What the Latest Homelessness Data Tells Us

Exploring the Data: What the 2018 Homelessness Numbers Tell Us

To see how homelessness is changing across the country, the Alliance has been digging into the latest federal data. HUD's Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) provides key insights on areas of progress and evidence of mounting challenges.

Top Takeaways

Alliance expert Joy Moses analyzed the AHAR report — along with the latest research on housing. Here's what we learned:
  1. Communities nationwide have made progress with key populations, including families, veterans, and chronically homeless individuals.
  2. Despite this progress, homeless individuals make up two-thirds of the homeless population.
  3. Lack of affordable housing is a key driver of homelessness.
  4. Successful communities remain focused on implementing best practices and building more effective systems.

Coming Up Short for Individuals

Over the last five years, the number of unsheltered homeless individuals has grown by 18%. But across America, providers only have enough year-round beds to serve 52% of all homeless individuals.

Bed availability varies greatly from one state to the next. A new Alliance resource allows users to view the bed inventories in their state, and see if they have sufficient capacity for their needs.

Read more from Coming Up Short for Individuals: Why Bed Counts Make a Difference

Racial Disparities Persist

The 2018 data tells us something we all should know by now: African Americans are glaringly overrepresented within the homelessness system. As we work to build awareness around this crisis, Alliance expects to explore our own role in addressing racial inequity within the homelessness system.

Read more from Racial Disparities in the Homeless System: Moving Forward

Family Homelessness: Progress and Challenges

Between 2013 and 2018, overall family homelessness went down 21%. Unsheltered family homelessness declined by more than 50%. Still, nearly 5,000 families remain unsheltered.

As communities work to reduce the number of homeless families to zero, this post offers key questions that every community with unsheltered families or shelter waitlists should consider.

Read more from Progress Report: What Does the AHAR Tell Us About Family Homelessness?

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HUD Awards Over $200 Million for New FY 2018 CoC Projects

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HUD Awards Over $200 Million for New FY 2018 CoC Projects
HUD awarded over $200 million for over 900 new homelessness programs across the U.S. and its territories. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This final announcement includes FY 2018 awards for all new, CoC planning, and Unified Funding Agency (UFA) costs projects. These awards also include new projects being awarded with Domestic Violence Bonus (DV Bonus) funding. HUD has now announced all FY 2018 CoC Awards.
Note: This announcement follows HUD’s January 26, 2019 announcement that nearly $2 billion was awarded to renew more than 5,800 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and its territories. The January 26 announcement included FY 2018 awards for all renewal projects and projects that applied for transition grants.
Appeals of an award determination must be submitted to HUD by 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, March 25, 2019. See Section X of the FY 2018 NOFA for more details.
For questions relating to this announcement, a recipient or Collaborative Applicant should send a message through HUD’s Ask a Question (AAQ) portal.
We deeply appreciate your work to end homelessness.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Homefront: Collaboration and Integration is Strategic

In this Newsletter
Charting our Course Forward
Indiana Institute is Program of the Year
$500M Bay Area Housing Fund 
Denver's Rising Star in Housing
Innovation Corner: Tool ID's Frequent Users 
Housing Reboot to Improve Health
Seeking MSW Interns in LA
Excellence in Leadership: Driving Change Training
Housing + Substance Use Recovery Webinar
Intro to Supportive Housing Finance Training
Professional Development Made Easy
The Early Bird Gets the Summit Discount

New opportunities for full-time positions and internships at CSH!

Read  Where CSH is Making News

Charting our Course Forward

Through our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, CSH is refocusing our work with supportive housing to be more than a model, a new building, another lease, or a singular reduction in a homeless count. With Scaling Supportive Housing through Systems Integration, we are advancing supportive housing as an approach for change that: leans in to address the root causes of inequity; breaks down silos; creates smarter and better-integrated systems; and builds more resilient communities. We are calling for true integration of housing and services through a multi-sector approach that levels the playing field for people who have traditionally lacked opportunity and access.

