Posted by akelly on September 30, 2016
Posted by akelly on September 14, 2016
The Out-Wayne County Homeless Services Coalition’s 2016 HUD NOFA has been successfully submitted via esnaps. Many thanks to AppelWorks, CoC members and project applicants who contributed to this monumental task and accomplishment. We anticipate that HUD will publish the results of the competition before the end of December 2016.
Posted by admin on September 12, 2016
This post includes drafts of the FY2016 HUD Homeless NOFA Response and Priority List from the Out-Wayne CoC and are posted consistent with the requirements of the HUD FY2016 NOFA. Any comments should be sent to Mitch Blum-Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Michael Appel at email@example.com
Posted by akelly on September 6, 2016
Please review this proposed agenda for Thursday’s upcoming meeting
Posted by akelly on August 24, 2016
The 2016 HUD applications are due in e-snaps by 5 pm on Thursday, August 25.
Posted by akelly on August 23, 2016
Housing First is a proven approach in which all people experiencing homeless are believed to be housing ready and are provided with permanent housing immediately and with few to no preconditions, behavioral contingencies, or barriers. Effectively implementing a Housing First approach involves prioritizing people with the highest needs and vulnerabilities, engaging more landlords and property owners, and making our projects client-centered spaces without barriers to entering and remaining in the project.
This Competition Focus message provides information and resources to help Continuums of Care (CoCs) and stakeholders understand the FY 2016 policy priority of using a Housing First approach.
Adopt Client-Centered Service Methods
At its core, a Housing First approach should start where the program participant is and should ensure that individuals and families are provided with housing choices and with access to voluntary supportive services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual or family presenting for services and that will assist program participants achieve their goals. The services offered should be determined through a collaborative process with the program participant and should focus on the program participant’s preferences and goals. Because of this, the supportive services offered will likely change over time as the preferences and goals of the program participant change; however, program participants should not be required to participate in services and cannot be required to participate in disability-related services. See the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Person- and Family-centered Care and Peer Support webpage for more information and resources about adopting client-centered service methods.
Remove Barriers to Entry
Systems and projects following a Housing First model should have minimal barriers to entering those projects. CoCs should review project-level eligibility criteria for all projects within the CoC and work with the recipients to remove any barriers to accessing housing and services. For example, persons experiencing homelessness should not be screened out of or discouraged from participating in programs because they have poor credit history, or lack income or employment. Additionally, people with addictions to alcohol or substances should not be required to cease active use before accessing housing and services. See HUD’s Coordinated Entry Policy Brief for more information on how coordinated entry processes can help remove barriers at a system level as well.
The Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) released a Policy Brief in 2015 reporting on the Family Options Study—a long-term, multi-site, experimental study that demonstrated that requiring additional eligibility criteria beyond the statutory or regulatory requirements does not increase the success of programs. The study highlighted that permanent housing like Public Housing, vouchers, and Rapid Re-housing (RRH) have lower barriers to entry, whereas transitional housing programs often place additional barriers to receiving housing and services, and these additional eligibility criteria did not result in fewer returns to homelessness or better family well-being outcomes.
In a recent In Focus message, we also discussed recovery housing programs and how some programs have successfully implemented Housing First principles. For instance, Ed Blackburn from Central City Concern discusses in a guest bloghow recovery housing works within a Housing First model. The key elements include ensuring that entry into the program is not predicated on a set amount of clean time, strict income requirements, background checks, or other barriers, and ensuring that drug or alcohol relapse does not necessarily mean eviction from the program. Relapse management takes into account the realities of addiction and ensures that clients are held accountable within a framework that allows for mistakes along the way.
Engage Landlords and Property Owners
In order to ensure units are readily available for program participants, CoCs and providers should be identifying and recruiting landlords of units in the geographic area so that when an individual or family needs housing, potential units that those individuals or families may choose from have already been identified, speeding up the housing process. Landlord engagement can be undertaken by each homeless assistance provider or consolidated so that one or a few organizations engage landlords on behalf of many providers.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has posted a number of resources to help providers and CoCs effectively engage landlords. Check out their listing of resources, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama’s video encouraging landlords and property owners to get involved in ending Veteran homelessness.
