News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness







Our Latest Brief Offers a Data Dive into Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America 



 
In the fifth brief of our Homelessness in America series, we focus on unaccompanied youth and young adults.
 

Learn about the data available on this vulnerable population in order to drive progress and end homelessness.






Meet Our New Policy Director, Susan Pourciau!





Susan hails from Tallahassee, where she lead a coalition on homelessness in the Big Bend region of Florida.
Susan's extensive work in the homelessness sector also includes her most recent post as chief financial officer and director of homelessness training and technical assistance for the Florida Housing Coalition 




Council Discusses Employment and Welcomes New Vice-Chair for Fall Meeting   





  
In our latest meeting, we discussed strategies to improve access to employment for people experiencing homelessness. 


Newly appointed Department of the Education Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Frank Brogan, also joins the Council as Vice-Chair. Read more here. 
   


Congratulations to our partners in West Tennessee for effectively ending Veteran homelessness! 




Check out the video announcement from our Executive Director, and read more here. 




NASH Releases Housing Safety Planning Toolkit for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence  



The National Alliance for Safe Housing has released a toolkit for homelessness/housing providers who work with victims of domestic and sexual violence. 
The Toolkit's focus on safety planning will help providers better link to victims' services and ensure that survivors receive the support needed.  
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 301 7th St. SW, Room 2080, Washington, DC 20407

SP 5.12.65 is Now Available


ServicePoint 5.12.65 is now available.
This release includes the following items:
  • New required field added in Provider Admin for Bed and Unit Inventory Records - "Information Date"
  • Release of LSA Export
  • Removed AHAR Report
  • Change to logic for Q22c in CoC APR 2018
  • Changes to SSVF Export
  • Updated Sorting of Reports Screen
Release notes can be found in the Libraries area of the WellSky Customer Community.
Please contact your Tech Support Representative, formerly called Customer Care Analyst if you have any questions.

HDX 2.0 Now Open for Official Longitudinal Systems Analysis Submissions

As of today, October 31, 2018, communities can now submit their Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data for official use in the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress via the new Homelessness Data Exchange, Version 2.0 (HDX 2.0).
HUD has also released a new resource to support Continuums of Care (CoCs) in this process: An Introductory Guide to Submitting Longitudinal Systems Analysis Data for the AHAR. This comprehensive guidebook describes the LSA data submission requirements and reviews the data submission process via the HDX 2.0.
Upcoming Test Deadline: CoCs should plan to log into the HDX 2.0 and complete a test LSA upload by November 9, 2018. If the upload fails due to fatal errors, CoCs should immediately begin working with their vendor to resolve formatting or programming issues with the file export.
A summary of the anticipated 2018 LSA submission cycle’s schedule is below:

As a reminder, all community resources and guidance related to the LSA are announced through the HUD Exchange mailing list and are available on 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.

HUD will also be hosting a second informational office hours session to support CoCs in the upload process. If you missed the first office hours session on October 23, 2018, materials from the session will be posted soon on the HUD Exchange.

LSA Submission Process: Discussion Session
November 6, 2018 – 2:00 - 3:00 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.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Homefront: Expanding Supportive Services in New Markets





In this Newsletter
New Markets & Expanding Services
Arizona Benefits from New Markets
Albany NY Has New Markets too
Blackburn Building Wins Award
Support Prop 1 & Prop 2 in CA
Speak Up! Illinois is Graduation Ready
Communities Will Build Data Sharing
Medicaid: What You Need to Know
2019 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute
Save the Date for CSH Summit 2019
Effectively Managing Housing with Services
Overseeing Case Management


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New Markets & Expanding Services

Increasing access to mental, behavioral and general health services for high-health-needs individuals, families, supportive housing residents and their neighbors is at the core of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments made by CSH. Earlier this week, we joined ICL (Institute for Community Living) in celebrating the grand opening of their new health center in Brooklyn, NY. Our $11 million NMTC award supports this neighborhood-based model of care focused on addressing the needs of the whole person, and the entire family and community.

Arizona Benefits from New Markets

In Tucson, Arizona, CSH provided $16 million in NMTC financing to El Rio  to expand healthcare and supportive services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those who are currently homeless. The new health center can serve over 10,000 people annually and allows El Rio to build on its patient-centered model of care to provide primary healthcare, dental care, mental healthcare, substance use treatment, and other wrap around services for many vulnerable populations.

