News from the US Interagency Council on Homelessness

February 28, 2019
Together, we are ending homelessness.
Our Priorities for 2019
As we begin our in-depth exploration of the objectives and strategies in Home, Together over the coming months, we wanted to share the activities we are prioritizing in 2019.
Making Ending Homelessness Part of Your Local Affordable Housing Strategy
These strategies can help your community truly align its housing affordability and supply strategies with its efforts to end homelessness.
Resource Roundup: Housing First
Housing First approaches, both within programs and across systems, are fundamental to our efforts to end homelessness. Here are some great resources to help strengthen Housing First practices.
Spotlight on Older Adults
Linda Couch, vice president of housing policy at LeadingAge, considers the strategies in Home, Together and suggests that older adults need to be a greater focus of our work - and our plans - going forward.
Researcher Dennis Culhane and his collaborators project that older adult homelessness and associated health care costs will rise dramatically over the next 10 years, but that we could offset many of those costs through investments into housing solutions.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
301 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20407
Phone: 202.708.4663 / E-mail:

HUD’s SNAPS Data and Performance Strategy

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HUD’s SNAPS Data and Performance Strategy
SNAPS has published a new Strategy to Improve Data and Performance, which lays out a vision for optimal data systems and data usage. The release of this Strategy coincides with efforts by federal and national partners to obtain more accurate information about the scale and scope of homelessness in our nation. These efforts include getting better estimates on the scale and scope of youth homelessness; using data to better define rural homelessness; and launching the Longitudinal System Analysis (LSA) which opens up greater reporting opportunities.
The SNAPS Strategy supports communities to base resource and policy decisions on outcomes and performance. We encourage communities get familiar with this Strategy, as it will guide our data-oriented efforts with Continuums of Care (CoCs) over the next several years. It indicates the key markers and characteristics of a successful data-driven system, which CoCs can use to set their own improvement goals. We understand that these goals are ambitious, and we are committed to providing the resources, support and guidance necessary for CoCs to progress toward the goal of using data in a meaningful way.


The SNAPS Strategy sets out three overarching goals for itself and communities:
  1. Communities use their data to optimize systems of care through making ongoing system performance improvements and determining optimal resource allocation;
  2. Communities operate data systems that allow for accurate, comprehensive, and timely data collection, usage and reporting; and
  3. Federal government coordinates to receive and use data to make informed decisions in coordination with other data sets, across and within agencies.
These goals represent three distinct capacities that are needed to understand and develop solutions to end homelessness. The first focuses on ensuring that local communities have the staff capacity, governance, and practices in place to use data to drive local planning and performance efforts. Goal two encourages communities to improve data quality efforts so that their data accurately reflects the full scale of homelessness in their community. Goal three is a charge to the federal government to use data to inform coordination and decision-making efforts necessary to achieve the goals of the Federal Strategic Plan, Home, Together.
Some CoCs may review the Strategy and feel concern that they have not already achieved Goals 1 and 2, or that the goals feel insurmountable. SNAPS views these goals as a 3-5-year improvement effort and understands that communities need assistance and support to make these improvements. Over the next few years, SNAPS will be providing more targeted Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) guidance, HMIS and data-related technical assistance (TA), and funding to achieve these goals.


Towards that end, HUD and its federal partners are providing tools and products to help support local efforts to implement the Strategy. Among the resources is a recently closed HMIS NOFA targeted to improve HMIS structural and staffing capacity, which will provide a total of $5 million in funding to help selected CoCs improve their HMIS implementation. In the coming months, be on the lookout for new and soon-to-be-released data resources and guidance, including:
There are also several existing resources that CoCs are encouraged to leverage immediately to help make progress towards the Strategy’s goals. HUD’s HMIS Budgeting and Staffing Toolkit is a great resource to better understand the current capacity of their HMIS implementation (Goal 2). The CoC Data Quality Brief further defines what HUD means by data quality, including expectations around timeliness and accuracy (Goal 2). Lastly, HUD’s System Performance Improvement Briefs outline the fundamentals of using data to inform local planning and resource allocation efforts (Goal 1).

