From Our Federal Partners: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children, Youth, and Families Experiencing Homelessness Webinar

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) KSOC-TV, a web-based technical assistance program featuring behavioral health experts discussing cutting edge issues in children's mental health, is holding an interactive webisode:
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children, Youth, and Families Experiencing Homelessness
Thursday, November 30, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Join the webinar on November 30th.
The live panel discussion will be moderated by Gary Blau, Chief, Child Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA.
Panelists will include:
  • SAMHSA Representative: Luis Vasquez, Director, Division of Service and Systems Improvement, SAMHSA
  • Research Expert: Sarah C. Narendorf, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston
  • Youth Leader with Lived Experience: Dani Dominguez, Community Education Coordinator, YES Institute
Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions of a panel of experts via phone, a Mediasite, or through Twitter using the hashtag #KSOCTV. Mark your calendars and join the live Q&A.
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Congress is on recess. Here is what you can do to help homelessness programs today.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our National Call-In Day last week. Now, let's keep up the pressure to end homelessness.
Our Call-In Day last week was a success, but Congress still hasn't finalized their budget for next year. So, if you didn't get the chance to call last week, here are two things you can do over the Thanksgiving recess:

1) Talk to your Members of CongressDownload our In-District Engagement Guide to find out if your Member of Congress is in your district this week, and how to engage with their office.

2) Send an Email. Whether this is the first time you are reaching out or if you have already called or emailed this fall, Congress needs to hear your voice at this important time. Use our easy tools to reach out or follow up. 


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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Need Technical Assistance?

Visit the Center for Capacity Building to learn more about the ways the Center can help your community end homelessness.

From Our Federal Partners: VA and Coordinated Entry Systems (CES) Memo

On October 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management released a memo to the VA Network Directors, VA Network Homeless Coordinators, and VA Medical Center (VAMC) staff which issued guidance regarding the roles and responsibilities of the VA medical center homeless programs in each of the local Continuum of Care (CoC) and the CoC’s Coordinated Entry systems (CES). This guidance from the VA to the VA medical centers is meant to support community planning and CES efforts within CoCs by clearly outlining the expectations of VA medical center involvement. In many ways, this guidance codifies what has already been occurring in local communities. Where new partnerships are needed, it provides the opportunity for engagement. Within the guidance, VA recognizes that coordinated entry systems are a critical element in our collective and continued efforts to end Veteran homelessness and homelessness for all populations. Coordinated Entry ensures coordination of community-wide services for Veterans experiencing homelessness, system-wide awareness of the availability of housing and services, and easy access to and appropriate prioritization for these resources by Veterans who are in critical need.
The memo articulates that VA’s participation is essential to the success of this national effort and provides detailed guidance on the VA medical center’s required level of participation in several key components to a fully-developed CES: case conferencing, By-Name-Lists (BNL)/master lists, assessment tools, and data sharing. While the guidance emphasizes participation in these elements to the fullest extent possible, it also recognizes the real challenges that VA medical centers are presented with as a result of the frequent mismatches in the geographical catchment areas between CoCs and VA medical centers, as well as instances where larger VA medical centers are tasked with coordinating services with multiple CoCs. The memo addresses these challenges when outlining the specific requirements of each key component, recognizing that while full participation may not be feasible in each area of CES for these reasons, the goal is to be as fully participatory as possible. It is anticipated that each VA medical center will be reaching out to their partner CoC(s) about this guidance and the subsequent collaborative effort that will be required to meet the requirements.
Additionally, the VA medical centers also received a copy of the Implementation Assessment Checklist. The checklist is a tool for VAMCs to indicate progress toward the implementation of the memo.
The VA would also like to take this opportunity to thank CoCs for their work in ending homelessness and for their partnerships with VA homeless programs.
For additional questions related to the VA memo, please email Adrienne at
To access more Coordinated Entry resources, view the CoC Responsibilities and Duties toolkit.
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CDBG National Accomplishment Reports and National Expenditure Reports Available on HUD Exchange

The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) National Reports have been updated to include data for Fiscal Year 2017. The CDBG National Accomplishment Reports display accomplishments for selected housing, economic development, public improvement, and public service activities. The CDBG National Expenditure Reports show how entitlement communities expended CDBG funds by the type of activity carried out.
All CDBG reports are also accessible from the CDBG Reports, Program Data, and Income Limits page on the HUD Exchange.

