2017 CoC Program Competition (NOFA) Update

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2017 CoC Program Competition (NOFA) Update
It's that time of year again for the submission of the CoC Program application to HUD!
We have thoroughly reviewed this year's application and have determined that is does not request any new information from ServicePoint or ART. We will not be updating the 2016 NOFA reports in the ART Gallery. Instead, these will be "retired" in the near future and re-created in Qlik Sense if HUD changes the application in future years.
Please note that the application does require that you have access to previously submitted Housing Inventory Charts (HIC), Point-In-Time Counts (PIT), and System Performance Measures (SPM) information in order to complete the application. You or your CoC Lead will need to access these from the HDX if you do not have saved copies.
If you have any questions or issues in regards to completing the CoC Program application, direct them to HUD via the AAQ. As your vendor, we are not able to assist with completion of the application (per HUD, as it is a competition).
Note that the NOFA application is due: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT
Please contact HUD via the AAQ if you have any further questions.
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HTF Monthly Report as of 7/31/17 Now Posted

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HUD is now posting the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Deadline Compliance Status Reports. These monthly reports assist grantees and HUD Field Offices in monitoring compliance with the 2-year commitment requirement of the HTF statute and the 5-year expenditure requirement of the HTF regulations. The current report is now posted on the HUD Exchange at the link below. You may also access it from the Housing Trust Fund Page under "HTF Program Reports."
HTF Program Monthly Report as of 7/31/17 Now Available:
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

PSH VACANCY: 2 Bedroom Unit at AIRS (Baltimore County, MD)

AIRS has a 2 bedroom unit that we need to fill. If you would please post this opening for us that would be great.  If anyone has eligible clients, they need to complete the forms and can contact me directly.

Housing Description2 bedroom, scattered site apartment located near major bus and transportation in Baltimore County
Number of persons – must be eligible for 2 bdrm unit
Income Required?  No
Rent: Income based (approximately 1/3 of income)
Housing First? Yes
Case Management Services Will be provided

Eligibility: Applicant MUST BE

·         HUD defined Category 1 or Category 4
·         Have a HUD defined chronic disability
o   A disability that is long term, and debilitating and would benefit improvement with supportive housing.
o   HIV disease is a priority population, as is Chronically Homeless.
·         Age: 18 years or older.

If you are not sure about eligible homeless status HUD defines them follows (the first status applies for unit opening):

·         Homeless eligible for permanent supportive housing programs (HUD) means: Literally Homeless: living in a place not fit for human habitation, living "in the
street", or in emergency shelter (ALSO includes are presently in transitional housing but were previously any of the before mentioned literally homeless statuses).
·         Homeless eligible for transitional housing programs (HUD) means: Imminently Homeless: You are losing your place of residence within 2 weeks and have
          proof of that eviction.
·         Living with friends or family otherwise, even overcrowded or with minor health concerns does NOT qualify a person as homeless – these persons are defined
as At Risk of Homelessness  

If you client is exiting an institution recently – hospital, rehabilitation, incarcerated etc. (but NOT foster care) – and resided there less than 90 days they are eligible ONLY for transitional housing, not permanent supportive housing. If they were institutionalized longer than 90 days and they ineligible for EITHER permanent or transitional housing and must demonstrate their homeless status by access emergency shelter.

If your client/s are eligible please complete ALL components of the application. See attached checklist. Mail the application when complete to

AIRS/Empire Homes of Maryland
Attn: Adult Permanent Housing Program - Intake
1800 N. Charles St., Ste. 1800
Baltimore, MD 21201



Please contact the Outreach Coordinator Gina Epps at @ anjeana@airshome.org – with any of your questions.

Please note: A submission for consideration is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program until all verifications have been completed. Rejected matches will be given the opportunity to appeal (must be completed within 5 business days of rejection). Rejected applications without an appeal are destroyed after 5 business days.

Your Input is Needed! ...To Better Assist Women Veterans with Children

Your Input is Needed! ....To Better Assist Women Veterans with Children
Help today by providing input based on your experiences in your community
It is clear that we need better data and insight on the needs of vulnerable and high-risk veteran families, especially with female heads of household. NCHV relies on our Members and Partners in the field, and your expertise will improve our ability to design creative solutions to end homelessness among some of the veteran families the nation struggles to serve.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and Synchrony Financial have teamed up 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 necessary improvements in serving women and women veterans with children experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study 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!

New Tool Maps Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations


New Interactive Map Highlights State-Specific Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations

A new interactive map from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) allows users to explore state-specific information about opioid-related hospital stays. The map uses data from 44 states and the District of Columbia, including:
  • Hospitalization trends from 2009 to 2014
  • Patient sex, age group, geographic area, and income group with the highest rate in 2014
The map is the most recent example of AHRQ's ongoing efforts to address the nation's opioid epidemic, and showcases data from AHRQ's Fast Stats, an online tool that offers national and state-specific data on hospital stays and emergency department visits, including data by age, gender, community-level income, and urban versus rural residency.
View the Map

Blog Update: Mental Health Days are Good for Business


Blog Update

07/27/2017 05:42 PM EDT

Each day, millions of Americans with chronic conditions—mental illness, addictions, diabetes, asthma, and many more—go to work. In fact, 15% of adults who are employed full-time and 20% who are employed part-time experienced mental illness in the past year. Sometimes people with mental health conditions—like those with physical health conditions—need time off from work to […]