Showing posts from August 17, 2018

SNAPS In Focus: Ending Homelessness in Rural America

The Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) is coordinating with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and other federal partners to bring rural communities to the forefront as we launch our rural strategy – All Routes Home: Ending Homelessness in Rural America . Here is a summary of some of the housing challenges facing rural areas: Over one-third of rural rental units are at least 55 years old. 3.6% of homes lack complete plumbing (double the national average). Substandard living conditions, such as poor insulation, often lead to financial strain from high utility costs . 1.3 million renters in suburban and non-metro rural areas are experiencing worst case housing needs (roughly 15% of the total), per HUD’s latest Worst Case Housing Needs Report . In the past, HUD has often used Balance of State and Statewide Continuums of Care (CoCs) as a proxy definition for rural communities. A quick look at the 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count shows that

Important Information About HTF Project Commitment and Completion Requirements

HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) is reminding Housing Trust Fund (HTF) grantees about important requirements applicable to the HTF program. Upcoming Commitment Requirement Deadlines HUD obligated the first HTF grants in September 2016. The statutory 24-month commitment deadlines for FY 2016 grants are rapidly approaching for most grantees. OAHP recommends that every HTF grantee closely monitor its progress toward its 24-month deadline for committing HTF funds. HUD will use the HTF data in its Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) to make an initial determination whether a grantee has met its 24-month commitment deadline. Commitment, as defined in the regulations at 24 CFR 93.2, means the grantee has executed a legally binding written agreement with a recipient under which HTF assistance is to be provided for an identifiable project. Commitments may be entered into IDIS after the grantee executes a legally binging agreement with a recipien

HUD Job Opportunities: St. Croix, USVI and San Juan, PR - CPD Specialists

HUD has announced job opportunities in the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division. St. Croix, USVI San Juan, PR Closing Date 8/24/2018 Appointment Type Term hires.             Visit the HUD Exchange at

Upcoming SAMHSA webinar on technology and mental health

Join SAMHSA’s webinar on mental health mobile apps and videoconferencing-based telemental health. Wednesday, August 29, 2018 1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern (10:30 -12:00 Pacific) <![if !supportLists]> (1) <![endif]> An Evaluation Framework and the Future of Mental Health Mobile Apps About Our Speaker.   John Torous, MD, MBI , is director of the Digital Psychiatry Division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital. Dr. Torous is a member the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Mental Health Information Technology. <![if !supportLists]> (2) <![endif]> Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health: An Overview About Our Speaker.   Jay Shore, MD, MPH , is director of Telemedicine at the Arthur and Helen E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Shore is the Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Telepsychiatry. Reg

NHSDC  FALL 2018: Data Institute Almost Sold Out!

Check out the sessions and be sure to register soon! Good News! Preliminary Agenda is  Here !   Don't Miss out on the Data Institute and Service Tou

From our Federal Partners: Look Beneath the Surface Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign Materials Available

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) plans to disseminate sample packs of their newest Look Beneath the Surface campaign materials in the next few weeks. The sample pack will include copies of the items listed below (also available on the OTIP website ). Almost all of the materials are available in English and Spanish, and the posters/brochures are customizable so that agencies can add their own logo and contact information (instructions are outlined in the Partner Style Guide). If your agency is interested in receiving a sample pack, please reach out to Flavia Keenan-Guerra ( ) by Close of Business Monday, August 20, 2018 to provide a contact name and mailing address. Available Materials: Bookmark National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) Sticker Sticker for Youth Auto Sticker Pocket Card for Health Providers Trafficking Pocket Card Pocket Card for Youth Brochure for Health

Lazarus Caucus Harvest Gala + Silent Auction 9/28, 6:30pm (Catonsville, MD)

Please see the info below containing all the details to the Lazarus Caucus Harvest Gala and Silent Auction to be held 6:30 PM, Friday, September 28 at the Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville, Maryland. Program Ad + Patron Order Form About Lazarus Caucus