Indiana Institute is Program of the Year

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and CSH were honored with the Key Award for Program of the Year by Prosperity Indiana for the annual Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. With the 2019 class, IHCDA and CSH are celebrating 10 years of the Institute, which has graduated over 50 teams. "The honor goes to the supportive housing providers and partners that have leveraged their Institute experience to create hundreds of stable homes for people who were once struggling on our streets, and facing problems exacerbating their homelessness," said Lori Phillips-Steele, Director of CSH initiatives in Indiana. 

$500M Bay Area Housing Fund 

Community and faith leaders, housing advocates, business leaders, and philanthropists launched a regional public-private housing partnership that will build one of the country's largest investment funds to address the affordable housing crisis in the Northern California Bay Area. The Partnership for the Bay's Future aims to solve the interconnected challenges of housing, transportation, and economic opportunity. CSH is will participate in the Investment Fund along with LISC and Capital Impact Partners. "What excites us about The Partnership for the Bay's Future is the effort to make sure vulnerable people, often at the lowest end of the income scale, are included in this larger affordable housing initiative," said Brigitt Jandreau, CSH Chief Lending Officer.

Denver's Rising Star in Housing

Standing out in the crowd is what CSH staff do. So it's no surprise that Katie Bonamasso, our Program Manager in Denver, made the list of Denverite's Who's Next: Housing, a list of "people starting to make waves in all areas of housing." Katie has been coordinating the Social Impact Bond Pay for Success initiative in Denver, ensuring 250 people find the housing and services they need to thrive. When asked, "what's on the docket for 2019?"  Katie responded, "Just continuing to do good work."

Innovation Corner: Tool ID's Frequent Users

CSH partnered with the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago to develop a web-based, data-integration tool to establish prioritization criteria for supportive housing. The tool linked personal records from the Justice System and Homeless Management Information System to identify individuals who accessed each system, the number of times they did so and for how long. Three communities participating in our Pay for Success initiative utilized the tool looking to make the case for investment in FUSE supportive housing initiatives. You can dive into our Multi-System Data Links analysis by clicking here

Housing Reboot to Improve Health

The NHP Foundation recently joined forces with CSH to call for fresh ways to use housing and health partnerships to bring about significant changes for those in need, including innovative approaches to funding and services. Affordable housing and healthcare leaders are coming together to combine safe, clean, secure housing with improved mental and physical healthcare services. You can learn more about what developers and providers are saying, thinking and exploring by clicking here.

Seeking MSW Interns in Los Angeles

CSH is seeking additional Master of Social Work (MSW) student interns for placement with homeless services and supportive housing providers in Los Angeles County. Our MSW Internship program is designed to create an expanded talent pool to meet the growing need for experienced staff across the services sector in LA. Our staff will be at internship placement fairs held this month at six participating universities: Azusa Pacific University, University of California – Los Angeles, University of Southern California, California State University – Dominguez Hills, Long Beach and Northridge. Interested MSW students can find out more and when will be on your campus by clicking here

Excellence in Leadership: Driving Change

Leading change is hard; driving change is even more difficult. Leaders within the HUD Continuum of Care structure have the difficult and important job of managing, evaluating, and overseeing projects while articulating high-level vision and goals that may require change. We get it, and we're here to help. CSH's newest course, Excellence in Leadership: Driving Change is specifically designed with Continuum of Care staff, board and leaders in mind to maximize their potential to drive purposeful change in their communities. This course begins on February 27 and seats are limited. See more course details and reserve your seat today by clicking here.

Housing + Substance Use Recovery

CSH is offering a free series aimed at bringing together supportive housing and homeless services providers and other systems to work more effectively with people who use substances, including opioids. The webinar series begins Wednesday, February 20 at 1:30 pm ET with Addiction Services 101: Recovery Support Services, Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT, and Addiction Treatment. This free webinar will consider ways to create links between systems, how to encourage new resources targeted to the most vulnerable in your community, information needed to create partnerships to increase supportive housing capacity and examine the differences between Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. You can register for this webinar by clicking here.

Intro to Supportive Housing Financing

Supportive housing budgets are a critical part of any project planning cycle and funding submission. Our new course, Introduction to Supportive Housing Budgeting & Financing, will teach participants the key considerations when it comes to creating a comprehensive and sustainable supportive housing project budget. After taking this course, participants will have the tools and knowledge to assemble a budget and seek supportive housing funding. This course is perfect for developers and/or project managers new to supportive housing. 

Professional Development Made Easy

Join our subscriber community for exclusive and tailored training, materials, coaching and much more. The CSH All-in-One Subscription Package advances your professional development and grows your network connections. Not only do you get comprehensive training on quality affordable and supportive housing and services, the CSH All-in-One Subscription also gives you access to far-reaching national learning communities; direct communication with experts at CSH to support your specific work and exclusive previews of reports and other materials.  Sign up today for our All-in-One Subscription Package or reach out to us at training@csh.org for a group rate.

The Early Bird Gets the Summit Discount

Our traditional Early-Bird Registration is now open for next year's CSH Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, where participants will gather from April 30 through May 2. You now have the opportunity to seize a rate much lower than the full Summit registration fee. This price cut is good only through March 1, 2019, when our traditional Early Bird registration will end and the cost of attending Summit goes up. Do not delay. Get your low Summit 2019 Early-Bird rate of $575 today before registration jumps to the full price.

SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Holds SOAR for Children Leadership Academy

Plus, a success story from Austin, Texas
Plus, a success story from Austin, Texas
2019 SAMHSA SOAR February E-News
Map with dots showing the six awardees of the 2019 Criminal Justice Technical Assistance Awards

2019 SAMHSA SOAR Criminal Justice Technical Assistance Awards

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is proud to announce the third round of recipients of the 2019 SOAR Criminal Justice Technical Assistance Awards! Six agencies were awarded support from the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center to develop SOAR implementation plans in criminal justice settings. The awards focused exclusively on criminal justice (CJ) settings and agencies that provide services to people with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders who are justice involved. Through this award, recipients will be able to improve their efforts in connecting individuals leaving correctional facilities to needed resources.
As part of the award, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center will facilitate a full-day, on-site implementation meeting with key stakeholders and agency leads. Meeting time will be used to review the existing barriers, assess the resources of the participating stakeholders, and identify opportunities to strengthen and support SOAR efforts to complete applications for eligible individuals. Implementation meetings for each agency will be held by June 28, 2019.
The six 2019 SAMHSA SOAR CJ TA awardees are:
  1. California Department of State Hospitals (Coalinga, California)
  2. Riverside University Health System in collaboration with Riverside County Jail (Riverside, California)
  3. Legal Council for Health Justice in collaboration with Cook County Department of Corrections (Chicago, Illinois)
  4. Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  5. Second Chance Reentry (Hempstead, New York)
  6. Chattanooga City Hamilton County Mental Health Court (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

From coast to coast we are happy to support these agencies in their efforts to provide individuals with access to benefits in pre-release plans in order to promote post-release success. Congratulations!
Child Leadership Academy Graduates

SAMHSA SOAR for Children Leadership Academy Recap

On January 8-10, 2019, the SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center facilitated a SOAR for Children Leadership Academy in Washington, DC. Kristin Lupfer (first from left, front row), Jen Elder (first from right, second row), and Pam Heine (third from left, third row) of the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center facilitated the training. There were 29 participants representing 26 states (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, KS, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WY). The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center thanks our participants for their enthusiastic contributions throughout the training. The October 2018 release of the Child Curriculum not only fulfills a need expressed by the SOAR community but will also be an instrumental tool in getting us close to ending youth and family homelessness.
Are you a provider who serves children and youth? Then check out our newly launched SOAR Online Course: Child Curriculum!

