Rescheduled HMIS NOFA Office Hours: December 12, 2018 - 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Home Programs Resources Training
Rescheduled HMIS NOFA Office Hours: December 12, 2018 - 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Don’t miss out – Add a calendar appointment to your calendar and join the meeting at the new date and time!
On November 21, 2018 HUD released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Applications are due January 31, 2019. This NOFA provides $5 million in one-time funding to help communities improve their Continuum of Care's (CoC) Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
Improvements can mean different things for different communities. It may mean:
  • Consolidating HMIS implementations to gain economies of scale and expertise
  • Modifying software to better support communities to meet HUD HMIS regulatory requirements
  • A concerted effort to increase the HMIS knowledge base among the HMIS system administration staff and CoC leadership
Please join us on December 12, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST to hear the latest about the NOFA from HUD staff, and to have your NOFA questions answered during the office hours. The session will cover questions received through HUD’s Ask A Question (AAQ) portal since the release of the NOFA, as well as any community questions posed during the office hours session.

Training Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to describe the timeline and process for CoCs and HMIS leads to submit HMIS NOFA Applications.

Who Should Attend?

This training is intended for all CoC members and HMIS leads and anyone with responsibilities involving HMIS implementation.

Registration Instructions

There is not a registration process for the HMIS NOFA Office Hours. The HUD HMIS meeting will be held in an Adobe Connect room. Please click the link to join the room: and enter as a Guest.

Questions and Additional Information

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 “HMIS: Homeless Management Information System” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2
  3. For the subject line, enter “HMIS NOFA Office Hours” to ensure your question is flagged for the event
If you have additional questions pertaining to the HMIS, please submit your questions through the AAQ portal following the steps outlined above.
Visit the HUD Exchange at

LSA Export Update

LSA Export Update
IT has finished updating the back-end of the LSA export. You may now start creating new LSA exports and upload them to HDX as official HUD submissions.

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

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

How communities are housing people faster

Dear Friend,

Ben Cattell Noll here. I'm writing to tell you a little about my work at the Alliance. As part of our Center for Capacity Building, my colleagues and I meet with service providers from all over the country to share and learn the best ways to end homelessness.
In 2018, the Alliance conducted these trainings — we call them Learning Collaboratives — in four communities across the country. We supported rapid re-housing and emergency shelter providers in Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut, and Nevada.
These are in-depth initiatives: we spend months on the ground in each community understanding the barriers they face and digging into the data. We coach them to work together and embrace the best practices that are proven to end homelessness. But that's just the beginning.

At the end of each Learning Collaborative, providers take their new skills and kick-off a 100-Day Housing Challenge. The goal is to find housing and services for as many households as possible. 
During these 100-Day Housing Challenges, many providers house twice as many people as they did in the previous period. So far this year, Challenge providers have helped 950 households find housing. It may very well reach 1,000 by the end of the year! That is 950 households — families, adults, veterans — who will spend this winter in the safety and dignity of a home rather than on the streets or in shelter. 
The overwhelming success of these Learning Collaboratives demonstrates that when communities have the right training, resources, and solutions, homelessness can be ended. That is what inspires me to continue this work. 
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