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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Training Opportunities

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The following is being forwarded on behalf of CSH Supportive Housing Training Center:

Offering Expertise in Harm Reduction

Did you miss Introduction to Harm Reduction, one of our most popular trainings?

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Introduction to Harm Reduction
E-class Recording - $30

Discounted Package of All Seven Coordinated Assessment Training Recordings
  • Improving Community-wide Targeting of Supportive Housing to End Chronic Homelessness: The Promise of Coordinated Assessment
  • Research & Applications of the Transition Aged Youth (TAY) Triage Tool
  • Using Data to Target Effectively: An Examination of the FUSE Initiative
  • Family Targeting
  • Coordinated Assessment: Drilling Down
  • Operationalizing Coordinated Assessment
  • Learn and Discuss: System-wide Targeting & Prioritization

Why you should access our Coordinated Assessment Training

What trainees are saying...

"I enjoyed the questions the facilitator asked the attendees complete. It made the webcast feel more engaging and interactive." Bob F.

"Very well run and organized....the slides were clear and informative. Questions were well managed and everyone's were answered." Kelly J.

"The discussion about tools and minimizing questions is very useful. It is challenging when the HMIS system already has access to one tool and the CoC feels like the decision has been made for them. It is good to hear feedback that we should just start using a tool to inform the process and then decide what is needed." Tara C.

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Property Management and Services Coordination
E-class - 09/29/2015, 2-3:30pm ET - $50

Naugatuck and Enfield Housing Authorities Opening Sectino 8 Voucher Lists

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The Naugatuck Housing Authority Opening Section 8 Voucher List

Dates: Must be postmarked between Monday, August 17th and Friday, August 21st
Mail to: Naugatuck Housing Authority, 16 Ida Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770
This program offers rent subsidies in the Borough of Naugatuck. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Applicants must meet all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development eligibility guidelines and must not exceed income limits. Click here for the Public Notice. Click here for the pre-application in English and click here for Spanish.

The Enfield Housing Authority Opening Section 8 Voucher List

Dates: Must be postmarked between Wednesday, August 19th and Friday, August 21st
This program offers rent subsidies in Enfield. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply. Applicants must meet all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development eligibility guidelines and must not exceed income limits. Click here for the pre-application in English and click here for Spanish.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


When:  Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Where:  Cocilovo Room, Beers Hall, CVH, Middletown
Time:  9 AM to 12:30 PM
Presenters:  Dawn Emerson and Libby Protzman

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


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SNAPS In Focus: NOFAs Past and Present

Here at SNAPS, we are busy preparing to release the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the next several weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to provide some feedback about last year’s competition and give you a sense of our priorities moving forward.

FY 2014 Funding Process

In one sense, the FY 2014 funding process was much easier because there was no CoC Application; instead, we used the CoC’s score from the FY 2013 CoC Application. We saw an improvement in project applications, and we think that is due in part to the fact that project applicants and CoCs took more care to ensure that project applications were more complete and accurate. This resulted in fewer projects falling below threshold requirements.
Fewer CoCs reallocated funds to new projects in 2014 than in 2013. Some CoCs may have chosen not to reallocate because there was less time to plan before the 2014 process or because they could apply for bonus projects. We received over 200 applications for permanent supportive housing bonus projects and were only able to fund only 25. Needless to say, there were several excellent projects that we could not fund because of a lack of resources.
As we move forward into the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition we hope to see the same attention to the quality of the project applications even as CoCs have to complete the CoC Application once again.

FY 2015 and Beyond

The quick turnaround between 2013 and 2014 and using the 2013 CoC Application score for both years allowed us to return to a more reasonable competition timeline. This year, our goal is to release the NOFA in July, and in future years, we’d like to release the NOFAs in late spring. Here is what you can expect from the next NOFA.
  • A More Competitive Process. We believe that we have enough funding for FY 2015 to award all renewal projects, however, we are still implementing a tiered funding process. Tier 1 will be a smaller percentage than in years past, and the process for selecting projects from Tier 2 will be much more competitive. Whether a project is funded will depend much more on the performance of the CoC and the qualities of the project. CoCs should be evaluating their performance and identifying lower priority projects that can be reallocated as well as planning new permanent housing projects that can be created through reallocation or bonus.
  • Rewards for CoCs Implementing Strategies Consistent with Opening Doors. In FY 2015, HUD will be more aggressively promoting the strategies outlined in Opening Doors. This includes demonstrating progress towards strategic resource allocation, ending chronic homelessness, ending family homelessness, ending veteran homelessness, ending youth homelessness, and implementing housing first approaches. As we get closer to the target dates for the goals of ending family and youth homelessness, you can expect to see an increased emphasis during the competition on meeting these goals.
  • Expanded Reallocation Opportunities. In the past few competitions the only new projects CoCs could apply for were permanent housing projects. This year, we are expanding reallocation to allow CoCs to fund projects that enhance data collection and analysis along with coordinated entry. This means, in the FY 2015 Competition, CoCs will be able to reallocate to the following types of projects:
    • Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless households, including individuals, families, and unaccompanied youth
    • Rapid Re-housing for individuals and families, including unaccompanied youth, who are residing on the streets or in emergency shelters or who are fleeing domestic violence
    • Dedicated HMIS
    • Supportive Service Only for Coordinated Entry
It is our hope that with additional time to plan and increased opportunities, that more CoCs will take advantage of reallocation to reprogram funds to better meet local needs.
  • Permanent Housing Bonus Projects. There will be an opportunity to apply for permanent housing bonus projects – either rapid re-housing or permanent supportive housing. We suggest that you read the NOFA carefully as some of the requirements for the permanent housing bonus will likely be different than in prior years.
As we do each year, we will post a NOFA broadcast to walk through the highlights and will cover what you need to know to compete for funds. Please view the broadcast and carefully review the NOFA and detailed instructions that accompany the application to ensure that you are as competitive as possible.
In the meantime, we have published a variety of resources on the HUD Exchange and I recommend that you take some time to read them as they will provide you with a sense of program requirements, HUD policies related to ending homelessness, technical assistance materials, and promising practices.
Thank you for your commitment to ending homelessness.
Norm Suchar
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

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