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Upcoming Events

Future webinar opportunities will be posted once the registration opens.

Prior Events and Webinar Materials
  • Solving for Homelessness among Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Other Populations--An HSRC Case Study Webinar: The recording, transcript, and handouts for this April 18 webinar are now available. The session featured a model cross-sector partnership that is creating bridges across systems so individuals can have both housing without precondition and access to comprehensive services that they choose. 
  • Turning Resources into Action: Increasing Integrated Housing Options for People with I/DD: This May 11 webinar provided an overview from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of their programs that advance community living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). A state official described its strategy for using these resources to create more community-based housing options, and a self-advocate shared their success story of getting housing in the community. This was the second of a three-part webinar series: Improving and Expanding Community Living Options for People with I/DD. Webinar materials will be posted when they are available.
  • Community Living Housing Options for People with I/DD: Perspective on Barriers and Solutions: Safe, accessible, and affordable housing that is integrated in the community is a vital component for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to live and participate in their communities. This March 29 webinar looked at barriers, programs and partnerships, and examples of community-driven solutions. This was the first of a three-part webinar series: Improving and Expanding Community Living Options for People with I/DD. View the first webinar's recording and slides and explore links from Disability Rights Center--NH: A Place to Call Your Own article and Spring 2022 magazine. Also see Iowa COMPASS housing tip sheet
  • The Role of Transportation in Cross-Sector Collaborations Designed to Improve Housing Stability: This February 27 webinar featured two effective pathways to create cross-sector partnerships that support housing stability for older adults and people with disabilities by improving access to transportation options. 
  • Braiding Resources to Collaboratively Develop and Strengthen Housing + Services Partnerships: This January 9 webinar featured examples of strong collaborations across federal, state, and local levels that combine rental assistance and access to supportive services for people with disabilities, older adults, and people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Presenters explored not only opportunities to braid funding and resources but also approaches to developing partnerships that really work.
  • Ending Homelessness--Developing Partnerships between HUD Continuums of Care (CoCs) and Disability, Aging and Health Services Providers: This recording of the August 2022 HSRC webinar orients participants to CoC structures and cross-sector partnerships that address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. (Tip: This YouTube Help page on playback speeds has tabs for different devices.)
  • Working Together to Empower Community Inclusion: Health/Housing/Independent-Living Partnerships: This August 2022 HSRC webinar discussed the preference for many people with disabilities to live and fully participate in their communities and their civil right to do so under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Olmstead v L.C., 1999). A clear goal of community integration is one hallmark of effective approaches for people with disabilities, including people with behavioral health needs, to transition to the community from an institution. Featuring a top national expert, a center for independent living, and a large health system, this webinar reveals effective strategies for supporting individuals as they find homes in the community, arrange for services individuals need and choose, and integrate into community life.
  • Community Transitions: Creative Collaborations Move People Home: Also from August 2022, this HSRC webinar featured two states' programs that entail partnerships with nursing homes, hospitals, and community-based organizations to assist people with settling back into homes in the community and have reduced readmissions. What are the core elements of these programs? What roles do industry, other state programs, and community service providers play? How can states and local partners overcome common barriers? Two panels explored these and other questions during this engaging webinar. Participants also learned about funding sources, tools, and tips for replicating these models in their states.
  • Building and Sustaining Home Modification Collaborations: Strategies for Your Community: This July 2022 office hour explored the many opportunities to use cross-sector collaboration to expand access to home modification. Staff from the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology were "in the office" to answer questions and offer other solutions.
  • Addressing Housing Accessibility through Cross-Sector Partnerships: A Closer Look at Home Modification Collaborations at Work: This June 2022 webinar focused on effective home modification service delivery through partnerships with professionals and funding sources from the aging, disability, housing, and health care sectors. 
  • Webinar Series Engaging the Disability Community in Fair Housing Planning: This April 2022 two-part series included the history of the Fair Housing Act and context for the requirement to affirmatively further fair housing; best practices for fair housing planning that considers the needs of individuals with disabilities; an overview of effective community participation that involves individuals with disabilities and their stakeholders; principles of community engagement with the disability community; best practices for community engagement throughout the fair housing planning process; and engaging stakeholders in fair housing planning. 
  • Cross-Sector Partnerships that Create Housing Stability: This two-part webinar series in March 2022 featured new federal funding and flexibilities that states and local stakeholders can use to sustainably improve housing stability for older adults, people with disabilities, and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness  The second webinar highlighted state partnerships that spur local collaborations so these groups have both housing and access to an array of supportive services.
  • Cross-Sector Partnerships to Expand Options for Affordable, Accessible Housing: January and February 2022 recordings of three office hours and related materials. The series highlighted innovative partnerships between the housing sector, aging and disability networks, and health care that expanded access to affordable, accessible housing, service coordination, home modifications, durable medical equipment, and housing search information.
  • Preventing and Addressing Eviction Through Community Partnerships: November 2021 webinar recording and related materials on ACL-funded programs protecting rights and preventing abuse. Presenters describe state and local partnerships that help them address the needs of people dealing with eviction.
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Tools to Assist the People You Serve: September 2021 webinar recording and related materials with tools and information to help people assist consumers with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • Pairing HUD and HHS Resources to Address Homelessness Webinar Series: Summer 2021 recordings of a webinar series on partnership opportunities and on-the-ground examples of successful approaches to pairing HHS agency resources with HUD housing assistance for people experiencing homelessness, including the 70,000 Emergency Housing Vouchers.

