News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness


Racial Equity: An Essential Component of Our Nation's Homelessness Response              

  



Our national conversation about homelessness has been missing a critical piece: an honest, open conversation about the racial dimensions of homelessness.  
Jeff Olivet and Marc Dones at the Center for Social Innovation kick off a series of commentaries we will be publishing on issues of equity with some initial reflections from their Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) Initiative.  

Building Momentum in Our Drive to End Family Homelessness

 
Last month, USICH brought together 17 thought leaders on family homelessness to share their best practices, strategize around each other's challenges, and commit to supporting other communities as we build momentum behind national efforts to end family homelessness.

Disaster Planning and Recovery Resources for Homelessness Services Systems        
 
Our team at USICH has been inspired by the resilience of the communities affected by the recent hurricanes -- and we stand ready to provide whatever support we can as recovery gets underway.   
In the meantime, we've pulled together a few resources that can help communities plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters. 
Affected by the hurricanes? Access disaster recovery information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Labor.   

VA Homeless Office Deploys Encrypted Email To Exchange Information with Community Providers         
   

Using an Outlook add-in called Virtru Pro, the VA will be able to send protected health information to community partners more quickly over secure email to support the development and management of by-name lists.   

The system should be fully deployed by September 22, 2017.  


 
We're gathering stakeholder input to revise and strengthen the federal strategic plan. 

 
40 of 87 Counties in Minnesota  
Have Ended Veteran Homelessness!   
  

Congratulations to the Northwest and West Central Continuums of Care for joining their Southwest CoC colleagues in building systems that have effectively ended Veteran homelessness!   

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 1275 First Street, NE, Suite 227, Washington, DC 20552

Upcoming Webinars from the Program to Achieve Wellness

9/14: Customizing Wellness Tools, 9/13: Innovative Approaches to Wellness
9/14: Customizing Wellness Tools, 9/13: Innovative Approaches to Wellness
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Customizing Wellness Tools for the Cultures in Your Community

SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness
September 14, 2017; 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Join SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness on September 14 at 1:00 p.m. ET for Customizing Wellness Tools for the Cultures in Your Community to hear from nationally recognized experts about some of the best practices in modifying tools and evidence-based practices for specific populations.  Webinar participants will hear about real-world implementation experiences and outcomes from the use of culturally customized wellness tools and have the opportunity to ask leading experts questions about the processes involved.
Moderated by Kristin Lupfer, Director of the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc., this webinar will feature:
  • Deborah Altschul, Ph.D., University of Mexico, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Behavioral Health 
  • Poka Laenui, J.D., Hawaiian Perspectives 
  • Alan Rabideau, First Nations Behavioral Health Association
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Innovative Approaches to Wellness in Behavioral Health: Announcing the Winners of SAMHSA's 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness

SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness
September 13, 2017; 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness! Register for the upcoming webinar to learn more about this year's winners and how you can incorporate some of their effective practices in your own work!
The Recognition of Excellence in Wellness acknowledges organizations and communities for their exemplary wellness efforts.  This year's winners were selected by a committee of national experts for their meaningful work to improve cardiovascular health outcomes for individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders. 
The 2017 Recognition of Excellence winners are:
  • Institute for Community Living, New York
  • Mental Health Resources, Minnesota
  • Sheppard Pratt Health System, Maryland
In addition to the three winners of the 2017 Recognition, Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. of New York receives an honorable mention for its innovative efforts supporting SAMHSA's Million Hearts® Initiative.
To learn more about the 2017 awardees, register today for Innovative Approaches to Wellness in Behavioral Health: Announcing the Winners of SAMHSA's 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness! Special guests from each of the three programs will present on their outcomes and innovations.  Q&A with the presenters will help you learn what you need to know to help improve cardiovascular health outcomes for the individuals you serve.
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Register Now: Office Hours on New HTF e-Con Planning Suite Screens

The Office of Community and Planning Development (CPD) will facilitate two office hour sessions to review the new Housing Trust Fund (HTF) screens in the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan templates, and demonstrate how users should complete the corresponding screens. During the office hours, trainers will review how to integrate HTF elements - into the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans templates in the eCon Planning Suite.
Throughout the presentation, participants will be able to ask questions to HUD technical assistance providers regarding the integration of the HTF into the eCon Planning Suite.
Participants will learn how to:
  • Utilize the new HTF screens in the eCon Planning Suite
  • Integrate HTF elements into the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan

Who Should Attend?

These office hours are relevant for HUD Staff, State grantees, U.S. territories, and Washington DC Future sessions will be held for all other entitlement grantees.

Office Hour Dates:

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017: 1:00-2:30 PM EDT; OR
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017: 1:00-2:30 PM EDT
The same materials will be addressed in both sessions, participants are not required to attend both office hours.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required.

