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VA announces awards of more than $400M in grants to help Veterans

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will continue to get the crucial services they need thanks to more than 400m in grants awarded under the VA’s SSVF program.

On August 1 the VA announced upcoming awards of more than $400M in grants to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
 

The grants enable thousands of low-income Veterans and their eligible family members to have access to crucial homelessness services as a result of $426 million in grants to be awarded under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ SSVF Program.

The grants will be awarded to 271 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A list of applicants who will be awarded grants is available at http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.

This funding includes $62 million in new SSVF awards that support outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or prevent Veterans from becoming homeless.

Many thanks to NCHV Member Organizations that participated in advocacy initiatives to ensure sufficient SSVF funding was a Congressional priority. Because of your tireless advocacy, more veterans will exit homelessness.
 

To read the full announcement and view related materials click here.


From Our Federal Partners: Demonstrating the Impact of Supportive Housing Webinar – August 7, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is hosting a national learning webinar on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT on the topic of Demonstrating the Impact of Supportive Housing.

During this webinar a framework and measures to demonstrate the impact of supportive housing will be presented. The webinar includes a discussion on the benefits of undertaking this type of work, as well as specific measures used across the country to assess the impact that providing supportive housing can have on health care utilization costs, homelessness, criminal justice, and other systems. Participants will also learn about tips to get started measuring supportive housing impact and considerations for working with outcomes data. Two state Medicaid directors will serve as webinar respondents and will share information about their states’ work in measuring the impact of supportive housing and the importance of state Medicaid-housing partnerships in developing supportive housing options for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Register for the Demonstrating the Impact of Supportive Housing Webinar.


Register for HUD’s Webinar on 2019 Continumum of Care Program

Topic: CoC NOFA FY 2019: What’s New and How to Build Upon Your Work to End Homelessness

Description
The annual CoC Program Competition is more than just a funding announcement. It can also be used as a tool to help communities refine system performance, strengthen outcomes, and ultimately, make homelessness a rare, brief, and one-time experience.

During this 60-minute webinar, USICH staff will provide a high-level overview of HUD’s FY 2019 CoC Program NOFA, including policy priorities, scoring, and key changes from the FY 2018 NOFA. We will also offer key considerations and resources for communities as they embark upon the FY 2019 Application Process.

Date
July 16, 2019  2:00 pm Eastern Time

Register here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_979UzIqSSQGj4PjdSQa8GA


U.S. Department of Labor Announces Award of $48.1 Million In Grants for Workforce Reintegration

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Award of $48.1 Million In Grants for Workforce Reintegration of Homeless Veterans

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the awarding of 149 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $48.1 million. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services for more than 18,000 homeless veterans.

The Department will award funds on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.

This year's HRVP awards provide 51 first-year grants totaling $16.9 million. Previous awardees will receive first- and second-option year grants totaling $31.2 million.

Grantees in the HVRP program will network and coordinate their efforts with other federal programs such as the Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care program.

More information on the Department's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans is available at www.dol.gov/vets. For questions about these grant awards, please contact the Department's Kia Mason at (202) 693-2606 and for more information about the Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) please visit www.veterans.gov or follow on twitter @VETS_DOL

A full list of HVRP grant recipients can be found at the link:
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20190628


Over 750 Attendees Hear from 146 Speakers at NCHV19

Over 750 Attendees Hear from 146 Speakers at National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Annual Conference

Stakeholders in the fight to end veteran homelessness learn from community leaders on trending topics

Washington, DC – The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) hosted its annual conference, featuring more than 140 speakers during 68 sessions. Keynote speakers for the two general sessions were Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Benjamin Carson and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, both sharing their continued commitment to end veteran homelessness. You can watch Secretary Carson’s speech on CSPAN here and Secretary Wilkie’s here.

More than 750 representatives of community-based organizations serving homeless veterans, federal agency leaders and corporate partners from across the country attended the 2019 NCHV Annual Conference from May 29-31 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference theme was “Driven By Data,” and stakeholders attended dozens of workshops organized into tracks such as Promoting Stability: Employment and Income and Leveraging National Programs to Stimulate Local Innovation. A huge range of speakers with experience in direct service, philanthropy, and advocacy led these breakout sessions and panel discussions.

“With the help of our sponsors, supporters and attendees, the NCHV Annual Conference provides more information and opportunities each year,” said NCHV Acting Chief Executive Officer Cindy Borden, “It’s inspiring to witness so many advocates come together and work toward the common goal of ending veteran homelessness. This year, we asked attendees what drives them to end veteran homeless, and we look forward to seeing how the information learned at the Annual Conference builds upon that drive over the next year.”

A great example of the one-of-a-kind educational opportunities available came from Shannon Kissinger, Policy Analyst for Swords to Plowshares, who led the Learning Institute Combat to Community. Session attendees learned about commonly shared attitudes, values, and practices which characterize service in the military and how to best incorporate this knowledge in direct services to veterans.  In the workshop Threats to Mortality: Opioids and Suicide, service providers heard from National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans investigators, Thomas Bryne and John Schinka. Sponsors from Citi and The Home Depot Foundation offered insight on how to work with their unique programs at the local level. You can see the full list of sessions here.

Planning is already underway for the 2020 National Conference which will again be held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington D.C. in late May. For information on this year’s events or to chat with NCHV’s leaders for their perspective on veteran homelessness trends and challenges contact dhiggins@nchv.org.


Free Online Veterans Care Giver Support Workshop

The challenges of caring for your loved one can place significant stress on you as a Caregiver. This physical, mental and emotional stress can even lower your quality of life over time.

Building Better Caregivers (BBC) is a free 6-week online workshop developed by Stanford University to support Caregivers of Veterans of all eras. You’ll learn new ways to manage stress, deal with difficult emotions and improve your communication skills with your loved one.  Trained facilitators guide you in sharing your success with others in your workshop, which builds the kind of confidence proven to support lasting positive changes in your life.

  • 24/7 access to self-guided lessons and resources
  • Safe, secure & anonymous environment
  • Ongoing support from other Caregivers during and after the program

Click here to learn more about BBC and see if you are eligible.

If you are a Caregiver, sign up by calling the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 and ask to enroll in Building Better Caregivers.

 

 


Home Depot Foundation Veterans Housing Grants Proposals Due April 1st

The Home Depot Foundation’s (THDF) Veteran Housing Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for the new construction or rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing for veterans. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Organizations or individuals with projects focused on single home construction or repair would not qualify for this program and may be a better fit for our Community Impact Grant programs. Single repair requests should reach out to our National Partners who are already funded to assist qualifying veterans.

Click here to view the Eligibility requirements and full guidelines in more detail.
Applications for the current cycle are due April 1, 2019.


Notice of Funding Availability: SSVF Grant Applications Due Feb. 22

Dec. 19, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the availability of funding for nonprofit organizations and other groups that serve veterans through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The SSVF program assists very low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  SSVF grantees currently operate in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam, working within their communities to end or prevent homelessness among veteran families. VA relies on strong, targeted collaborations in key areas at Federal and local levels and engages community partners to develop innovative and forward-thinking solutions that can lead to scalable and replicable models of service.

SSVF grantees typically serve veterans with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income. Grantees must follow the housing first approach, which centers on permanently housing homeless veterans quickly without preconditions and providing supportive services as needed. Additional SSVF requirements are that grantees engage in outreach to find and serve veterans in need, provide veterans with case management, and assist them in obtaining VA and other public benefits. SSVF served over 125,000 veterans and their family members in fiscal year (FY) 2018. As a result of these and other efforts, veteran homelessness is down significantly since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010. Since 2010, homelessness among veterans had dropped by nearly 50 percent.

The funding priorities for this NOFA are:

  1. Existing grantees with 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Employment and Community Services: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention standards, a 4-year accreditation from the Council on Accreditation’s (COA) accreditation in Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services standards, or a 3-year accreditation in The Joint Commission’s (JC) Behavioral Health Care: Housing Support Services Standards.
  2. Existing grantees seeking to renew their grants not included under Priority 1.
  3. Non-renewable grants for a 2-year period to eligible entities providing services to very low-income veteran families who are occupying permanent housing in the areas of one of the Continuums of Care (CoC) listed in the award information section of the NOFA. VA has designed this 2-year effort to provide a surge of resources in communities with high need. Only existing grantees currently providing services in an identified target community are eligible to apply for additional funds in that target community they currently serve under Priority 3.
  4. New applicants only, who are seeking to provide services in the areas of one of the CoCs listed in the Award Information section of the NOFA. These locations have been selected based on the current unmet service needs and the levels of Veteran homelessness, and VA also seeks to ensure that supportive services grants are equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands.


The Federal Register notice of funding availability, application materials, and an online training that describes the NOFA contents and application process may be found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. ET on Feb. 22, 2019.


Virtual Symposium on Serving Justice-Involved Individuals with Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders

Dec. 13, 2018

Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, for a virtual symposium, Making It Happen: Collaborative and Innovative Strategies to Ensure Access to Appropriate Services for Justice-Involved Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders, that features national experts, local innovative programs, and readily accessible federal resources to better meet the needs of justice-involved individuals with mental and substance use disorders.

The symposium will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, and the schedule is as follows:

9:00-10:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker - Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.; Renowned journalist/author and advocate, Mr. Pete Earley
10:00-10:45 a.m.: Building Bridges between Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice
10:45-11:45 a.m.: Panel 1: Creating Effective Partnerships to Prevent or Reduce Justice-Involvement among Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Panel 2: Crisis Response and Early Diversion
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Panel 3: Screening for Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders in Jails/Detention Facilities
2:30-3:45 p.m.: Panel 4: Promoting Successful Community Re-entry

These panel presentations highlight SAMHSA’s Eight Principles of Community-based Behavioral Health Services for Justice-Involved Individuals, and The Sequential Intercept Model.

To register for this event, click here.


HUD and VA Announce Additional HUD-VASH Awards to Provide Permanent Homes for Homeless Veterans

Dec. 11, 2018

In a continuing effort to help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a second round of funding to help provide permanent homes to veterans and their families experiencing homelessness in six states and the District of Columbia.

The funding provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program gives an additional 424 vouchers to local public housing agencies across the country. In October, HUD awarded another $35 million to help more than 4,000 homeless veterans find permanent homes.

Recently, HUD, VA and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States has been cut nearly in half since 2010. The data revealed a 5.4 percent decrease in veteran homelessness between January 2017 and January 2018.

“As a nation, it’s our duty to serve the men and women in uniform who sacrificed so much for our country,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The additional HUD-VASH vouchers awarded today will continue to support the important work of communities across the country that ensures our veterans have a safe and stable place to call home.”

“VA, HUD, and our federal, state and local partners are proud of the significant decline in veteran homelessness achieved in recent years; however, important work remains,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The housing choice vouchers and wraparound supportive service announced today will improve the lives of many veterans who are currently homeless by helping them find a place to call home and reintegrate back into their families and communities.”

The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance vouchers from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Since 2008, more than 93,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 150,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. More than 600 public housing authorities (PHAs) administer the HUD-VASH program, and this most recent award includes 25 additional PHAs, increasing HUD-VASH coverage to more communities.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for long-term, intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Read more about the HUD-VASH program.

In October, HUD and VA awarded $35 million to help more than 4,000 homeless veterans find homes. The funding ensured communities could provide the critically needed housing assistance and case management services to veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. The agencies also announced an additional $7.4 million through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot (VHRMP) Program to assist disabled veterans with modifying or rehabilitating their homes, making them more accessible.

To view a list of where these additional vouchers have been distributed, click here.


