From Our Federal Partners: Mental Health Needs and Service Use Among Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness Webinar – Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Correction: The title and subject line of the listserv message sent yesterday stated that this webinar was scheduled for September 9, 2017. The correct date of the webinar is September 19, 2017.
This webinar, held by Pathways RTC, presents data from a new national study of homeless young adults (age 18-26) gathered through drop-in centers and shelters in seven cities across the country – the Homeless Youth Risk and Resilience Survey. The webinar will include data from the study and the voices of youth who participated to provide more information about the intersection of homelessness and mental health problems. Examining patterns of mental health service use and unmet need in this group will provide an understanding of how young adults are managing their mental health needs while homeless. Presenters will also describe the implications for programs providing mental health services for adolescents and young adults. Potential solutions to increase connection and supports for these young people through early identification and intersystem communication will be discussed. This webinar is made possible by funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)

Presenters:

  • Sarah C. Narendorf, PhD, LCSW – University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work
     
  • Matthew Uretsky, PhD, MSW, MPH – Portland State University, School of Social Work
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

August 2017 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
August 2017
Homelessness and Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery 
Guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development
NCHV stands with Houston. In light of the devastation that accompanied Hurricane Harvey, we urge all of our members to review preparedness plans. With limited resources and fewer connections to their communities, people experiencing homelessness are often the most vulnerable and at-risk in a disaster or other emergency situation. A community’s capacity to prepare for and respond to a disaster or emergency affects its ability to aid this population. Communities need a strong preparedness, response, and recovery plan to adapt to a dynamic event while continuing to serve one of the most vulnerable populations by ensuring that they receive essential services such as meals, prescription medicine management, housing, and other basic necessities. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a web page that provides emergency preparedness, response, and recovery resources for CoCs, ESG recipients and subrecipients, shelters, and other homeless service providers.
To access these resources, click here.
If you are a provider in the Houston area and your organization has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, please contact Kathryn Monet at kmonet@nchv.org and let us know how we can be of service to you and your veterans.
Hill Watch: GPD Proposed Rule and Regulatory Changes
Your chance to comment on GPD, deadline Sept. 25
The new models and the funding application announced in December of last year are not the only changes being made to GPD. On a completely separate front, new GPD regulations were advanced through a “proposed rule” by VA on July 25, 2017. You can see the text of this proposed rule by clicking here.
A “proposed rule” is a statement of intent by the government to change the regulations of a program. It has a preamble with the Department’s rationale for the changes, and a main section which lays out the changes to the regulations section by section. Importantly, this document does not put these changes into effect, it merely proposes them. This allows any citizen the opportunity to review the changes, and make a comment on them.
As GPD providers, or even as organizations working in the field, you have a unique expertise that makes your input into this process invaluable. Please review the regulations, make some notes, and call Joshua Stewart at NCHV’s offices to let him know your thoughts. Then, submit your own comment on the regulations. You have until Sept. 25, 2017 to submit your comments, but getting them in as early as possible is always best.
Stay tuned to NCHV’s electronic communications to see the latest policy updates, especially as they relate to the important GPD happenings of the next few months.
DoD Releases Clarifying Guidance to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records
Addressing how new guidance applies to more situations/conditions
The Department of Defense has released clarifying guidance for discharges and military records reviews. In the past few years, the department has issued guidance for consideration of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) but there remained some questions about how the guidance applied to sexual assault, sexual harassment, or mental health conditions other than PTSD.
This guidance fills in the gaps and resolves any confusion that veterans or the review boards may have had, and it ensures a fair and equitable review of separations for all veterans. The guidance has been forwarded to a number of Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) and Military Service Organizations (MSOs) in order to spread the news to as many veterans as possible.
To access a full overview of the new guidance, click here.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
Be There for veterans in crisis
We all can take action to help prevent suicide, but many people don’t know what they can do to support a veteran in their life who’s going through a difficult time. During Suicide Prevention Month and year-round, help the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) let people know that preventing suicide starts with this simple act of support: Be There.
You don’t need to make a grand gesture: A simple act of kindness shows you care. You can call up an old friend, check in on a neighbor, cook someone dinner, or invite a colleague on a walk. You can also encourage veterans to take time for themselves and to focus on their own health and wellness.  

