News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Home, Together.                  Read the Plan.                  Watch the Video.

Homelessness in America: Focus on People with Disabilities Experiencing Chronic Homelessness 

To prevent and end homelessness in America, we must have a clear understanding of who is at risk of homelessness and who goes on to experience it.  

In this second installment of our Homelessness in America series, we focus on people with disabilities experiencing chronic homelessness, who make up 24% of individual adults experiencing homelessness and 5% of families.   

After Ending Veteran Homelessness in 2015, Philadelphia Turned to Sustainability

The partnership between HUD, VA, the City, and an array of nonprofit providers that helped Philadelphia provide housing opportunities to more than 2,000 Veterans had to turn its attention to making sure Veterans exiting homelessness succeeded in housing.
Read more from Kathleen Salerno at Veterans Multi-Service Center about how the Philadelphia pilot program resulted in measurable success for Veterans.

Watch the Webinar on Improving Employment Outcomes for Veterans Exiting Homelessness

Home, Together calls for an increased focus on helping people who exit homelessness find employment success. USICH and our member agencies recently formed an interagency working group to continue to strengthen our strategies and collaboration.    
In this webinar recording, learn more about programs in the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs that can work collaboratively to help Veterans find stable employment.

New Guide from the Department of Justice Helps Youth Navigate Re-Entry       

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention released "Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs."  
The guide is designed to help youth prepare for re-entry and success in their community, including critical questions about housing stability.
We are listening to your feedback on "Home,Together." Make sure you are being heard! 
Check out what one community member in Austin,Texas, had to say about the Plan.

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 301 7th St. SW, Room 2080, Washington, DC 20407

HUD LSA Export Update

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HUD LSA Export Update
HUD has sent out an announcement that they are extending the deadline for vendors to have the LSA export in HMIS. This is due to extensive changes to the report programming specifications. HUD will be meeting with vendors on September 6th to provide more details about the changes. Once we have more information we will send out another update announcement with the new release date for the LSA export in ServicePoint.
Here is a link to the HUD announcement:
In the interim, please make sure at minimum the following objects contain information and current HUD picklist values where applicable for your providers that you wish to include in the LSA export:
  • CoC Code
  • CoC Code Geocode
  • CoC Code Geography Type
  • CoC Code Start Date
  • Operating Start Date
  • Organization Identifier
  • Project Type
  • Housing Type
  • Continuum Project (Must be set to "Yes" for inclusion)
The export will also check the "CoC Code End Date" and "Operating End Date" but it does allow for them to be blank for providers that are still serving clients.
We highly recommend using the "0227 Project Descriptor Data Elements Data Quality" report available in the ART Gallery to review this information for your providers.
You may also access additional HUD resources/information about the LSA report in this library in the Customer Community:  "HACS ServicePoint AHAR/LSA". We will update the documents in the library once HUD has provided us with updated documentation.

Please contact your CCA if you have further questions.
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GPD Grants Awarded for FY 2019

NCHV is ending homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers
US Department of Veterans Affairs Announces FY 2019 Grant and Per Diem Awards
Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it plans to provide approximately $200 million in fiscal year 2019 funding to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds for its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program.

The list of community partners who will work with VA to provide transitional housing for homeless Veterans can be found on the VA's homeless Veterans website

VA intends to award about $2.7 million to renew 12 Special Need grants for support services for homeless Veterans who have chronic mental illnesses, women Veterans and Veterans who must care for dependents under age 18. 

"The Grant and Per Diem program gives our homeless Veterans an important source of support," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "We appreciate the U.S. Congress providing this funding because every homeless Veteran deserves the opportunity to move from living on the streets to a safe and supportive environment." 

The awardee lists can be found directly:

NCHV congratulates all those who received renewal or new grants in the recent award cycles. Thank you for continuing to serve our most vulnerable veterans.

Providers who received awards in the FY 2017 round should be receiving guidance shortly from VA on how to exercise the option year on their 2017 grant. The list of awardees from the 2017 round can be found directly by clicking here.

Anyone not awarded may find "Transitioning from Transitional Housing: A guide for Grant and Per Diem providers and other transitional housing operators" to be a useful resource. This guide can be found on our website by clicking here.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans | 1-800-VET-HELP |

HUD Releases New IDIS Training for CDBG Grantees

As a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantee, whether you are a veteran user of the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), or you are just learning how to add activities, report on accomplishments, or initiate financial transactions in IDIS, this series of training modules is for you! Follow along as IDIS expert users show you exactly how to navigate through screens, and enter your data correctly.
  • Review just those points where you need a refresher
  • See the progression of screens for adding activities or reporting accomplishments
  • Watch video FAQs
  • Check your knowledge with application questions
Begin your exploration of IDIS Training for CDBG Grantees
The first four modules in the series are available:
Introduction to IDIS Training for CDBG Grantees Introduction to IDIS Training for CDBG Grantees provides an overview of the IDIS Online system and why it is an essential tool for CDBG grant administration. It will also provide instruction on accessing the system.
Introduction to  Housing Activities Introduction to Housing Activities provides information on the eligible uses of CDBG for housing activities, the Low Mod Housing national objective, and common mistakes to avoid when reporting on housing activities.
Adding Housing Activities Adding Housing Activities provides step by step instruction on adding a new housing activity. Once you add an activity, you will be able to commit program funds to it, and use IDIS to draw funds from your grant allocation.
Reporting Housing Accomplishments Reporting Housing Accomplishments provides instruction on the data entry process of reporting accomplishment data for a housing activity. The reporting of accomplishments must be done at least on an annual basis. However, more frequent reporting is encouraged.
Coming soon: Modules addressing other CDBG national objectives – Low and Moderate Income Area Benefit, Limited Clientele, Job Creation or Retention, Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight and Urgent Need. An additional module will provide instruction on the financial functions of IDIS.
Visit the HUD Exchange at

Qlik Sense Update

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Qlik Sense Update
We're excited to announce the availability of a Qlik Sense Update!  By the end of August, 2018 the following base sheets will be available in Qlik Sense:
  • SMP000 - Field Location Report
  • SMP001 - Variable Examples
  • SMP100 - Entry Assessments Report
  • SMP101 - Entry Dates within Period
  • SMP102 - Exit Destinations and Length of Summary
  • SMP200 - Needs Summary Report
  • SMP201 - Service Cost and Funding Summary
  • SMP300 - Call Summary
  • SMP400 - Goal and Actionstep Summary
For this initial releases of base sheets, the "SMP" means "Sample". As we continue to expand our Qlik Sense library we will expand into new categories and labels for our Qlik Sense library.
Please refer to the "Qlik Sense Base Sheet Release Notes 2018-08"; available in Customer Community Library; for more information and contact your CCA if you have questions. 
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TOMORROW-- SAMHSA Webinar on Mental Health Mobile Apps & Telemental Health at 1:30 p.m. ET

SAMHSA’s webinar on mental health mobile apps and videoconferencing-based telemental health
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET

(1) An Evaluation Framework and the Future of Mental Health Mobile Apps
About Our Speaker: John Torous, MD, MBI, is director of the Digital Psychiatry Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital. Dr. Torous is a member the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Mental Health Information Technology.

Goals and Objectives
  • To provide an overview of the current landscape and future of mental health apps
  • To provide an overview of the APA’s App Evaluation Model for informed decision making using apps
  • To describe privacy and security issues around the use of apps
  • To describe current evidence for and against apps.
  • To describe usability issues with apps that patients may encounter
  • To describe appropriate data sharing and interoperability

(2) Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health: An Overview
About Our Speaker: Jay Shore, MD, MPH, is director of Telemedicine at the Arthur and Helen E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Shore is the Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Telepsychiatry.

Goals and Objectives
  • To provide an overview of the current best practices in telepsychiatry
  • To provide a summary of the current policy challenges around telepsychiatry
  • To describe administrative, technical, and legal considerations around telepsychiatry
  • To describe clinical and policy implications when implementing telepsychiatry

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Eviction Lab Misses the Mark

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
In This Issue: The Dark Side of Single-Family Rental ● Is a Home With Lead Hazards Really “Affordable”? ● Eviction Lab Misses the Mark ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Resources ● You Said It! +
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
By not working with existing housing justice organizations, Matthew Desmond's high-profile organization undercounts evictions, misses a chance to understand differences between localities and wider policy analyses, and does little to tell us why evictions are… Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Philly's Fight for Affordable Housing | HUD Targets Facebook In Complaint | An Eviction App | A "Massive" Multifamily Housing Fraud | More… Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Julia Gordon, National Community Stabilization Trust
After the foreclosure crisis, global equity firms snapped up thousands of single-family homes to rent out. This massive shift in the market has not been good for aspiring homeowners, tenants, or neighborhoods because… Read Full Article
Colleen Hennessy, freelance writer
It’s time we take the health costs of dangerous housing into account when making housing policy. Read Full Article
TOMORROW: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m. EDT | All In Webinar: Data Sharing Across Sectors—Challenges and Opportunities | While the importance of data in our collective efforts to improve community health is widely agreed upon, the way in which we leverage and apply data is not. The newest report from the BUILD Health Challenge features the five most common data challenges faced by cross-sector teams participating in BUILD. In this webinar, learn about top takeaways from the report and hear what strategies teams use in the face of real-world challenges.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m. EDT | Effectively Raising Capital: The Board Chair & Executive Director Relationship | Partners for the Common Good present this chapter in the CapNexus webinar series, outlining how to facilitate a successful relationship between a board chair and executive director in order to identify new funding sources.
HUD User: Designing Affordable and Equitable Housing | The American Institute of Architects hosted the 2018 Conference on Architecture from June 21 to 23 in New York City. One of the major themes of the conference was expanding the availability of sustainable and affordable housing. The panel of speakers—architects and psychologists—highlighted the benefits of low-rise, high-density housing in walkable neighborhoods. A summary of their findings is available at the link above. 
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