Housing First Training Materials

Housing First 101 Training

The nuts & bolts of implementing a Housing First program.  Materials include an in-depth discussion covering both program operations and the work done directly with clients.

Who should review materials?

All CoC-funded projects are required to have attend this training session. Each project is encouraged to have the program directors and caseworkers to review this training.

Definition of Housing First,

A best practice that quickly moves people experiencing homelessness into independent permanent housing and additional supports as needed. This philosophy is supported by the Eastern & Western PA CoCs and both CoCs have existing policies requiring the use of Housing First practices.

Housing First Training Resources and Materials

 

New Resources Available for Understanding Chronic Homelessness in Your CoC’s HMIS

HUD has developed a new series of three webinars to assist Continuums of Care (CoCs) and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Agencies understand how HMIS can be used to assist in identifying people who are experiencing chronic homelessness. The first of these three webinars is posted for your viewing, followed in three weeks by the “documentation” webinar, and in six weeks by the “reporting” webinar.

Each brief video recording will provide detailed information about one of the following topics:

  • Available now: Capturing information about a client’s living situation in HMIS needed to calculate their chronic homeless status. Every HMIS-participating project has to record clients’ living situation and disability status in HMIS at project entry based on information the client shares. This webinar assists HMIS Lead agencies and users understand how to navigate the relevant data elements in HMIS.

 

  • Coming Soon: Using HMIS to document a client’s chronic homeless status for eligibility purposes. This is achieved by looking at a client’s entries and exits in HMIS, rather than the self-reported data collected at each project entry. This webinar will provide information to HMIS Lead agencies and users about the types of information needed from a client’s HMIS record to serve as documentation of their time on the streets, in an emergency shelter, or in a safe haven.

 

  • Coming Soon: Reporting on chronic homelessness combines these two concepts by looking at self-reported data and enrollment histories for each client to generate reports on the people experiencing chronic homelessness in your CoC. This webinar will describe how information from an HMIS record is used to determine chronic homeless status and how those results can be supplemented for local planning purposes.

Visit the Chronic Homelessness page on the HUD Exchange to access these webinars and more resources related to chronic homelessness.

Questions about the use of HMIS as it relates to chronic homelessness?

If you have questions about the content of this web series, please submit them through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select HMIS Reporting System in the “My question is related to” dropdown.

2016 CoC Dashboard Reports Now Posted

HUD has posted the 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Dashboard Reports on the HUD Exchange.
These reports show maps of claimed geography and geographic coverage changes from previous program years as well as graphic summaries of each CoC’s total award by component types, renewal types, and awarded amounts. The reports also contain graphics depicting data from the Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC), which provide a quick overview of a CoC’s performance in serving homeless individuals with their CoC awards.

CoC Training: Webinars February 2016 to June 2016

Please join us for a series of webinars for the Eastern & Western PA Balance of State Continuums of Care

CoC Webinars Feb – June 2016

FEBRUARY – MAY webinars will focus on HUD requirements of CoC-funded projects.

  • Webinars are open to all members and participants in the Eastern & Western PA Continuums of Care.
  • *CoC-funded organizations are required to participate in the 4 webinars being conducted from February through May, either during the “live” webinar or by accessing the recorded webinar to be made available online shortly after each webinar.

The JUNE webinar will focus on the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) program. SOAR is considered to be a best practice for increasing access to disability income benefits.

REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR EACH WEBINAR. (Registration link forthcoming.)

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