To download VA's Suicide Prevention Month flyer, click here.
Stay tuned to NCHV's Facebook and Twitter pages for Suicide Prevention Month content throughout September.
New for NCHV Members! NCHV CEO Q&A Webinar!
Thursday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. ET
As an added benefit for NCHV members, we are launching ongoing NCHV Members Only Webinars. To be presented bimonthly, these webinars will allow NCHV members to hear from and interact with invited guests. The kickoff webinar will feature NCHV CEO Kathryn Monet.
We'll be offering you an opportunity to get to know Kathryn and allowing time for you to ask questions, express concerns, share what's working in your community, and tell us how we can best serve our members.
NCHV Members should have received information on registration for this webinar in the NCHV Members eNewsletter, and will receive another notification soon. If you are a member and did not receive this info, contact Randy Brown at rbrown@nchv.org.
For more information on how to become an NCHV member to receive access to these CEO Webinars and more, click here!
Funding Opportunities
The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation administers several types of grants in the Orlando, Fla. metropolitan area of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake Counties. The Foundation offers large match-challenge grants, construction or renovation grants, start-up and seed grants, seed loans, and emergency grants. This funding generally ranges from $5,000 to $50,000. To read the application restrictions and guidelines (before submitting a letter of inquiry), click here.

The Guido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation provides grants in the Calhoun County area of Michigan. The grants are made primarily in the area of education, but also includes health and human services, as well as community development. The two step application process begins with a letter of inquiry, and then moves on to an online grant application. Deadlines for 2017-2018 cycles will be announced soon. To learn more, and begin the process, click here.

NHSDC Fall 2017 Conference – San Diego, CA October 11-12, 2017

The National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC) is a collaborative organization that understands the importance of data quality and the value of using valid and reliable data for community planning and performance measurement. NHSDC has worked for over 13 years to deliver conferences allowing Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) professionals an opportunity to discuss current challenges and best practices while developing a critical network of peer support.
As in past years, the Fall 2017 NHSDC conference is a HUD-approved conference. This means that HMIS funds awarded under the Continuum of Care (CoC) program may be used to attend the 2017 NHSDC Fall conference. CoC funds included in either the CoC's HMIS dedicated grant or in an HMIS line item in a project budget may be used for costs associated with attendance at HUD-approved training sessions, such as this NHSDC conference. HMIS funds awarded under the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs may be used to attend the 2017 NHSDC Spring Conference. Projects without funds designated for HMIS cannot use funds from other budget line items (e.g., project admin funds) to attend this event.
For more information, please visit the National Human Services Data Consortium website.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

FY 2017 CoC Program Competition - 29 Days Remaining

There are 29 days remaining until the application submission deadline for the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The FY 2017 CoC Consolidated Applications, that includes the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are due Thursday, September 28, 2017 by 7:59:59 PM EDT. CoCs should allow ample time to complete the FY 2017 CoC Consolidated Applications, and not wait until the last minute to submit the CoC Consolidated Applications in e-snaps to HUD. HUD strongly recommends  Collaborative Applicants submit their applications at least 24 to 48 hours before the deadline. See Section VI. Application and Submission Information of the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA for application submission and timely receipt requirements for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition.

Federally declared disaster areas

As stated in the FY 2017 CoC NOFA, Section I. Requirements, 2. Major Disaster Areas, “if a major disaster impacts a CoC’s geographic area, as declared by the President under Title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Act, during the FY2017 CoC Program application process that will impact local competition deadlines as outlined in Section J. Local Competition Deadlines of this NOFA, the CoC’s Collaborative Applicant must send written notification to Norm Suchar, Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs at CoCDisaster@hud.gov.”  Please note, impacted CoC’s should send this when they can after first dealing with more immediate disaster related issues.