New Technical Assistance Resources and Tools

  • FindSupport: helps people identify available resources, explore unbiased information about various treatment options, and learn how to reach out to get support they need  for issues with mental health, drugs, or alcohol

  • ALL INside: The Biden-Harris administration has announced the launch of ALL INside, a first-of-its-kind initiative to address unsheltered homelessness across the country. Through the initiative, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and its 19 federal member agencies will partner with state and local governments to strengthen and accelerate local efforts to get unsheltered people into homes in six places: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix Metro, Seattle, and the State of California.  ALL INside is a key part of All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which set a bold goal to reduce homelessness 25 percent by 2025 and ultimately build a country where every person has a safe and affordable home. To learn more about the ALL INside initiative, watch the launch event or read the White House Fact Sheet, USICH Press Release, or USA Today: Exclusive: Biden administration unveils initiative to combat homelessness in 5 US cities, California

  • Older Adults Home Modification Program Awards: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $15 million for safety and health repairs in the homes of low-income older adults to support aging in place. The grants targeted 7 substantially rural areas and 7 urbanized centers.

  • Lessons from the Ground: Best Practices in Fair Housing Planning: Drawing on discussions with HUD grantees, this toolkit offers guidance on developing a fair housing planning team, fostering cooperation across different departments, agencies, and governments, conducting community engagement, collecting and analyzing fair housing data, and setting SMARTER fair housing goals.

  • Coordinating Systems of Care to Provide a Comprehensive Behavioral Health Crisis Response to Individuals Experiencing Homelessness: The brief identifies strategies to enhance crisis care by promoting stronger coordination between behavioral health crisis response systems and homelessness systems.

  • Special Purpose Vouchers: Working Collaboratively to Achieve Community Goals to End Homelessness: This recorded webinar discusses Special Purpose Vouchers (SPVs), a type of Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) that, when utilized strategically in collaborations with Continuums of Care (CoCs) and other partners, help advance a community's goals for ending homelessness. Watch the recording, and download the slides and transcript.

  • Serving Unsheltered People with Severe Service Needs: This publication from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) outlines the various ways in which vulnerable individuals with severe service needs require appropriate health services to ensure the best possible chance of sustained housing stability. Also included are innovative strategies for service delivery (like mobile health care, telehealth, medical respite, peer support, and others), promising practices, and examples from the field.

  • Acronyms and Terms from the Aging, Disability, Health, and Housing Sectors: New Housing and Services Resource Center webpage has a list of services acronyms and ones from the housing sector. 

  • LGBTQIA+ Fair Housing Toolkit: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released this toolkit to educate housing providers, tenants, applicants, and other housing consumers on LGBTQIA+ fair housing and civil rights protections and to advance housing equity for LGBTQIA+ individuals. It has information about relevant laws and regulations, HUD's Equal Access Rule, protected housing rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals, and more.

  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Proposed Rule: The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a proposed rule that implements the Fair Housing Act's affirmatively furthering fair housing mandate, which directs the government to promote fair housing choice, eliminate disparities in housing, and foster inclusive communities. A summary for the aging and disability networks and their partners is available. The comment period has closed.

  • Understanding Disabilities in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities Toolkit Guide: The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) released this guide to increase awareness and knowledge of the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native persons living with disabilities. The toolkit guide contains information about independent living, housing, disabilities, tribes and resources.

  • Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative (Notice PIH 2023-04): The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued Notice PIH 2023-04: Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Initiative. This notice amends the previous notice and announces the availability of $30 million in new FYI funds to be made available on a noncompetitive, rolling basis. The FYI Initiative was created in 2019 to invest in cross-system collaborations to prevent and end homelessness among youth with a current or prior history of child welfare involvement. Public housing authorities (PHAs) should review the new notice for instructions and eligibility criteria to apply for FYI vouchers. FYI makes Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) assistance available to PHAs in combination with Public Child Welfare Agencies.

  • Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Regulation, A Joint Statement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL): The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) released a joint statement that commends states for gains in complying with the updated HCBS Settings Rule and extends the period states have in which to comply with the new rule.  

  • Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Resources for Tribal Communities: This collection of resources supports Tribes and Tribally Designated Entities (TDHEs) considering participation in the CoC Program. The program promotes a community-wide commitment to prevent and end homelessness through funding housing and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. For participants in the program, this resource series contains information on how to engage in CoC activities and apply for funding.

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Announces New Resources for Advancing Housing Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking: A new website to advance housing protections under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) aims to build awareness of requirements for landlords and rights for survivors. The website describes VAWA's housing protections, populations covered, applicable HUD programs, complaint procedures, trainings, and more.

  • Mainstream Vouchers--Lesson Learned from Communities of Practice: Brief with findings on overcoming challenges to using Mainstream vouchers from three communities of practice hosted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The brief highlights effective strategies, including partnerships between public housing authorities and service providers to support people with disabilities through application, housing search, move-in, and tenancy. 

  • Home Modification Toolkit: This Toolkit is designed to provide professionals with tools to enhance home modification availability and awareness for older adults and persons with disabilities to promote aging in place. Toolkit resources include data briefs, case studies, technical assistance briefs on partnerships and funding, fact sheets and videos tailored for diverse populations, promising practices for replication, and more.

  • New Actions, New Challenge, and New Bill of Rights to Improve Renters’ Quality of Life: The White House recently announced new federal actions to improve renters' quality of life, released a Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights, and launched the Resident-Centered Housing Challenge for state, local, and private stakeholders to further fair housing principles. A fact sheet is also available.

  • Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new NOFO to help provide comprehensive, coordinated, and evidence-based treatment and services for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) or co-occurring mental health conditions and SUDs who are experiencing homelessness (deadline 3/21/23).

  • Expanding Access to and Use of Behavioral Health Services for People At Risk for or Experiencing Homelessness: A new guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) details five programs and practices that have demonstrated success in improving mental health and substance use outcomes during the period of homelessness prior to housing placement and includes strategies for implementation.

  • Health-Related Social Needs (HRSN) 1115 Framework: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published new guidance clarifying an innovative option states may consider employing in Medicaid managed care programs to reduce health disparities and address unmet HRSNs in lieu of a service or setting.

  • All In: Overview of the New Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness: This January webinar, hosted by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), provided highlights of the new federal strategic plan and addressed potential uses by state and local governments and their partners.

    • All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness: New federal plan to reduce homelessness 25% by 2025 that is built around a foundation of equity. All In provides a set of strategies and actions to fix the systems to prevent and end homelessness, and seeks to reduce housing instability among older adults and people with disabilities by increasing access to home and community-based services and housing that is affordable, accessible, and integrated.

  • Fair Housing Trends Report: This report details incidents of illegal housing discrimination that occurred in 2021, including comprehensive fair housing complaint data and a sample of important outcomes for housing/lending discrimination cases in 2021 and early 2022.

  • Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR): Recently released reports from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provide counts for sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons by household type and subpopulation, available at the national and state level, and for each Continuum of Care (CoC).

  • Centers for Independent Living (CILs) Data Briefs and Maps: New data briefs on youth with disabilities across counties in the United States to assist CILs and their partners in more effectively serving out-of-school youth with disabilities from minority backgrounds.

  • New Actions to Support Indian Country and Native Communities Ahead of the Administration’s Second Tribal Nations Summit: This White House fact sheet from the Biden-Harris administration details housing updates such as new regulations, increased housing for skilled workers, and the Native American Veteran Homelessness Initiative to help increase home ownership on trust land, bring skilled workers to Tribal communities, strengthen intake and referral services for Native veterans, and more.

  • To Solve Homelessness, We Must Increase the Supply of Housing: A new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development blog post summarizes recent HUD developments including emergency housing vouchers, HOME-ARP permanent supportive housing, and House America, as well as the administration's priorities to decrease homelessness.

  • National Center to Strengthen the Direct Care Workforce. The Administration for Community Living has launched the new Direct Care Workforce Capacity Building Center to support recruitment, retention, and professional development of workers who provide home and community-based services.

  • Improving Health and Well-Being Through Community Care Hubs (CCHs): This new article details CCH roles and functions, provides examples, and presents policy opportunities. Hubs serve as “connective tissue” that foster cross-sector partnerships to coordinate health and social care (including addressing housing needs) for individuals and achieve equitable outcomes.

  • Cross-Sector Partnerships for Housing Stability and Addressing Homelessness: Community partners in different sectors collaborate to leverage strengths and resources; to utilize a mix of federal, state, and local funding, and to convene other community organizations to intentionally align, coordinate, and integrate supports and services to reduce housing instability and homelessness. 

  • The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL): This no-cost hotline helps people with disabilities access information about COVID-19 vaccines and tests, as well as identify, locate, and connect to community resources and programs that support independent living such as housing, nutrition, transportation, and more. A new video provides an overview of DIAL along with contact information.

Last modified on 05/26/2023

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