Use Data to Quickly and Stably House Homeless Persons
Programs that use a Housing First approach should be moving individuals and families quickly into permanent housing. CoCs can measure quality of housing first approaches by evaluating the length of time it takes for programs to move households into permanent housing.
CoCs can get an overall sense of how quickly the entire system moves households into permanent housing by analyzingMeasure 1 of HUD’s System Performance Measures. If the CoC is going to truly lower the average length of time homeless across the system, the CoC and individual providers will have to focus on those who have been homeless the longest periods of time. These individuals and families typically have high vulnerabilities and service needs, and also may have characteristics, such as substance use disorders, criminal records, or resistance to services, that result in their being screened out of other programs.
Strong evidence, such as the recently published Housing First Fact Sheet from the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s (CSH) NYC FUSE Evaluation: Decreasing Costs and Ending Homelessness, shows that people with long histories of homelessness and chronic disabilities who were served in permanent supportive housing using a Housing First approach has shown a number of positive outcomes, including significant declines in homelessness, arrests, hospitalization, and emergency room visits as well as declines in the public costs of shelter, corrections, and health care.
What You Can Do to Evaluate Your Program(s)
Our partners at USICH created a useful Housing First Checklist: A Practical Tool for Assessing Housing First in Practice. We encourage providers to use the checklist to evaluate whether you are using a Housing First approach.
Take this opportunity to evaluate your project, and reflect on whether you have adopted client-centered service methods. Ask yourself:
- Does my project rely on predetermined goals that all clients must meet?
- Does my project require participation in services?
- Does my project evict clients for use of alcohol or drugs without opportunity for managing a relapse?
- Does my project evict clients for non-payment of rent without an opportunity for repayment plans or interventions to assist clients to pay on time?
If you answer “yes” to these questions, your project should take steps to improve your implementation of Housing First.
We encourage CoCs and providers to share these resources among community partners and utilize them to continue the work of implementing Housing First practices. With your commitment and support, we will end homelessness for those with the highest vulnerabilities and service needs.
Norm Suchar and Abby Miller
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
- Housing First in Permanent Supportive Housing Brief
- Family Options Study
- How Data is Ending Chronic Homelessness in Maine
- VA-PSH Guidebook
- Community Policing Dispatch – Policing and Approaches to Street Homelessness
- Washington Post – “Housing First” Approach Works for Homeless, Study Says
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The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) has been posted to the YHDP page on the HUD Exchange.
Submission Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM EDT
- YHDP is an exciting new initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in 10 participating communities (4 will be rural).
- HUD strongly encourages all communities to consider applying. Applications will be submitted throughgrants.gov (and not through e-snaps).
- Carefully and thoroughly read the YHDP NOFA to clearly understand the program expectations, requirements, rating and ranking factors before applying.
- This application is for your community’s participation in the initiative only. Project funding applications will only be submitted by communities selected to participate.
- Participate in the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) webinar HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: Strategies for Success on September 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM EDT.Register for the webinar.
- This application must be submitted by a community’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicant, but must be co-developed with a broad array of community partners, including a youth advisory board*, a state or local child welfare agency*, youth homelessness housing and service providers, local schools districts, workforce development organizations, law enforcement, judges, corrections, and more.
*formal participation agreement required.
- Links to the NOFA, the application, FAQs, the AAQ portal, an introductory video, and additional resources can found on the YHDP page.
All information related to the YHDP NOFA 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 primary 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to add email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If you have questions concerning technical issues or the content of the YHDP NOFA, please submit them to the CoC ProgramAsk A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website.Make sure that the text of your question includes “YHDP” so that it will be appropriately routed to the YHDP team. To submit a question to the CoC ProgramAAQ 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 PMEastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, starting 2 business days prior to the application deadline, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline ofMonday, November 28, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM EDT.
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Posted by akelly on August 19, 2016
Here are the links for the Spirit of Achievement & Champion of the Cause Nomination Forms: