NHSDC  FALL 2018: Preliminary Agenda is HERE!

Good News! Preliminary Agenda is Here! 

 Here's a sample of approved sessions that will be showcased at the NHSDC Fall 2018 Conference. 
  • A Masters in Hard Knocks: The True story of open data sharing in Austin/Travis County, TX
  • Ending Chronic Homelessness - Are we there yet?
  • HMIS - How to engage your community
  • Homelessness and Medicaid Use: The Impact of Housing and Services
  • Tune Your System: Developing & Executing a Coordinated Entry Evaluation
  • Skills, strategies, and tools for creating a data-centric cultural shift
  • Advanced Approaches to System Modeling
  • Linking housing program and social service data to improve client services
  • Implementing and Operating a Coordinated Entry Project
  • Longitudinal Systems Analysis: Digging Deeper into System Performance by Populations and Geography
  • Diversify the Resources: Leveraging Multiple Funding Streams to Improve Your HMIS Implementation
  • Data Quality 101: What is a Data Quality Plan? 
  • Data Quality 201: Bed Coverage and Strategies to Improve. – the community experience. 
  • HMIS Training 101: Thinking Outside the Box
  • Confronting Data Related Barriers in Youth Homelessness Initiatives
  • Capacity Building for HMIS Leads and System Administrators
  • Mission Critical:  Your System Administration Can Make or Break Your Implementation
  • HMIS Lead Standards
  • Investigating Racial Disparities in the Homeless System and Considering Implications for Policy
  • Remote Coordinated Entry: Using tools and partnerships to create an innovative solution
  • Uses of system modeling to build consensus in homeless intervention funding strategy.
  • Beyond Risk Stratification: Why Understanding Population Segments Is the Future of Stratification
  • Identifying Systems Upstream that Lead to the Inflow of Homeless Veterans
  • Cross-system partnerships to prevent and end homelessness
  • Data-driven Interpretation of Chronic Status: Understanding Inflow, Outflow, and Utilization Patterns
  • Assertive Engagement: People are the Experts on Their Own Lives
  • Knowledge At First Sight: A Data Visualization Clinic
...and MORE! Please stay tuned for our conference agenda and schedule to be released in late September.

Don't Miss out on the Data Institute and Service Tour
(October 16th)!

HMIS Data Maturity and Data Analytics Institute

To successfully change the homeless service system and improve projects, the community needs reliable and comprehensive information. Critical to this is the ability of CoCs to examine HMIS data sets in order to find patterns and draw conclusions. Once analyzed, the results can be presented to target stakeholder groups, allowing for improved service and resource decision-making. This year, the Institute is divided into two, all day tracks from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Both are beginning to intermediate level.  The attendee will select a single track for registration and is expected to bring a laptop and power cord.  Boxed lunches will be provided.

Learn more and register for the Data Institutes

Just Announced! Service Tour, Presented by Central City Concern. Happening 10am -12pm. Register Soon Here

Registration is Filling Up!

The spots for the Fall Conference are going fast. Act quickly by registering here, and don't forget to book your hotel room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. The conference rate is a reasonable $169 per night. Please use this link to book your room. We usually sell out so advise reserving your room early!

As in past years, the NHSDC conference and institute are HUD-approved. Therefore, HMIS funds awarded under the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs may be used to attend the 2018 NHSDC Fall Conference and Institute. Projects without funds designated for HMIS can use admin funds to attend this event.


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 October!

Homefront: Bringing Supportive Housing to Scale

In this Newsletter
Supportive Housing Celebrations
Join the FUSE Community
Changing Trajectory for Youth
Speak Up in Washington
Chicago Health & Housing Initiative Wins Award
RFP for OH Supportive Housing Development
Home Together
Surveying Targeted States
Housing First & Pre-Arrest Diversion Webinar 
Billing Medicaid Training Starts Tomorrow

Other Webinars, Trainings & Events

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Supportive Housing Celebrations 

There is no summer slump when it comes to new supportive housing ground breakings and ribbon cuttings. CSH staff were on hand to break ground for a new 115-unit supportive housing development in the Bronx, NY, and welcome youth, veterans and formerly homeless adults to their new supportive housing residences in the Bronx, NY and also in Akron, OH.

The Bridge's 3500 Park Avenue is now under construction. Once completed, there will be 115 affordable, supportive homes for veterans, adults with disabilities and seniors.

Jericho Project's Walton Ave supportive housing is now home to 89 youth and veterans. CSH was involved early on in Walton, providing $1.75M in pre-development financial assistance.

In Akron, CSH helped our 2015-2016 Supportive Housing Institute graduates overcome local NIMBYism to make Stoney Pointe Commons a reality, ensuring much needed affordable and supportive housing in this Ohio community. 

