VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Baltimore County Point-In-Time Count 2019 (homeless census)

Baltimore County is seeking volunteers to participate in its annual Point-In-Time count (homeless census) on 1/22/19, 8am-5pm.  This is an opportunity to reach out to homeless persons (w/our trained outreach workers) to complete a short survey, and to provide them with street kits.  The data collected will be sent directly to our U.S. Congress, other federal partners, and local partners to advocate for homeless services funding.

How It Works

  • Register to volunteer for either 9 hr (preferred) or 4 hr shift (choose when you register)
  • Attend 20-30 min training at our Towson office or via WebEx (choose when you register)
  • On 1/22/19, meet your team at designated street location (choose when you register)

Register to Volunteer Now!

For questions, contact Jason at 443-574-HMIS or info@teamhmis.com 

December 2018 NCHV eNewsletter

December 2018 NCHV eNewsletter
NCHV is ending homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers
Thank You for Your Support in 2018, and Happy New Year from NCHV
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), we would like to personally thank you for your support and efforts throughout 2018. We deeply appreciate your commitment to ending veteran homelessness.

Together, we have decreased the number of homeless veterans on the street on a given night by 48 percent since 2009. That progress would not be possible without your efforts in your community and your support of NCHV, and we thank you deeply for both.
With your help, in 2018 we:
  • worked with Congress to preserve case management for permanent supportive housing and saw long-term advocacy efforts bear fruit with the expansion of eligibility for key employment programs for homeless veterans;
  • continued to provide direct training to service providers virtually, onsite, and via webinar, and launched new training platforms for service providers; and
  • connected hundreds of homeless and at-risk veterans to housing, services, and benefits in their community via our toll-free hotline.
We are committed to honoring our veterans by continuing this work and doing all we can to ensure that no veteran is left out in the cold.
Thank you again for helping us advance our mission this year. We look forward to your continued partnership so that we can bring even more veterans home in 2019.

Hill Watch: House and Senate Pass Bill Including Critical Updates to HVRP Eligibility
Since the 113th Congress, NCHV has advocated for legislation which would make the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) work more seamlessly with the Department of Veterans Affairs homeless programs. That means that we have been working on this bill for five years. NCHV is happy to report that the Senate has passed a bill containing this language, following the same in the House two weeks prior.
In a recent congressional press release, NCHV’s CEO Kathryn Monet described the reason for the bill like this: “HVRP is the best job training and placement resource we have for homeless veterans. For many years however, a bureaucratic hurdle has made it impossible for veterans to qualify if they are housed before they can apply for employment assistance. This bill completely removes that hurdle, ensuring that this program is available for any veteran who needs a permanent home and a good job.”
The final bill (contained in S. 2248, found here) expanded the eligibility for the HVRP program to include veterans who:
  • Are participating in HUD-VASH, or Tribal HUD-VASH,
  • Are receiving assistance through the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA),
  • Are participating in the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, or
  • Were homeless in the previous 60 days.
After failing to pass in the 113th and 114th Congresses due to concerns by Members of Congress about how to pay for the provisions, NCHV is happy to report that with support from four key Members those roadblocks were removed this year. In the House, Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2) and Julia Brownley (D-CA-26), and in the Senate, Senators Boozman (R-AR) and Tester (D-MT) were our champions. We thank them all for their hard work and commitment to this issue.
NCHV members played two vital roles in solving this bureaucratic hurdle with HVRP: first, you identified the problem in the field and reported it to us here on the policy side of the office, and secondly you helped advocate for it in conversations, emails, phone calls, and meetings with your elected officials and their staffs. 
This process – though long and arduous – illustrates exactly why NCHV exists, and also illustrates that we rely on our members for their expertise, input, and participation. Thank you to all of you who helped in any way with this process. We couldn’t have done it without you!
All parties expect that the President will sign the bill into law in the coming days.
We anticipate that the Department of Labor, who administers this program, will have an announcement about how they will roll out this change to policy soon. NCHV will be weighing in during that process as well. As always, please wait to hear from your federal leadership on the issue before making any changes to your program’s policies.
Housing Instability, Housing Services Utilization, and Suicide Morbidity Among Transgender Veterans
Transgender individuals -- people whose sex assigned at birth is different from their gender identity -- experience numerous health risks and are overrepresented among the veteran population engaged in care in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans is hosting a webinar to present findings from recent research on transgender veterans served by VHA who experience housing instability, their characteristics and the special risks they face; how frequently they use housing services; and how utilization of housing services might be related to their suicide risk.

The webinar will take place on Jan. 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar, click here.
Funding Opportunities
Brinker International’s goal is to Make People Feel Special, and giving back to those communities is one of Brinker’s core values. Their main areas of giving are health, social services, arts and education, and diversity. Requests can only be made online, and organizations may only apply once a year.

The Sidney Stern Memorial Trust is devoted solely to the funding of charitable, scientific, medical and educational organizations. The Board endeavors to support soundly-managed charitable organizations that give service with a broad scope, have a substantial impact on their target populations, and contribute materially to the general welfare.

