(VA) Honoring the Greatest Generation, C&P Exams, 9 VA Events This Week

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Honoring the Greatest Generation: An Aircraft Tribute to WWII Veterans

This Friday, September 25, at 10:00 (ET), join a live stream of World War II aircraft flying over Washington, D.C.


VA has partnered with specialized contract examiners to resume in-person Compensation & Pension (C&P) exams related to disability benefits at their designated contract facilities and not at VA medical facilities. Your local VA Medical Center (VAMC) will still conduct VA medical appointments and testing related to your health care. 



VA has rolled out a new system that simplifies making appointments at VA health care facilities. Veterans in Central Ohio are the first to get access.


In case you missed it - Women Veteran Series with VA Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers
Advice on Transitioning, Employment, and Building a Business - WATCH
Appeals, Mental Health, Military Sexual Trauma, Military Spouses - WATCH

Virtual Events this Week

Sept. 24
Woman Veteran Series: Women's Reproductive and Whole Health Resources
Connecting Women Veterans to their Benefits 
Modeling Healthy Technology Behaviors for Young Children
Candid Conversations: The National Mental Health Crisis in the Age of COVID
Toast To Our Troops, Military, Veterans, Caregivers
Sept. 25 - Tele-Townhall Live featuring the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
Sept. 26 - World's Largest Pet Walk
Sept. 28 - Tele-Townhall Live in Kansas
Sept. 30 - Women Veterans Q&A with VA Leadership


Must Listen

Two New VA Podcasts

Did you know the VA hosts several podcasts? Download and listen! 


Borne the Battle

Marine Veteran Aaron Quinonez, CEO of Operation Pop Smoke discusses his projects to help Veterans suffering from PTSD and suicidal thoughts. 



Vets First Podcast

Learn more about kidney disease from two Veteran perspectives. 



Show a Veteran or Loved One You Care. Be There.

As Suicide Prevention Month wraps up, continue to take action. If you know a Veteran facing a tough time, find tools and resources to help and support.


Home Loans

Looking to slide into home? Get the facts about the VA home loan program


Volunteers return safely to national cemeteries during COVID-19

Veterans with Masters Degrees in International Affairs & Political Science Fields:  Apply for the Veterans Innovation Partnership Fellowship

Walkies! Join the World's Largest Pet Walk on September 26!

6 Common Interview Questions and How to Prepare for Them

Veterans Check In and Chat over Virtual Coffee

Army Veteran Volunteer Delivers 1,000 Masks from VA Partners

A message from VA's Center for Women Veterans Executive Director Ms. Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd for Suicide Prevention Month

VA News Releases

National Resource Directory

VA Welcome Kit

Find a VA Facility near you.


Not sure where to start?



No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access to VA services for homeless and at-risk Veterans

Homeless Veteran Chat Confidential, 24/7 online support for homeless Veterans and friends

https://www.va.gov/homeless for more information

Are You a Veteran in Crisis or Concerned About One? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

(WellSky) COORDINATED ENTRY: New ideas to meet HUD requirements [webinar]

Discover innovative solutions to meet HUD requirements for coordinated entry

COORDINATED ENTRY: New ideas to meet HUD requirements [webinar]
Thursday, October 1 at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT  

The latest coordinated entry data elements from the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) have raised many questions among homelessness service providers about how to enhance their coordinated entry system.

This webinar will look at how the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (WVCEH) is meeting this challenge. You will see the steps they took to design their program, the ways they bring together stakeholders from across the state, and how they address some of the most difficult aspects of the new HUD requirements, including:

  • Standardized access to the system
  • Creating a prioritization plan
  • Designing a shared assessment tool

You will gain a framework to augment your coordinated system and build greater cooperation among health systems, law enforcement, and other service providers in your area. You can also ask questions about specific challenges you are facing.

Can't make the live webinar?

Register now and you will receive a link to the recording and slides.

(Maryland DHCD) NEWS RELEASE - Hogan Administration Announces Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program Awards

Hogan Administration Announces Local Government Infrastructure Financing
Program Awards
$24.2 million provided to seven local governments for projects and
debt refinancing
NEW CARROLLTON, Md. (September 24, 2020) - Governor Larry Hogan today announced more than $24.2 million in awards from the Local Government Infrastructure Program to seven local governments. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, program awards will support three capital projects and enable four localities to refinance existing debt for significant long term savings. Funds were generated by a pooled bond issuance that featured the lowest interest rates in the program's history,
"The historically low interest rates in this Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program bond issuance is a testament to our prudent management of state resources and responsiveness to our local government partners," said Governor Hogan. "The program creates a great opportunity for local jurisdictions to fund capital projects that benefit their community or to refinance existing loans to save money in their budgets with guidance and assistance from the state."
The Local Government Infrastructure Financing program provides an efficient and economical means for smaller county and municipal governments to access capital markets in order to refinance debt or fund infrastructure projects for eligible local governments. The loans offer attractive rates and flexible terms. The program generates savings in the costs of borrowing by pooling the local demand from multiple jurisdictions and managing the bond issue. Throughout the process, program participants receive technical expertise and resources from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, including bond counsel and a financial advisor, to help local governments navigate successfully through the complexities of bond financing.
Three jurisdictions will use program funding for capital projects. The City of District Heights (Prince George's) will use program funding to construct an addition to a municipal building to create a new senior community center with a small commercial kitchen, multipurpose rooms, a fitness room, lounge, and office space. The City of Havre de Grace (Harford) received assistance for water and sewer system improvements, including repair of an existing water tower and pump station upgrades. The City of Westminster (Carroll) will  use program funds to renovate the city's community pool complex.
Four jurisdictions will refinance existing debt through the program to achieve long term savings. Combined, the City of Aberdeen (Harford), the Town of Oakland (Garrett), the St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission, and the Somerset County Sanitary Commission will achieve an estimated savings of nearly $2.6 million through debt refinancing.
"The department's financing initiatives provide necessary investment support for housing, businesses and local governments," said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. "This is an example of how our lending capacity supports worthy projects."
Since its creation in 1988, the Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program has successfully administered 38 distinct bond issues that have raised over $528 million in capital for hundreds of projects in 70 different local jurisdictions. For more information on the LGIF program, visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/lgif.
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Owen McEvoy, Director of the Office of Public Information

Sara Luell, Director of Communications

  1-800-756-0119 | http://dhcd.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, 7800 Harkins Rd, Lanham, MD 20706

(HUD) HTF Report Now Posted

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HTF Report Now Posted
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The following Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Program report has been posted on the HUD Exchange.

Additional HTF Program reports are available on the Housing Trust Fund Page.

HTF Report as of 9/22/2020 Now Available:

  • HTF Deadline Compliance Status Reports: The reports assist grantees and HUD Field Offices in monitoring compliance with the two-year commitment requirement of the HTF statute and the five-year expenditure requirement of the HTF regulations.

HTF Deadline Compliance Status Reports are available for Grant Years 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

(HUD) COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers – September 23, 2020

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COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers – September 23, 2020

Digest for September 23, 2020

The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, HUD and its partners are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on best practices and lessons learned.

This bi-weekly digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners.

NewNew HUD SNAPS Resources

NewNew Federal Agency Resources

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Internal Revenue Service (IRS):

Visit the SNAPS Disease Risks and Homelessness page for a full list of COVID-19 infectious disease prevention and response resources.

View the full COVID-19 SNAPS resource digest for a comprehensive list of websites and resources.

Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info