to speak on a panel, various staff attended sessions, and we also had an exhibitor table to share information on NCHV and veteran homelessness.
NAEH has posted a blog about the event, including links to presentation materials from the sessions, video of plenary speakers, and other items related to the conference. For the full recap and resources, click here.
VA Honors Outstanding Achievement in Support of Veteran Homelessness Programs
Awardees include VA staff, VA organizations, community organizations
WASHINGTON — During several award ceremonies across the country in July, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor exemplary facilities, employees and civilian providers working to address veteran homelessness.  

“VA’s strong community efforts on veteran homelessness are being supported by the hard work, innovation and dedication of thousands of VA employees and civilian partners,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin. “Helping veterans get housing is vital for them, but it also demonstrates clearly to the nation our enduring commitment to those who have served so well.”

The Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service for Homeless Veterans saluted top achievers in the following three categories:

VA Employees
Julie E. Irwin, Homeless Care line manager, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 2 (Bronx, N.Y.)
Michael Wehrer, supervisor, Homeless Care Team, Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, Penn.)
Kristen Weese, program manager, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, Western New York Health Care System (Buffalo, N.Y.)

VA Organizations
Domiciliary Service — VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, Calif.
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, New Orleans
Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, Albany.

Community Organizations
John E. Ratka, executive director, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Haverhill, Mass.
Family Endeavors, Fayetteville, N.C.
Ivory Mathews, executive director, The Greenville Housing Authority, Greenville, S.C.
Team AMVETS, Garden Grove, Calif.
Project Community Connections, Inc., Atlanta
Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program, Richmond, Va.
Funding Opportunities
The Agnes M Lindsay Trust is impacting health and welfare organizations with grants that support capital projects to benefit those with special needs, including the blind, deaf and learning disabled, elderly, children’s homes, youth organizations, youth and family service organizations, homeless shelters and foodbanks. This foundation awards grants in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Letters of Inquiry are reviewed on a monthly basis.  For more information, visit www.lindsaytrust.org.
Open Your Heart’s primary purpose is to assist agencies in improving and expanding their facilities to better serve hungry and homeless people. Typical grant awards include funding for kitchen equipment, refrigeration and storage, repair/replacement of HVAC, shelter beds, security systems, renovation of food shelves or homeless/domestic violence shelters, and construction to meet ADA or building codes. Grants are focused on areas within the facilities that directly serve hungry and homeless people rather than administrative space. Street outreach programs are also eligible for this grant. Grants for this program are only available in Minnesota. Grant applications are due July 1, Sept. 1, and Nov. 1.  For application info, visit www.oyh.org.

Recovery to Practice Newsletter: Recovery in Integrated Care Settings


Issue 11: July 2017

Practicing Recovery: Recovery in Integrated Care Settings

In this issue of Practicing Recovery, we look at what integrated care is, how it works, and its role in a recovery-oriented approach to services.
Integrated care is an approach to health care that combines behavioral health, substance use, and physical health services, sometimes along with supplemental services such as housing and employment support, into one setting. Integrated care is important to a recovery-oriented approach because it addresses the whole health of an individual, with the understanding that coordination and collaboration between the many services an individual may use can lead to better outcomes.

Integrated Care Resources
This issue of Practicing Recovery has resources to expand readers' understanding of integrated care and tools for applying it to your practice. Learn more.

Thought Leader

Dr. Susan Pickett, Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation at Advocates for Human Potential, talks about why integrated care is critical to reducing health disparities and improving... Read more

Program Spotlight

Learn how the Hopewell Health Centers in Athens, Ohio, created a collaborative integrated care team to benefit the people it serves... Read more


Things YOU can do now to move toward integrated care in your practice... Read more

Upcoming Events

Learn More
August 16

Upcoming RTP Webinar Series

RTP's integrated care webinar series is going on through the summer! Join us or watch a recorded webinar.

June 7:
Integrated Health Practices: Recovery-Oriented Approaches to Screening, Intake, and Monitoring
Watch the archived webinar.

July 12:
Integrated Health Care and Health Literacy
Watch the archived webinar.

August 2:
The Role of Community and Family Supports in Helping People Manage Their Complex Health Conditions
Register here.

September 13:
Barriers and Solutions Integrated Health Care
Stay tuned for information about registering.
Watch your email for more information on upcoming RTP events.

FREE CME: New on-demand courses!

Clinical Decision Support for Practitioners Serving Individuals With Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
This two-part series offers information and resources for physicians, clinicians, and other practitioners serving individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Learn more!