HUD Closed - HUD Exchange Website Operational

Home Programs Resources Training
HUD Closed - HUD Exchange Website Operational
Due to the lapse in Congressional Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is closed. The HUD Exchange website is supported by a cooperative agreement funded under a prior appropriation. Current functions will remain operational but no new functions will be added during the lapse in appropriations. For more information, see HUD Contingency Plan for Possible Lapse in Appropriations.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Reminder to Submit a Proposal for NHSDC Spring 2019 .... and Registration is OPEN!


Happy Holidays!

Don't forget to submit a proposal for the NHSDC Spring 2019 Conference:
Increasing Capacity and Building Connections -
Bridging to the Future


NHSDC is requesting proposals for the 2019 conference in Nashville, TN, taking place April 15-17, 2019. The conference will be co-sponsored by the HUD SNAPS office, and will be a 3-day event featuring tracks of HUD content in the mornings and NHSDC sessions in the afternoons. We are looking for experienced speakers and presenters who are excited to share their human services data experience with attendees from across the country. We anticipate a larger conference than usual, and so are looking for sessions to fill 6 exciting content tracks: 
  1. Data Integration and Sharing
  2. Data Visualization and Storytelling
  3. Advanced Applications to Bridge HMIS
  4. Performance Management and Planning
  5. When Data and the Client Story Meet
  6. Building Partnerships to Increase the Homeless Response System's Capacity
Note that for each track we are interested in at least one session that addresses racial and ethnic disparities in homeless populations, and one session addressing HMIS response to natural disasters. Learn more about ideas for each track and find the proposal submission link in our Call for Conference Session Proposals PDF.

Registration is OPEN!

We are opening registration for the conference earlier than usual this year. Please visit the link below to purchase your tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nhsdc-spring-2019-conference-tickets-54092927402.

Book Your Hotel Now! 

This year's conference will be held at the Sheraton in Downtown Nashville. The conference rate is a reasonable $219 per night. Please use this link to book your room. We usually sell out so we advise reserving your room early!

About the National Human Services Data Consortium

The NHSDC provides information, assistance, peer education, and lifelong learning to its membership and other interested parties in the articulation, planning, implementation, and continuous operation of technology initiatives to collect, aggregate, analyze, and present information regarding the provision of human services.

Our conferences highlight the good work that you and your community are doing to leverage data in the fight to end homelessness. All communities employ different strategies and creative means to tackle the social services issues.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

New Resources: HMIS Capacity Building NOFA

Home Programs Resources Training
New Resources: HMIS Capacity Building NOFA
HUD is committed to ending homelessness and believes good, reliable information is essential to that effort. Some Continuums of Care (CoCs) have an Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) infrastructure that is nimble and has the capacity to adapt to ever-changing information needs. Others struggle and would benefit from funding dedicated to improving HMIS. In November 2018 HUD published an HMIS Capacity Building Project Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to help communities improve their CoC's HMIS.

New Resources

How to Apply

Applicants must be existing CoC program recipients that are Unified Funding Agencies (UFAs), collaborative applicants, or HMIS Leads. The CoC will either:
  1. Apply to improve their existing HMIS.
    1. Eligible activities: increase software functionality, improve data quality, and grow staff knowledge.
  2. Apply on behalf of two or more CoCs with the intent to execute an HMIS Consolidation to improve the performance of lower-performing HMISs.
    1. Eligible activities: consolidate HMIS implementations, increase software functionality, improve data quality, and grow staff knowledge.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Top 18 of '18

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Shelterforce's 18 Most Popular Articles of 2018 

We're taking a few days off from the Weekly, our next issue will mail out on January 8. In the meantime we wanted to share with you our countdown of some of our most-read posts of 2018. They'll be familiar to some of you and new to others, and we hope you enjoy them all and share with anyone who may have missed them.

For now, we wish you a happy, healthy, and productive New Year! With your continued support, Shelterforce will be with you every step of the way.
Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Emily Thaden, Grounded Solutions Network
Oscar Perry Abello, Next City
Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold Simon, Shelterforce
Emily Thaden, Grounded Solutions Network
J. Rosie Tighe, Megan E. Hatch, and Joseph Mead, Cleveland State University
Jason Vrabel, Downstream
Norman Oder, Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report
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Julia Gordon, National Community Stabilization Trust
Dee Walsh, Mercy Housing
Dean Preston and Shanti Singh, Tenants Together
Tanner Howard, freelance writer
Laurel Blatchford, Enterprise Community Partners
John Edgar, Community Development for All People
Michael Buonocore, Home Forward
Interview of Richard Rothstein by Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
Tiffany Manuel, Enterprise Community Partners
Terra Graziani, Manissa M Maharawal, and Erin McElroy, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Lisa Bates and Pamela N. Phan, Community Alliance of Tenants; and Daniela Aiello, Chris Herring, and Gretchen Purser
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