June 2018 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
June 2018
Annual Conference Attendees, Give Your Feedback to Help Us Shape Future Conferences to Address Your Needs 
Share your feedback to help us improve for 2019
Thank you to all who attended the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, we enjoyed hosting you, and we hope that you found the experience as memorable and helpful as we did. We are asking all Conference attendees to help us with your feedback by completing this survey about the event so that we can take your feedback into consideration as we being planning the 2019 NCHV Annual Conference. All feedback is anonymous and we view each response to make sure we are hearing what you like, what you don't like, and what you might like to see in the future. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and thank you again for attending this year's Conference! 
In addition, we've posted 2018 Annual conference session presentation materials on our website! More presentations to come as they are received.
Hill Watch: Appropriations Process Moves on to 2019
Much-needed increases in SSVF proposed
If you attended the Public Policy Session at the NCHV Annual Conference, or attended any NCHV policy event in the last year or two, you will have heard NCHV’s Policy Director talking about the need for increased Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) funding. In 2017, the field lost $207 million worth of SSVF funding from a “surge” of three-year grants that were awarded in 2015. This money came from fifty-six high-need communities across the country that were using this money to rapidly re-house or prevent the homelessness of tens of thousands of veterans annually.
Recently, in funding bills for Fiscal Year 2019, Congress has stepped up to the plate to reinvest that money in communities that have been crying out for it. A bill containing the VA funding proposals passed the House of Representatives on Jun. 8, becoming the first appropriation bill to make it across the Capitol dome to the Senate. In that bill, the House proposed that most VA Homeless Programs be flat-funded (neither cut nor increased).
On the Senate side however, the news is significantly better. The Senate also proposed that most VA Homeless Programs be flat-funded, with two notable exceptions. The Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program was slated for a $5 million increase over last year’s funding level, and the Senate proposed the SSVF program be increased by $110 million over last year’s funding level.
If the Senate numbers are enacted, this increase to the SSVF program would bring the total funding for the year up to $450 million. This number is enough to replace the annual cost of the lost 2015 “surge” grant money. NCHV applauds Congress, and in particular the Senate Committee on Appropriations, for their work on the VA budget. NCHV firmly supports the Senate bill and its attendant funding increases.
Other good news can be found in the work of the subcommittees devoted to the department Housing and Urban Development; both the House and Senate bills include $40 million for new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, despite the President’s Budget Request not including new vouchers for the third year in a row. Furthermore, both House and Senate bills include a full $3.6 million appropriation for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), a critical and irreplaceable partner in the effort to prevent and end veteran homelessness. There has been some worry that the USICH would be defunded as a cost-saving measure proposed by the Administration; these two bills ensure the USICH will be strong and effective in FY 2019. Though the two HUD bills have not yet advanced as far as some of the work on the VA side, NCHV projects that these two numbers are likely to be in the final product.
Finally, Section 520 of the bill includes language that would ensure that money which Congress has appropriated for homeless programs in FY 2019 may not be moved away from them by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes, significantly, the HUD-VASH program. In essence, this provision provides another protection for the HUD-VASH program – in the coming fiscal year – against any attempts that VA may wish to make to re-designate this funding as “general purpose” funding.
As it is every year, this process is and will be fraught with delays and set-backs. For example, we have yet to receive finished products from the House or Senate respecting the Department of Labor and its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) – and there will no doubt be missed deadlines in the coming months. Please stay tuned to NCHV updates for more information as we learn it.
Transitioning from Transitional Housing Guide Now Available
Released at 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, available online
Strategic change can be tough for established programs, however, change is sometimes necessary to provide the highest levels of service to veterans in our communities. Grant and Per Diem providers have long been a part of the fabric of a community response to veteran homelessness. 
As the program changes, some providers may receive less funding or opt out of the program entirely. This Transitioning from Transitional Housing guide, developed by CSH for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and funded through the generosity of The Home Depot Foundation, offers guidance on the options providers can pursue to ensure that they address the needs of veterans they are currently serving and strategically transition their remaining resources to a programmatic structure that fits in with their community’s plan to address the needs of veterans who are experiencing homelessness and/or have low incomes.
The guide is written for providers and walks through key considerations for making changes to programs, three scenarios that a current GPD provider may be facing, and recommendations for how to move forward in each. The guide concludes with a list of resources that will help providers create and implement a transition plan for each program.
Comment Period Open for VA Case Management Services Grant Program
Comments must be received on or before Aug. 6, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern programs benefitting homeless veterans to implement a new statutory requirement to establish a new grant program that will provide case management services to improve the retention of housing by veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing and to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. The grant program established by this interim final rule will be an essential part of VA's attempts to eliminate homelessness among the veteran population.
This final rule is effective June 5, 2018. Comments must be received on or before August 6, 2018.
Written comments may be submitted through http://www.Regulations.gov; by mail or hand-delivery to: Director, Regulation Policy and Management (00REG), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Room 1063B, Washington, DC 20420; or by fax to (202) 273-9026. (This is not a toll-free telephone number.) Comments should indicate that they are submitted in response to “RIN 2900-AQ15—Case Management Services Grant Program.” 
To read the full notice from the Federal Register, click here.
Free Suicide Prevention Resource
From Columbia Lighthouse Project
Suicide prevention is an integral part of veteran advocacy. In order to increase suicide prevention efforts, Columbia Lighthouse Project created a Suicide Severity Scale. This is a free test that can be used by anyone in order to determine whether a veteran, a family member, or anyone else you might know is at risk for suicide. It then tells you what steps you can take to help. This scale is backed by organizations such as VA hospitals, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes for Health, and more. 
To access the scale, click here
To access more suicide prevention resources provided by Columbia Lighthouse Project, click here. 
Free Online Course For Understanding Advocacy and Lobbying Laws
From Learn Foundation Law
Four prominent foundations recently launched a course designed to help U.S. public charities and others seeking grants from private foundations to fund advocacy work. The course, designed by top lawyers, helps grantees understand the lobbying and advocacy laws that affect them. This course covers topics such as understanding advocacy, lobbying under IRS rules, funding options, and getting the most out of your grant.
To access this free course, click here.  
Funding Opportunities
Barbasol has a charitable foundation that provides grants for community food banks, homeless shelters, and other social services. These grants have primarily been awarded around Ashland and Columbus Ohio, however, the foundation is open to offers from elsewhere. The next grant application deadline is Jan. 10. For more information on how to apply, click here
The Dresner Foundation offers grants for the development of new projects and for the acquisition of capital (i.e. equipment or renovation). Organizations applying must operate in or affect Denver, CO, Southeast MI, and/or The Aspen Parachute Corridor, CO. Grant applications are accepted year round. For more information on how to apply, click here.
Charles Lafitte Foundation offers grants to organizations that promote inclusiveness while looking to alleviate human problems. There is no geographic or monetary limit on this grant, all grant applications will be considered. Grant applications are accepted year round. For more information on how to apply, click here.

FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: e-snaps is Now Available

The FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Consolidated Application (CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing) and project applications are now available in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants and project applicants can now access the applications to review, update, and enter information that is required for the application process through the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA.
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT

Project Applicants

  • Returning project applicants can choose to import the FY 2017 renewal project application responses; however, this must be requested during your registration of the Renewal Funding Opportunity in e-snaps and is only available if you submitted a renewal project application in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition (last year). If you import last year’s responses, be sure to carefully review them to ensure they are still accurate and representative of the project.
     
  • If this is your organization’s first time renewing your project, you will not be able to import information from FY 2017 and must, therefore, complete the entire renewal project application.
     
  • All new project applications must complete the entire new project application.

Collaborative Applicants

  • CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing are separate submissions in e-snaps. Collaborative Applicants must submit both parts of the CoC Consolidated Application by the application deadline for HUD to consider the CoC Consolidated Application to be complete.
     
  • HUD released a new report in the HUD Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) for each CoC called the “CoC Competition Report.” This report includes the majority of the data reported in HDX needed to complete the FY 2018 CoC Application, including Housing Inventory Count (HIC), Point-in-Time (PIT) count, and System Performance Measures data, in a single report for CoCs to conveniently attach. The instructions on how to access the CoC Competition Report are also posted to the HUD Exchange.

Detailed Instructions and Instructional Guides

We anticipate that the detailed instructions and navigational guides will begin appearing on the e-snaps Resources page on the HUD Exchange the week of July 2, 2018:
  • Project Applications
    • Renewal
    • New
    • UFA Costs
    • CoC Planning
  • CoC Application
  • CoC Priority Listing
We anticipate that all detailed instructions and instructional guides will be posted by July 10, 2018.

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.
If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them so that they may register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.
If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox please contact info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.

Questions

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2018 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Happening Today: Understanding HUD's Equal Access Rule

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HAPPENING TODAY: What You Need to Know About HUD’s Equal Access Rule
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Equal Access Rule, which was expanded in 2016, ensures that HUD's housing and shelter programs are open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. This webinar will help you to better understand the Equal Access Rule and teach you how to amend your shelter’s policies and procedures to be in compliance.
 
Webinar: Thursday, June 28 at 2 p.m. ET • Register
 
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Webinar: Understanding the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA
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The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET to share how system leaders can complete a successful FY 2018 NOFA application. The webinar will focus on priorities in this year’s NOFA and the process for completing the application.

Webinar: Wednesday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. ET • Register
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Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
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Will Congress Make Ending Homelessness a Priority? Here's What We Know
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Communities across the nation are working to end homelessness – but they can't do it without federal dollars. That's why the Alliance is watching closely as the federal budget process unrolls for the 2019 fiscal year (FY). Congress has reached a point in the budget process when there's usually time to take a breath. This […]
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Exploring the Crisis of Unsheltered Homelessness
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Each night, nearly 200,000 Americans sleep outside or in a place not meant for human habitation, like an abandoned building, a park, or a car. Between 2015 and 2017, this population of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness jumped by almost 20,000. And while this represents only one-third of all people experiencing homelessness, it remains the most […]
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As Housing Affordability Takes Center Stage, Organizations Take Action on Policy
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As results from the 2018 Point-in Time Counts begin to emerge, we see a scattered portrait of homelessness in the United States. While many communities are making progress, homelessness continues to rise elsewhere. Meanwhile, the housing affordability crisis looms large, as wages continue to fall far beneath housing costs. According to the National Low Income […]
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