Category: Continuum of Care

Homelessness as a State of Emergency Webinar

A joint webinar about Homelessness as a State of Emergency (SOE) by the Alliance, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. Local decision makers and service providers talk about implementing SOE declarations and the impact on local policies and service delivery.

Homelessness: A State of Emergency

In 2015, largely due to increases in their unsheltered homeless population, three communities, Seattle/King County, WA, Portland, OR, and the State of Hawaii officially declared a homelessness state of emergency (SOE); Los Angeles has also stated its intent to declare. This brief will describe the homelessness SOEs that have been declared since October 2015, note the national implications, and reflect on how other communities should view SOEs.

NOFA Performance Measures Making You Nervous? Embrace Your Outcomes.

System performance outcomes make up 38 points of your HUD Continuum of Care Competition application this year. This means your performance now carries significant weight when it comes to determining your funding (more than ever before).

And while it may seem daunting to look at the numbers around your outcomes (or even downright scary), your outcomes will tell you what your vision should be for your system, and what kind of plan you should outline in your application. Here are ways you can reflect on your outcomes for HUD’s seven performance measures:

Don’t Forget to Demonstrate Partnerships in your NOFA Application

We’re still digging through HUD’s latest CoC Program NOFA to determine what CoCs should do to secure the maximum amount of federal funds to assist homeless people.

Today, we’re looking at all the incentives spelled out in the NOFA that encourage communities to develop partnerships. HUD will base about a quarter of the points in a community’s overall “score” on the CoC’s strategic use of resources. And by “resources” HUD doesn’t just mean the CoC funds HUD is awarding; it also means the array of funding resources CoCs can access through these partnerships.

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