April 2018 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
April 2018
Counting Down: One Month Left Until 2018 NCHV Annual Conference Kicks Off! 
May 30 - June 1 in Washington, D.C.
Time is running out to register for the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, don't miss the top training event in the nation specifically for homeless veteran service providers, register 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.  
Hill Watch: Annual Conference Brings New Programming
Advocacy 101 Institute introduces local advocacy training
Every year at the NCHV Annual Conference, we offer attendees a Public Policy session. It is the representation of one of the three core missions of NCHV. This year, it is getting bigger and better – and don’t worry, there will always be a Public Policy session!
There have traditionally been two sections to the policy portion of the Annual Conference: the Public Policy Session and the Federal Partners Session. The former is where we get our advocates up-to-date on what is happening on the Hill, make sure everyone is on message, and give some basic guidance to new advocates who may be going to the Hill for the first time. The latter is where we have heard directly from an assembled board of Federal Agency representatives, most usually from VA, HUD, USICH, and DOL.
This year we are adding a third component as part of our addition of “Institutes” to the Conference – the Local, State, and Federal Advocacy Institute. This nearly three-hour block of sessions will take the advocacy training normally found in the Public Policy Session as its core, but also include training on advocacy for the local and state level. Attendees will hear successful advocates discuss the why’s and how’s of their local work, as well as from representatives of NCHV’s national partner organizations who will discuss how to leverage their organization’s resources to succeed when they get home.
This new initiative is part of NCHV’s growing Operation Main Street program which aims to help our members grow their advocacy prowess and make impacts in communities across the country. We recommend at least one member of your staff attend this Institute, so your organization can benefit from the assembled expertise. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
HUD 2017 Mainstream Voucher Program NOFA Webinar
May 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET
HUD recently issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $100 million in new “Mainstream” housing vouchers for nonelderly people with disabilities. View the Office of Housing Choice Vouchers page to access the NOFA, FAQs, and other materials. Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) are eligible to submit applications, due on June 18, 2018. While not a requirement, HUD is providing points in this competitive process for applications that include partnerships between housing and services agencies, especially those that target housing assistance to assist people with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings, at risk of institutionalization, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) are sponsoring a webinar on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT to provide additional information about this exciting opportunity. The webinar will review the NOFA requirements and provide Continuums of Care (CoC) and homeless services providers with strategies to reach out to and establish partnerships with the Housing Authority(ies) in your community.
The webinar is free of charge. Register for the webinar via SurveyMonkey. Once the survey is completed, select “Continue” and GoToWebinar will verify your information. Select “Register” to complete the registration process. Note that this webinar is specifically for state and local services agencies. For information about related webinars, please email: lsloane@tacinc.org.
This Mental Health Month, Share the Possibilities
May is Mental Health Month, Resources from VA
This May, in observance of Mental Health Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will highlight the life-changing outcomes and the possibilities that stem from mental health treatment. Whether you’re a veteran sharing your story, a service provider or family member providing support, or a friend lending a hand, focusing on these positive outcomes can be a powerful way to provide encouragement and shape how veterans and our entire nation thinks about treatment when they’re facing mental health challenges.
Visit https://maketheconnection.net/mhm to access resources to help encourage veterans to Make The Connection.
Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities at the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference
Support efforts to end veteran homelessness while putting your organization or products in the spotlight!
The 2018 NCHV Annual Conference will feature new and expanded opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors. Support the premier training conference for homeless veteran service providers and other stakeholders, AND get your organization's name in front of 700 attendees and 14,000 social media followers. The event also garners local and national traditional media coverage. This is the best opportunity for those looking to interact with homeless veteran service providers from across the country.

Click here to view the Exhibitor and Sponsor application with more details.
Funding Opportunities
The Pollination Project’s goal is to support practical dreamers. They seek to fund projects in their earliest phases, including tangible things like infrastructure and outreach. For more information and to take an online eligibility quiz, click here.
The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation seeks to promote social justice and human rights by funding organizations that operate within five program areas: Jewish life, strengthening Israeli democracy, health and mental health, educational opportunity, and human rights. For more information, click here.