Join the FUSE Community

Communities waste billions on uncoordinated and expensive service responses as people without housing frequently cycle between shelters, hospitals, jails, and the streets. Your community can end this costly revolving door by housing and helping those in need, and improving overall quality of life. How? By being one of approximately 20 communities selected to participate in the new, one-time only CSH FUSE (Frequent Users Systems Engagement) Learning Community. Held from September 2018 to January 2019 the Learning Community will cover: FUSE stakeholder engagement, cross systems data matching/data driven targeting, supportive housing resource creation and scaling, and offer opportunities for peer discussion among communities. If your community is interested in applying, complete our survey by Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7pm CT. Please contact fuse@csh.org with any questions.

Changing Trajectory for Youth

CSH's Federal Technical Assistance (TA) Team is very excited to be a part of the group of TA experts working with 11 communities to create and implement plans to prevent and end youth homelessness through HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. HUD included the voices of youth with lived experience in developing the Demonstration Program, and are encouraging communities to break traditional systems silos by working with child welfare agencies. CSH will be the lead TA Provider for Nashville, TN, Washington Balance of State, and Snohomish County, WA and a consultant to the other eight communities.

Speak Up in Washington

CSH Advocates are thrilled to once again represent the voices of lived experience at the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) annual conference and Advocacy Day. This morning CSH Speak Up Advocate Emily Martiniuk, along with CSH Program Manager Ann English, participated as panelists during the NAEH Building Community Support to Fund Solutions and End Homelessness breakout session. Emily and Ann are heading to Capitol Hill this afternoon with a group of CSH Speak Up Advocates to meet with U.S. Senators, Members of Congress and their key staff. Advocates will share their first-hand accounts of how they found stability and success in supportive housing. You can follow their journey today through the halls of Congress on social media through the hashtag #CSHSpeakUp

Chicago Health & Housing Initiative Wins Award

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, chose Chicago and Cook County as the first major U.S. metropolitan area to implement a healthcare and housing initiative. Spearheaded by our partners and long time funders, Polk Bros. Foundation and the Michael Reese Health Trust, this initiative was recently recognized with the Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships - Housing and Community Development in Action. CSH is excited to be a part of the public-private partnership advancing health and housing connections across Chicago and Cook County. 

RFP for OH Supportive Housing Development

CSH has announced a new opportunity to scale supportive housing development in Ohio.  Selected supportive housing development teams will receive intensive technical assistance to create supportive housing that advances local efforts to end and prevent homelessness; addresses housing needs identified through the Stepping Up initiative; and/or stabilizes vulnerable youth and families facing separation and homelessness. Interested development teams need to complete and submit the application by August 31. CSH is proud of our efforts in Ohio and looking forward to the creation of new supportive housing throughout the state.

Home Together

Finding a path to a permanent and stable home and building better communities in the process are at the center of the newly released United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) strategic plan entitled, "Home Together." As one of the partner organizations contributing to the plan, CSH looks forward to continuing our engagement with USICH and the communities pursuing solutions that support the main goals of Home Together. The plan embraces supportive housing as a proven, evidence-based model that improves lives and the quality of life for all of us.

Surveying Targeted States

CSH is collecting data from supportive housing providers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Washington State specifically on their knowledge about dementia. If you are a provider in one of these states, your organization will receive a survey directly from CSH. We will be asking front-line and supervisory staff to complete the survey as quickly as possible to help us better understand what services more comprehensively meet the challenges of older supportive housing residents with dementia care needs. Please contact Courtney.Christenson@csh.org with any questions.

Housing First & Pre-Arrest Diversion Webinar

By implementing new pre-and post-booking strategies with a focus on permanent housing instead of arrests for homeless individuals, Milwaukee County has seen a dramatic reduction in criminal justice activity for the local homeless population. Join us on Thursday, August 9 at 1:00pm ET. when CSH Director of Data and Analytics Kim Keaton will be a featured presenter on a webinar hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police highlighting the success in Milwaukee. Attendees will learn about Milwaukee's Housing First program, including how housing navigators and law enforcement have worked together to reduce arrests.

Billing Medicaid Training Starts Tomorrow

If your agency has ever wondered how to tap into Medicaid resources for funding supportive services, or you know your agency should be asking questions about Medicaid but unsure of the approach, our online Academy is perfect for you. Our experts will walk you step-by-step through the process to determine if your organization should bill Medicaid, how to create a business plan, and also ensure agency systems are in place to support Medicaid billing. The 5-session Academy starts tomorrow, July 26, don't miss out. Enroll now! Before it's too late.