Training Point of Contact

Jake LaSala | 240-582-3624 | econplan.training@cloudburstgroup.com

Registering for the HTF Office Hours

Access the registration page below and then select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class.
If you have not yet registered for an HUD Exchange account:

Create an Account on the HUD Exchange
  1. Go to the HUD Exchange (www.hudexchange.info).
  2. Click Login (at the upper right).
  3. Click Create an Account.
  4. Fill out the form, and click the Create Account button.
    Your account has been created. You will receive a confirmation email.
If you have already registered for an HUD Exchange account:
  1. Enter your Username and Password; select Log in.
  2. If prompted to fill out additional information, please do so, and select Update.
  3. You will be brought directly to the course detail page in HUD Exchange.
  4. Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class.
If you are unsure if you have an HUD Exchange account:
  • Go to the HUD Exchange Login page, and enter your email address into the field: Forget Username or Password?
  • If a username for that email address already exists, you will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to follow the steps above. If not, you'll receive an error message.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

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San Diego Human Services Walking Tour 
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Come out and learn about the great programs being provided in San Diego by the San Diego Housing Commission. SDHC will discuss some of their innovative programs addressing homelessness in the City of San Diego.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit Hotel Churchill. The renovation of the historical Hotel Churchill created 72 affordable rental studios for homeless individuals, which includes on-site social services and case management for residents.

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Council approves $300K grant for homeless outreach center in Towson


Margarita Cambest



The Baltimore County Council voted Sept. 5 to approve a $300,000 grant to allow a homeless outreach program to purchase the downtown Towson building in which it has operated for many years.

The grant would allow Prologue, Inc. to purchase the building at 609 Baltimore Ave. from its neighboring owner, Trinity Episcopal Church.

The church has leased the property to the homeless outreach center for $1 annually for almost 20 years, according to Prologue president and CEO Sendy Rommel.

Prologue's mission is to create opportunities for people with behavioral health needs and those experiencing homelessness, according to federal tax records.

The nonprofit operates six administrative and program centers in the Baltimore metro area that offer psychiatric rehabilitation, residential rehabilitation, employment and housing services, according to its website.

Prologue’s Towson site, which offers outreach, laundry and shower services, is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rommel said Trinity officials presented Prologue with the idea to purchase the property to raise money for other ways of serving the community.

Church officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Despite operating out of the Baltimore Avenue facility for almost 20 years, Prologue did not have a long-term lease with Trinity, which many organizations require before granting money for repairs, Rommel said, adding that the grant would allow the nonprofit to continue to offer outreach, as well as laundry and shower services to the homeless community, Rommel said.

The light gray, two-story building has seen better days, she said. Stained paint and peeling roof tiles are visible from the exterior.

Prologue’s purchase and eventual ownership would allow the center to seek grant funding specifically aimed at repairing the facility, she said.

“People have said it’s an eyesore,” Rommel said. “Obviously there’s some work to be done. We keep the grass mowed and don’t get people hurt because a step needs to be repaired, but this will give us an opportunity to refresh the facility.”

Baltimore County Council member David Marks, a Republican who represents Towson, said he requested the grant come before the County Council.

The Baltimore County charter requires that contracts involving expenses of $25,000 or more per year be approved by the council, Marks said.

After some residents raised concerns that the Towson facility operates like a shelter and keeps the business community from investing in Towson’s downtown core, Prologue and three local community organizations discussed the grant ahead of the vote to negotiate a compromise, Marks said.

With input from the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, the Greater Towson Committee and the Towson Chamber of Commerce, the County Council added requirements to the grant agreement that restrict some uses on the property.

No psychiatric services will be offered at Prologue’s Towson facility and overnight stays will be prohibited, Marks said in a Sept. 6 email. Additionally, Prologue must come up with a security plan, better signage that identifies contact information and must improve the deteriorating outside structure.

“This will truly remain an area where the homeless receive basic help on their way to job interviews or other locations,” Marks said.

Katie Pinheiro, executive director of the Greater Towson Committee, said the group was concerned that the property was not maintained and that housing, which Prologue’s other properties offer, would be added at a later date in a section of Towson currently surrounded by offices.

“It’s on a pretty nice corner of Towson, and we’re right on the corner,” Pinheiro said. “We wanted to make sure it was well maintained and taken care of and that it won’t be turned into a high-rise down the road.”

Pinheiro said the GTC, which advocates for smart development and revitalization in Towson's core, is hopeful the exterior of the property will be fixed up.

“We’re a nonprofit, too,” Pinheiro said. “We don’t do the kind of good work they do, but everyone is expected to follow the zoning regulations. I’m sure they’ll be a great owner, and we have no reason to believe that they won’t.”