From Our Federal Partners: Request for Applications to Participate in the SOAR TA Project Due November 17, 2017

Are you looking for ways to increase housing placement and stability for individuals with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness in your community? Are you struggling with the complex Social Security disability application process and waiting for a long time for a decision? If so, this technical assistance and training opportunity is for you!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center is accepting applications from Continuums of Care (CoCs) that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.
SAMHSA's SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and who have a serious mental illness, a co-occurring substance use disorder or other serious medical condition.
CoCs are invited to submit a brief, 3-5 page application in response to the Request for Applications (RFA) to participate in the SOAR TA Project by November 17, 2017. A message of interest and intent to file an application is requested, but not required, by October 24, 2017. The RFA and the documents referred to in the RFA can be accessed on the SOAR Technical Assistance site.
A kick-off call to answer questions about the application will be held on October 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET:
Participation in SOAR requires local commitment and collaboration while working closely with the SOAR State Team Lead to ensure that the effort is consistent with that of other communities in the state. In many states, the local and/or balance of state CoCs are actively involved in SOAR implementation at both the state and local levels.
For more information or if you have questions about the RFA, please contact Kristin Lupfer, Project Director, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center via e-mail at or by phone at 518-439-7415, ext. 5262.
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CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of October 17, 2017, have been posted to HUD Exchange.
These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.
CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:
{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.
Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.
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News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Our Opportunity to Learn from the Response to Hurricane Harvey  


Partners in Texas have provided us with a case study on how to respond to disasters with purpose, creativity, shared responsibility, and strengthened partnerships.

In remarks to the Texas Homeless Network, Executive Director Matthew Doherty urges us to take the lessons from the response to that urgent crisis and reinforce and strengthen our response to the on-going, daily crisis of homelessness in our communities.   

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strategic plan stronger. 

Region 7 Gathers to Advance Ending Youth Homelessness in the Heartland          

The Ending Youth Homelessness in the Heartland Conference held last month in Kansas City was the first region-wide conference in the Heartland dedicated to youth homelessness.  
The conference brought together adult and young adult leaders from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska to learn from each other and federal, state, and local partners.

You Won't Want to Miss These New Tools from Our Partners  

  • The Department of Health and Human Services has published a series of research briefs from the Youth/Young Adults with Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness demonstration grants.
  • The Department of Labor is launching "Our Journey Together: The WIOA Youth Program Technical Assistance (TA) Series" to support the workforce system in their programming efforts to improve outcomes for youth. The first webinar is October 24.
  • A Way Home Canada has released This is Housing First for Youth: A Program Model Guide that can help ensure that your community is connecting young people to permanent housing with the appropriate services to help them succeed as quickly as possible. 

October  is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM)

How can you strengthen collaboration through your partnerships with domestic violence service providers? Here are four strategies from our Policy Advisor, Brittani Manzo.
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