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Save the Date!

It may be getting cold outside but believe us, spring will be here before you know it! The NHSDC Spring 2018 Conference will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 18-19. Pre-conference activities will occur on April 17. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information on the Call for Proposals and hotel registration.
NHSDC Spring Conference
April 18-19, 2018

Conference Hotel:
Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
We look forward to seeing you next April!


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VA Announces Availability of TIP GPD and SSVF Grants

VA Announces Availability of TIP GPD Grants
Deadline for applications is Feb. 21, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for assistance under the Per Diem Only component of VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) encourages reapplication for those applicants who seek to continue providing “Transition in Place” (TIP) grants and new applicants that will serve the homeless Veteran population through a TIP housing model to facilitate housing stabilization. Applicants may apply for a minimum of 5 beds and up to a maximum of 25 beds under this NOFA as a part of the effort to end homelessness among our nation’s veterans. This model does not support discharge planning that would have the veteran transition to Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD – VASH)
Existing nonprofit organizations recognized as section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) nonprofit organizations by the IRS, existing state and local governments, Indian Tribal Governments, and faith-based and community-based organizations that are capable of creating and providing supported transitional housing for homeless veterans are eligible under this NOFA.
VA expects to fund approximately 500 beds over a 2-year period under this NOFA. Approximately $25 million is available to support an average of 25 beds per night, per project. Funding awarded under this NOFA will be for a period of two years.
Applications must be received in the GPD Program Office, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
To read the full NOFA, click here.
VA Funding Available for SSVF Grants
Applications due Jan. 12, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.
The SSVF Program’s purpose is to provide supportive services grants to private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives, who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low-income veteran families who: (i) are residing in permanent housing; (ii) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period; or (iii) after exiting permanent housing within a specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income veteran family’s needs and preferences. SSVF prioritizes the delivery of rapid re-housing services to homeless veteran households.
The principle goal for this NOFA is to provide support to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest capacity to end homelessness among veterans or, in communities that have already met U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Federal Criteria and Benchmarks, sustain the gains made in ending homelessness among veterans. Priority will be given to grantees who can demonstrate adoption of evidence-based practices in their application.
Please note applicants are strongly encouraged to provide letters of support from their local VA Network Homeless Coordinator, their local Tribal Government where applicable, and their local Continuum of Care (CoC,) valuing and describing their contributions toward building Coordinated Entry Systems and participating in community planning efforts.  Maximum awards will be limited to 90 percent of the previous year’s award for any otherwise successful applicants who do not include an appropriate letter from the local CoC.
Applications must be received by the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 12, 2018.
To read the full NOFA, click here.

HTF Monthly Report as of 10/31/2017 Now Posted

HTF Monthly Report Now Posted
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HUD is now posting the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Deadline Compliance Status Reports. These monthly reports assist grantees and HUD Field Offices in monitoring compliance with the 2-year commitment requirement of the HTF statute and the 5-year expenditure requirement of the HTF regulations. The current report is now posted on the HUD Exchange at the link below. You may also access it from the Housing Trust Fund Page under "HTF Program Reports."
HTF Monthly Report as of 10/31/2017 Now Available:
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

SSVF Submission Update

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SSVF Submission Update
We have a resolution to the SSVF CSV submission issues identified this week.  The new CSV format will be available in ServicePoint version 5.12.52 and we will send out an announcement as soon as it is available.

According to HUD and HUD TA, the submission deadline for the first submission has been extended until Monday, November 6th.  The grantee can then make changes and upload again up until Thursday, November 9th.

Please note that the VA Repository always uses the latest file submitted so if the grantee has submitted multiple files, only the last zip file submitted will be accepted.

