The FY 2017 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Application is Now Available

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY 2017 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) has been posted to the YHDP page on the HUD Exchange.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM EST

  • YHDP is an initiative designed to address systemic responses to youth homelessness and significantly reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in 11 participating communities (5 of which will be rural).
     
  • HUD strongly encourages all communities to consider applying. Applications will be submitted through grants.gov (and not through e-snaps).
     
  • Carefully and thoroughly read the YHDP NOFA to clearly understand the program expectations, requirements, rating and ranking factors before applying. The FY 2017 NOFA is similar to the FY 2016 NOFA, but there are important changes; please make sure to thoroughly read the new NOFA to understand the changes.
     
  • This Application is for your community’s participation in the initiative only. Project funding applications will only be submitted by communities selected to participate.
     
  • This Application must be submitted by a community’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicant, but must be co-developed with a broad array of community partners, including a youth advisory board*, a state or local child welfare agency*, youth homelessness housing and service providers, local schools districts, workforce development organizations, law enforcement, judges, corrections, and more.
    *formal participation agreement required.
     
  • Links to the NOFA, the AAQ portal, and additional resources can found on the YHDP page.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work: A New Online Training for HVRP Staff

Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work: A New Online Training for HVRP Staff
First in a series of training modules for HVRP grantees
The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is thrilled to announce the launch of Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work a self-paced online training course developed for staff members of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grantees. Whether you are a brand new grantee trying to ramp up a program, or a long-term grantee trying to keep a successful program moving, the struggle to provide comprehensive training amidst other competing priorities is real. Unfortunately, so are the consequences of inadequate training: a steep learning curve, a trial and error approach and, far too often, poor grant performance. Designed to address this ongoing challenge, Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work will include several modules on the core components of HVRP service delivery.
Module 1: An Introduction to HVRP is complete and ready to use. The purpose of this module is to provide staff with a foundation for their work in HVRP including understanding the role of HVRP within the larger landscape of veteran homelessness in your community. You can access Module 1 at https://www.nvtac.org/training-ta/#accordion3.
Additional modules expected to be completed and posted in the coming months are listed below:
Module 2: Finding Veterans – Outreach and Engagement
Module 3: Screening, Intake, and Assessment
Module 4: Case Management and IEPs

New Efforts for Evidence-Based Practices for Opioid Use and Serious Mental Illness


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New Efforts To Advance Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health

SAMHSA announces new technical assistance programs to advance evidence-based practices for opioid use and serious mental illness (SMI). 

SAMHSA announces new major efforts to implement evidence-based practices for opioid use and SMI. The Opioid State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (TA) effort will address the specific needs of states and local jurisdictions to address the opioid crisis in their communities and provide TA on evidence-based practices in prevention, treatment, and recovery. The program will ensure that Americans suffering from opioid use disorders will gain access to the life-saving, evidence-based medication-assisted treatment and psychosocial services they need.
Further supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in behavioral health, SAMHSA has also released a new funding opportunity to develop a national Center of Excellence dedicated to the implementation of evidence-based practices to treat individuals living with SMI. The Clinical Support Services SMI TA Center will provide training and education to providers across the country to treat the nation's most vulnerable populations. 

Read More About These Programs

Homelessness Update

Latest HUD COC awards signal need for continued investment
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Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a record-breaking $2 billion in grants to organizations working to end homelessness. This funding will support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs across the nation.

This investment underscores increased demand to homelessness systems. As housing affordability continues to put more stress on homelessness services, Congress will need to continue to increase and sustain its commitment to ending homelessness.
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New ‘work requirements’ threaten Medicaid: What You Need to Know
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Medicaid expansion is a vital provision of the Affordable Care Act. It is a lifeline connecting people experiencing homelessness to preventative care, substance abuse treatment, life-saving surgeries, and more.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently indicated that it would allow states greater flexibility in how Medicaid is run. States may now apply for waivers that would require Medicaid recipients to comply with work requirements, impose new cost-sharing obligations (e.g. co-pays or monthly premiums), and eliminate coverage requirements for certain essential health benefits.

Last week, Kentucky raised premiums, removed coverage for dental and vision care, and imposed work requirements on beneficiaries. The news from Kentucky potentially foreshadows how Medicaid could be further eroded. Nine additional states have similar waivers now under consideration by HHS.

Advocates seeking more information about this important development are encouraged to visit the following resources:
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REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND OR SPONSOR THE  2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENDING FAMILY AND YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
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Registration is filling up quickly for the 2018 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness. Registration for the conference, which takes place in Los Angeles on March 1–2, is available here.

Opportunities are also still available to become a sponsor for the conference, or to purchase an information table. By sponsoring the conference, you will support the Alliance's mission to end homelessness for families and youth. Information tables are a great way to share resources and connect with peers at the conference. Information about these opportunities is available here.
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Final push on Appropriations
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After many delays and false starts, Congress is entering the final stage in its work to enact government spending levels for Fiscal Year 2018. This will be the climax of an amazing effort by advocates all over the country, to secure appropriate funding to help get homeless people into housing. I want to thank everyone […]
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On the Road Again: Capacity Building Team Touches Down in Georgia and Maryland to Improve Rapid Re-Housing Outcomes
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The Alliance's Capacity Building Team will be on the road in 2018 to help providers implement rapid re-housing best practices and to ramp up their efforts to end homelessness. Albany, GA: home of Ray Charles, mouth-watering grilled fish… and the kickoff for a year of Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Learning Collaboratives. Through these collaboratives, the Alliance's […]
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Using a Scattered Site Housing First Model to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
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Written by guest blogger, Christine Simiriglia, President and CEO of Pathways to Housing PA. People are dying at an alarming rate. Across the nation, the opioid crisis has communities working overtime in search of solutions. Philadelphia is feeling the effects particularly hard. The city's Kensington neighborhood remains "ground zero" for some of the purest, cheapest […]
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