Veterans like Joshua need your help, today.


NCHV is ending homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting
collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers
Dear Jason,
Experiencing a housing crisis is one of the most stressful times in someone’s life. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has been working with our network of service providers since 1990 to help veterans resolve housing crises and to build systems that end veteran homelessness across communities.

There was a time when many thought homelessness was an overwhelming problem that could only be managed, because it was too big and complicated to find a solution. Homelessness among veterans has decreased by 50% since 2010.
We now know the solution is to help communities build systems of care that move people into permanent housing quickly and address the root causes of persistent poverty. There are still around 38,000 veterans experiencing homelessness in this country, so NCHV and our community partners have our work cut out for us.

I’m sure you are familiar with the successes and impact of our advocacy and direct training work. However; I'd like to tell you about a lesser-known program we run. NCHV operates a toll-free help line that veterans can call during a housing crisis, to obtain information and referrals to a service provider in their community that can offer immediate assistance.

I’d like to tell you about one caller we had the privilege of working with this year. Joshua, a Navy Veteran, lost his job and ended up unsheltered for 18 months. Not only was Joshua in the midst of a housing crisis – he was dealing with the symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. He attempted to get assistance, but was referred to other organizations or ignored, causing him to give up on the system entirely.

Joshua’s girlfriend found NCHV’s information in a brochure and called us to see if we could assist him. We referred him to an organization that initially turned him away. However, after a more detailed conversation with the organization, they were able to reach out to him and get him sheltered that day. Joshua recently went on a job interview and is working toward a rapid re-housing placement in his own apartment. When we partner with community providers and our members, we can save lives and restore the hope of veterans like Joshua.

Unfortunately there are many more veterans who, like Joshua, are in need of assistance navigating a housing crisis. NCHV is privileged to use our knowledge and contacts with providers across the country to get these veterans assistance as quickly as possible. People just like you have supported NCHV and your support will allow us to assist more veterans who are in need.

It’s the generous financial support from people who think veterans should not be homeless that makes this work possible. My hope is that you are one of those people, and that you will choose to help us save lives and restore hope. There is no good reason that a single veteran should be without a place to sleep at night, and I can promise you that NCHV will do everything we can to ensure every veteran has a place to call home. Visit our website and donate today, to honor veterans during a time of vulnerability.

In gratitude,

Kathryn Monet
Chief Executive Officer
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Joshua lived in a van and on the beach with his service dog prior to reaching out to NCHV.
Joshua is now accessing housing and actively seeking employment with the help of a case manager.

LSA Export Update


LSA Export Update
This afternoon IT applied the following updates to the LSA Export:
1) Speed improvements for exports.
2) Substituting 0 for blank values for "HMIS Participating Beds" in Bed and Unit Inventory Records

Please note for the official upload of the LSA export we recommend these settings:
1) Select your CoC
2) Scope: System-wide
3) Start Date: 10/01/2017
4) End Date: 09/30/2018

We have also uploaded the "LSA Webinar Questions and Answers" document to the "HACS" Customer Community Library. This covers the questions during the LSA Coffee Call. The document also includes a link to the recording and slides.

If you have further questions please submit a case through the Customer Community.

HTF Monthly Report Now Posted

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HTF Monthly Report Now Posted
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HUD is now posting the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Deadline Compliance Status Reports. The current report is posted on the HUD Exchange at the link below. You may also access it from the Housing Trust Fund Page under "HTF Reports."

 
HTF Monthly Report as of 11/1/2018 Now Available:
  • HTF Deadline Compliance Status Report: The report assists grantees and HUD Field Offices in monitoring compliance with the 2-year commitment requirement of the HTF statute and the 5-year expenditure requirement of the HTF regulations.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Qlik Sense Update


Qlik Sense Update
We are pleased to announce a Qlik Sense Update is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday and Wednesday, October November 13th and 14th, 2018.  During these two nightly builds; which may run longer for some customers; you will see the following changes go into place:
  • Correction to time zones for those customers not in the Central time zone.  
  • Update of calendar fields to include dates for calendar year 2019
Please review the "Qlik Sense Release Notes - 2018-10" document available in the "HACS" Customer Community library for more details.


Reminder: Test LSA Data Upload Due in HDX 2.0 – Today, November 9, 2018

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Reminder: Test LSA Data Upload Due in HDX 2.0 – Today, November 9, 2018
The deadline for submitting a test Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data upload to the new Homelessness Data Exchange, Version 2.0 (HDX 2.0) is today, Friday, November 9, 2018.
The primary purpose of this deadline is to make sure communities can login to the HDX 2.0, test uploading the LSA data, and identify issues that may need to be resolved prior to the November 30, 2018 official submission deadline. Potential issues could be with the vendor export, the HMIS data or data structure, or import issues into the HDX 2.0. It is ok if the status of the test upload is "rejected” by the time of this deadline. However, if this is the case, you will want to begin working with your vendor to resolve errors preventing your upload from being accepted before the official submission deadline on November 30, 2018.

Submission Tips

  • When you do the test upload, you can select Local Use Only or Official HUD Submission. If you select Official HUD Submission, it does not mean the data is submitted to the HUD LSA team for review. It just means that it has been uploaded and can be submitted to the team for review when your CoC is ready.
     
  • You should not submit your LSA upload for review until you have resolved all warnings and believe that the upload is as complete and cleaned of data quality issues as possible.
     
  • If you anticipate continuing to work on your submission prior to the November 30, 2018 deadline, you will want to keep your upload marked as "in progress." The HUD LSA team will be able to see that you have an upload in the system, regardless of whether it is still marked as "in progress" or "submitted." Simply by having that, you will have met the November 9, 2018 test upload deadline. If you have already submitted your data and need your submission switched back to “in progress,” please submit a request via this Ask A Question (AAQ) portal.
     
  • You can find detailed information on the full LSA submission process in Sections 2 and 4 of An Introductory Guide to Submitting LSA Data for the AHAR.
     
  • CoCs will not be penalized if they do not have an accepted upload by November 9th. Rather, by this time, CoCs should have become familiarized with the HDX 2.0 and the upload process.
As a reminder, the anticipated 2018 LSA submission cycle’s schedule is as follows:


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.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness


On this Veterans Day, we're pleased to share that the 2018 Point-In-Time count shows a 5.4% decline in Veteran homelessness across the nation. Read more.   




Ten Strategies to Help Communities Sustain an End to Veteran Homelessness 



 

To make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time, we have to work toward ending it with sustainability in mind. We've identified strategies to help support sustained success as communities achieve the goal of ending Veteran homelessness and as they pursue an end to homelessness for other populations.
  






Newly Updated Tool Helps Track Progress in Ending  Veteran Homelessness




Federal partners have updated the Master List Template and Benchmark Generation Tool to help communities strengthen their by-name lists and measure progress toward achieving the goal of ending Veteran homelessness. 




Check Out This Video on How the VA is Using Data to End Veteran Homelessness!    



 
We all know that real-time data is critical if we are going to end homelessness. Learn how the VA and partners are using data to offer Veterans the support they need.  




In Case You Missed It: Our Data Brief on Veteran Homelessness 



  
The brief provides a handy summary of the most relevant data and research regarding Veterans who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness to help inform the work we must do to end Veteran homelessness once and for all. 
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 301 7th St. SW, Room 2080, Washington, DC 20407