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Alliance conferences are an opportunity for the homelessness community — system leaders, providers, researchers, and those with lived experience — to learn from each other. That's why the Alliance offers scholarships each year for people who are currently or were recently homeless. Scholarships cover conference registration and travel expenses, including hotel accommodations.

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Housing Is on the Midterm Ballot

As 2018 candidates talk about health care, education, and jobs, it's important to remember that none of those issues can be fully resolved without addressing our affordable housing crisis. On the blog, Alliance expert Noëlle Porter explains why we need federal policy — and engaged voters — to address housing and homelessness.

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2019 HIC and PIT Data Collection Notice and PIT Count Office Hours

Thank you for your continued efforts to use the Point-in-Time (PIT) count to identify people experiencing homelessness and engage the public in the critical work you are doing to end homelessness. HUD has published the Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and PIT Data Collection for Continuums of Care (CoCs), which informs CoCs of what must be collected to successfully complete the 2019 HIC and PIT counts. HUD is happy to announce that while there are some changes to the HIC there are no changes to the PIT count data collection requirements.

HIC Changes

  • For CoCs with CoC-funded Joint Transitional Housing (TH) and Rapid Re-housing (RRH) projects, the CoC must enter a separate TH and RRH project on the HIC. Inventory reported under each project should reflect the inventory in use on the night of the count. To indicate that these are Joint TH and RRH grants, CoCs must select both the HUD: CoC – Transitional Housing and HUD: CoC – Rapid Re-Housing funding source options in response to the HUD McKinney-Vento Funded question for each project.
  • Under the Inventory Type section of the HIC, HUD no longer distinguishes new inventory from current inventory. CoCs now report their data as either current (i.e., all inventory that is in operation on the night of the CoC’s PIT count) or under development (i.e., all inventory that is projected, but not in operation during the PIT count).
  • CoCs will report their HMIS participation based on the entire project. Either the project completely participates in HMIS or it does not. If part of a project’s inventory participates in HMIS and another part does not, it should be split into two projects, one representing the inventory participating in HMIS and one representing the inventory not participating in HMIS.
  • HUD is requiring CoCs to include the HMIS Project ID to all projects on the HIC. Currently, HMIS Project ID is only required for CoCs that upload the HIC.
  • CoCs will no longer report their VA-funded Compensated Work Therapy, Transitional Residence (CWT/TR) grants in the HIC. With this exclusion, persons in CWT/TR projects will also be excluded from the sheltered PIT count.
  • CoCs will no longer report on Target Population A to HUD. HUD is renaming what was “Target Population B” as “Target Population.”
  • HUD is clarifying that the Housing Type designation should apply to the entire project. A project must be completely “site based/single site,” “site based/clustered site,” or “tenant-based/scattered site.” If part of a project’s inventory is site based in a single location and other part is tenant-based vouchers, it should be split into two projects, one representing the “site based/single site” inventory and the other representing the “tenant based/scattered site” inventory. For emergency shelter, the Housing Type selected should be consistent with the Bed Type.
  • Sponsor-based Rental Assistance (SBRA) can operate like Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) or Project-based Rental Assistance (PBRA), which has caused some confusion about whether these projects are required to add an address. HUD is clarifying that an address is required for all projects that function like either of the two “site-based” housing types listed in the bullet above.
  • While Victim Service Providers (VSP) are exempted from providing address information in the HIC, HUD encourages providers to enter a zip code associated with the project.

PIT Count Changes


Additional HIC and PIT Resources

  • Last April, HUD conducted its first PIT count office hours. The office hours open with a focused discussion on a specific PIT count methodology issue then shift to an open discussion on any HIC or PIT count questions or issues that communities have. We invite communities to come with questions, as well as solutions. HUD believes strongly in the power of peer learning, and we hope that communities will come to the office hours willing to share their promising practices and lessons learned.
    HUD will be conducting its next PIT count office hours on October 30, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM EDT. HUD will focus this office hours session on the 2019 HIC and PIT count and also discuss issue around PIT count volunteers, including recruitment, training, and waivers. Note that HUD will not be conducting a separate webinar for the 2019 HIC and PIT Count Notice. HUD anticipates conducting one more office hours session preceding the 2019 PIT count. Register for the October 30 PIT count office hours.
  • PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars Page: This is a one-stop site where communities can access all of HUD’s guidance on how to plan and implement their PIT counts. The resources include the annual notice, the PIT Count Methodology Guide, survey tool resources, implementation resources, etc.

Questions about the HIC or PIT?

If you have questions about entering HIC or PIT count data that are not covered in this Notice, please submit them to the HDX Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Register Today: LSA Office Hours for CoCs - October 23 and November 6, 2018 - 2:00 PM ET

Beginning on October 31, 2018 communities can upload their official Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data for use in the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress via the new Homelessness Data Exchange, Version 2.0 (HDX 2.0). For Continuums of Care (CoCs) that wish to learn more about the new LSA data submission cycle, HUD will be hosting two office hour sessions.

From AHAR to LSA: Understanding the FY 18 Changes
October 23, 2018 – 2 - 3 PM EDT

This session will introduce the LSA and cover key changes to this year’s data submission process and timeline. Staff from Abt Associates will cover Frequently Asked Questions about the LSA process, and participants will have the opportunity to ask and submit any other questions they may have. This session is being held a week in advance of the HDX 2.0 opening for official LSA submissions to help CoCs prepare for the process.

