PA DCED HOME Application Kit Webinar

A webinar will be conducted by DCED’s HOME Program staff, specific to the new DCED HOME Application Kit, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1:30pm.

Grantees must register for this online webinar using the information provided below. The webinar is mandatory for any municipal applicant/grantee planning to apply to DCED for the next available round of DCED HOME funding.

Dates for the release of the HOME application kit, application submission deadlines and other HOME application requirements will be shared during this mandatory DCED HOME Application webinar.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your HOME Program Grant Manager.

Topic: HOME Application Kit Webinar
Host: DCED, Center for Community Development Operations
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 1:30pm EDT
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To register for the online event
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1. Go to https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb7eb86b9ee231887b208fb9c9b4d57c3

  1. Click “Register”.
  2. On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”.Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.
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    For assistance
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    You can contact Jon Cherry at:
    jcherry@pa.gov

Centers for Community Development Operations and Compliance, Monitoring and Training
PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Commonwealth Keystone Building

400 North Street, 4th Floor | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Phone: 717-787-5327

dced.pa.gov | www.visitPA.com

2017 Emergency Solutions Grant Application is Now Closed as of 10/24/2017

The FY2017 PA DCED ESG Application is now closed. The application submission deadline was October 24, 2017.  For future grants, please visit the DCED website to apply @ https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-esg/

or click here to apply.  

The application webinar held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 will be made available shortly for review @ https://pennsylvaniacoc.org/esg under the webinar section.

SNAPS In Focus: Improving our Crisis Response System

 

Two years ago, we started seeing signs in our data that progress on ending chronic homelessness was slowing, and unsheltered homelessness was rising in many communities. In 2016, for the first time since 2010, we reported an increase nationally in unsheltered homelessness – largely driven by low vacancy rates and high costs for rental housing in major cities across the country. Along with these alarming signs, we are hearing from you – our community partners and experts – about struggles addressing encampments; increased opioid use, misuse, and overdoses; and increased demand for shelter.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) hosted a convening to learn more about what is working and what gaps need to be filled with regard to emergency shelter across the country. While this was a good start, we have heard from you that we need more discussion and better tools to improve crisis response systems to more efficiently and effectively help people exit unsheltered homelessness and put them on quick paths to permanent and stable housing. Today’s In Focus message kicks off a series of messages we will release about improving our crisis response systems. We plan to address the following topics:

  • Implementing an effective street outreach strategy that is not only designed to engage people experiencing unsheltered homelessness – including those living in encampments – but to connect them directly to resources that can assist them to obtain permanent housing;
  • Right-sizing shelter and crisis housing resources to meet the need, designed with low-barriers to entry and to connect people to permanent housing as quickly as possible;
  • Working with institutions and systems of care like child welfare, hospitals, detox centers, and juvenile and criminal justice on in-reach strategies and discharge planning practices that prevent homelessness;
  • Implementing diversion strategies to help people identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and preventing homelessness whenever possible; and
  • Strategically targeting rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing resources and using them in conjunction with innovations in these other areas to house people as quickly as possible.

Many partners will have to work together to accomplish these goals, including homeless service providers, mainstream programs, faith-based organizations, affordable housing developers and providers, public and private funders, local businesses, and political leadership. It will involve a robust Coordinated Entry process to ensure that every community’s system is both responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness, can quickly connect people to permanent housing and needed services, and that resources are being used as efficiently as possible.

We at HUD and our federal partners are committed to working with communities to find real solutions and strategies to getting people off the street, even in challenging environments. We look forward to partnering with you, and we want to hear from communities about what is working and what isn’t so we can adjust our policies and funding strategies as needed. We will communicate ideas, strategies, and progress as we go, so that together we can connect people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Norm Suchar
Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

View SNAPS In Focus messages

Download this SNAPS In Focus: Improving our Crisis Response System

From Our Federal Partners: Engaging Individuals who have Experienced Chronic Homelessness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) invites you to attend a panel discussion on how recovery happens even for people who have spent most of their lives without housing.

How can I reach someone who seems unaware that help is possible? How can I assist someone to set meaningful goals when they say that they have given up? If you have considered any of these questions then this webinar is for you! Our expert presenters will discuss:

  • Motivational Interviewing and techniques to meet people where they are.
  • How to apply harm reduction principles with Housing First through crisis housing.
  • Housing individuals with active substance abuse and psychiatric conditions.
  • Collaborations that can improve housing stability and whole health.
  • How integrated health, behavioral health, and housing services using Housing First can improve a person’s housing stability and wellbeing.

Susan Pfefferle, Ph.D., from Abt Associates, will moderate presentations and discussion among:

  • Pat Tucker, MBA, MA, Advocates for Human Potential
  • Frances E. Isbell, MA, CEO, Healthcare for the Homeless Houston
  • Cathy Crouch, Executive Vice President, SEARCH Housing Services
  • Daniel Malone, MPH, Executive Director, Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC)

Webinar Details:

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Register Now!

This webinar is the third in HHRN’s Outreach and Engagement: Evidence-based Practices that Promote Recovery and Resilience.

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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