Please contact your CCA if you have further questions.
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SOAR TA Opportunity for Criminal Justice Programs

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center is accepting applications from Criminal Justice agencies and institutions that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.
To connect individuals leaving correctional facilities or involved in criminal justice (CJ) systems or specialty courts with needed treatment, it is critical to leverage state and federal investments such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). These federal programs can promote access to services that increase the likelihood of post release success and contribute to the reduction in recidivism. 
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from agencies and institutions that provide services to individuals that are involved in the criminal justice system. Eligible candidates are those that are not currently successfully implementing SOAR.
A Kick-off call to answer questions about the application process will be held on November 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time:
A message of interest and intent to file an application is requested, but not required, by November 17, 2017. CJ agencies are invited to submit a brief, 3-5 page application in response to the Request for Applications (RFA) by January 8, 2018
Questions should be directed to Dazara Ware. She can be reached by phone at (518) 439-7415, ext. 5260 or by e-mail at dware@prainc.com.
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SP 5.12.52 Is Now Available

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Bowman Client Update
SP 5.12.52 Is Now Available
ServicePoint 5.12.52 is now available.
This version contains several important fixes to the SSVF Export, including the issue regarding files missing from the export. Release notes can be found in the Libraries area of the Mediware Customer Community.
REMINDER: According to HUD and HUD TA, the submission deadline for the first submission has been extended until Monday, November 6th. The grantee can then make changes and upload again up until Thursday, November 9th.
Please contact your Customer Care Analyst if you have any questions. 
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VA Announces Availability of Funds for GPD Program

VA Announces Availability of Funds for GPD Program
Deadline for applications is Feb. 28, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of per diem funds to eligible entities to provide transitional housing beds under VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program models. VA expects to fund 1,500 beds with this NOFA for applicants who will use one or a combination of the following housing models: Bridge Housing, Low Demand, Hospital-to-Housing, Clinical Treatment, and Service-Intensive Transitional Housing and Service Centers. This NOFA is not limited to those who have provided GPD services in the past.
A minimum of five transitional housing beds and no more than 40 beds per model, per medical center, per each applicant’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) will be allowed under this NOFA.  Applicants applying for more than one model at the same VAMC should take into account that VA will only award up to two applications per medical center, per applicant EIN. Funding awarded under this NOFA will be for a period of 1 year with a 1-year option for renewal, beginning on Oct. 1, 2018, and ending on Sept. 30, 2019. 
VA has established geographic funding priorities based on a gap analysis of existing and anticipated VA transitional housing needs within Continuums of Care (COC) nationwide. Applicants must identify and link their application to a specific COC. VA will then place that application into the correct funding priority. The funding priorities are determined by geographic area, not model. Applicants who fail to identify a COC will be placed in the last funding priority.
Applications are due Feb. 28, 2018 no later than 4 p.m. EST. To view the full NOFA, click here.

Headlines: SAMHSA Reaffirms Efforts To Address the Public Health Emergency on the Opioid Crisis


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SAMHSA Reaffirms Efforts To Address the Public Health Emergency on the Opioid Crisis

President Donald Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and announced new action to help. This action reaffirms the role of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and SAMHSA as leaders in supporting evidence-based programs in prevention and providing treatment and recovery services to the 11 million Americans affected by the opioid crisis. HHS is implementing five specific strategies that are guiding SAMHSA's response.

Funding

HHS, SAMHSA To Maintain Funding Formula for $1 Billion Opioid Grant Program

HHS and SAMHSA will maintain the grant funding allocation formula for the second year of the Opioid State Targeted Response program. This program is a significant component of the Trump Administration's efforts to combat the nation's opioid crisis and is critical for achieving the President's goals of supporting a comprehensive array of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Resources

Serious Mental Illness Report on Full Continuum of Psychiatric Care

SAMHSA recently commissioned a report that examined the need for addressing serious mental illness with the same emphasis as other chronic medical conditions. The report, Beyond Beds: The Vital Role of a Full Continuum of Psychiatric Care, was issued jointly by the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors and the Treatment Advocacy Center.