What’s Next

We encourage your CoC leadership and HMIS Lead agency staff to identify how the goals in this document compare with your CoC’s existing efforts to enhance local data. In doing so, communities can better understand their status across each of the Strategy characteristics and set local targets that align with the Strategy.
We appreciate all the work underway to use and improve data and look forward to working closely with CoCs on incorporating the Data Strategy into your existing efforts.
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ART Gallery Update

The second February 2019 ART Gallery Update includes the following updates to the ART Gallery available as of 02/26/2019:
  • 0260 - HUD CoC APR Data Quality/Completeness - v9 - This report has been updated to remove retired picklist values from the Non-Cash Benefits data quality check at entry.
  • 0629 - Housing Inventory Count - v17 - This report has been updated to include the changes reflected in the 2019 HIC/PIT notice provided by HUD. The CoC Code prompt is now a required prompt in the report.

This release finalizes the release of reports needed for the HIC/PIT submission to HUD. The updated 0629 User Manual will be available in ART by the end of this business week. The updated 0260 User Manual is available in ART. We will send out announcements in the future as we release updated SPM/DQ reports in the ART Gallery.

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We caught the early-bird for a few more days

He Flies Away Soon!

Time is running out so don't delayGet the low CSH Supportive Housing Summit 2019 Early-Bird rate of $575 before registration jumps to a higher price after March 8, 2019! This year we are Connecting the Dots in Indianapolis and featuring the most timely and impactful tracks and sessions ever offered. Our April 30 - May 2 Agenda complete with session details is now available for you on our Summit registration site. We're focusing on Data, Partnerships, Quality, Healthcare, Services, Special Populations, New Resources for Supportive Housing and much, much more. Be part of one of the most important national housing and community-oriented conferences of the year, and catch the low early-bird rate before it's too late!

HUD Has Updated HOME FACTS Vol. 7 No. 1

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HUD Has Updated HOME FACTS Vol. 7 No. 1
HOME FACTS Vol. 7 No. 1: Receipt Fund Types in the HOME Investment Trust Fund Local Account: Program Income, Repayments, and Recaptured Funds has been updated to reflect changes to how Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) must commit funds in their HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Investment Trust Fund local accounts based on guidance in the HOME Program Commitment Requirement Interim Final Rule, published on December 2, 2016. Here are the five most significant changes:
  1. PJs must record the amount of funds deposited into their HOME local account in the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) in intervals not to exceed 30 days.

  2. IDIS will automatically assign each local account receipt to the PJ's current program year.

  3. Revised HOME Regulations provide PJs with three options to commit local account funds:
    1. commit local account funds from the current program year to existing projects identified in the current Annual Action Plan (AAP);
    2. accumulate the local funds received during the current program year and including the total uncommitted amount in the following year's AAP; or
    3. any combination thereof.

  4. Beginning with FY 2016 HOME allocations, IDIS will no longer permit a PJ to fund activities with its current Treasury account funds until after all local account funds earned in the prior program year have been fully committed. For example, IDIS will not allow a PJ to fund an activity with its FY 2018 HOME Treasury funds until after all local account funds earned in 2017 have been committed.
    1. Please note this requirement does not apply to committing Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Reservation (CR) funds. Therefore, PJs may committed CR funds at any point in time prior to the expenditure deadline.

  5. Finally, if an activity is funded with both HOME Treasury account funds and local account funds, IDIS will require the local account funds to be fully disbursed before the Treasury account funds can be drawn down.
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YIMBYs: Friend, Foe, or Chaos Agent?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
In This Issue: After Redlining ● Medicaid Dollars for Housing? ● Closing the Divide Between Fair and Affordable Housing ● Are We Being Half-hearted About Fighting Segregation? ● YIMBYs: Friend, Foe, or Chaos Agent?● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce Health Fellow
The U.S. Health and Human Services secretary says his department is exploring ideas to pay for non-health services like housing and nutrition with Medicaid, but it’s unclear whether that would, or could, actually happen. Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
The relationship between pro-building “Yes in My Back Yard” activists, longtime housing advocates, and anti-displacement organizers varies across the country, but has often been fraught with difficulties. Is there a way forward? Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
The Regional Affordable & Fair Housing Roundtable pulled off something that has often been elusive—building enough trust between fair housing advocates and place-based community developers to... Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
This week: Carson’s HUD Does Something Really Good | Raising the Minimum Wage | Statewide Rent Control in Oregon | Airbnb's Real Impact On Housing Costs | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance
Though laws and practices like headrights and redlining are things of the past, they were among the building blocks of a systemic structure intentionally designed to aid some and debilitate others, and their repercussions are still being felt... Read Full Article
Josh Silver, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
When practitioners talk about revitalizing neighborhoods, they often have very different strategies in mind, and so there is no consensus among the disciplines about whether the approach is full-bore integration or revitalizing distressed neighborhoods, or a mix. This compilation of essays... Read Full Article
Thursday, February 28, 12 p.m EST | Communities at Risk: Understanding the Challenges Facing Middle Neighborhoods | Middle neighborhoods tend to get little attention, but they are increasingly under strain. In this webinar presented by the Center for Community Progress, Alan Mallach will introduce middle neighborhoods, discussing what they are, why they matter, and how they’re changing. Register here.

