Register Today: Sage Guidance for ESG Recipients and Subrecipients Webinars 

ESG Recipient Webinar

HUD will train ESG recipients (jurisdictions that receive an ESG award directly from HUD) on October 16, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT. The webinar will review:
  • How to register for Sage
  • How to navigate Sage
  • How to upload the ESG CAPER report
  • Data flow from HMIS to Sage
  • Data entry in the eCon Planning Suite
  • Coordination with subrecipients

ESG Subrecipient Webinar

HUD will train ESG Subrecipients (homeless providers that receive ESG funding from a jurisdiction (State, Territory, County or City) on October 19, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT. The webinar will review:
  • How to upload the ESG CAPER report
  • Data flow from HMIS to Sage
  • Common data errors and how to resolve them
  • Coordination with recipients

Schedule of Training Deliveries

Title Date Registration Link
Sage Guidance for ESG Recipients Webinar October 16, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
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Sage Guidance for ESG Subrecipients Webinar October 19, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
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Hosted By:

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Training Point of Contact

Thuan Huynh | 301.347.5841 | Thuan_huynh@abtassoc.com

Registering for the Sage Guidance for ESG Recipients or Subrecipients Webinar

Access the registration page using the link listed below and then select Register Now on the right side of the page
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.

Additional Instructions

To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Trainings.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Homelessness Update

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2018 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness
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We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, March 1-2, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. Please note that registration check-in will begin at on Wednesday, February 28 at 3pm.

For information on registration, hotels, travel, volunteer opportunities and to apply for a scholarship to attend the conference click here.
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Congratulations to Kent County, Michigan
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Kent County, Michigan has joined the growing number of communities that have achieved "Functional Zero Community" status for veteran homelessness.

"This is a great platform for us to move forward and think about what we did learn in this effort, so that we can end homelessness for all populations in our community," Vera Beech, executive director of Community Rebuilders, told Michigan Radio.  
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Easing Barriers to Housing for People with Conviction Histories
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Access to housing is a significant barrier for people that have been formerly incarcerated. The Vera Institute of Justice has announced the new “Open Doors to Public Housing” initiative to help public housing authorities safely increase access to stable housing for this population.

Find out more about the jurisdictions selected to participate in this initiative, as well as new resources to help housing authorities nationwide align with best practices and make similar changes.
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NEW REPORT EXPLORES HOUSING AFFORDABILITY FOR WORKING HOUSEHOLDS
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The National Housing Conference has released the annual “Paycheck to Paycheck” report, which provides insight into the ability of working households to afford typical housing in metro areas nationwide. The full tool includes:
  • Graphs that compare wages and housing costs in 203 metro areas
  • Median incomes for 83 occupations
  • Median home prices and the income needed to afford them
  • Fair market rents and the income needed to afford them
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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.
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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.
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www.endhomelessness.org

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Need Technical Assistance?

Visit the Center for Capacity Building to learn more about the ways the Center can help your community end homelessness.
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Dr. Everett Shares Resources About the Opioid Use Disorder Epidemic




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SAMHSA's Chief Medical Officer Says There's Help for People With Opioid Use Disorder

Dr. Anita Everett, SAMHSA's Chief Medical Officer, recently wrote an article for an opioid addiction campaign focused on prevention, treatment, and recovery. Dr. Everett's article highlights resources to support effective treatment of opioid use disorder.
Read Dr. Everett's Article

SOAR TA Center Fiscal Year 2017 Accomplishments

Plus Success Stories from Florida and Ohio!
Plus Success Stories from Florida and Ohio!
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SOAR TA Center Fiscal Year 2017 Accomplishments

SOAR FY 2017 Accomplishments

Sharing Our Successes

Florida

Randy Vargas of the Florida Health Care Services Department shared an incredible success story from SOAR Case Manager Jahaira Romero of the Hillsborough County Government in Tampa, Florida:
Louis* was homeless for over 10 years, and had been living on the streets when one of our SOAR Case Managers was helping him submit a SOAR application. He has several chronic health and mental health conditions. Through the combined effort of the ACTS/HEART Permanent Supportive Housing Program and the SOAR team at Hillsborough County Health Care Services Department, the client received necessary medical and mental health assistance and was approved for SSI benefits in 2 months utilizing the SOAR model. It is great to see Louis now, living in a stable healthy home and receiving treatment for his illnesses. He is happier and grateful saying, "I have been waiting 7 years to obtain disability benefits, due to my health and mental conditions; thanks to Jahaira Romero from Hillsborough County SOAR Program the wait is over. It only took her 2 months…."

Ohio

We're excited to share a SOAR shout out from the August issue of Breaking Ground: News from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio! The article featured the SOAR Ohio Annual Meeting which highlights the top-performing Ohio SOAR specialists around the state!
From the article: "The heart and soul of the SOAR Ohio Project are the individual SOAR specialists who assist some of the most vulnerable community members throughout the state. If it were not for the hard work, dedication, and excellent service provision from these specialists and their agencies, this work would not be possible." Read the full write up on the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio's website. Way to go, Ohio! Keep SOARing!
Do you have a success story you'd like to share with the SOAR community? E‐mail it to soar@prainc.com!
*Name changed to protect client anonymity.
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Job Postings

New York/National

The SOAR TA Center is seeking a full-time Project Associate to support the TA Center's activities! Residence near or relocation to PRA's Delmar, NY office is preferred. Remote locations will be considered for those with significant experience.

Arizona

Lifewell Behavioral Wellness is seeking a full-time Benefits Specialist in Phoenix, Arizona. The successful candidate will provide comprehensive direct support services to adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness.

Connecticut

Columbus House is seeking a full-time Recovery Intervention Services Team SOAR Benefits Specialist in Middletown, Connecticut. The successful candidate will coordinate the SOAR application submission process.

Michigan

St. Joseph's Mercy Health System is seeking a SOAR Coordinator in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The successful candidate will provide assistance with SOAR applications and provide referrals and linkages to services.
Learn more about these postings on the SOARWorks website. Do you have a job posting you would like to share with the SOAR community? Submit it to the SOAR TA Center!
Thursday, October 12, 2017; 1:00 p.m. ET
The next SOARing Over Lunch Conference Call will take place Thursday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET! The SOAR TA Center hosts a series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Participants can log‐in to ask about any SOAR‐related question they may have.
Part 1: Wednesday, October 18, 2017; 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, October 25, 2017; 3:00-4:30 p.m.
In this two-part webinar series, to be held on October 18 and 25, 2017, you will hear from clinicians about the clinical consequences of addiction to opioids and marijuana. SOAR providers will describe their communities' responses to the opioid crisis by providing supportive services such as Housing First and Medication-Assisted Treatment. Experts will provide an overview of federal policies and new resources which relate to individuals with addiction and/or individuals who may be taking opioids and other drugs, such as medical marijuana as prescribed by their clinician.

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

New Materials from the SOAR Expert Panel Work Group
Using SOAR to Heal
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced three new Compassionate Allowances conditions: CACH--Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms, Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy, and Kleefstra Syndrome. Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify serious diseases and other medical conditions that meet Social Security's standards for disability benefits. View the full Compassionate Allowances Conditions.
Veterans may become eligible for additional benefits based on a number of different situations. To assist Veterans with navigating the additional benefits they may be eligible for, the Veterans Benefits Administration created a VA Derivative Benefits Eligibility Service Connected Matrix (Service Connected Matrix). View the Service Connected Matrix and read the accompanying blog post to learn how to use the Service Connected Matrix.
A national membership organization that provides critical resources, learning, and networking opportunities to foundations working in the homelessness space to increase their knowledge, capacity, and effectiveness to prevent and end homelessness. They have members in most states across the country—foundations that might possibly be interested in providing funding to SOAR programs based on SOAR's historic usefulness in supporting efforts to reduce and stop homelessness. Find member foundations to target outreach in your state!
Developed by foundation funders across the country, this space provides information about what foundations are looking for and offers free concrete tools and tips for successfully finding and accessing foundation funding for your program.
This website offers nonprofits, foundations, and libraries with tech products, services, and learning resources. Most importantly, registered members are eligible for deeply discounted or free technology hardware and software.
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Disclaimer: The SOAR Technical Assistance Center is sending this NewsFlash with support from SAMHSA, HHS. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of HHS or SAMHSA.