HWR Scholarship Opportunities Sponsored by DCED for Balance of State Communities

We are pleased to announce the PA Department of Community and Economic Development will provide scholarships to members working for organizations and agencies that serve the PA CoC Balance of State counties working to prevent and end homelessness. The Balance of State covers 53 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  This includes 33 counties that are part of the Eastern PA CoC and 20 counties in the Western PA CoC.  Click here to see counties included.

Apply today for a scholarship to join nearly 800 housing professionals as we network with our peers and learn the latest news in best practices in the housing industry.  We again open the conference with affinity lunches followed by a day full of sessions and then finish with affinity dinners.

Please click here to access the application.

Once approved we will forward you the registration link. The deadline for consideration is Friday, October 27th.

Visit our updated HWR conference website for complete program information and to learn more.

Special Homelessness Session Highlights:

  • Homeless Affinity Day featuring a lunch panel on Coordinated Entry as well as dinner panel addressing Ending Family and Youth Homelessness
  • Workshop Sessions on Collaborations to Improve Outcomes for Homeless Youth, Housing First, Rapid Rehousing, Landlord Engagement, and more…

Please feel free to call the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania at 215-576-7044 if you have any questions.

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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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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    You can contact Jon Cherry at:
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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

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

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Download this SNAPS In Focus: Improving our Crisis Response System

The FY 2017 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT

The electronic application in e-snaps will be available on or after next Tuesday, July 18, 2017. HUD strongly encourages CoCs, Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, and stakeholders to:

  • Carefully and thoroughly read the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA to understand the information; and
  • Begin to plan local competitions based on information, new and changed from the previous Competition, provided in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA.

Additionally, so that CoCs know their maximum award amounts, including amounts for planning and Permanent Housing Bonus, HUD has posted the Estimated Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) Report that includes each CoC’s Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN), estimated ARD, CoC Planning, and Permanent Housing Bonus amounts.

What’s New and Special Considerations for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition

The list below highlights some important information about what has changed, what is new, and special considerations that CoCs should make while planning for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive and additional details are located in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA. A full list of new, changed, and highlighted information can be found on the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page.

  • Tier 1 is 94 percent of the CoC’s ARD amount.
  • The amount available for the Permanent Housing Bonus is 6 percent of the CoC’s Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN).
  • Renewal project applicants may submit their renewal project applications with no changes. We strongly encourage you wait to access e-snaps to complete your renewal project application until the FY 2017 Renewal Project Application Detailed Instructions are posted on the HUD Exchange so you can determine if you want to take advantage of this new function.
  • HUD has made several changes to the eligibility requirements for permanent housing, permanent supportive housing, and rapid rehousing. Applicants should carefully read the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA regarding these changes.
  • Most of the mandatory HUD form attachments have been moved to e-snaps as fillable forms that only require a checkbox certification with the project applicant’s authorized representative information. The only HUD required form that remains an attachment is the HUD-2991, Certification of Consistency with the Consolidated Plan, and it must be attached by the Collaborative Applicant to the FY 2017 CoC Priority Listing.
  • Tier 2 project-level scoring has been revised to include only three criteria – CoC Application score, ranked position of the project application in Tier 2, and the project application’s commitment to Housing First. The type of project has been removed as a Tier 2 scoring criteria.
  • System Performance Measurement information will be largely scored on data submitted by the CoC to the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX), although CoCs will be required to attach the FY 2017 Competition Report to their CoC Application in e-snaps.
  • The local ranking process continues to be crucial to making the CoC Program as effective as possible. CoCs should use objective, performance-based criteria to rate projects and should consider both the need to serve particular populations of people experiencing homelessness (for example, survivors of domestic violence, youth, and persons with substance use disorders) and the effectiveness of their projects in reducing homelessness.
  • All applicants must have a current HUD-approved Code of Conduct. Most organizations’ Codes of Conduct were removed from HUD’s website in early 2017, as they did not meet the requirements of 2 CFR part 200, and the organizations were notified by another HUD office that a new Code of Conduct must be submitted. Be sure to review the Code of Conduct for HUD Grant Programs page on HUD’s website to ensure your organization is listed which means you have submitted an approved Code of Conduct. If you do not see your organization on the list, be sure to attach a current and complete Code of Conduct to your Project Applicant Profile in e-snaps.

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.

If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.

If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox, please contact info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.

Questions

During the competition, it is critical that questions are submitted to the correct Ask A Question (AAQ) portal.

Questions pertaining to the CoC Program Competition should be submitted to the e-snaps portal. These questions include e-snaps technical issues; questions about the NOFA, CoC Application, CoC Priority Listings, or Project Applications; and questions about grant awards, agreements, or amendments.

To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2017 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT.

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.

IMPORTANT REMINDER… Job Corp Outreach 1

Hello Partners:

HUD and the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) are working collaboratively to ensure that HUD providers are aware of the education and workforce training opportunities potentially available to your clients, especially in the Office of Job Corps. Please join us for an informational webinar on the Job Corps Program and how it could provide additional resources or augment existing services for your organization to benefit the clients you serve. This will be the first of three webinars on opportunities available to different target audiences – youth and adult. The information on the first webinar is below.

Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for young people ages 16 through 24.  Students can earn a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, or college credits through Job Corps.  Job Corp also offers career technical training in more than 100 career areas. Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, training, and preparation for a career, all at no cost. Additionally, for up to 21 months after graduation, a career transition counselor will help your student make the transition from Job Corps into the real world.

To find out if your clients may qualify for Job Corps, or to get more information about our program or help a client apply for enrollment, please click on the link here https://recruiting.jobcorps.gov/.  For specific information about the Philadelphia Job Corps Center you can go to http://philadelphia.jobcorps.gov/about.aspx

HUD ETA Job Corps Coordination Project
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
10:00 am | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 2 hrs
Meeting number: 642 118 429
Meeting password: FbKqCW*7

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Register Now: Requirements for Coordinated Entry Systems Webinar – March 2017

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a series of webinars for Continuums of Care (CoCs) and recipients of CoC Program and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program funding to educate participants about the components of the Notice Establishing Additional Requirements for Continuum of Care Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System. This webinar will connect the dots across all of HUD’s Coordinated Entry requirements and recommendations, help communities understand the requirements, and what steps a community should consider to evaluate and ensure compliance. Participants will be introduced to HUD’s Technical Assistance (TA) materials to aid their compliance efforts, including a checklist of essential elements assessment tool (available on the HUD Exchange).

Webinar Dates:

Date: Time: Registration Link:
Monday, March 20, 2017 1:00–2:30 PM EDT Register Now
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:00–3:30 PM EDT Register Now
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:00–2:30 PM EDT Register Now

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required. Content will not vary across sessions.

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