Rent Is Racist

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
In This Issue: Is This Virtual Redlining? ● The 30 Percent Rent-to-Income Ratio Doesn’t Add Up ● Administration’s Assault on Workers Continues ● Rent Is Racist ● Also: Industry News ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● Jobs ● More
DiDi Delgado, writer, organizer, and poet
The gatekeepers of housing have continuously found devious ways to isolate and exploit people of color simply looking to house their families. And these families are forced to “play the game” or risk being evicted and subjected to further systemic abuse.

Speaking of eviction, it’s time to remove that word from our vocabulary. In the same way hospitals are, at least in theory, required to provide emergency treatment to anyone regardless of insurance status, housing providers should never deny housing based solely on an inability to pay rent. The threat of homelessness is not a good means of ensuring timely payment, and cash-poor individuals don’t often receive income in consistent monthly cycles. I once had a landlord who . . .
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“He’s great. She’s not so great.” So says a commercial that aired during the 2017 Superbowl from the online lender, Social Finance Inc. The commercial’s premise is odd in the arbitrary manner in which it considers some young urban professional is “great” and others are “not so great.”

Why would a lender admit that it would capriciously evaluate people? How is this smart marketing, and how does it attract potential applicants?
Richard Heitler, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in New York
Among housing professionals, there is widespread agreement that if a household spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing, that household can (in most cases) be considered “housing cost burdened.” But is the opposite true? If households spend less than 30 percent of their income in rent, does that make their housing “affordable”?

It’s clear that a household with a very high income—say, one headed by a stockbroker making $500,000 a year—can easily spend $150,000 a year on luxury housing and still have enough left for other things. We can safely assume they will be OK, even if they spent even more on housing.

It is equally obvious that some households have such low incomes that basic survival consumes all of their available cash so they cannot afford to spend anything on rent.

But what about the households that lie between those two extremes? 
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Laura Barrett, Interfaith Worker Justice
Worker justice advocates have been waiting for the other shoe to drop since U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was confirmed, and last month they got the news they were dreading: during testimony to a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Acosta floated a tacit defense of the gutting of the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which provides training and education for workers and employers on safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and informs workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries.

And just this week . . .
Industry News
Eric Chatman joins Housing Partnership Network as chief financial officer. Previously, Chatman founded the Chatman Group LLC and served with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, the Iowa Finance Authority, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, and CIGNA (now Prudential) Retirement. Chatman also spent several years working in West Africa in the treasury department at African Development Bank and served in corporate finance at Databank Financial Services in Ghana.

Joan Straussman Brandon joins NeighborWorks America as northeast regional vice president. Straussman Brandon has worked with NeighborWorks America for nearly 30 years on staff and as a consultant, in field operations and the organizational assessment division, and as instructor for the NeighborWorks Training Institutes and Community Leadership Institutes. Prior to re-joining NeighborWorks, she worked as director of programs at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.
You Said It!

As a property manager, I want to thank you for writing this thoughtful post. To be a good property manager, you ought to be passionate about it, or you’ll get tired or give up easily. Not to mention . . .  —Ashley Mullen, more
In Case You Missed It
Housing Development Director
The person filling this new position at Opportunity Council will have the opportunity to organize the new Housing Development Department to maximize a large number of emerging development and preservation opportunities. During this growth phase, it is envisioned the HDD will supervise staff as well as consultants to augment . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Assistant to the President
Telesis seeks a dedicated and responsible Executive Assistant to join our Washington, D.C. office. This individual will provide administrative and support services and will have exposure to learning about community development, housing policy, and urban planning while working closely . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Developer
Telesis seeks a Senior Developer with the skills, energy, and experience to lead its work on all aspects of development, housing, and mixed-use projects. The position requires a leader who takes initiative, thinks strategically, favors a collaborative approach to problem solving, and has a sense of humor . . . Read Full Listing
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Featured Bloggers
Bob Annibale, Citi ● Laura Barrett, Interfaith Worker Justice ● Murtaza Baxamusa, Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC ● Michael Bodaken, National Housing Trust ● Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union ● Steve Dubb, Democracy Collaborative ● Jamaal Green, Portland State University ● John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service ● David Holtzman, newspaper reporter and former planner ● Josh Ishimatsu, National CAPACD ● Rick Jacobus, Street Level Advisors ● Daniel Kravetz, freelance writer ● Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress ● Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity ● Doug Ryan, Prosperity Now ● Josh Silver, NCRC ● James Tracy, San Francisco Community Land Trust ● Eva Wingren, Baltimore Community Foundation