FY 2017 CoC Program Competition – Deadline Reminder

There are 7 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 8:00 PM EDT. Please allow ample time to complete your FY 2017 CoC Consolidated Application, and do not wait until the last minute to submit via e-snaps to HUD. HUD strongly recommends that Collaborative Applicants submit their applications at least 24 - 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.
The CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing are separate submissions in e-snaps; therefore, Collaborative Applicants must ensure that both the CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing, with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are submitted in e-snaps prior to the application submission deadline of September 28, 2017 by 8:00 PM EDT.

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 8:00 PM EDT.
         
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Are you the embodiment of SuperSOAR?  Do you want to share your SOAR experience and expertise with others?
The SOAR TA Center is hiring a Project Associate!  We are looking for someone with a passion for SOAR to join our team at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA).
This is a full-time position. Residence near or relocation to PRA's Delmar, NY office is preferred. Remote locations will be considered for those with significant experience.
For more information, please visit https://www.prainc.com/about-us/employment/.
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2018 HIC and PIT Data Collection Notice

HUD has published the Notice for Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Data Collection for Continuums of Care (CoCs), which informs CoCs of information that must be collected to successfully complete the 2018 HIC and PIT counts.
HUD continues to see communities evaluating their PIT count efforts to determine how to improve the accuracy. Last year there was a big emphasis on identifying youth and we are confident that the efforts – both the planning and the counting – are key to informing each community’s efforts to end youth homelessness. HUD’s desire is for communities to concentrate more on getting the best counts as possible. Consistent with that, HUD has made minimal changes this year – most of them are associated with changes in the Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data standards.

HIC Changes

  1. HUD published its 2017 HMIS Data Standards in April 2017, outlining changes to HMIS data collection. While communities are not required to use HMIS to generate their HIC, HUD updated the data standards to include the data elements associated with the HIC so that communities can generate most of the data for the HIC directly from their HMIS, if desired.
     
  2. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently designated components within its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program. The 2017 HMIS Data standards were updated to reflect these changes. Beginning in 2017, communities must report their GPD projects by component type and project type in the HIC.
     
  3. The 2017 Data Standards funding sources were updated to include VA-funded Contract Residential Services (CRS), which is a consolidation of the former Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Emergency Housing and Residential Treatment Programs. This Notice has been updated to reflect that change.

PIT Count Changes

  1. Consistent with the updated 2017 HMIS Data Dictionary, HUD changed the “Don’t identify as male, female, or transgender” gender response option to “Gender Non-Conforming (i.e. not exclusively male or female).”
     
  2. HUD is requiring that data reported on survivors of domestic violence should be limited to reporting on those who are currently experiencing homelessness because they are fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, as opposed to reporting on survivors who have ever experienced these circumstances.
     
  3. CoCs are now required to report the number of children of parenting youth families where the parent is under 18 separate from the children of parenting youth families where the parent is aged 18 to 24.

Additional HIC and PIT Resources

  • PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars Page: This is a one-stop site where communities can access all of HUD’s guidance on how to plan and implement their PIT counts. The resources include the annual notice, the PIT Count Methodology Guide, survey tool resources, implementation resources, etc.
     
  • Preparing for Your 2018 Housing Inventory and Point-in-Time Counts Webinar: HUD will provide a webinar in the fall that will highlight new requirements and data collection guidance for the 2018 HIC and PIT counts and allow communities to ask questions. HUD will send a listserv with registration information prior to the webinar.

Questions about the HIC or PIT?

If you have questions about entering HIC or PIT count data that are not covered in this Notice, please submit them to the HDX Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
         
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Register Now: Part 2 of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Priority Populations Webinars

Last week, over 300 participants joined us for the first webinar highlighting the specific issues and personal experiences of populations facing a disproportionate burden of hepatitis B and/or hepatitis C infection. Next week on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT, the second webinar in this series will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as perspectives from members of the priority populations and health care professionals who work with them including:
  • Baby boomers,
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN),
  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI),
  • African Americans, and
  • Pregnant women
We are excited to continue this effort to feature personal stories of people who have lived and/or supported patients with viral hepatitis to increase awareness and enhance understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and strengths of these populations, strengthen engagement, and facilitate important conversations as part of our national efforts to meet the goals described in the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan.
The webinar is open to the public, so please register early and share information about the webinar with your networks! Register for this webinar.
         