The Home Depot Foundation Increases Commitment to $500 Million for Veteran Causes

Nov. 9, 2018

Today, The Home Depot Foundation is announcing an increased commitment of a half billion dollars to veteran causes by 2025.

The expanded commitment to veterans comes as company volunteers, known as Team Depot, completed more than 100,000 volunteer hours during the Foundation’s seven-week Celebration of Service campaign. As an added tribute to veterans, volunteer associates traded in the iconic Home Depot orange and wore military green at hundreds of projects during this year’s campaign.

“The Home Depot Foundation has been supporting veteran causes since 2011 and recently completed its commitment to invest $250 million, but we’re not stopping there,” said Home Depot chairman, CEO and president Craig Menear. “We’re committing another $250 million by 2025 bringing our total investment to half a billion.”

Through partnerships with national and local nonprofits, the foundation completed its quarter billion- dollar commitment two years early, resulting in improvements to more than 40,000 veterans’ homes and facilities since the original pledge was made. The organization will continue to work with nonprofits including Volunteers of America, Semper Fi Fund and Gary Sinise Foundation and many others, to end veteran homelessness, perform critical home repairs for senior veterans and serve critically wounded veterans.

“Giving back to our nation’s heroes is a part of our DNA at The Home Depot,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director at The Home Depot Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with the best nonprofits in the nation to solve veteran issues and serve our servicemen and women who dedicated their lives to our country and sacrificed so much.”

As the foundation wraps its eighth annual Celebration of Service campaign on Veterans Day weekend, the organization is inviting the community to wear military green and join together to serve veterans. On Nov. 8 and 9, volunteers can serve with Team Depot at projects across the country. The foundation is also recording and distributing personalized voicemails for veterans, which can be left by dialing (770) 615-8985. Visit your local Home Depot or www.ServeVeterans.com to learn about ways to participate.

About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes and improved more than 40,000 veteran homes and facilities in 2,500 cities. In 2018, the Foundation committed an additional $50 million dollars to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 10 years starting with separating military members and veterans, at-risk youth and residents of Atlanta’s Westside community.

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community and follow Team Depot on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.


2018 HUD Estimate Shows 5.4 Percent Decrease in Number of Homeless Veterans

Nov. 1, 2018

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the veteran numbers from the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), revealing a 5.4 percent decrease in veteran homelessness since 2017. On a given night in the United States, 37,878 veterans are experiencing homelessness compared to 40,020 in 2017. Of those 37,878, 23,312 veterans were found in sheltered settings (5.6 percent decrease since 2017) while volunteers counted 14,566 veterans living in places not meant for human habitation (5.0 percent decrease since 2017).

“Evidence-based practices work to end veteran homelessness, and we recognize and applaud that this progress has been made in the face of an affordable housing crisis,” said Kathryn Monet, NCHV CEO. “Any decrease is commendable, but senior leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can and must do more to encourage progress across the country.”

Service providers in communities throughout the U.S. are working hard every day to meet the needs of veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and in many areas of the country are having great success. However, it is not a surprise that the largest decreases in the AHAR Point in Time counts came during a time when ending veteran homelessness was a top priority of VA.

Ending veteran homelessness requires a permanent commitment – a commitment to our veterans that we will not accept any number of veterans sleeping on the street. VA has shown in the past that with its leadership and prioritization of ending veteran homelessness we can make better progress as a nation toward ending homelessness among veterans.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans calls on VA to once again name ending veteran homelessness as a top priority to show veterans that we won’t let them slip through the cracks and that we will meet our commitment as a nation to care for those who have borne the battle.

We thank VA, HUD, DOL, USICH, and all Federal agencies that partner to help homeless veterans, and we especially recognize the community-based service providers implementing the programs these agencies fund. Your work is paying off, and we remain always committed to helping ensure you have the partners, funding, resources, training, and technical assistance you need to end homelessness among veterans in your community and across the country.

View HUD's announcement including a local breakdown of estimates of veteran homelessness here.


Webinar: Ethics in Serving Homeless Veterans

Oct. 9, 2018

The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans is hosting the webinar, Ethics in Serving Homeless Veterans, on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide a synopsis of the ethical theories and principles that support harm reduction strategies as well as review the ethical criticisms of these approaches. The concept of boundaries in health care will be introduced, and the purposes of boundaries and the difference between crossing and boundary violations explained. The need to modify boundaries in rural areas and small communities, as well as, in harm reduction programs will be discussed. Finally, an ethical decisions making model will be presented and applied to case scenarios, in which there is an ethical conflict between respect for patient autonomy and the safety of the individual and others.

To register for this webinar, click here.

VA staff can register for the webinar here.


HUD and VA Secretaries Announce $35 Million in HUD-VASH Grants

Oct. 3, 2018

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie today joined together at the VA Community Resource and Referral Center to announce $35 million in grants to combat veteran homelessness. The funding will be provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program to 212 public housing agencies across the country to provide a permanent home for over 4,000 homeless veterans.

The Secretaries also announced an additional $7.4 million through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot (VHRMP) Program to assist disabled veterans with modifying or rehabilitating their homes, making them more accessible.

“We have few responsibilities greater than making sure those who have sacrificed so much in service to their country have a home they can call their own,” said HUD Secretary Carson. “The housing vouchers awarded today ensure homeless veterans nationwide have access to affordable housing and the critical support services from the VA.”

“Assisting homeless veterans to gain access to housing helps them in every aspect of their lives,” said VA Secretary Wilkie. “This joint effort ensures that the federal government’s efforts are aligned in reducing homelessness and aiding veterans. VA and HUD are proud to be teammates in a program that makes a tangible improvement in the lives of the nation’s veterans.”

The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance vouchers from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Since 2008, more than 93,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 150,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program. More than 600 public housing authorities (PHAs) administer the HUD-VASH program, and this most recent award includes 22 additional PHAs, increasing HUD-VASH coverage to more communities. 

To view a list of the recipients, click here.


NCHV Mourns CVI President and CEO BG Robert Cocroft

Sept. 14, 2018

NCHV is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert A. Cocroft, a man who spent his life serving his country and his fellow veterans. His dedication to veterans was exemplified throughout his career, and NCHV is particularly grateful for his longstanding friendship and partnership in our national efforts to end veteran homelessness, including serving as a long-time member of the NCHV Board of Directors.

BG Cocroft was the President and CEO of the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd. (CVI), a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, services and housing to low-income, homeless, minority and women veterans and their families. CVI is the largest private provider of transitional housing and permanent supportive housing earmarked for veterans in the State of Wisconsin. BG Cocroft also served as the past National Commander of the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. NABVETS is certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide claims representation and has chapters in over seventy 70 locations. As President and CEO of the America’s Freedom Center Foundation, Incorporated, from 2002 to 2004, BG Cocroft oversaw all aspects of the operation to include capital campaign fundraising for the construction of “America’s Freedom Center,” an interactive facility designed to present the story of veterans and their contributions to America’s freedoms.

BG Cocroft served as the Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs between 1994 and 2002. He had the overall responsibility for the Department’s day-to-day operations, which included administration and management of 900 full-time employees, five loan programs, eight grant programs, a 750-bed skilled nursing care facility, and departmental administrative services. As a member of the senior management team within the Department, he coordinated and directed strategic planning and program development. Also with the Department, BG Cocroft administered primary mortgage home loan programs, home improvement loan programs, an economic assistance loan program, a second mortgage loan program and eight grant programs.

BG Cocroft’s educational achievements include earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business Management and a Master’s degree in Public Policy, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, he was a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

BG Cocroft was a Vietnam-era veteran with overseas duty in the Republic of Korea. He had 40 years of active and reserve service. He is survived by his wife, two children, and numerous grandchildren.

"What I truly admired about Bob was the meaning and purpose he gave to his life through the service he gave to the veterans he helped. One of the characteristics of truly good men and women is their unfailing desire to bring good meaning and good purpose into situations that are very difficult and often chaotic. This was the situation with the lack of affordable housing for veterans in Milwaukee and in the State of Wisconsin. This was the challenge Bob spent his life meeting," said Charles "Chick" Ciccolella, Chair of the NCHV Board of Directors.

"To accomplish what Bob did in his military life, in his time at NABVETS, and later during his time at CVI took great faith, courage, and much sacrifice - but Bob knew that it mattered. That gave great meaning to Bob's life and the lives of so many veterans who benefited from his dedication and service to them."

He leaves behind a strong legacy of service that improved the lives of thousands of veterans, and will truly be missed. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, his staff at CVI, and all of those who had the honor of knowing him.


Now Available for Pre-order: The First Comprehensive Book on Veteran Homelessness

Aug. 6, 2018

Homelessness Among U.S. Veterans: Critical Perspectives, edited by Jack Tsai, summarizes over a decade of research featuring 25 national experts covering topics like mental illness and substance use, primary care, criminal justice, money management, mortality, and information technology.

The book will be published by Oxford University Press and will be available in hard copy December 2018. Pre-orders can be made now.

Ordering Details: Get 30% off with the promo code "AMPROMD9" by ordering through Oxford. The book is also available on Amazon.


Funding Available: DOL-VETS Stand Down Grants

Aug. 3, 2019

DOL-VETS is offering funding for local Stand Down (SD) events. Stand Downs are events that assist homeless veterans by providing a wide variety of employment, social, and health services. Basic services such as showers, haircuts, attention to health concerns, and other collaborative services provided at Stand Down events can give participants a greater sense of self and an opportunity to improve their chances of securing employment. Stand Down grant funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans through paid work.

Stand Down funding is a non-competitive grant awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available annual funding is exhausted. DOL-VETS will continue to accept applications when additional funds become available. The maximum amount that can be awarded, per applicant for a geographic area, in a fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) is $7,000 for a one-day event and $10,000 for a multi-day event.

For more information and to apply, click here.


Research Brief on Impact of Tailored VA Care on Homeless vs. Non-homeless Veterans

Aug. 2, 2018

In 2012, select Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities began tailoring primary care services to the unique needs of homeless veterans through the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) program. Located among standard VHA primary care services, HPACTs are structured to deliver accessible, well-coordinated, comprehensive services. While the exact features vary across facilities, HPACTs differ from standard primary care services in several regards. For example, HPACTs focus explicitly on the mission to reduce homelessness, provide access accommodations, train providers in homeless health care, and coordinate primary care with mental health, addiction, and social services. While there is evidence that HPACT improves primary care access, there is little information on patient perceptions of care in facilities with HPACTs among their services. The objective of this study, Do Tailored VA Primary Care Services Reduce Differences in Experiences with Care between Homeless and Non-Homeless Veterans?, is to compare the primary care experiences of homeless and non-homeless veterans in VHA facilities with HPACTs among their services, and in facilities without HPACTs.

This brief analyzes data from VHA’s ongoing national survey of patient experience to shed light on patient perspectives of care in facilities that have structured primary care services toward homeless patient needs. Whereas homeless patients tend to report more negative or less positive primary care experiences than non-homeless patients, these trends were reversed in facilities with HPACTs among their services. In these facilities patients enrolled in HPACT were much more likely to report positive care experiences than homeless patients receiving standard primary care.

The results suggest that VHA facilities with specific services and planning for homeless veterans foster a better care experience, with the greatest benefit for enrolled patients. These results are striking in light of prior literature documenting the role of negative health care experiences in preventing persons who are homeless from utilizing health services, and substantial patient and system benefits associated with positive care experiences. With evidence that homeless-tailoring of services relates to primary care engagement and satisfaction with care, VHA might wish to expand HPACT programs so that more patients may benefit from this care model.

To view the research brief, click here.


Unique Housing Needs of Individuals with Criminal Justice Histories Webinar

July 12, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is hosting the upcoming webinar Unique Housing Needs of Individuals with Criminal Justice Histories to provide insights into client service strategies from someone who has walked in their shoes.

The webinar will take place Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EDT.

Individuals returning to the community from jail or prison must overcome significant barriers in obtaining and maintaining housing in the community. The final webinar of the People with Lived Experience Spotlight Series will discuss strategies for stable housing. The webinar features peers with a history of involvement in the criminal justice system identifying what strategies and supports were most helpful to them in their efforts to obtain permanent and affordable housing.

To register for this webinar, click here.


DOL-VETS Announces Award of $47.6 Million in HVRP Grants to Help Homeless Veterans Re-enter the Work

July 10, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the award of 163 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $47,600,000. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services to more than 18,000 homeless veterans.

"While serving in the military, veterans learn many skills desired in today's workforce," said Secretary Acosta. "These grants will help thousands of homeless veterans reintegrate themselves into society and secure good jobs."

Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards; local public agencies and nonprofit organizations; tribal governments; and faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills training, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance.

This year's HVRP awards provide 40 first-year grants totaling nearly $13,000,000. Previous awardees will receive first and second option year grants totaling $34,600,000.

Grantees under the HVRP program will coordinate their efforts with other federal programs, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program.

More information on the Department's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans is available at www.dol.gov/vets/. For more information about the Department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), visit www.veterans.gov.

To view a list of the HVRP grant recipients, click here.


Webinar on Improving Employment Outcomes for Veterans Exiting Homelessness

July 5, 2018

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Labor are offering the webinar Improving Employment Outcomes for Veterans Exiting Homelessness: Strategies for Successful Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs and Department of Labor (DOL) Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) Collaboration on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The webinar will feature examples of successful collaborations between the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs. Presenters from Boston, MA, and Honolulu, HI will highlight lessons learned and offer strategies for overcoming challenges to cross-system coordination in support of improved employment outcomes for Veterans exiting homelessness.

To register for this webinar, click here.


Annual Conference Attendees, Please Help Us by Completing Conference Survey

June 15, 2018

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, we enjoyed hosting you, and we hope that you found the experience as memorable and helpful as we did. We are asking all Conference attendees to help us with your feedback by completing this survey about the event so that we can take your feedback into consideration as we being planning the 2019 NCHV Annual Conference. All feedback is anonymous and we view each response to make sure we are hearing what you like, what you don't like, and what you might like to see in the future. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and thank you again for attending this year's Conference! 


2018 NCHV Annual Conference has Gone Mobile, Register Today!

May 27, 2018

ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED, due to popular demand we will accept walk-up registrations this year | Click here to download the Conference program

NCHV is excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our 2018 Annual Conference, including schedules, speakers, maps, and much more.

Get our mobile guide here: https://guidebook.com/g/nchv18

Android and iOS users:
1. Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app
2. Open Guidebook and you can find our "2018 NCHV Annual Conference" guide

The app is available for download now, and will have all of the latest info and updates in real time. We're looking forward to seeing you next week!


Homes for Heroes Foundation Announces $50,000 in Grant Funding to NCHV Members

May 18, 2018

In honor of Military Appreciation Month and Armed Forces Day, the Homes for Heroes Foundation will present five checks for $10,000 each to National Coalition of Homeless Veterans’ nonprofit organizations across the nation who serve homeless veterans.

Local Homes for Heroes specialists will join together as a team to present checks to:

  • Center for Veterans Issues in Milwaukee, WI
  • St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, MO
  • Family Endeavors Balance of State in Fort Worth, TX
  • Tampa Crossroads in Tampa, FL
  • HOPE Atlanta in Atlanta, GA

Homes for Heroes, Inc., was established to support heroes by helping them save money as they buy, sell or refinance a home. The Homes for Heroes Foundation was created by Homes for Heroes, Inc., to support heroes in the community facing a housing crisis or in need of urgent financial assistance. Together, along with local real estate agent and loan officer affiliate specialists, they give back to heroes as a way to say Thank You.

When a hero works with Homes for Heroes to buy or sell a home, they are joining the Circle of Giving. “Our heroes have told us it’s important for them to support their fellow heroes. When they work with Homes for Heroes, not only are they saving money, they also allow us to help fund the Homes for Heroes Foundation, which provides grants like this to assist our veteran community,” said Ruth Johnson, CEO/Founder of Homes for Heroes.

Homes for Heroes has helped more than 20,000 heroes save over $32 million after buying or selling a home. Because those heroes chose to work with Homes for Heroes, the Homes for Heroes Foundation has been able to award more than $500,000 in grants to help heroes in dire need across the country with housing or financial assistance.

“Our heroes are amazing people. They made commitments to serve us and that’s why we’re committed to giving back to them. The services provided by Homes for Heroes affiliate specialists and the grants awarded through the Homes for Heroes Foundation are how we say, ‘Thank you for your service,’” said Abby Waltz, National Director of Homes for Heroes.

About Homes for Heroes

Homes for Heroes, Inc., was established shortly following the tragic events of 9/11 as a way to give back and say “Thank You” to our nation’s heroes. Homes for Heroes is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate specialists, loan officer specialists and local businesses who provide easy ways for firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, military (active, reserves and veterans), healthcare professionals and teachers to save money when buying, selling or refinancing a home. Every time a hero uses Homes for Heroes for their real estate transactions, they help heroes in dire need. Homes for Heroes donates a portion of its earnings to the Homes for Heroes Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local organizations serving heroes in urgent need of housing or financial assistance.

SOURCE: Homes for Heroes, Inc.

RELATED LINKS:
https://www.homesforheroes.com/
https://www.homesforheroesfoundation.org/


VA Releases NOFA for Renewal of Current GPD Special Needs Grants

May 15, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of one-year renewal funding for the 12 currently operational fiscal year (FY) 2018 VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program Special Need Grant recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to submit renewal applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue to deliver services to the homeless Special Need Veteran population.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a currently operational FY 2018 VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Special Need Grant recipient with or without a collaborative VA Special Need partner. If the applicant was not funded under the VA Homeless Providers GPD Program NOFA published in the Federal Register on Dec. 23, 2016, 81 FR 94487–94494, they will be deemed ineligible for an award under this NOFA as the applicant must have an operational VA Homeless Providers GPD grant on Oct. 1, 2018, in order to receive Special Need funding.

An original completed signed and dated renewal application for assistance under VA’s GPD Program and associated documents, must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 22, 2018.

To view the full NOFA, click here.


Second Lady Karen Pence to Speak at NCHV Annual Conference

May 11, 2018

Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence will be joining us to speak during the luncheon plenary on Wednesday, May 30, at the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference. Mrs. Pence works to bring attention to art therapy and to the sacrifices made by military service members and their families. She is committed to raising awareness and educating the public about the mental health profession of art therapy in the United States and around the world.

Secure your spot for this event and all of the other offerings at the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference by registering online today.

If your organization utilizes art therapy and will be attending the conference, let us know by emailing jstewart@nchv.org! Please use the subject line “Art Therapy.”

For more on the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, visit our Annual Conference page.


NCHV Announces 2018 Annual Conference Schedule Overview

April 26, 2018

Registration for the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference is selling quickly, don't miss out on the top training event in the nation specifically for homeless veteran service providers, register online now! You can click here to view a video highlighting last year's Annual Conference to get a taste of what to expect at this year's event. You'll hear from service providers, an NCHV co-founder, and our CEO about why the NCHV Annual Conference is the can't miss event of the year!

We've reserved a discounted room block at the Grand Hyatt for Conference attendees, but this room block sells out quickly every year. Be sure to make your reservations ASAP!

For more information, and all of the latest updates, visit the NCHV Annual Conference page.


NVTAC Webinar - Overview of the PY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP

April 13, 2018

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC), is hosting the webinar “Overview of the PY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP” on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

On April 6, 2018 The Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP), the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP), and the Homeless Female Veterans' and Homeless Veterans' with Families Program (HFVVWF). This FOA announces the availability of approximately $12 million in grant funds to conduct programs to provide job training, counseling, placement, and related services to expedite the reintegration of homeless and incarcerated veterans into the labor force. Applications are due May 7, 2018, by 4:00:00 pm Eastern time. This webinar will walk potential applicants through the FOA.

TO REGISTER FOR “Overview of the PY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP” go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6279498213104277763 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register.


HUD, VA Announce Award of Vouchers to House More than 5,200 Veterans

April 6, 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $43 million to 325 local public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to provide a permanent home to more than 5,200 veterans experiencing homelessness. The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve more than a life on the streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own.”

More than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 144,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. More than 500 PHAs administer the HUD-VASH program, and this most recent award includes 102 additional PHAs, increasing HUD-VASH coverage to many communities. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's veterans.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

To view the list of agencies receiving funding, click here.


NCHV Welcomes Three New Directors to Board

March 29, 2018

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the only national organization solely focused on ending veteran homelessness, has selected three new members of its Board of Directors, adding leaders from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and Volunteers of America of Florida.

Matthew Leslie, Cathrene “Cat” Nichols, and Janet Stringfellow will be joining the nonprofit’s board. Leslie is the Director of Housing Development for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and was a key player in Virginia declaring a statewide functional end to veteran homelessness on Veterans Day 2015. Leslie has also worked in the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and holds an MSW degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nichols is a U.S. Army Veteran and the Eastern Washington Strategic Operations Manager for Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. She is the administrator of WDVA’s Eastern Washington Regional Veterans Service Center in Spokane, and also serves as the Spokane County Veterans Services Director and Bureau of Justice Grant Manager. Nichols’ background includes managing the local Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), as well as a number of other programs to prevent and end veteran homelessness.

Stringfellow serves as the President and CEO of Volunteers of America of Florida, the largest provider of supportive housing for homeless veterans in Florida. Stringfellow has been with VOA of Florida since 1998, previously holding positions in marketing, fundraising, and leadership roles in client care. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with 20 years of experience serving veterans, including counseling, PTSD training, brain injury with cognitive re-training, employment rehabilitation, leadership, and strategic planning.

NCHV Board Chairman Chick Ciccolella said: “ NCHV welcomes these three dedicated professionals as our newest Board Directors! We are fortunate to have such highly accomplished and dedicated individuals as Cat, Janet, and Matt join us. Each of them has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to ending homelessness among veterans. Their backgrounds, knowledge, and expertise will add greatly to our organization.”

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 22-member board of directors – is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

NCHV also serves as the primary liaison between the nation’s care providers, Congress and the Executive Branch agencies charged with helping them succeed in their work. NCHV's advocacy has strengthened and increased funding for virtually every federal homeless veteran assistance program in existence today.

For more information, visit http://www.nchv.org.


Call for Nominations: Annual NCHV Awards

March 14, 2018

Each year, NCHV honors the commitment and service of a few of the many deserving organizations and individuals helping homeless veterans across the nation. We are now accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Member - to an NCHV member organization whose programs, partnerships, and people combine to create extraordinary results
  • Partnership Award - to an organization or individual whose work building effective partnerships exemplifies creativity and collaboration
  • Public Policy Award - to an elected official whose record shows strong commitment and action in measures to help homeless veterans
  • Unsung Hero Award - to an individual whose efforts go above and beyond expectations, who expects nothing in return and demonstrates a hero's heart for homeless veterans
  • Federal Agency Staff Award - to a Department of Veterans Affairs, Labor, or Housing and Urban Development staff member on the local, state, regional, or national level who exhibits extraordinary commitment to homeless veterans and service providers

Please submit a one- to two-page letter of nomination including the nominee's name, title, and which award you are nominating for by email to rbrown@nchv.org no later than April 17, 2018.


Registration Now Open for the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference!

March 9, 2018

REGISTER NOW for the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference!

Our collective progress in ending homelessness among veterans in each of our communities across the United States has been remarkable over the past eight years. This year, as we convene together in our nation's capital, we will focus on continuing that progress. To do so, we must continue to identify proven strategies and policies to put into practice - always pushing ourselves to innovate and improve. We must also persevere to ensure that ending veteran homelessness remains the urgent national priority that it has been over these past years.

This year’s Conference will feature new learning formats and opportunities to network with colleagues from around the country as well as some of the popular favorites you've enjoyed in past years.

We've reserved a discounted room block at the Grand Hyatt for Conference attendees, but this room block sells out quickly every year. Be sure to make your reservations ASAP!

For more information, and all of the latest updates, visit the NCHV Annual Conference page.


New NCHV Membership Levels and Benefits

March 9, 2018

We have heard your feedback on membership and NCHV is amending its membership structure effective immediately. As always, if your organizational or individual membership will be current through the date of the conference, you will be eligible for a conference registration discount. If you will need to renew your membership prior to registering, you will be able to choose from several options designed to maximize value to our members.

Organizations can choose from several new options that may be more advantageous in the context of Conference attendance and membership. For example, the Sustaining Partner ($1,000 per annum), Premier Partner ($5,000 per annum), and Founders Circle ($10,000 or more per annum) levels of membership include one, two, and four complimentary conference registrations, respectively. These levels also include the usual Conference discount for any additional registrations above and beyond the complimentary registrations, along with additional publicity benefits that include social media spotlights, ads in the Conference program, recognition in NCHV’s bimonthly newsletter, and others. If you are an organization that sends several attendees to the Conference, we encourage you to realize the savings that come with one of our new membership packages.

Individuals whose membership is currently at the $200 rate on the dates of the conference will remain eligible for the member registration discount. Renewing members will now be able to choose from two lower-priced options: $100 for an individual membership and $40 for a student membership. In recognition of this modified dues structure and Conference attendance rates for individual members, we are phasing out the conference registration discount for individuals who renew at these new levels.

Another key new feature of NCHV’s membership renewal structure is a three-year membership renewal discount – a discount offered to organizations or individuals that are able to make the financial commitment to three years of membership at a time. Offered at a five percent discount for organizations and a 10 percent discount for individuals, this membership level makes NCHV membership even more advantageous for organizations that plan to work with NCHV for the long haul. Click here to read more about NCHV’s new membership options.

Thank you for your all you do for homeless veterans, and for your support of NCHV. We look forward to continuing to work with you to reach our shared goal of ending veteran homelessness in each community across the country.


2018 NCHV Annual Conference - Save the Date, Call for Abstracts

All submissions must be received by March 2, 2018

The 2018 NCHV Annual Conference will take place May 30 through June 1 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's Conference is "Progress. Practice. Perseverance."

Our collective progress in ending homelessness among veterans in each of our communities across the United States has been remarkable over the past eight years. This year, as we convene together in our nation's capital, we will focus on continuing that progress. To do so, we must continue to put proven strategies and policies into practice. And, we must also persevere to ensure that ending veteran homelessness remains the urgent priority that it has been over these past years.

Mark your calendars for May 30 - June 1, and stay tuned for more details including registration info in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in being a presenter at the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, we are now accepting session abstracts. All submissions must be received by March 2. Click here to fill out an abstract submission form.


Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work: A New Online Training for HVRP Staff

Jan. 17, 2018

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is thrilled to announce the launch of Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work a self-paced online training course developed for staff members of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grantees. Whether you are a brand new grantee trying to ramp up a program, or a long-term grantee trying to keep a successful program moving, the struggle to provide comprehensive training amidst other competing priorities is real. Unfortunately, so are the consequences of inadequate training: a steep learning curve, a trial and error approach and, far too often, poor grant performance. Designed to address this ongoing challenge, Helping Homeless Veterans Return to Work will include several modules on the core components of HVRP service delivery.

Module 1: An Introduction to HVRP is complete and ready to use. The purpose of this module is to provide staff with a foundation for their work in HVRP including understanding the role of HVRP within the larger landscape of veteran homelessness in your community. You can access Module 1 at https://www.nvtac.org/training-ta/#accordion3.

Additional modules expected to be completed and posted in the coming months are listed below:
Module 2: Finding Veterans – Outreach and Engagement
Module 3: Screening, Intake, and Assessment
Module 4: Case Management and IEPs


HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration to Open Jan. 31

Jan. 17, 2018

On Jan. 31, the Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) will begin accepting applications for the HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration at www.hirevets.gov, where up to 300 employers can apply to participate. 

VETS will honor employers who make it a priority to invest in recruiting, employing, and retaining veterans. The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is based on transparent criteria and aims to honor all employers, from the smallest to the largest, who meet these standards. The example set by recipients of this award will serve as models for other employers committed to hiring and retaining veterans.


HUD Announces $2 Billion in CoC Funding Awards

Jan. 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $2 billion to support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. 

Due to the last year's devastating hurricanes, HUD extended the application deadline for communities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands until Feb. 16, 2018.

HUD continues to challenge state and local planning organizations called "Continuums of Care" to support their highest performing local programs that have proven most effective in meeting the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in their communities. Many of these state and local planners also embraced HUD's call to shift funds from existing underperforming projects to create new ones that are based on best practices that will further their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

"HUD stands with our local partners who are working each and every day to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "We know how to end homelessness and it starts with embracing a housing-first approach that relies upon proven strategies that offer permanent housing solutions to those who may otherwise be living in our shelters and on our streets."

Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness added, "Continuums of Care are critical leaders in the work to end homelessness nationwide. When communities marshal these--and other local, state, private, and philanthropic resources--behind the strongest housing-first practices, we see important progress in our collective goal to end homelessness in America."

HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing programs.

Last month, HUD reported homelessness crept up in the U.S., especially among individuals experiencing long-term chronic homelessness. HUD's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of .7 percent since last year. Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4 percent nationwide since 2016, local communities report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness increased. HUD's 2017 homeless estimate points to a significant increase in the number of reported persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness, particularly in California and other high-cost rental markets experiencing a significant shortage of affordable housing.

To view a list of funding recipients, click here


New Discharge Upgrade Tool from VA

Jan. 5, 2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new tool to ease the process for veterans seeking to upgrade their discharge. The tool is especially helpful for those veterans attempting to upgrade bad paper discharges for misconduct, which prevent them from accessing VA benefits. 

The online tool walks veterans through the process, and notes that all branches of the military consider veterans to have a strong case for a discharge upgrade if they can show their discharge was connected to any of these categories:

  • Mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Sexual assault or harassment during military service
  • Sexual orientation (including under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy)

To access the discharge upgrade tool, click here.


NCHV Response to Secretary Shulkin’s Statement on VA Homeless Funding

Dec. 7, 2017

While NCHV applauds Secretary Shulkin’s decision not to change homeless funding at this time, we hope VA will clarify what this statement means. Veterans, VAMCs, Housing Authorities, affordable housing developers, and other homeless service providers across the country need concrete assurance that HUD-VASH case management funding for FY 2018 will remain designated as special purpose funding. As VA evaluates how to best target homeless programs funding, it is imperative that funds available for case management of HUD-VASH residents remain distributed in proportion to the geographic distribution of vouchers to ensure these veterans can retain their housing and access any additional supports needed.

To see Secretary Shulkin's statement, click here.


Harbor Freight Continues Support of National Campaign to End Veteran Homelessness

Nov. 14, 2017

This Veterans Day, Harbor Freight Tools announced its continued support of the national campaign to end veteran homelessness through generous contributions to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and U.S. VETS.

A 2017 recipient of the NCHV Outstanding Corporate Partner Award, Harbor Freight has been family owned since it was started in 1977. Harbor Freight offers more than 7,000 tools and accessories at quality levels that match or exceed competing brands, but at prices that are up to 80% less.

Eric Smidt, President and Founder of Harbor Freight, announced: "This Veterans Day, I want to express our deep appreciation and respect for the men and women who have served or are serving in our armed forces, including so many of our Harbor Freight customers and associates and their family members. Whether at home or abroad, they've made an extraordinary sacrifice to serve America. On behalf of our Harbor Freight team, we want to thank our veterans for protecting the rights and freedoms we cherish as Americans. In honor of their service, Harbor Freight Tools Foundation is making contributions to two organizations that support and serve veterans and their families: the United States Veterans Initiative and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans."

"NCHV appreciates the ongoing partnership with the Smidt Family and the Harbor Freight Tools team. Their support has helped us make critical strides toward ending veteran homelessness, and I cannot thank them enough for their commitment to our mission," said Kathryn Monet, NCHV CEO.

For more about Harbor Freight, visit their website at https://www.harborfreight.com/.


New Report Shows Need for Improved Services for Homeless and At-risk Women Veterans

Nov. 9, 2017

Recognizing the trend of an increasing number of women in the homeless veteran populations, Synchrony Financial and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans conducted a survey to gather better data to identify reasons behind this trend and to identify and guide the implementation of better solutions moving forward.

The resulting report, Families that Work Partnership to Assist Women Veterans with Children, reveals several areas of inadequacy in communities’ attempts to assist homeless women veterans and homeless women veterans with children. Some of these areas are common factors for all homeless veterans, but factors that stood out as more prevalent among women veterans include:

  • Child care issues
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Fear of being separated from children
  • Perception that veteran housing is only available for individuals
  • Fear of safety for children in shelters
  • Shelter rules barring children based on age or gender

In addition to a complete overview of those and other factors, the report offers five recommendations for improving access to services for homeless women veterans and homeless women veterans with families:

  1. Communities should explore and implement responsible shelter diversion strategies.
  2. Housing interventions should provide appropriate services for veteran families of varying compositions.
  3. Mainstream resources must recognize, and meet the unique needs of women veterans and veteran families.
  4. The financial management and budgeting skills gap for homeless women veterans and homeless veteran families must be closed.
  5. Greater coordination between veteran homelessness and intimate partner violence resources is needed.

The full report, going into detail on the findings of the survey and explanation of the recommendations, is available here.


VA Funding Available for SSVF Grants

Nov. 3, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

The SSVF Program’s purpose is to provide supportive services grants to private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives, who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low-income veteran families who: (i) are residing in permanent housing; (ii) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period; or (iii) after exiting permanent housing within a specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income veteran family’s needs and preferences. SSVF prioritizes the delivery of rapid re-housing services to homeless veteran households.

The principle goal for this NOFA is to provide support to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest capacity to end homelessness among veterans or, in communities that have already met U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Federal Criteria and Benchmarks, sustain the gains made in ending homelessness among veterans. Priority will be given to grantees who can demonstrate adoption of evidence-based practices in their application.

Please note applicants are strongly encouraged to provide letters of support from their local VA Network Homeless Coordinator, their local Tribal Government where applicable, and their local Continuum of Care (CoC,) valuing and describing their contributions toward building Coordinated Entry Systems and participating in community planning efforts.  Maximum awards will be limited to 90 percent of the previous year’s award for any otherwise successful applicants who do not include an appropriate letter from the local CoC.

Applications must be received by the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 12, 2018.

To read the full NOFA, click here.


VA Announces Availability of TIP GPD Grants

Nov. 3, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for assistance under the Per Diem Only component of VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) encourages reapplication for those applicants who seek to continue providing “Transition in Place” (TIP) grants and new applicants that will serve the homeless Veteran population through a TIP housing model to facilitate housing stabilization. Applicants may apply for a minimum of 5 beds and up to a maximum of 25 beds under this NOFA as a part of the effort to end homelessness among our nation’s veterans. This model does not support discharge planning that would have the veteran transition to Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD – VASH)

Existing nonprofit organizations recognized as section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) nonprofit organizations by the IRS, existing state and local governments, Indian Tribal Governments, and faith-based and community-based organizations that are capable of creating and providing supported transitional housing for homeless veterans are eligible under this NOFA.

VA expects to fund approximately 500 beds over a 2-year period under this NOFA. Approximately $25 million is available to support an average of 25 beds per night, per project. Funding awarded under this NOFA will be for a period of two years.

Applications must be received in the GPD Program Office, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

To read the full NOFA, click here.


VA Announces Availability of Funds for GPD Program

Nov. 1, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of per diem funds to eligible entities to provide transitional housing beds under VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program models. VA expects to fund 1,500 beds with this NOFA for applicants who will use one or a combination of the following housing models: Bridge Housing, Low Demand, Hospital-to-Housing, Clinical Treatment, and Service-Intensive Transitional Housing and Service Centers. This NOFA is not limited to those who have provided GPD services in the past.

A minimum of five transitional housing beds and no more than 40 beds per model, per medical center, per each applicant’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) will be allowed under this NOFA.  Applicants applying for more than one model at the same VAMC should take into account that VA will only award up to two applications per medical center, per applicant EIN. Funding awarded under this NOFA will be for a period of 1 year with a 1-year option for renewal, beginning on Oct. 1, 2018, and ending on Sept. 30, 2019.

VA has established geographic funding priorities based on a gap analysis of existing and anticipated VA transitional housing needs within Continuums of Care (COC) nationwide. Applicants must identify and link their application to a specific COC. VA will then place that application into the correct funding priority. The funding priorities are determined by geographic area, not model. Applicants who fail to identify a COC will be placed in the last funding priority.

Applications are due Feb. 28, 2018 no later than 4 p.m. EST. To view the full NOFA, click here.


DOL-VETS Extends Availability of Stand Down Funds, Increases Amount for Areas Hit by Hurricanes

Sept. 15, 2017

Today's Federal Register included an amendment to funding from DOL-VETS for Stand Down events. In recognition of the substantial scale of such disasters as Hurricane Harvey, the Secretary of Labor has determined it appropriate, in certain circumstances where a federal major disaster has been declared, to allow entities proposing to conduct Stand Down events in areas impacted by those disasters to apply for funds in amounts up to $50,000.

It is anticipated that this expanded ceiling will be most often provided on account of disasters that are similar in scale to such events as Hurricane Harvey and that impact substantial populations. In such circumstances, as declared by the Secretary in writing, entities proposing to conduct Stand Down events (1) within those designated counties where a federal major disaster has been declared by the President, or (2) in geographical areas to which a substantial number of veterans from those declared counties have been relocated, may apply for a one-time request for funds in amounts up to $50,000 through December 31, 2017.

Applications will be processed and awarded subject to availability of funding. The general maximum award amounts of $10,000 per applicant per fiscal year for multiple day Stand Down events, or $7,000 for one day events, will not apply to such requests for designated counties where a federal major disaster has been declared by the President. Acceptable uses of Stand Down grant funds have not changed. Applicants may expend these funds over a period not to exceed Sept. 30, 2018, or if funded after Oct. 1, 2017, applicants may expend these funds over a period not to exceed Sept. 20, 2019, the statutory life of the appropriated funds.

For more information and to read the full notice, click here


Financial Toolkit for Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

Sept. 13, 2017

When a catastrophe like Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma happens, your world can be turned upside down. During these tough times, it may be difficult to know who to trust and where to look for guidance and assistance, as well as what financial steps to take as you begin recovering. These are a few organizations that can help immediately after a natural disaster:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has compiled a list of steps and resources you can take beyond these measures in its financial toolkit for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To access the toolkit, click here.


VA Awards $188 Million in Grant Funding to Help Homeless Veterans

Sept. 13, 2017

This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced $188 million in grants for two programs benefiting homeless veterans.

The grants were made through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program, awarded to community agencies providing services to homeless veterans.

Awards announced today will provide approximately $185 million in per diem funding for 556 projects to community agencies that provide transitional housing and supportive care for homeless veterans. Awards were made to programs in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
In addition, approximately $3 million in grant funding will be awarded to 13 community agencies that provide services for homeless veterans with special needs. The GPD Special Need funding provides additional operational costs for transitional housing and services for homeless veterans who fall under “Special Need” populations, including women, those with chronic mental illness and individuals who care for minor dependents.

“The GPD program has been instrumental in providing needed services to community organizations,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the awardees as we work together to end veteran homelessness. Our goal is to help give at-risk veterans stable housing and a good start to independence.”

Since the GPD program began awarding grants in 1994, approximately $2 billion has been awarded to community organizations serving homeless Veterans. The complete list of awardees may be found at https://www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp.

More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at www.va.gov/homeless. Community organizations seeking details can visit VA’s National Grant and Per Diem Program website at www.va.gov/homeless/GPD.ASP.


DOL to Provide Immediate Grants and Assistance for Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

Sept. 13, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor, in cooperation with state and local partners, is setting aside funding and will be making grants to assess workforce needs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other states in response to Hurricane Irma. The Department will continue to work cooperatively with states and territories to assess needs as they develop and respond accordingly. U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has directed the Department to assist the residents and businesses in affected areas.

The DOL Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) is working with its grantees to identify flexibilities and additional funding needs for its programs, including the Departments of Labor for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida (which administer the Jobs for Veterans State Grants programs); affected Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grantees; and the affected military bases where the Transition Assistance Program's Employment Workshops are provided. VETS' staff stands ready to offer assistance to employers, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and members of the National Disaster Medical System and Urban Search and Rescue service who may be deployed in support of rescue and recovery operations.

For more information on assistance available, click here.


Public Housing Agencies Must Register Interest in Receiving HUD-VASH Vouchers

Sept. 6, 2017

The 2017 Appropriations Act provides $40 million in HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding that will support approximately 5,500 new HUD-VASH vouchers. HUD has released a notice to identify public housing agencies (PHA) with interest in receiving new HUD-VASH awards. These vouchers will be administered in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services.

This year HUD seeks to award tenant-based HUD-VASH to self-identified, interested PHAs based on local need. Awards will follow a two-step process: 1) PHAs will respond to this Notice with an email and a VA Letter of Support (Registration of Interest), 2) Based on a need formula, registered PHAs that are selected will receive an invitation to apply for a specific number of HUD-VASH vouchers. This means that PHAs must respond to this Notice to be considered
for a HUD-VASH award. All HUD-VASH awards can be converted to PBV at any time after award without notice to HUD, consistent with FR-5976-N-03 (HOTMA).

To read the full notice with all of the requirements, click here.


Homelessness and Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Sept. 5, 2017

NCHV stands with Houston. In light of the devastation that accompanied Hurricane Harvey, we urge all of our members to review preparedness plans. With limited resources and fewer connections to their communities, people experiencing homelessness are often the most vulnerable and at-risk in a disaster or other emergency situation. A community’s capacity to prepare for and respond to a disaster or emergency affects its ability to aid this population. Communities need a strong preparedness, response, and recovery plan to adapt to a dynamic event while continuing to serve one of the most vulnerable populations by ensuring that they receive essential services such as meals, prescription medicine management, housing, and other basic necessities. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a web page that provides emergency preparedness, response, and recovery resources for CoCs, ESG recipients and subrecipients, shelters, and other homeless service providers.

To access these resources, click here.


Notice: NCHV Does Not Solicit Donations via Phone Calls or in Person

Sept. 5, 2017

We recently received notice that individuals have received phone calls requesting donations for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Please note that NCHV does not solicit donations via phone calls, or outside stores with collection boxes. If you receive a call, or see someone in public soliciting donations on our behalf, please be aware they are not affiliated with NCHV.

If you wish to make a donation to NCHV, the best ways are through our online donation portal, by mail at National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 705, Washington, DC 20036, or by phone at 202-546-1969. 


Webinar – Special Population Series: Connecting Veterans with Disabilities to Employment

Aug. 7, 2017

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Connecting Veterans with Disabilities to Employment” on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 2:00 pm EDT.

Approximately one third of all veterans have a disability of some kind – physical and/or mental – with even higher rates for veterans of recent conflicts. Veterans with disabilities are less likely to be employed than their counterparts without disabilities. The employment outlook for homeless veterans is even worse given the complexity of employment barriers, including disabilities, they face. This webinar will discuss efforts at the federal level to promote employment for individuals with disabilities and explore the IPS Supported Employment and Customized Employment models for helping individuals with mental illness gain employment. Additionally, webinar participants will receive a demonstration of a web portal housing disability employment statistics and policies by state.

The webinar will feature Christopher Button, PhD and Rose Sloane from the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), and Sarah Swanson, from the IPS Employment Center at the Rockville Institute, Westat.

TO REGISTER FOR “Special Population Series: Connecting Veterans with Disabilities to Employment”
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7074438517451449089 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact hvrp@nchv.org.


NCHV Partners with Synchrony Financial to Better Assist Women Veterans with Children

July 24, 2017

The current state of the field has shown us and our partners that we need better data and insight on the needs of vulnerable and high-risk families, especially female heads of household. We have some data around serving veterans in these groups, but even this data is limited.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has partnered with Synchrony Financial to assess the contributing factors to housing instability among women and women veterans with children and the barriers that can hinder their ability to find resolution to move their lives forward. The information you provide us will be extremely valuable and will be used to advocate for services to better serve women and women veterans with children experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified back to you will remain strictly confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission. At the end of the survey, you will be able to opt in or out of providing your contact information if you consent to survey providers contacting you at a later date if there is a need for follow-up information.

Please take a few moments to help us by completing the survey found here. Thank you for your time, and for all you do to help veterans in your community!


Webinar – Employers: The Other Client in HVRP

July 10, 2017

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Employers: The Other Client in HVRP” on Thursday, July 20 at 2:00 pm EDT.

Employers are the other customer in HVRPs. Understanding the needs and perspective of our employers helps us prepare job applicants most likely to meet employer demands and succeed in the workforce. In this webinar we’ve invited employers and HVRP staff who collaborate together to discuss their experience and to consider their advice in efforts to work together to hire our vulnerable and homeless veterans. The discussion will include the challenges of job applicants with justice involved backgrounds and those with other barriers to employment. There will be a robust discussion of the issues and challenges, and an interactive question and answer session.

TO REGISTER FOR “Employers: The Other Client in HVRP”
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1253481022829790211 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact hvrp@nchv.org.


DOL-VETS Announces $43.3 Million in HVRP Grant Awards

June 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Labor announced the award of $43.3 million in Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grants. The grants will help an estimated 21,000 veterans successfully reintegrate into the competitive workforce. The grants will fund a variety of services to assist homeless veterans in their return to the labor force including occupational, classroom, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance.

To view a full list of 2017 award recipients, click here.

Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations.

Many HVRP grant recipients' awards will also include funding to allow them to target specific at-risk veteran populations. The Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program provides funding for services to expedite the reintegration of incarcerated or recently incarcerated veterans who are at risk for homeless into the labor force. The Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program provides funding for services to expedite the reintegration of homeless female veterans and veterans with families into the labor force.

Grantees in the HVRP program network coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans, visit www.dol.gov/vets/.


Webinar - Legal Services at Stand Downs

June 6, 2017

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) and the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty  are hosted a webinar “Legal Services at Stand Downs” on Thursday, June 15, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT.

This webinar featured a panel of experts who discussed a variety of legal topics relevant to working with veterans experiencing homelessness. Topics included how to address criminal and civil legal matters and child support issues on-site at Stand Down. Panelists also discussed how to develop initiatives to provide legal services in rural areas.

The webinar featured Steve Binder, San Diego Public Defender, and Sara Sommarstrom, Vetlaw Director of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.

The slides used during the presentation are available here.

The resources provided are also available; Homeless Court: The San Diego Service Provider Toolkit and Homeless Court at Stand Down: A Collaborative Effort to Assist Homeless Veterans, Strengthen Communities and Maximize Court Resources.

Watch the recording here.

 


VA Announces Availability of Renewal Funding for GPD Special Needs Grantees

May 24, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the availability of one-year renewal funding for the 16 currently-operational fiscal year (FY) 2016 VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program Special Need Grant recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable), to enable them to submit renewal applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant component of VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue to deliver services to the homeless special-need veteran population.

Eligible applicants must be a currently-operational FY 2016 VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Special Need Grant recipient with or without a collaborative VA Special Need partner. Applicants that were not funded under the VA Homeless Providers GPD Program NOFA as published in the Federal Register on Dec. 23, 2016, are ineligible for an award under this NOFA as the applicant must have an operational VA Homeless Providers GPD grant on Oct. 1, 2017, in order to receive Special Need funding under this availability. Furthermore, if the applicant currently has a collaborative project and its VA partner no longer wishes to continue, the applicant is not eligible for an award under
this NOFA.

Applications must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 29, 2017.

To view the full NOFA, click here.


The 2017 NCHV Annual Conference is SOLD OUT

The 2017 NCHV Annual Conference is SOLD OUT

Registration is now CLOSED, no walk up registrations will be accepted | The discounted room block is SOLD OUT

Download the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference program, featuring the full Conference schedule, session tracks and descriptions, presenters, and all related information for this year's event.

Mark your calendars for May 31-June 2, 2017, when the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference, Yes, In My Back Yard: Putting Veterans First, will take place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. 

With an overarching focus on giving you the knowledge, tools, and resources to implement best practices in your community at the local level, the 2017 Conference is shaping up to be a pivotal event.

Make it your priority to attend this event to share your challenges, strategies, successes and to learn from experts across multiple areas related to the work you do with veterans in your community!

New in 2017! The NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit Pre-Conference event will be held on May 30 as a lead-in to the Annual Conference. Add the Housing Summit Pre-Conference on to your Conference registration for under half the cost of previous Veterans Access to Housing Summits! This event will also be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington. The Veterans Access to Housing Summit Pre-Conference event is SOLD OUT. Stay tuned for more details!

Have you renewed your NCHV membership? Interested in becoming a member? NCHV members receive discounted rates for the Annual Conference, in addition to other benefits. Click here to renew or become a member today!

Stay tuned to the Annual Conference page for the latest updates!


Webinar - Employment Readiness: Strategies and Assessments

May 9, 2017

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) hosted a webinar "Employment Readiness: Strategies and Assessments" on Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT.

What is "employment readiness" and how is it measured? Conducting employment assessments in HVRP is important to meeting job goals of veterans in the program and to bolster self-esteem. Assessment instruments can help staff determine occupational preferences, aptitude, soft skill strengths and challenges. Some of these may be performed at the HVRP, the American Job Center or other partnering agencies. However, interviewing skills remain the cornerstone of the assessment process. In this webinar facilitated by Ian Lisman from Advocates for Human Potential, we reviewed several assessment tools and how some HVRPs are making employment assessments with their participants. Nick Bassitt from Goodwill Houston shared more from a grantee perspective.

You can find the webinar handouts here.

You can download the presentation mateirals from the webinar here.

Watch the webinar recording:


Webinar: Employment, Benefits and Financial Planning for Transitioning Service Members

April 25, 2017

DOL-VETS is co-presenting on a free Employment, Benefits and Financial Planning webinar for transitioning servicemembers and veterans on Wednesday, April 26, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will address FAQs on employment, retirement savings, and financial planning. For more information and to register, click here


Take Action! Join Advocates for National Call-In Day on Wednesday, April 26

April 25, 2017

Lawmakers must pass spending bills by April 28 to avoid a government shutdown. Failure to pass full spending bills puts vital investments in affordable housing and community development at risk. By participating in a national call-in day tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26, you can urge Congress to pass a clean budget and protect critical investments.

National Call-In Day: Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26

NCHV and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding will hold a national call-in day, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26. Tell your Members of Congress to pass a final spending bill for fiscal year FY17 before the April 28 deadline and to protect affordable housing investments. Share any impacts you have on how the current budget uncertainty has hurt your community. To contact your Members of Congress, call the congressional switchboard toll free at 202-224-3121.

Sample Script:

Please work with your colleagues to pass a final spending bill for fiscal year 2017 that protects affordable housing investments at HUD and USDA. These resources keep roofs over the heads of low income, at-risk, and formerly homeless veterans, and other vulnerable people. Affordable housing is a smart investment that leads to better health and education outcomes and boosts economic mobility and the local economy. Please do not put veterans at risk by failing to pass full-year HUD and USDA spending bills by the April 28 deadline.


Webinar - Special Population Series: Employment Services for Aging Veterans

April 3, 2017

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting a webinar “Special Population Series: Employment Services for Aging Veterans” on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET.

Older veterans, generally considered those age 50 or above, are one of the largest subpopulations of veterans experiencing homelessness. For many of these veterans, competitive employment is the key to housing stability and quality of life. Unfortunately, while the overall participation rate of older workers in the labor force has increased over the last several years, that trend does not extend to older veterans. This webinar will explore the reasons for this disparity, including stereotypes and employment barriers, and discuss strategies that address the unique characteristics of aging veterans.

The webinar will feature Carol Salter, Assistance Vice President of Workforce Solutions and National Director, SCSEP for Easter Seals, and HVRP grantee staff as guest speakers.

TO REGISTER FOR “Special Population Series: Employment Services for Aging Veterans” go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2986896286292926723 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org.


Hill Watch: Trump Administration Releases “Skinny Budget” for 2018

March 16, 2017

This week, the Trump Administration released the first federal budget request of his presidency. For any administration a president’s budget proposal is a document that lays out that administration’s priorities for federal spending. This proposed budget is released every fiscal year by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and covers all federal programs, including those which we consider to be the mainstays of our work to end veteran homelessness. This proposal, however, is not an act of law; it is merely a proposal. Congress is the final arbiter of which program receives funding, and how much.

The budget proposal published this week is known as a “skinny budget,” as it is much briefer than a budget justification released in a non-inaugural year. Because of the amount of work that a complete federal budget entails, and the short time afforded to a new administration to complete one, the publication of such skinny budgets is a standard practice among new presidents. A skinny budget, this one included, is usually light on detailed information about specific programs.

Despite that, there are a few takeaways that NCHV is able to share with you about the President’s priorities, while still bearing in mind that Congress will change many things before funding legislation is signed into law several months from now.

First, is a line in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget chapter, which states in full that the request “Supports VA programs that provide services to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families to help keep them safe and sheltered.” This sentence in the budget proposal, combined with the prioritization of veteran homelessness by the new VA Secretary Shulkin, seem to indicate that the VA’s investments in community providers working to end homelessness will largely continue. In fact, the VA at large is slated in the proposal to receive an increase in discretionary funding of more than $4 billion.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, however, would have its funding decreased by 13.2 percent, or $6.2 billion. This decrease would come from a variety of programs and offices within HUD, including the complete elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, and Choice Neighborhoods programs. Rental assistance programs would also see a decrease in funding, although the budget says that these savings would be found through “reforms that reduce costs while continuing to assist 4.5 million low-income households.” It is not clear at this time whether the HUD-VASH program is included in any of these proposed cuts, or what reforms are under consideration.

Similarly, the President’s budget proposes to decrease the Department of Labor’s budget by 21 percent, or $2.5 billion. Part of this cut would include the elimination of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), and a decrease in funding for job training and employment service formula grants, which may include the Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) to provide employment assistance to veterans at American Job Centers. The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) is not mentioned in the skinny budget by name.

Separate from the Departmental sections, the President’s budget includes a list of several independent agencies that the Administration would like to defund. Among these is the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) which has played a critical role in the progress and successes that we have seen in our work to end veteran homelessness over the past several years. NCHV urges the President to reconsider his position on USICH, and we also urge Congress to continue funding this necessary and impactful agency. To read more about NCHV’s support of USICH click here.

NCHV commits to sharing additional information with all of you on the budget and appropriations process as it comes available. To read the Administration’s Budget Blueprint, click here.


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March 16, 2017

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VA Partnership Provides Community Organizations with Path to Support Homeless Veterans

March 10, 2017

Military Outreach USA, a partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recently launched a program to encourage communities to connect with local VA facilities and help VA provide support to homeless or recently homeless veterans and their families.

The Adopt-a-VA program, which began in February, connects individuals and community organizations, such as schools, faith-based groups and businesses, with a local VA Homeless Program case manager at the VA Medical Center or community-based outpatient clinic in their area to help meet veterans’ non-medical needs.

“VA remains committed to preventing and ending veteran homelessness, but we cannot achieve this goal alone,” said Anthony Love, senior advisor and director of Community Engagement for VHA’s Homeless Programs Office. “Partnerships are critical to providing the support needed to help veterans exit homelessness, and to identifying local housing and employment opportunities that help them remain stably housed. Military Outreach USA’s Adopt-a-VA program makes it easier than ever for everyone to get involved and support veterans in their communities.”

In 2016, to help formerly homeless veterans successfully transition to permanent housing, VA formed a partnership with Military Outreach USA, a national, community-based organization that celebrates and supports military and veteran families. During the first year of the partnership, Military Outreach USA secured donations of services, beds and household items valued at more than $700,000 for homeless and at-risk veterans in all 50 states.

Building on those successes, Military Outreach USA streamlined the process of securing and distributing donations from faith-based, nonprofit and other organizations to veterans who are transitioning from homelessness.
“Adopt-a-VA gives those who want to help our veterans a way to help,” said Joseph Palmer, executive director of Military Outreach USA.

No financial obligation is required for community organizations interested in participating in the Adopt-a-VA program. Forms of assistance can include donating household items and assisting with collection drives for move-in essentials, such as cleaning products and small appliances.

For more information about how to help Veterans through Adopt-a-VA, visit www.adopt-a-va.com


Webinar - Overview of the PY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP

March 3, 2017

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Overview of the PY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP” on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

On February 28, 2017, the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP), the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP), and the Homeless Female Veterans' and Homeless Veterans' with Families Program (HFVVWF). This FOA announces the availability of approximately $12 million in grant funds, with a maximum award limit for an individual award set at $500,000. The purpose of these funds is to conduct programs to provide job training, counseling, placement, and related services to expedite the reintegration of homeless and incarcerated veterans into the labor force. Applications are due March 31, 2017, by 4:00:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will walk potential applicants through the FOA.

TO REGISTER FOR “Overview of the PY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP” go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7405480574490756353 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org.


DOL Announces HVRP Funding Availability

Feb. 28, 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP), the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP), and the Homeless Female Veterans' and Homeless Veterans' with Families Program (HFVVWF). This FOA announces the availability of approximately $12 million in grant funds, with a maximum award limit for an individual award set at $500,000. The purpose of these funds is to conduct programs to provide job training, counseling, placement, and related services to expedite the reintegration of homeless and incarcerated veterans into the labor force.

To read the full FOA, click here.


A Message from the new VA Secretary

Feb. 21, 2017

On February 16, Dr. David Shulkin posted a message detailing his top priorities for his new Department, among which is the issue of veteran homelessness. In the message he reiterated that serving in the VA has been his highest honor in life, and that now - as the Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs - he was looking forward to continuing the noble mission. Secretary Shulkin was confirmed as the VA Secretary by the US Senate on Feb. 13th. in a unanimous vote.

To read the message in its entirety by clicking here


HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

Feb. 13, 2017

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Feb. 10, 2017, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for "off-site use only," recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.   

To view the complete list of properties available in the HUD announcement published in the Feb. 10, 2017, Federal Register, and for contact information regarding those properties, click here.


Webinar - Outreach Strategies: Veteran Treatment Courts and Employment Services

Feb. 9, 2017

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Outreach Strategies: Veteran Treatment Courts and Employment Services” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Founded in 2008 by a judge in Buffalo, New York, the Veteran Treatment Court (VTC) program model includes regular court appearances, treatment sessions, and drug testing with the support of an interdisciplinary team. The program connects veterans to a variety of resources, including employment services, and structured accountability to prevent them from reoffending. Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grantees can play a critical role in meeting the employment needs of these veterans. This webinar will provide an overview of the VTC model, including the key partners required and outcomes achieved, and examine the partnership between an HVRP grantee and the local VTC.

The webinar will feature David Pelletier J.D., Program Director at Justice For Vets, Ronald Hill, Program Coordinator, and Paul Kutniewski, Intake Specialist, both from the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc. (MCVET) as guest speakers.

TO REGISTER FOR “Outreach Strategies: Veteran Treatment Courts and Employment Services” go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8370933146898011905 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Your Opportunity to Present at the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference

Jan. 30, 2017

Every year, NCHV gathers the top experts and presenters to lead sessions at the NCHV Annual Conference. Submit your presentation abstract to be among those guiding services as we embark into the new Administration by sharing your best practices, creative solutions, unique programs, and more with 700 attendees.

Click here to fill out an abstract submission form to present at the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference.


Webinar: Opioid Use Disorders and Homelessness

Jan. 23, 2017

The opioid epidemic in the United States has had a profound and deadly impact. Opioid use disorders are particularly hard on veterans who are homeless or at risk for being homeless, where prevalence of mental health conditions and substance misuse is high and access to health care often problematic.

The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans has explored this issue with Homeless Programs Office leaders and experts on substance use disorders and homelessness to develop a set of policy recommendations designed to complement ongoing Veterans Health Administration efforts in mental health and primary care. The rationale and caveats for these recommendations will be presented and discussed during this webinar roundtable on Feb. 2, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

Moderated by Center Director Dr. Thomas O’Toole, the event will provide an opportunity for a wider vetting of the issues and set the stage for future education and training of staff who work directly with veterans affected by the opioid epidemic.

Join the meeting online at http://va-eerc-ees.adobeconnect.com/hers/, or call 800-767-1750 and use access code 70207# for the audio


HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

Jan. 6, 2017

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Dec. 30, 2016, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Colorado and Oregon.

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for "off-site use only," recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.   

To view the complete list of properties available in the HUD announcement published in the Dec. 30, 2016, Federal Register, and for contact information regarding those properties, click here.


FOR CURRENT GPD GRANTEES: GPD NOFA Published

Dec. 23, 2016

We’ve been talking about the GPD “reboot” for some time now, and it is here! The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published Friday morning, and you can find it in the Federal Register or on the GPD website here. We will be sending additional information to you as it becomes available, so please be on the lookout for messages from NCHV and from the VA GPD Program Office.

Here’s what you can start doing now:

  1. Read the NOFA (available now): Note that only current GPDs are eligible to apply!
  2. Read the Notice of Termination (available now): This basically says that awards will be terminated on September 30, 2017 and that organizations with GPD need to respond to the NOFA
  3. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (available now): You can read this here.
  4. Participate in the NOFA webinars (registration information not yet available): The GPD program office will be providing a 2-hour webinar about the NOFA on January 17.  This webinar will be from 9:30 a.m. EST – 11:30 a.m. EST, with a repeat from 2:00 p.m. EST – 4:00 p.m. EST. A recording of the webinar will be available shortly after these presentations. If you are a current GPD grantee, you will be receiving a Save The Date with additional instructions from the VA GPD Program Office.
  5. Participate in the NOFA Question Webinars (registration information not yet available): The GPD program office will be providing additional follow-up webinars to answer current grantees’ questions about the NOFA.

GPD is an incredibly important community resource. Your service through GPD helps tens of thousands of veterans each year. We know that, as with any new funding notice or significant change in a program, the application process can seem be stressful and overwhelming. This is a unique opportunity to reset and rethink models, quantify the incredible change you facilitate for veterans, and dig in deeper with local partners to build the best systems serving the veterans who need your programs.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


Opioid Overdose to Treatment Webinar

Dec. 16, 2016

The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Michael Botticelli will host a webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST, highlighting ways hospitals are aiding individuals who have opioid use disorder and guide individuals who have suffered overdose to treatment.

Botticelli will outline the Administration's response to the opioid crisis and make a call to action. Expert panelists will provide an overview of comprehensive approaches. Models will include elements such as peer engagement and recovery coaching, in-hospital initiation of medication to treat opioid use disorder, counseling, and other psychosocial services.

Register for the webinar.


Raising Awareness About PTSD: A Resource Guide

Dec. 14, 2016

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has partnered with six major national nursing organizations to promote a new campaign called Joining Forces. The national initiative, led by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama, invites all nurses to make a pledge to educate themselves on PTSD and to provide the highest-quality care to military servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect anyone; this guide, along with the support of your healthcare provider, is intended to help nurses and other service providers understand, recognize, and cope with PTSD.

Click here to access Raising Awareness About PTSD: A Resource Guide.


Webinar on Holding an Operation Reveille Event

Dec. 13, 2016

Mark your calendars for an exciting webinar scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET to learn how you can implement an Operation Reveille event – a multi-sector collaboration to immediately house and provide supportive services to homeless veterans.

These events aim to provide veterans with the housing and wraparound services they need to successfully exit homelessness — in just one day.

To connect to the webinar, go to: https://thedc-group.adobeconnect.com/operationreveille/.  For audio, please dial 1-800-767-1750, code 40653#.


VA Awards Grant for Veterans Employment Pay for Success Program

Dec. 9, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation, together with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund, awarded the Veterans Employment Pay for Success (VEPFS) Program grant to the social investment firm, Social Finance, Inc.

As awarded, the $3 million employment, labor and training grant will support the employment rehabilitation of approximately 500 Veterans over a five-year period. By using the Pay for Success model, VA will be better able to ensure the measureable successes of veterans seeking vocational rehabilitation and employment based on their skills and abilities, particulary those living with service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD can be a significant barrier to Veterans’ chances of finding and maintaining meaningful employment. This program will specifically address this challenge facing many of our nation’s veterans.

The VEPFS program was developed over a 14-month period and began accepting applications in August.  Grant applicants were required to submit a project plan outlining key milestones for assessing Veterans’ progress toward sustained employment.  Overall improved employment outcomes will also be evaluated on successful employment that aligns with the interests, skills, goals, and abilities of individual Veterans.  Importantly, this project will ensure consistent and tailored mental health support for participating Veterans to foster not only great employment outcomes but also positive wellness outcomes.   

For more information on the VEPFS program visit Pay For Success: Incentivizing Sustainable Veteran Employment and https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/11/11/new-va-–-cncs-collaboration-connect-funding-better-outcomes-veterans.


HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

Dec. 9, 2016

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Dec. 9, 2016, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Nevada.

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for "off-site use only," recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.   

To view the complete list of properties available in the HUD announcement published in the Dec. 9, 2016, Federal Register, and for contact information regarding those properties, click here.


VA Announces SSVF Funding Availability

Dec. 7, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) regarding the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This NOFA announces the availability of funds for supportive services grants including renewal of existing SSVF grant programs as well as opportunities for new grants in targeted communities.

The deadline for submissions under this NOFA is Feb. 3, 2017. To read the full NOFA, click here.


Webinar – Making Use of the Federal Bonding Program with Veterans in HVRP

Nov. 30, 2016

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Making Use of the Federal Bonding Program with Veterans in HVRP” on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) is a national resource through the U.S. Department of Labor that provides employers a job-hire incentive that guarantees the job honesty of at-risk job seekers. A recent survey of a small sample of HVRPs across the country found that 70 percent of the programs know about the FBP, but only one has helped a homeless veteran make use of a bond to secure employment. What is your experience? In this webinar we provide an overview of the FBP and talk about the experience in Florida where last year 350 Bonds were approved. Lastly, we will explore ways to effectively use the FBP with HVRP participants.

The webinar will feature Tom Villanova, Union Insurance Group and Nikki Brown, FL Bond Coordinator, Department of Economic Opportunity, as guest speakers and will be facilitated by John Rio, MA, CRC, from the National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC).

TO REGISTER FOR “Making Use of the Federal Bonding Program with Veterans in HVRP” go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6014684123835483652 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org.


2016 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report Shows Continued Decline in Homelessness

Nov. 21, 2016

Homelessness continues to decline in the U.S, specifically among families with children, veterans, and individuals with long-term disabling conditions according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 549,928 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2016, a decline of 14 percent since 2010, the year the Obama Administration launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.

Over this seven-year period, HUD estimates the nation experienced a 23 percent reduction among homeless families, a 47 percent drop in veteran homelessness, and a 27 percent decline in individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. This national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care” and tens of thousands of volunteers seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings.

During one night in late January of 2016, tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation sought to identify individuals and families living on their streets as well as in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs.  These one-night ‘snapshot’ counts, as well as full-year counts and data from other sources (U.S. Housing Survey, Department of Education), are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress toward reducing it.

Key Findings of HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report:

On a single night in January 2016, state and local planning agencies reported:

  • 549,928 people were homeless representing an overall 14 percent reduction from January 2010. Most homeless persons (373,571) were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 176,357 persons were unsheltered.
  • The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 23 percent since 2010.
  • Veteran homelessness dropped by 47 percent (or 34,616 persons) since January 2010. On a single night in January 2016, 39,471 veterans were experiencing homelessness.
  • Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals declined by 27 percent (or 77,486 persons) since 2010.
  • The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children appeared to decline in 2016 to 35,686 though HUD will launch a more robust effort to more accurately account for this important population in January of 2017.

Since the launch of Opening Doors, several states and local communities have declared an effective end to veteran homelessness. As a consequence of intense planning and targeted intervention, homelessness among veterans fell by nearly 50 percent since 2010.This decline is largely attributed to the close collaboration between HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on a joint program called HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH). Since 2008, more than 79,000 rental vouchers have been awarded and approximately 111,000 formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes of their own because of HUD-VASH.

To read the full 2016 AHAR, click here.


HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

Nov. 21, 2016

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Nov. 18, 2016, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Oklahoma.

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for "off-site use only," recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.   

To view the complete list of properties available in the HUD announcement published in the Nov. 18, 2016, Federal Register, and for contact information regarding those properties, click here.


Webinar – Job Accommodations: Putting Veterans with Disabilities to Work

Nov. 17, 2016

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Job Accommodations: Putting Veterans with Disabilities to Work” on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2:00 pm ET.