LSA Submission Process: Discussion Session
November 6, 2018 – 2 - 3 PM EST

This session will cover questions received through HUD’s Ask A Question (AAQ) portal about the LSA process. Staff from Abt Associates will also open up the event to allow participants the opportunity to ask and submit any other questions they may have. This session is being held one week after the HDX 2.0 opens for official submissions, and during the week that CoCs are expected to have completed a test upload in the HDX 2.0. It is an opportunity for CoCs to ask additional questions after having hands-on experience with the upload process.

Training Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the timeline and process for CoCs submitting LSA data to the HDX 2.0

Who Should Attend?

This training is intended for all CoC members who are responsible for reviewing or submitting their LSA data to HUD.

Registration Instructions

You must have a HUD Exchange account to register. Follow these instructions for registering.
Participants can submit their questions for the office hours in advance by using HUD’s AAQ portal.
  1. Complete required information in Step 1.
  2. Select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2.
  3. For the subject line, enter “LSA Office Hours” to ensure your question is flagged for the event.

Additional Information

As a reminder, HUD recently released two new resources to help CoCs prepare for the LSA submission process:
  • From AHAR to LSA: Understanding the FY 2018 Changes – This brief document includes an easy to follow table that highlights the key changes between the LSA and the former AHAR process.
  • Overview of the LSA Submission Process: The goal of this document is to make the new data collection and cleaning process as clear as possible for CoCs so they can be adequately prepared for the 2018 data submission cycle. It covers key milestones of the process and identified support that is available to CoCs throughout the process. In addition, it goes over the submission and clean timeline in detail.
A summary of the anticipated 2018 LSA submission cycle’s schedule is below:
  • October 31, 2018: HDX 2.0 opens for official LSA submissions
  • November 9, 2018: Test LSA upload deadline
  • November 30, 2018: Official LSA submission deadline
  • Late December: Outreach to CoCs from Review Team Data Liaisons begins
  • Late January: Deadline to resolve data quality flags with your assigned Data Liaison and mark your data complete; must confirm data within 3 business days of completion
  • Late February: Data usability determinations are communicated to CoCs
As the LSA data collection and cleaning kick-off date approaches, additional community resources and guidance will be announced through the HUD Exchange mailing list and linked to from the LSA Tools and Guidance homepage.
If you have questions pertaining to the LSA or HDX 2.0, please submit your questions through the AAQ portal on the HUD Exchange website. Select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the AAQ question submission process.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

JOBS: Scranton/Lackawanna County Continuum of Care Director

Hi All!  Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.  Here is a link for application/resume submission:  http://www.uncnepa.org/employment-opportunities/.  Thank you!

Director of Continuum of Care

The United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director Continuum of Care. The continuum of care, known as the Scranton/Lackawanna County Continuum of Care (CoC), is the HUD-designated regional entity responsible for coordinating services and planning strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Scranton and all of Lackawanna County. The Director Continuum of Care will be an employee of the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA and work under the direction of the Scranton/Lackawanna County Continuum of Care (CoC) Executive Committee. Duties of the position include:
  • Managing the annual grant application process as the Collaborative Applicant for the HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funds Availability Grant.
  • Registering the Continuum of Care in the HUD eSNAPS program, tracking the grant inventory worksheet and writing the collaborative applications for Continuum of Care Programs. Overseeing the project grant application rating and ranking process, and ensuring submission of complete and timely grant applications.
  • Providing support to the Continuum of Care Board of Directors and facilitation of bi-monthly full continuum membership meetings and Board Meetings. Serving as the principal point of contact for all Continuum of Care activities.
  • Act as System Administrator for the Continuum of Care's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), including database management, trainings, providing agency level and end-user HMIS support, CoC wide data analysis for annual needs assessment and other performance assessments.
  • Responsibility for state and federal reporting including the Longitudinal Systems Analysis, Point In Time (PIT) count, Housing Inventory Count (HIC), ESG CAPER and System Performance Measures.
  • Coordination of the CoC's annual Point In Time (PIT) count of sheltered and unsheltered persons, including recruiting and training volunteers, coordinating the 24-hour count in late January, reconciling the data collected and submitting it on a timely and accurate basis to all stakeholders including state and federal government, state coalition, and the CoC.
  • Providing information on homelessness to City and State entitlement communities.
  • Participating in state and federal webinars, state conferences on homelessness, representing the CoC on regional CoC and HMIS calls, and attending other relevant trainings and conferences on homeless systems planning and HMIS system management.
  • Ensure CoC compliance with all HUD regulations via maintenance of updated policies and procedures and open, accessible, integrated and effective system of service provision.
  • Assuring a local system of coordinated assessment remains operational, effective and viable throughout the CoC catchment area.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.
Qualified candidates should:
  • Hold either a Master's Degree in a Human Services field or Public Administration;
  • OR a 4 year degree in a Human Services field and at least 5 years' experience in human services administration with program development and oversight.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Applications including Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work across systems and with diverse populations.
Preferred experience includes:
  • Data analysis and/or database configuration and user support.
  • Knowledge of local community resources related to homelessness, crisis services and the health care system.
The United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA is a non-profit organization with an excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and candidates should indicate the desired salary range in their cover letter. The United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA is an equal opportunity employer.

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