February 2018 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
February 2018
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Help today! NCHV up to win grant to bolster efforts to continue to serve you
NCHV is in the running to receive a cash grant from a nonprofit organization called Mission Box.  Every little bit adds up and we need your support to earn this grant. Mission Box is giving away two grants this month to the organization with the largest number of supporters recommending it.  Please support us today by visiting NCHV’s Mission Box profile, and clicking the recommend button. The button looks like a thumbs up, and is next to our logo. The deadline for your support to be counted in this grant cycle is TODAY. Thank you for your support.

Connecting Research to Practice: Homelessness among Recent U.S. Veterans
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Media and advocacy outlets have expressed alarm about homelessness among post-9/11 era veterans, with little systematic research available to evaluate these claims and to offer an empirically-based profile of the nature and extent of homelessness. In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Metraux of the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans will draw upon research, media and advocacy accounts to identify the factors that are particular to homelessness among this most recent cohort of veterans, with a particular focus on defining military-based factors of this era and broader systemic forces that were formative to their experiences after returning to civilian life.
These factors interact to create a set of circumstances that do not appear to currently create substantially elevated rates of homelessness among post-9/11 veterans, but potentially do warrant policy attention and interventions in specific areas, as well as further monitoring of homelessness risk over the cohort’s collective life course.
Call 800-767-1750 and use access code 92715# for the audio.

Housing Instability among Women Veterans Accessing Care through the Veterans Health Administration
New research brief from the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans
While the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides a continuum of housing and supportive services to address housing instability, little research has focused specifically on the population of women veterans who are engaged with VHA health care services and are experiencing housing instability. Specifically, there is limited information about how the needs of women veterans who have experienced housing instability may differ from those who have not. The objective of this research brief is to explore the sociodemographic characteristics and health services use among women veterans who have an indicator of housing instability in their VHA medical records, how they may vary from their stably housed counterparts, and what that means for services provision and future research. 
The VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans has produced this research brief, Housing Instability among Women Veterans Accessing Care through the VHA, by Dr. Dorota Szymkowiak and Dr. Ann Elizabeth Montgomery.
NCHV Featured in Discussion of Veteran Homelessness at the National Level
Hosted by HVAF of Indiana, available online
Earlier today, HVAF of Indiana, Inc. and their local CoC Education & Policy Committee, hosted a talk on veteran homelessness. NCHV Director of Technical Assistance Cindy Borden was on site to share a national perspective, promising practices, and lessons learned in other communities.
To view a recording of the event, click here.
New eBook: Leading the State and Local Policy Agenda in 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 1:00-3:00 pm ET
Targeted to leaders and decision-makers in state, county, and municipal government, this eBook takes a closer look at some of the most pressing policy issues of the day. These include managing the impacts technology is having on transportation, providing housing for homeless veterans, and public health.
The eBook touches on the effects of the 2017 HUD budget cuts on communities that had effectively ended homelessness, and other communities working toward that goal.
Funding Opportunities
The Fidelity Foundation seeks to work with organizations on strategic, transformative projects that have the potential to substantially increase the grantee’s impact, efficiency or long-term stability. They seek to fund projects that focus on planning initiatives, technology, capital improvements, and organizational development. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, click here.
The Sowers Club of Lincoln, Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Nebraska. They seek to improve the quality of life in their community by providing a wide range of charitable giving with an emphasis on youth; underprivileged, and education. The next application deadline is June 15. For more information, click here.