Spotlight on Collaboration in California: SOAR and the Housing and Disability Advocacy Program

In late 2017, the California State Budget Act appropriated over $43 million to the Department of Social Services to fund the Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) for 3 years. HDAP is a county-administered program that assists individuals experiencing homelessness who have a disability. HDAP requires that counties provide outreach, case management, disability benefits advocacy, and housing assistance. Thirty-nine counties throughout the state of California received HDAP funding and the SOAR model was incorporated into many counties' funding proposals. Today, 27 HDAP funded counties have at least 1 SOAR-trained staff member. Over the next year, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center looks forward to receiving outcomes, success stories, and continuing to engage these communities!

Sharing Our Successes

SOARing Home in Austin, Texas

Lauren Gore of Caritas of Austin in Austin, Texas wrote in to share this incredible success story:
Last summer I assisted a gentleman who had been experiencing chronic homelessness for much of his adult life and was very unwell at the time of intake. He had struggled with substance use since age 13 in an attempt to self-manage his mental health struggles and various traumas. The gentleman had just been discharged from the hospital after a serious, life-threatening medical event. Further, he was largely socially isolated and had little social supports or contact with his remaining family members. Now, 7 months later, thanks to the SOAR model and the help of a rapid rehousing program, he is stably housed, has Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and is happy, healthy, and sober for the first time in his adult life. Even better, the SOAR process had a hand in reuniting him with family members after they were contacted to provide information for his Medical Summary Report. Today, the gentleman is in close contact with these family members and they are a huge source of support in his life. Without the SOAR process to aid in painting a complete picture for the Disability Determination Services, he would likely have been denied the disability benefits he so desperately needed to get back on his feet, and remaining stably housed would have presented a much more significant challenge. 
Submit Your SOAR Successes

Reconsideration Update

As reported in the January 2019 SOAR eNews, beginning January 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reinstated reconsideration to some states that had participated in the Disability Redesign Prototype and did not have a reconsideration level of appeal. 
Five states reinstituted reconsideration on January 1, 2019 (California [Los Angeles North and Los Angeles West], Colorado, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and New York). Reconsideration is scheduled to be reinstituted in Pennsylvania on April 1, 2019. Alabama and Michigan are scheduled to start reconsideration on October 1, 2019; Missouri on January 1, 2020; and Alaska on March 1, 2020. SSA will phase in reconsideration to all states over the next 2 years. 
If you are a SOAR provider in 1 of the 10 pilot states who would like more information on the reconsideration process and rollout status, please contact your SOAR State and Local Leads, or your SAMHSA SOAR TA Center Liaison. Of course, don't forget to check out the SOAR Online Course, where you'll learn more about reconsideration and how using the SOAR model with appeals is effective!  


SOAR Webinar: Introducing SOAR for Children

February 21, 2019; 3:00 p.m. ET
On this webinar, to be held on Thursday, February 21, 3:00 pm ET, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center will share new tools and resources for completing child SSI applications, including the new SOAR Online Course: Child Curriculum. SOAR Leaders will discuss their strategies and plans for implementing SOAR for Children initiatives in their communities.
Register for the Webinar

SOARing Over Lunch Conference Calls

March 12, 2019; 1:00 p.m. ET
The next SOARing Over Lunch Conference Call will take place March 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET! The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center hosts this series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Participants can join to ask about any SOAR-related question they may have. 
Add SOARing Over Lunch to Your Calendar

Partner Updates

Youth MOVE National Resource: Community Youth Resource Mapping

Community youth resource mapping is a process that identifies what resources and opportunities are available to youth in a community. Mapping also identifies current community needs. This can be done by canvassing resources within the community at local agencies, organizations, businesses, and other establishments to determine what is offered and at what capacity. When community resource mapping is youth-driven, the resulting map reflects both the resources available and the resources that youth choose to access and utilize.
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