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Register Now: Reducing Homelessness among People Living with HIV to Reach Our National Goals, Community Listening Session Webinar

On Monday, September 25, 2017, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM EDT, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy will host a community listening session webinar, “Reducing Homelessness among People Living with HIV to Reach Our National Goals.” The primary goal of this webinar is to obtain input from national, state, and local leaders, service providers, and community members including people living with HIV and those who have been, or are currently, homeless about how best to reduce homelessness among people living with HIV.
People living with HIV are at greater risk for homelessness. Throughout many communities, people living with HIV risk losing their housing due to factors such as increased medical costs and limited incomes or reduced ability to keep working due to related illnesses. Securing stable housing is a key part of achieving successful HIV health outcomes.
Homeless and unstably housed people living with HIV are less likely to achieve viral suppression. With safe, decent, and affordable housing, people with HIV are better able to access comprehensive health care and supportive services, get on HIV treatment, take their HV medication consistently, and see their health care provider regularly.
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy sets a national goal for reducing homelessness among people living with HIV. The National/HIV AIDS Strategy (NHAS) sets a target of reducing the percentage of persons in HIV medical care who are homeless to 5% or less by 2020.=
However, these results are going in the wrong direction – homelessness among persons in HIV medical care increased from 7.9% in 2013 to 9.0% in 2014. This latest data indicates that we have moved further away from 2020 NHAS goal, signaling the need for thoughtful efforts to reverse that trend and make up lost ground.
This webinar will engage Federal staff and key community stakeholders whose work involves homelessness prevention, housing stability, HIV prevention, care, treatment or other issues affecting the lives of people living with HIV and those who are at risk for infection in a discussion to:
  1. Review and obtain input about the barriers to stable housing and challenges that community members face in reducing homelessness among people living with HIV.
     
  2. Hear how community leaders and members have successfully worked to address homelessness among people living with HIV.
     
  3. Receive recommendations from stakeholders participating in the webinar for consideration by the NHAS Federal Interagency Workgroup and relevant Federal agencies that have the potential to reduce homelessness among people living with HIV and achieve the goals of the Strategy.
         
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Webinars: Using Trauma-Informed Approaches and Innovations in Communities


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National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion Webinar Series

Communities Addressing Trauma and Community Strife Using Trauma-Informed Approaches

Part Six: Empowerment, Voice and Choice: The Holistic Life Foundation

Monday, September 25, 2017 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for a monthly webinar series that will highlight communities working to improve resiliency and responsiveness to community incidents. The series, sponsored by SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint, will take place from April through September 2017 on the fourth Monday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
During part six of the series, Empowerment, Voice and Choice, The Holistic Life Foundation will discuss ways of creating safe spaces and tools for healing. Ali Smith and Atman Smith, cofounders of Holistic Life, will discuss their project for helping children and adults through body-healing practices. They will start with their TED talk and then discuss how they are implementing this in different systems in Baltimore, Maryland.
To participate in the webinar on September 25, please register online at the link provided below. When you register, you may see a sign-in dialogue box. If so, please click on the "OK" button, and you will be directed to the registration page.
Register for the Webinar


Trauma-Informed Innovations in Crisis Services

Part Six: Trustworthiness and Transparency: Baltimore Police Department

Monday, September 25, 2017 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for a monthly webinar series that will highlight the innovative work of crisis service providers employing a trauma-informed approach. The series, sponsored by SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint, will take place from April through September 2017 on the fourth Monday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
During part six of the series, Trustworthiness and Transparency, Sergeant Joanne Wallace, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator for the Baltimore Police Department, will discuss an innovative approach to crisis prevention and intervention in Baltimore, Maryland. Sgt. Wallace and her partner provide support to homeless individuals, including helping them to secure needed medical, behavioral, and other services to prevent crisis and enhance adherence. They will explain their creative, unique, and inspiring approaches for engaging homeless individuals, understanding the very complicated communication networks used by the homeless community, and maintaining trust within these networks. They will also discuss their work with the Recovery Network and Baltimore Crisis Response when acute crisis services or immediate access to recovery support is necessary.
To participate in the webinar on September 25, please register online at the link provided below. When you register, you may see a sign-in dialogue box. If so, please click on the "OK" button, and you will be directed to the registration page.
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FY2018 Fair Market Rent


I notice that the FY2018 FMRs have been published and wanted to remind all project applicants that the FY2017 COC NOFA instructions are to use the FY17 FMRs (see page 24).

This has some bearing on the amount of Match required (if the FMRs in your geographic area have risen). Match documents can be uploaded at time of application or after the Conditional Award, but prior to issuance of the grant agreement. If your project contains a Rental Assistance BLI, and if you have time to make changes to the Match document (knowing that the FY2018 FMRs increased), then I would still encourage you to attach the Match document at time of application. If you cannot, please continue to work on having them ready to submit to HUD around the time of the Conditional Award announcement in December or January (hopefully!) As with the Fy2016 awards, for those COCs that attached the Match documents with the application, HUD staff was able to issue their grants much more quickly than in previous years. Below are links to the State and to Baltimore's datasets: