2018 NCHV Annual Conference - Call for Abstracts, Save the Date

2018 NCHV Annual Conference - Save the Date, Call for Abstracts
May 30 - June 1 in Washington, D.C.
The 2018 NCHV Annual Conference will take place May 30 through June 1 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's Conference is "Progress. Practice. Perseverance."
Our collective progress in ending homelessness among veterans in each of our communities across the United States has been remarkable over the past eight years. This year, as we convene together in our nation's capital, we will focus on continuing that progress. To do so, we must continue to put proven strategies and policies into practice. And, we must also persevere to ensure that ending veteran homelessness remains the urgent priority that it has been over these past years.
Mark your calendars for May 30 - June 1, and stay tuned for more details including registration info in the coming weeks.
If you are interested in being a presenter at the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, we are now accepting session abstracts. All submissions must be received by March 2. Click here to fill out an abstract submission form

JOBS: Homeless Services - Contingent Position (Howard County, MD)

We have an open position in the Office of Community Partnerships, Continuum of Care Program in Howard County. This is a temporary Professional full-time position.  Job posting attached.

"Position summary: Conduct professional research and writing activities related to the Howard County homeless service system."

  • Position: Contingent Professional – Office of Community Partnerships
  • Type: Contingent
  • Salary: $22-$25/Hour
  • Closing Date: 02/09/18

All applications must be submitted online.

I am happy to answer any questions regarding the position and can be reached by phone or email at 410-313-5971, mhippert@howardcountymd.gov. Please feel free to distribute widely!

Much thanks,

Michelle L. Hippert, MCP, CoC Manager
Continuum of Care (CoC) Program
Office of Community Partnerships
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21046
410-313-5971 (direct)
410-313-6424 (fax)

The Department of Community Resources and Services provides vital human services through its offices of ADA Coordination, Aging and Independence, Children and Families, Community Partnerships, Consumer Protection, Local Children's Board, and Veterans and Military Families.

January 2018 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
January 2018
Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work: A New Online Training for HVRP Staff
First in a series of self-paced, free online trainings from NVTAC
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
Hill Watch: Funding Process Delayed Again
Series of CRs pushes deadline into February
  
A series of continuing resolutions (“CR’s”) have funded the government past its funding deadline of last September. The most recent was the CR passed to end the three day government shutdown of Jan. 19-22, 2018. This bill extends funding at the current levels until Feb. 8, 2018.
For a final funding bill numbers may change, either up or down from the current level. We already have a good picture of where the House and Senate will come down during negations on our core programs. Here are the proposed numbers in both houses of Congress, as compared to the numbers of the President’s budget request of several months ago:
FY 2017
President’s Request
House Proposed
Senate Proposed
Grant and Per Diem

$257m
$257m
$257m
$257m
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
$320m
$320m
$320m
$340m
HUD-VA Supportive Housing
$40m
(~5,500 vouchers)
$0
$0
$40m
(~5,500
vouchers)
Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program
$45m
$45m
$45m
$47.54m
NCHV supports the Senate proposed numbers in every case. The need for more HUD-VASH vouchers is seen in many of the communities you work in, especially when it comes to the creation of new affordable housing through project basing of these vouchers. The SSVF program is in need of $400 million this year in order to prevent a decrease in services that will come with the expiration of the 2015 surge grants, but the additional funds seen in the Senate numbers will go a long way towards preventing that expiration in many communities. Likewise, the Senate numbers for HVRP are not perfect – NCHV supports, at the minimum, funding that program at its fully authorized level of $50 million.
This will come down to negotiations between the House and Senate. It is imperative that we all encourage Congress to accept the numbers proposed by the Senate committee. NCHV cannot predict exactly when the final measure will be written, agreed to, or passed. It is therefore vital that we are all calling our representatives now before it is too late.
NCHV will continue to update you as these events unfold. Stay tuned to these pages, and to our eNewsletters and website, to make sure you are up to date on what is happening on the Hill.
Veteran Sex Offender Access to Housing and Health Services after Release from Incarceration: Obstacles and Best Practices
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Veterans leaving incarceration -- “reentry veterans” -- need to be engaged in services upon release in order to reduce their risk of homelessness and reoffending. The VA’s Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) program uniquely works to address this gap and identifies 10,000-15,000 incarcerated veterans annually transitioning back to the community.
Within this reentry population, sex offenders are both a particularly vulnerable group and a large sub-population (29% of those incarcerated nationally) who are likely to experience homelessness and emotional and financial hardship due to policies that restrict their housing options.
Some research shows that the emotional and financial toll of residency restrictions hamper the efforts of sex offenders to reintegrate into the community, thus making them more likely to re-offend. This study, funded in part by the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, sought to identify common pathways that sex offenders in Massachusetts take upon release from incarceration; housing restrictions; and barriers to housing, employment, and healthcare. In addition, researcher Molly Simmons and her colleagues documented best practices used by the VA, and state and community organizations to overcome the barriers faced by sex offenders.
Join the discussion of these issues and solutions online at
http://va-eerc-ees.adobeconnect.com/research2practice/
Call 800-767-1750 and use access code 92715# for the audio.
The Homeless Evidence and Research Synthesis (HERS) Roundtable Series: Suicide and Homeless Veterans
Tuesday, February 27, 1:00-3:00 pm ET
Join the meeting online at http://va-eerc-ees.adobeconnect.com/hers/
Call 800-767-1750 and use access code 70207# for the audio
This virtual symposium takes a look at recent research on the high rate of suicide among homeless veterans and considers the implications for policy and practice in light of VA’s current suicide prevention efforts encompassing education, training, collaborative partnerships, and the use of predictive modeling tools to identify Veterans at risk. We will hear from senior researchers in VA and executives from the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Their presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring leaders from the VA Office of Homeless Programs, SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Office, and one of the seven cities participating in the recently launched Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service members, veterans, and their families.
Funding Opportunities
The Amboy Foundation is committed to supporting local efforts that enhance the quality of life of the people who live and work in the communities Amboy serves. Community development and social welfare are priorities for the foundation, including homelessness prevention and supportive services. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. Funding decisions are made quarterly. For application information, click here.
The Wilmington Trust’s M&T Charitable Foundation strives to strengthen communities by providing grants and in-kind services for a diverse range of civic, cultural, health, and human service organizations. All requests are reviewed monthly by local charitable contributions committees. For full grant guidelines and more information, click here.

Homelessness Update

The Alliance is Hiring
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The Alliance is seeking a Director for its research and education arm, the Homelessness Research Institute (HRI). HRI builds the intellectual capital around solutions to homelessness; makes sure policymakers, practitioners, and the caring public have the best information about trends and emerging solutions; and engages the media to ensure the best reporting on the issue. If you are interested in using data and research to solve a social problem, consider joining the Alliance.
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New Medicare Cards Are On the Way: Are Your Clients Ready?
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will be sending new Medicare cards to consumers starting in April 2018. In order to provide uninterrupted access to care, service providers should help consumers prepare for the change. CMS has published resources in English and Spanish to help beneficiaries understand the change.
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Webinar: Playing Well in the Sandbox—Cross-Organization and Cross-Program Partnerships
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On Thursday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m. ET, Alliance expert Ben Cattell Noll will join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a webinar exploring how collaboration between systems, organizations, and programs can increase the capacity of case managers to coordinate services. Common cross-collaborative strategies explored will include exchanging information about services, establishing formal customer referral and follow-up procedures, and leveraging resources.
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Cities and States Taking on the Housing Crisis
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A new brief from the Center for American Progress lays out the scope of the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. It explains how states and cities have stepped up to fill the affordable housing void left by the federal government and the ways these localities can respond to deepening inequity.
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What We Learned from the 2018 Point in Time Count
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Service providers, community leaders, and volunteers in communities across the nation came together recently to conduct the annual census of people experiencing homelessness. The Point in Time count is an annual reminder of the scale of the country’s homelessness challenge. Here’s a round-up of reporting on the count:
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from the blog
Ending Homelessness Today
the official blog of the national alliance to end homelessness
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What Do the Recent Tax Cuts Mean for Your Donation?
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The tax cuts that went into effect this month have nonprofits and donors alike scrambling to learn more about how they might affect charitable giving. While these changes to the tax code could have a lasting impact on many charities, the Alliance is thankful for the support of many faithful, consistent donors. Nevertheless, it is […]
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Medicaid and Work Requirements: What's At Risk
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Written by guest blogger, Andrea Callow, Associate Director of Medicaid Initiatives with the Medicaid team at Families USA. Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline to health care access for some of our most vulnerable residents, including those experiencing homelessness. But there are efforts underway in states across the country to […]
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Applications for the FY 2017 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Are Now Open: Here's How to Apply
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We're so excited that U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the much-anticipated Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFA) for the FY 2017 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)! The purpose of the YHDP is to promote "comprehensive systems of care" to address youth homelessness, rather than relying on "individual or unconnected projects." That […]
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