10/1/17 - HUD Data Dictionary Update

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ServicePoint 5.12.47 Update
Several customers have reported errors with the 5.12.47 2017 HUD Data Dictionary Changes upgrade impacting sub-assessment data.  This error does not appear on all customer sites.  Our development team is currently coding a correction to address to this which will be released as 5.12.48.
Additionally, we are investigating reported issues with saving for the Operating Start and Operating End Date fields on the Provider Profile HUD Standards.  We hope to include that code in 5.12.48 as well. 
We anticipate the release version to be available by the end of the day today.  Please contact your CCA if you have any questions.
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JOBS: HMIS Program Coordinator (Chester County, PA)


Job Details

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Job ID
#2259

Category
Community Development

Status
Open
Applications will be accepted until October 20, 2017

Salary
$42,133.00 annually

Published
September 28, 2017

Closing
October 20, 2017 4:30 PM

Requisition #2259
The Program Coordinator - HMIS Coordinator within the Department of Community Development provides oversight and guidance for the day-to-day operations of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), which consists of HMIS planning, budgeting, on-going training and technical support for the system. This position also provides on-going outreach to agencies and community leaders to cultivate and maintain support and understanding of HMIS. This position will also work within DCD's grants management system. This position reports to the Planning Supervisor within DCD.

Interested candidates should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in project management, non-profits, data and reporting. This position requires excellent organization, communication and computer skills and the ability to work within a team structure.

Position Type 
Full-Time / Exempt

Salary Information 
$42,133.00 annually 

Shift 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Weekly Hours 
35

Deadline 
Applications will be accepted until October 20, 2017

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September 2017 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
September 2017
HUD-VASH Exit Study Final Report Available Now
From the Department of Housing and Urban Development
The HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines HUD’s housing choice vouchers, administered by public housing authorities (PHAs), with VA case management to offer homeless veterans permanent supportive housing. The HUD-VASH Exit study, commissioned by HUD and VA, investigated HUD-VASH at four sites: Houston, TX; Los Angeles and Palo Alto, CA; and Philadelphia, PA. The study examined program implementation, the movement of veterans from homelessness to being housed, and the nature of veterans’ exits from HUD-VASH. 
To do this, the research team analyzed administrative data covering 2008 to 2014 at the four sites, and surveyed veterans and conducted site visits (including interviews with staff and veterans) between 2011 and 2014. As such the study captures HUD-VASH during a time of transformation.
In 2008, HUD-VASH served fewer than 2,000 veterans. By 2014, HUD-VASH was a major program that housed 53,000 veterans and had served more than 80,000 veterans. The study defined three HUD-VASH veteran groups: (1) stayers (veterans in the program for at least 600 days), (2) leased-up exiters (veterans who exited after leasing up), and (3) nonleased exiters (veterans who exited before accessing housing). “Exit” was defined as leaving VA case management as recorded in VA administrative data by case managers.
The study finds that about half of the leased-up exiters left HUD-VASH for positive reasons such as accomplishing their goals or increased income, but that only a quarter of nonleased exiters had positive reasons for exit. Common negative reasons for exit included housing difficulties, loss of contact with the program, illness, incarceration, and non-compliance with program rules. Specific recommendations to ensure continued program effectiveness converge around (1) improving coordination of HUD and VA processes in HUD-VASH sites; (2) targeting financial resources for specific situations such as move-in, threat of eviction, and transitioning out of HUD-VASH; and (3) ensuring continuity of care for veterans in the program.
To view the full report, click here.
Hill Watch: Federal Funding Process for FY 2018
Continuing resolution and ongoing negotiation mark end of FY 2017
The end of the month of September marks the end of the 2017 fiscal year for the federal government, and with it the deadline for funding decisions on Fiscal Year 2018 program levels. As has become customary, Congress has been unable to complete this work by the deadline and has passed a “continuing resolution” or “CR” to extend the deadline. This particular CR, H.R. 601, has given Congress until Dec. 8 of this year to finish their work. In the meantime, programs will be flat funded at the levels they received in FY 2017 until this new deadline, or until Congress finalizes the new numbers – whichever comes first.
Fortunately, they are steadily progressing in their work for VA’s Homeless Programs and other related federal programs aimed at ending and preventing veteran homelessness. There are three individual appropriations bills that are concerned with these programs, nearly all of which have completed the committee process in both houses.* The only exception is the bill which governs HVRP funding, and which has not completed the committee process in the Senate.
Here are the proposed numbers in both houses, as compared to the numbers of the President’s budget request of several months ago:
FY 2017
President’s Request
House Proposed
Senate Proposed
Grant and Per Diem
$257m
$257m
$257m
$257m
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
$320m
$320m
$320m
$340m
HUD-VA Supportive Housing
$40m
(~5,500 vouchers)
$0
$0
$40m
(~5,500
vouchers)
Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program
$45m

$45m
$45m
$47.54m*
NCHV supports the Senate proposed numbers in every case. The need for more HUD-VASH vouchers is seen in many of the communities you work in, especially when it comes to the creation of new affordable housing through project basing of these vouchers. The SSVF program is in need of an infusion of funds to the tune of $400m this year in order to prevent the expiration of the 2015 surge grants, but the additional funds seen in the Senate numbers will go a long way towards preventing that expiration in many communities. Likewise, the Senate numbers for HVRP are not perfect – NCHV supports, at the minimum, funding that program at its fully authorized level of $50m.
This will come down to negotiations between the House and Senate. It is imperative that we all encourage Congress to accept the numbers proposed by the Senate committee. NCHV will be there to make your voice heard in the negotiations, and update you as these events unfold. Stay tuned to these pages, and to our eNewsletters and website, to make sure you are up to date on what is happening on the Hill. If you are a member, a more in depth write up of this issue will appear in the September/October issue of our print newsletter.
NCHV Supports Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Engage in campaign in your community
Each November, the week before Thanksgiving, hundreds of thousands take part in activities ranging from food drives to sleep outs to raise awareness of the ongoing tragedies of hunger and homelessness.
This amazing event was first held at Villanova University in 1975. Today, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness co-sponsor the annual week.
For more information, resources, and ways to get involved, visit hhweek.org.
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 access VA's Suicide Prevention Month resources year round, click here.
NCHV's Facebook and Twitter pages have featured content for Suicide Prevention Month throughout September. Be sure to like and follow us and engage with our content to spread our shared mission!
Funding Opportunities
The Cleveland Foundation offers grants for tax-exempt agencies in the Greater Cleveland area.  Organizations wishing to apply must create a profile and a grant inquiry. The Foundation focuses on the areas of education, health and human services, economic development, and arts and culture. For more information, click here.
The Wawa Foundation offers financial grants for nonprofit organizations in the areas of health, hunger, and "everyday heroes". The Foundation focuses its giving to organizations serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. Applications are reviewed quarterly. For more information, click here.

CANCELED: October 5 CDBG-DR and Procurement - A Guide to Recovery Webinar | Resource Guide Posted

HUD is canceling the October 5, 2017 webinar Buying Right: CDBG-DR and Procurement - A Guide to Recovery. There has been no rescheduled date determined at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The resource guide Buying Right CDBG-DR and Procurement: A Guide to Recovery is available now. Grantees and subrecipients procuring goods and services with their grant funds must ensure that they are following all program procurement statutory and regulatory requirements. The urgency in post-disaster recoveries often leads state and local officials to work to quickly restore infrastructure, public services, and help private companies and citizens make repairs. However, grantees and subrecipients that do not follow all CDBG program requirements may be forced to repay Federal funds. This guide covers how to comply with these requirements while also moving as quickly as possible to recover from a disaster. Sample checklists and templates are included for grantees to adapt for their programs.
         
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