Events

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time

Upcoming Webinar: Strategies To Finance IECMHC

This webinar, presented by SAMHSA's Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC), will showcase the Financing Guidance for IECMHC in the Center of Excellence Toolbox's Financing Section. The webinar presenters will share how they have created successful and sustained funding streams for IECMHC, including a discussion about developing a funding strategy and examples of IECMHC funding resources and pathways.
November 13–15

HRSA Twitter Chat

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will spotlight rural health with a Twitter Relay on November 13–15. The Relay will be a series of three consecutive Twitter chats, over 3 days at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, that will discuss the state of rural health in our nation today. Chats will focus on the rural health workforce, social determinants of health, and behavioral health. The National Health Service Corps, Office of Women's Health, and several other HHS components will be responding to questions around rural health challenges and successes. Use the hashtag #OurRural on Twitter to join the conversation or follow along.
Thursday, November 16 | 2–3 p.m. Eastern Time

Webinar on Clinical Best Practices in Oral Health for Individuals With Substance Use Disorders

Mark your calendar for a webinar on clinical best practices for improving the oral health of individuals with substance use disorders. The webinar will identify ways that oral health and behavioral health professionals and safety net health care systems can integrate oral health into the care of patients with substance use disorders. The webinar is hosted by SAMHSA and HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce and Bureau of Primary Health Care.

Advocacy Webinar: Part of Operation Main Street


NCHV Hosting Webinar on Local Advocacy Tomorrow
#OpMainStreet Training, Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. ET
NCHV will be hosting a free local advocacy-focused training webinar tomorrow. Even if you have advocated before, this webinar will provide a good refresh to help you get results. We will discuss strategies for engaging elected officials and the press, as well as basic advocacy tips. 
If you are thinking about participating in Operation Main Street (Nov. 12-18) you will find this webinar particularly helpful to you as you consider targets, topics, and tactics for our week of advocacy! 
To register for the Operation Main Street: Local Advocacy Training Webinar being held tomorrow. Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. ET., visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/293979009276863234

Homelessness Update

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO REGISTER INTEREST FOR HUD-VASH vouchers 
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HUD-VASH vouchers are critical tools in the effort to end veteran homelessness, and Congress has recently extended the deadline to make them available. The new deadline to register interest is December 1, 2017.

All interested Public Housing Authorities must register. Please note that PHAs must consult with their partnering VA facility to discuss their intentions of submitting a Registration of Interest.

More information on the process of registering can be found in HUD's original notice. Direct inquires should be directed to vash@hud.gov
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Emergency shelter learning series continues November 9!
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The next installment of the Emergency Shelter Learning Series takes place November 9, and will address rules and safety issues for shelters that serve single adults.

Join Alliance staff and shelter providers who have made the switch to low-barrier models. Learn how to re-examine your rules and shift them to expectations that promote safety.
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Early registration closes soon for national conference on ending family & youth homelessness
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Have you registered for the 2018 National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness, taking place March 1-2 in Los Angeles?

Don’t delay: early registration closes November 7! Take advantage of a reduced rate, and start making your plans now!
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The Alliance On the Hill for the Rest of 2017
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The Alliance has an aggressive plan for its work with the U.S. Congress through the end of the year.  We want to let you know where we're focusing our efforts, and how you can help. Our Top Priority The Alliance's first priority is HUD's Homeless Assistance account, which includes funding for the Continuum of Care, […]
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Celebrating Innovation and Excellence
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Last week, the National Alliance to End Homelessness proudly presented its 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards to three deserving honorees at the Alliance's annual Awards Ceremony. Service providers, dedicated sponsors, elected officials, and others gathered together at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the unique achievements of the awardees. […]
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Making the Shift Happen in Virginia
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Written by guest blogger, Kendall Cloeter, MSW, Housing Program Administrator for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Since the beginning of the Virginia Emergency Shelter Learning Community (ELSC) in April, I've had a few thoughts on our catch-phrase "Making Shift Happen." At first I found it inspirational, then regarded it with cynicism. Now, I can […]
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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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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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