Updated Reports on HUDExchange.info

All CoCs must ensure they are working with the most recent CoC reports and information published by HUD.  This includes:

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.
If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.
If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox please contact info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.

Questions

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down 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, please submit your questions 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.
The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2017 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

From Our Federal Partners: Mental Health Needs and Service Use Among Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness Webinar – Tuesday, September 9, 2017

This webinar, held by Pathways RTC, presents data from a new national study of homeless young adults (age 18-26) gathered through drop-in centers and shelters in seven cities across the country – the Homeless Youth Risk and Resilience Survey. The webinar will include data from the study and the voices of youth who participated to provide more information about the intersection of homelessness and mental health problems. Examining patterns of mental health service use and unmet need in this group will provide an understanding of how young adults are managing their mental health needs while homeless. Presenters will also describe the implications for programs providing mental health services for adolescents and young adults. Potential solutions to increase connection and supports for these young people through early identification and intersystem communication will be discussed. This webinar is made possible by funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET)

Presenters:

  • Sarah C. Narendorf, PhD, LCSW – University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work
     
  • Matthew Uretsky, PhD, MSW, MPH – Portland State University, School of Social Work
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

From our Federal Partner: HHS Establishing Medical Shelter to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Thousands of Texans sheltering at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston will have medical care on-site through a 250-bed Federal Medical Station established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the request of the State Department of Health. The Federal Medical Station is scheduled to be operational Wednesday, August 30, 2017. HHS has additional Federal Medical Stations available for patient care in Texas, and has positioned two 250-bed Federal Medical Stations in Baton Rouge ready to be deployed in Louisiana should state officials determine they are needed.
HHS has also activated its Disaster Distress Helpline, a toll-free call center, that is available at 1-800-985-5990 to aid people in coping with the behavioral health effects of the storm and help people in impacted areas connect with local behavioral health professionals.
Read the full HHS Press Release.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Homelessness Update

spotlight on...
STANDING WITH HOUSTON
8c143745-a9c3-41fc-8bfe-f199638ae6a7.png
Like the rest of the nation, The Alliance has been watching the events in Houston with deep concern for the most vulnerable members of the community – not only those who have lost their homes, but also those who were without housing before Hurricane Harvey.

For the next several months, service providers in Texas, Louisiana, and points beyond will be working overtime to house and shelter those who have been displaced. The Alliance is committed to supporting their efforts. As we learned following Hurricane Katrina, it will be critical for communities to secure federal resources to aid their recovery efforts. It will also be essential that those resources target those who are most vulnerable.

As we hope for the rains to end, the waters to subside, and the recovery to begin, The Alliance is determined to advocate for these resources.

In the meantime, we encourage all concerned parties to consult the Houston Coalition for the Homeless’ Hurricane Harvey resource page, for important information on shelter locations, agency closures, and how to help.
cae0f05b-5782-49a3-b3a9-b4e9f599f778.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
Learn More »
2157cea7-94b8-4693-b083-64e3988037d1.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
NEW TOOLKIT SUPPORTS Preparedness for Homeless Service Providers
8c143745-a9c3-41fc-8bfe-f199638ae6a7.png
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, service providers are reminded of the unique disaster needs and obstacles faced by of individuals experiencing homelessness.

A new resource from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development helps communities plan for these needs.

This toolkit provides a practical overview of challenges that may occur during disaster-caused disruptions and the impact these challenges pose for individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs, and it outlines strategies to prepare and minimize service disruption. It also specifies how to enhance healthcare capacity with providers experienced in serving people who are homeless, and expand care following an emergency.
cae0f05b-5782-49a3-b3a9-b4e9f599f778.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Access the toolkit »
2157cea7-94b8-4693-b083-64e3988037d1.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
Which Rules are the Right Rules for Low-Barrier Emergency Shelters?

WEBINAR: Thursday, September 7, 1:00 pm
8c143745-a9c3-41fc-8bfe-f199638ae6a7.png
This webinar, the most recent in the Emergency Shelter Webinar Learning Series, will focus on shelters that serve families and survivors of domestic violence, and will discuss how to re-tool your shelter's rules, expectations, policies, and procedures in a low-barrier environment that prioritizes safety for participants and staff.

We will be joined by Alliance staff and two experts from the field to learn about their experiences in shifting philosophy and operations to incorporate a low-barrier model for families and survivors of domestic violence.
You can register here.

This is the fourth installment in the Alliance’s Emergency Shelter Webinar Learning Series. Please visit our Resources Page for more tools and information on this topic.
cae0f05b-5782-49a3-b3a9-b4e9f599f778.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Register here >>
2157cea7-94b8-4693-b083-64e3988037d1.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
Pay-for-Success Financing
to End Family Homelessness
8c143745-a9c3-41fc-8bfe-f199638ae6a7.png
Can public systems lower costs by providing rental assistance and support services to families experiencing homelessness or housing instability?
A new report issued by the Urban Institute explores the Pay-for-Success funding model to provide interventions to help families escape homelessness. The report provides an overview of housing interventions, including permanent supportive housing, permanent rental assistance, and rapid re-housing, that can end homelessness for families, while reducing child welfare placements, increasing school attendance, and improving health outcomes.
cae0f05b-5782-49a3-b3a9-b4e9f599f778.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
Read the report »
2157cea7-94b8-4693-b083-64e3988037d1.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
from the blog
Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
8c143745-a9c3-41fc-8bfe-f199638ae6a7.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
Housing is the Common Ground
d9aca708-079b-4719-b777-4689cb90b9f4.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png by NAEH
Written by Guest blogger, Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco; Chief Medical Consultant at Mercy Housing In recent months, the intense healthcare debate has often centered around our individual values: how much autonomy should we have to control our healthcare finances? How do we meet our responsibility to care for people who live […]
The post Housing is the Common Ground appeared first on National Alliance to End Homelessness.
comments » 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png | 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Like Housing is the Common Ground on Facebook 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Google Plus One Button 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png share on Twitter
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
New HUD Joint Component Option Could Help Domestic Violence Survivors
d9aca708-079b-4719-b777-4689cb90b9f4.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png by Sharon McDonald
Every day vulnerable people fleeing domestic violence are denied shelter.  It's not because they don't need it or because they are ineligible. It is simply because there is no room. Domestic violence programs are designed to provide safe refuge and support to people escaping violence.  Some require the safety of a crisis housing program for […]
The post New HUD Joint Component Option Could Help Domestic Violence Survivors appeared first on National Alliance to End Homelessness.
comments » 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png | 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Like New HUD Joint Component Option Could Help Domestic Violence Survivors on Facebook 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Google Plus One Button 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png share on Twitter
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
The Joint Component Is for Homeless Youth, Too!
d9aca708-079b-4719-b777-4689cb90b9f4.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png by Mindy Mitchell
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in July. The Alliance has a lot of resources which you can see here. Sign up for our newsletter to get more of our observations about the Competition. New HUD CoC TH-RRH Joint Component […]
The post The Joint Component Is for Homeless Youth, Too! appeared first on National Alliance to End Homelessness.
comments » 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png | 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Like The Joint Component Is for Homeless Youth, Too! on Facebook 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png Google Plus One Button 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png share on Twitter
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png

121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
aaf40d1b-7bf4-4b91-a67b-c3c401103f7b.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png

About Us

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
4d91bac5-05b4-4f34-8dc1-c9a9df4fef21.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png 14e79d3d-4392-4e39-be2f-e9a045405319.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png 42d92758-162c-4cd7-bc93-47d92364d882.png 121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png

Join Us

The Alliance is online: on Facebook, on Twitter, on our blog, and on our website! Join the Alliance's online community, and stay up-to-date with homelessness and housing information.
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png

www.endhomelessness.org

121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png

Need Technical Assistance?

Visit the Center for Capacity Building to learn more about the ways the Center can help your community end homelessness.
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png
121c0764-9b1a-42dc-8400-f1a8facd863f.png