Albany NY Has New Markets Too

With the help of our most recent NMTC investments, access to new health and wellness opportunities are coming to Albany, NY. Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) will be converting a historic school and convent into a Health and Wellness Center, and five units of supportive housing. Our $10 million NMTC investment will help IPH grow the services they offer and  double the number of individuals they can provide services to in the Albany area

Blackburn Building Wins Award 

CSH was recently recognized along with the Low Income-Investment Fund for our New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investment in the Central City Concern's Blackburn Building (Eastside Campus) in Portland, OR. Given annually by the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits, the Award showcases community development entities that made exceptional qualified low-income community investments (QLICIs) in the past year under the NMTC program. The Blackburn building is scheduled to open in Summer 2019 and will offer critical health services and supportive housing to the Portland community. 

Support Prop 1 & Prop 2 in CA

If you are registered to vote in California, please be sure to vote "YES" on CSH-endorsed Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 - No  Place Like Home on next Tuesday's election ballot. Combined, these two ballot initiatives could generate almost $3 billion to create over 10,000 new units of supportive housing for Californians, and could change the trajectory of the state's affordable housing crisis. Whether you are engaged in early voting or making your choices at the polls on Tuesday, November 6, you can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Californians—their difference between the streets or a safe, decent home—with the simplest act of civic heroism: your "YES" votes on Propositions 1 and 2 will make it happen!

Speak Up! Illinois is Graduation Ready

If you are in Chicago this weekend, please join us as we reflect on the accomplishments of our Speak Up! advocates in Illinois. Come, hear their stories, celebrate their graduation into advocacy, and enjoy great company and delicious food. Speak Up! Graduates are formerly homeless people who have found stable homes and better lives in supportive housing. Speak Up! helps them tell their personal stories as they become community voices and leaders, effective champions for supportive housing and proven solutions that are ending homelessness. The Graduation ceremony takes place on Saturday, November 3, 11am CT, 33 North LaSalle Street "The Vault Room" in Chicago. Please RSVP to sean.hellems@csh.org.

Communities Will Build Data-Sharing 

CSH was selected by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) as one of six "Mentors" that will help communities advance their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health. We're seeking "Mentees" that are interested in implementing an open source data tool that supports integration of homeless services, jail and other related data sets. Over the course of 10 months, Mentees will enhance their Coordinated Entry System and better address individual health and social service needs. Applications are due on Nov. 9Attend a free introductory webinar on Oct. 29.

Medicaid: What You Need to Know

CSH and Foothold Technology Director of Client Services, Paul Rossi, and Senior Advisor, David Bucciferro, are bringing us back to basics on all things Medicaid. Join us for Medicaid and Supportive Housing 101, a free webinar on Tuesday, November 13 at 2:00PM ET. We will cover topics ranging from commonly used terms, coverage and eligibility and the differences between Medicaid and Medicare. This webinar is designed for beginners and experts alike. 

2019 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute

CSH is seeking applicants for the tenth Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. The Institute will help supportive housing partners navigate the complex process of developing housing with supportive services to prevent and end homelessness. Targeted training, technical assistance, and the opportunity to apply for pre-development financing for both new and experienced development teams are available to Institute participants. In addition, industry experts, including staff from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), will provide insight on property management, financing, and building design. 

Save the Date for CSH Summit 2019

Mark April 30 - May 2 on your calendar! CSH Supportive Housing Summit 2019 will activate cross-sector collaboration and partnerships, connecting the dots with supportive housing. Leaders from many professional fields important to supportive housing, including healthcare, education, child welfare, workforce development, IDD, justice reform, addiction, community planning and others will gather in Indianapolis, IN. Registration opens soon.

Effectively Managing Housing with Services

CSH is partnering with Delivering Innovations in Supportive Housing to deliver a 3-part webinar course series covering the nuts and bolts of effectively managing supportive housing properties. The series includes: Driving Success through Collaboration, Preventing Evictions Through Lease Enforcement, and Creating Your Property Management Dream Team. Register for one course or all three. Full details are available by clicking here.

Overseeing Case Management

Supervisors of housing case managers will learn supervision skills through a trauma-informed lens, staffing, meeting and crisis planning, and outcome tracking. Instructional level is intermediate, but all housing case management supervisors benefit. Click for details.