Your Opportunity Map Is Broken

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
In This Issue: When Bad Names Get in the Way of Good Policy ● Tiny Home Villages for the Homeless ● Your "Opportunity" Map Is Broken ● Living Archives ● Also: Jobs Industry News ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● More
Edward G. Goetz, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
“Opportunity” is the new, ubiquitous catchword of contemporary housing policy today—as in “geography of opportunity,” “opportunity neighborhoods,” “opportunity mapping,” and no doubt many others. As with many catchwords, however, it is prone to misuse and is sometimes invoked in ways that are sloppy and ill-conceived. 

If we are truly going to reduce our housing policy objectives to the realm of goals related to “opportunity” I would like to offer some guidelines for its proper use . . .
Andreanecia Morris, HousingNOLA
More often than not, progressive housing policies are saddled with names that seem designed to not invoke any emotion at all. Good programs that can and have changed lives are saddled with names likes public housing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit. In the name of being accurate and explaining all the drawbacks and pitfalls, we’ve forgotten to . . .
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Though the Urban Land Conservancy's work aims to reduce the housing crisis over the long term by increasing affordable housing, there is also the very immediate question of what to do for people who are homeless now. As we've written about before, tiny home villages are one life-saving answer to that question. But the villages need somewhere to be . . .
Ted Wysocki, Institute of Cultural Affairs
The aim of “Living Archives” is to share the tools and experiences from 20th century peoples’ movements for social justice and human development with citizen activists, civic leaders, thinkers, and students. Their work 40 years ago remains very relevant for today’s challenging . . .
Industry News
The Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) appointed Andrew Givens as its chief operating officer and Jennifer Vasiloff as chief external affairs officer. Givens and Vasiloff have both worked in rural development at the USDA. Before that, Givens was vice president of government affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service, and he served for nearly 10 years on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Vasiloff most recently served as principal of a public policy consulting firm where her clients included CDFIs, affordable housing organizations, and federal agencies. She led the CDFI industry’s public policy work for over a decade, first as executive director of the CDFI Coalition and then from 2010 to 2014 as executive vice president of public policy for OFN. 
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You Said It!

I would like to remind readers that many of the housing practices mentioned by Mr. Saunders are indeed illegal, and have been for decades—as one example, redlining was outlawed in the 1970s. Sadly, though, where you have housing you will also find . . . —Carol Ott, more

Mr. Saunders and just about everybody else has resolutely unrealistic expectations of the pace at which we can achieve racial and economic housing integration. . . . Societies with such in-depth bigotry do not change that rapidly. . . . But now is no time to back off. The stakes are too high. —Daniel Lauber, more

Many people prefer to stay in their longtime homes, despite being located in segregated neighborhoods. Repairing and restoring homes in poor neighborhoods preserves affordable housing, enables homeowners to remain in place, enjoying the fruits of . . . —Bill Vandivier, more
In Case You Missed It
Senior Organizer
The Center for Community Change Housing Trust Fund Project seeks a staff person to build statewide networks of affordable housing residents and to work on all aspects of providing information and technical assistance to organizations working to create/implement housing trust funds . . . Read Full Listing
Program Manager, Affordable Homeownership
The PM will develop, implement, and provide ongoing management for our Affordable Homeownership Team. We work to address the growing racial wealth divide through program development, policy advocacy, partnerships, and thought leadership to ensure sustainable . . . Read Full Listing
Training Senior Specialist
We are looking for a creative and detail-oriented self-starter to join our team to oversee our annual national conference and grow our training program’s scale and impact. Our work requires someone who can balance and incorporate many different perspectives into complicated, fast-paced . . . Read Full Listing
Project Manager
Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union is seeking an individual with a passion for social change and inclusion to amplify our efforts to extend our mission and impact to Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Leading a diverse and multi-disciplinary project team, the PM will . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director
The Hopi Credit Association is a certified Native CDFI on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. The ED directs overall operations and assures financial soundness and professional delivery of products and services in line with our Mission to provide loans for Hopi members in home construction, business . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Project Manager
Home City Development seeks a Senior Real Estate Project Manager to develop affordable housing and neighborhood improvement projects in Springfield and the surrounding Western Massachusetts communities. This person will work closely with staff to complete new projects, continue to . . . Read Full Listing
Director—International Shelter Initiatives
Habitat for Humanity seeks a talented individual for this highly collaborative and globally-focused position. The person in this role will provide a high level of technical expertise in the design and implementation of shelter and technology programs and initiatives, as well as technical funding and . . . Read Full Listing
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