Job accommodations can be vital for the successful employment of individuals with disabilities. Knowing how, when, and why it might be necessary to disclose a disability is the first and often most difficult part of the accommodation process. This webinar will provide information on disability disclosure in the workplace, highlight limitations commonly associated with veterans, and discuss possible accommodations. You’ll learn about the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and the resources available to assist you and your clients. The session will include examples of real life accommodation situations and solutions and time for questions.

The featured guest speaker for this webinar is Melanie Whetzel, Lead Consultant, Cognitive/Neurological Team at JAN.

TO REGISTER FOR “Job Accommodations: Putting Veterans with Disabilities to Work”:
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8146518423431171074 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org.


HUD-VASH Vouchers Announced, Will Provide 2,100 Veterans Permanent Homes

Nov. 14, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $18.5 million to 39 local public housing agencies across the country to provide a permanent home to an estimated 2,100 veterans experiencing homelessness.

The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.
The HUD-VASH Project Based Vouchers (PBVs) being awarded today are attached to specific existing, new construction or rehabilitated units. These vouchers will preserve affordable housing and ensure that persons who need services to live stably in their own homes receive them.

To view HUD's press release and a full list of the PBV announced today, click here.


Free Financial Literacy Webinars for Veterans from Clearpoint

Nov. 9, 2016

Join the Clearpoint Military Reconnect team on the following dates for free financial literacy webinars for veterans! Register at the links below.

Nov. 10 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST “Financial Success Starts Here” Every financial journey begins with a single step. This course is a great starting point for learning how to set financial goals, track your expenses and create a priority spending plan. Military participants will be able to ask questions and interact with a certified Clearpoint Educator. Click here to register.

Nov. 30 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST “Credit Confidence” Learn how credit can affect your financial life and identify strategies to manage your credit now and in the future. Click here to register

Dec. 14 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST “Identity Theft” Find out ways to protect your personal information from identity thieves, and what to do if you have been a victim. Click here to register.


Volunteers of America Illinois Honors National Equity Fund’s Debbie Burkart

Nov. 8, 2016

CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Becoming an expert in your field takes time and commitment. It demands a thorough knowledge as well as a profound passion for what one does. And that describes National Equity Fund's Debbie Burkart, who was honored today by Volunteers of America Illinois with its Corporate Silver Star Award at its 8th annual veterans' leadership luncheon at the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago hotel.

As NEF's national vice president for supportive housing, she has assisted in the acquisition and underwriting of more than $800 million in tax credit equity for special needs developments throughout the country and has led the LISC-NEF veteran housing initiative, Bring them HOMES, since its inception in 2012. Since that time, over $4.3 million, which includes $4 million in grants, has been raised to build more than 50 developments with 4,343 residences to meet the needs of homeless veterans and their families.

In addition, Burkart is a nationally recognized authority in not only supportive housing financing but also policy having cultivated relationships with relevant government agencies easing the path to bringing these developments to fruition. In 2008, she became a National Coalition for Homeless Veterans board member and recently joined the Corporation for Supportive Housing's (CSH) board.

Working tirelessly with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Burkart advocates and assists with implementing the adaptive reuse of thousands of acres of idle land and buildings owned by the VA, which are located near its healthcare facilities, for construction of veterans supportive housing with easy access to VA healthcare and services.

For more on the National Equity Fund, click here


Webinars - Financial Success, Credit, and Identity Theft

November 4, 2016

In honor of Military Family Month and Veterans Day, Clearpoint will be offering free webinars that are geared toward helping veterans, service members, and their families gain knowledge and tools for achieving financial wellness and sustainability. Sponsored with generous support from Citi Community Development – “Citi Salutes”. See these flyers for additional details and feel free to pass this information along. For those of your that are veterans, or have family members that have served or are currently serving, Clearpoint greatly appreciates your service and wishes you and your family a safe Veterans Day.

Join the Clearpoint Military Reconnect team on the following dates for free webinars! Register at the links below.

• November 10th from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST “Financial Success Starts Here” Every financial journey begins with a single step. This course is a great starting point for learning how to set financial goals, track your expenses and create a priority spending plan. Military participants will be able to ask questions and interact with a certified Clearpoint Educator.

• November 30th from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST “Credit Confidence” Learn how credit can affect your financial life and identify strategies to manage your credit now and in the future.

• December 14th from 3:00pm-4:00pm EST “Identity Theft” Find out ways to protect your personal information from identity thieves, and what to do if you have been a victim.


Conference Call - Veterans and Social Security Benefits

Nov. 1, 2016

In observance of Veterans Day, the Social Security Administration invites you to join a conference call to discuss informing veterans on Social Security benefits and agency initiatives.  In partnership with veteran service organizations, Social Security is here for veterans and their families throughout life’s journey.

The call will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Representatives from Social Security will talk about:

• Social Security budget status;
• Social Security/Veteran Affairs electronic records transmission;
• Internet Appeals (non-medical);
• Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act; and
• Ways to improve collaborative efforts to educate America’s veterans about their Social Security benefits.

Please remember to register to participate in the call. Before the call, we will email a reminder with the call-in information.

During the call, SSA invites you to follow them on Twitter at @SSAOutreach and ask us questions using #SSAEngage.


HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

Oct. 28, 2016

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Oct. 28, 2016, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Florida, Mississippi, and Texas.

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for "off-site use only," recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.   

To view the complete list of properties available in the HUD announcement published in the Oct. 28, 2016, Federal Register, and for contact information regarding those properties, click here.


Webinar – Accessing VA Benefits

Oct. 21, 2016

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Accessing VA Benefits” on Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 pm EDT.

Homeless veteran service providers, especially HVRP grantees, recognize the critical connection between a viable income and housing stability. Homeless veterans may be rapidly connected to housing, but they are better able to stay in housing when they are earning a livable wage. While placement in competitive employment may be the ultimate goal, service providers can utilize benefits payments to help homeless veterans find stability while they are seeking and even after obtaining employment. This webinar will help local community agencies better connect their homeless veteran consumers to VA benefits. Experts will share strategies for engaging more substantially with your VSO and community partners and navigating the sometimes complicated connection between disability benefits and employment.

This featured guest speakers for this webinar are Gerardo Avila, Deputy Director, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, American Legion and Shurhonda Love, Assistant National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans.

TO REGISTER FOR “Accessing VA Benefits”:

Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/696093492427550980 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org.


In the News: Honolulu Makes Significant Progress in Ending Veteran Homelessness

Oct. 18, 2016

A recent article in the Honolulu Star Adviser, Ranks of homeless veterans starting to thin, highlighted the impressive progress being made on Oahu to end veteran homelessness. With the number of homeless veterans on the island decreasing by 44 percent between January and August of this year, the ground-up collaboration between service providers, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Hawaii Governor David Ige, and national partners like Community Solutions, is making a definite impact.

For more on how Hawaii is ending veteran homelessness, read Ranks of homeless veterans starting to thin from the Honolulu Star Adviser.


Mayors Challenge National Call

Oct. 14, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is hosting a Mayors Challenge National Call on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Join HUD Secretary Julián Castro, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President Raymond Towle for a discussion on engaging and partnering with the business community in efforts to end veteran homelessness. All mayors, city staff, community partners, and stakeholders are encouraged to join.

Call Details:
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 2:00-2:45pm EST
Call-in: RSVP @ www.att-rsvp.com (Confirmation #404322)

If you have any questions, please email MayorsChallenge@hud.gov.


Prevention Partnerships for Young Veterans: Local Veteran and Homeless Programs and Resources

Oct. 6, 2016

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Prevention Partnerships for Young Veterans: Local Veteran and Homeless Programs and Resources” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2:00 pm EDT.

When younger veterans need support or want to engage with the veterans’ community, they often reach out to non-traditional networks. These networks include student organizations, health/fitness groups, advocacy organizations, and community service agencies that allow them to both receive services and give back to their communities. These organizations may be the first connection point to services for homeless or at-risk veterans. In this webinar you’ll learn about a number of these organizations, what they do, how they do it, and how you can connect with them on the local level.

This webinar features guest speakers from Back on My Feet, The Mission Continues, Student Veterans of America, Team Red, White and Blue, and Team Rubicon.

TO REGISTER FOR “Prevention Partnerships for Young Veterans: Local Veteran and Homeless Programs and Resources”:

Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2228303627711360260 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Cindy Borden at cborden@nchv.org.


Webinar – Creative Employer Engagement

Sept. 28, 2016

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Creative Employer Engagement” on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 2:00 pm EDT.

Strong employer relationships are the foundation of effective HVRP programs. This webinar will focus on how to take your employer relationships to the next level – from simply working with employers to truly engaging them and building mutually beneficial partnerships. Come learn creative strategies and approaches used by current grantees and discover new resources and tools.

Guest speakers include Carol Salter, Asst. VP, Workforce Solutions and National Director, SCSEP, (Easter Seals), Mary Ann Profeta, VP of Career Success Institute (Working Wardrobes), and Matt Holland, Employer Liasion (HealthNet).

TO REGISTER FOR “Creative Employer Engagement”:
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6244408386580247300 and complete the registration form.

You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Cindy Borden at cborden@nchv.org.


CSH Presents Housing Data Project Webinars

Sept. 26, 2016

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) Housing Data Project (HDP) collects and analyzes data to demonstrate the number of vulnerable people needing supportive housing in the following categories: mental health; addiction; veteran; family; youth; aging; justice; intellectual and developmental disability; individual homeless; and total need.

CSH will be sharing these reports in a series of three webinars:

• Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 1pm ET – Systems in Crisis: Public Health and Public Safety
• Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, 12pm ET – From Institution Care to Community Integration
• Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, 3pm ET - Youth & Families: Where We Need to Be

To register for any of these webinars click on the appropriate title. For more information on CSH, click here


ITT Closure Guidance from Student Veterans of America

Sept. 23, 2016

The recent closure of ITT Educational Services affects over 6,000 veterans enrolled in the company's classes and programs. With many students utilizing GI Bill benefits to cover housing costs while completing their studies, this event has put veterans at risk of homelessness.

Student Veterans of America has created a webpage with guidance for those student veterans impacted by the closure. The page is available here, and includes steps to take, important contacts, and assistance available to navigate the process.

In response to these events, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has also made its Unmet Needs Program available to veterans impacted by the closure.


Mayors Challenge National Call on Sept. 28

Sept. 23, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is hosting a call on Sept. 28, 2016, with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other federal partners to discuss how Mayors can work to end veteran homelessness in tight rental markets.

Call Details:
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Time: 11:00-11:45am EST
Call-in: www.att-rsvp.com ID #402942

For more information or questions, email MayorsChallenge@hud.gov.


HUD Properties Available for Homeless Services

Sept. 23, 2016

In accordance with the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, HUD published a Notice in the Sept. 23, 2016, Federal Register identifying Federal buildings and other real property HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies or by GSA regarding their inventories of excess or surplus property. The list includes buildings and properties in Louisiana, Ohio, and Virginia.

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for "off-site use only," recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.   

To view the complete list of properties available in the HUD announcement published in the Sept. 23, 2016, Federal Register, and for contact information regarding those properties, click here.


WEBINAR: Resources and Tips for Dealing with Debt Collection

Sept. 19, 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Servicemember Affairs Information Desk team is launching the webinar "Resources and Tips for Dealing with Debt Collection" on Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

The webinar is for military leaders, Command Financial Specialists, and service providers who offer financial, educational, or legal counseling to veterans and service members. Participants will learn helpful strategies for communicating with debt collectors, including an overview of CFPB resources.

"Resources and Tips for Dealing with Debt Collection" will be available at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/servicemembers/on-demand-forums-and-tools/.


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