Thursday, March 7, 2 p.m EST | Responsible Demolition and Productive Land Reuse in Baltimore and Detroit | In this webinar, presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, learn how officials in Baltimore and Detroit have used environmentally responsible practices for demolishing structures in their efforts to address chronic vacancy, and have developed land-reuse strategies for productive and inclusive community change. To register: password communi. Learn more and register here.
Industry News
PLACE, a volunteer-led network of housing and community development practitioners, has become an affinity group within the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. PLACE had 183 member organizations in 46 states focused on community development practitioners. They join NCRC's grassroots network of 600 local organizations.

Terri Ludwig, who has been CEO of Enterprise Community Partners since 2010, left her role to join Ballmer Group as president of philanthropy. Laurel Blatchford, president of Enterprise, will be taking on the CEO role until successor is named.
Learn more about Build Healthy Places Network's recently released Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities for work across sectors in low-income communities to improve health and wellbeing. These principles are derived from a thematic review of mission statements and principles from 35 organizations representing the community development, health, academic, government, finance, and philanthropic sectors.
Climate Change, Health & Equity Initiative
The Kresge Foundation invites community-based, nonprofit organizations seeking to accelerate work at the intersection of climate change, health, and equity in urban, low-income communities in the U.S. to submit an application for the planning phase of the initiative community-based strategy. To learn more, visit here.

Knight Public Spaces Fellowship
From now until March 22, the Knight Foundation will be accepting nominations for leaders with an exemplary track record of crafting public spaces—trails, parks, plazas and streets—that create opportunities for connection and civic engagement. A small group of fellows will receive a share of up to $1 million in flexible resources to continue their work. For information or to nominate someone, visit here.
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Furman Center: Some really thought-provoking pieces in this month's @Shelterforce including a must-read breakdown of how housing markets work by @rjacobus via Twitter

Vince Slupski: This is a terrific article, deserves wide distribution! One missing element is a discussion of the role of filtering... Read more

Maya A. Brennan: Wow. @rjacobus wrote one of the best housing market explainers I've seen. Read it. Thank him and @Shelterforce via Twitter

James Demby: Really liked this @Shelterforce article, and I feel like I learned something. via Twitter

Stephen Larrick: So @Shelterforce is always , but this one is soo spot on. Puts straightforward language/argument to nuanced thoughts on housing policy (+politics) that I've been having. via Twitter

Dani Aiello: This is a MUST read for EVERYONE to understand why straight up supply is not the answer to our housing crisis. (And why filtering is not actually a given!!!) Thanks @rjacobus and @Shelterforce for dropping this clear and nuanced analysis it’s so timely. via Twitter

Daniel Herriges, StrongTowns: If you're interested in a deep dive into housing policy, and you haven't been reading Shelterforce's coverage of America's affordable-housing debate, you're missing out. The community-development blog consistently addresses a diverse mix of perspectives and doesn't settle for any side's easy answers or dogma. This piece by Miriam Axel-Lute on NIMBY vs. YIMBY is a really good longer read. Read more

Ryan Tanaka: Great post! Probably the most honest and accurate thing I’ve read in a while, honestly. I saw a need for the movement to make in-roads to other groups so I... Read more

Michael Lewyn: Very nuanced- one of the best things I’ve read on Shelterforce! Read more

Melissa McWhinney: Wow— thank you! Yes. This is the conversation that addresses what’s happening in my city, where we argue and argue about whether it’s best to allow developers to build high rises, ostensibly to meet demand and thereby reduce rents, or keep them out because if they build, everyone’s rent will go up... Read more

Kresge Arts&Culture: Thoughtful piece, "What we don't know about development and displacement" from @Shelterforce via Twitter

Jack Wegman: To me, there’s a specific way to form that anti-displacement-YIMBY coalition that the discussants were mentioning that we should talk about more... Read more

Supported Housing: Damn informative!! This is a great article, and something I think needs to be communicated more often. Mostly the people with developmental disabilities want to live on their own terms and... Read more

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