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Upcoming Events

Future webinar opportunities will be posted once the registration opens.

  • Effective Behavioral Health Crisis Response: This February 23 webinar will explore strategies for reducing, mitigating, and responding to behavioral health emergencies involving individuals experiencing homelessness. Panelists will discuss cross-sector provider coordination and integration, best practices for effectively responding to crisis situations, and community examples of cross-sector coordination to improve health outcomes. Participants will learn tangible approaches to ensuring comprehensive, culturally responsive services.
Prior Events and Webinar Materials
  • 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 29 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 22 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: On August 4, the HSRC's 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 6 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 9 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 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

  • 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).

  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing 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. 

  • 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.

  • Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for Evidence-Based Programs: Embedding evidence-based programs into housing can improve health and housing stability and represents an opportunity for partnerships between organizations involved in supportive services, health, and housing. The Administration for Community Living has released two NOFOs for:

  • 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.

  • A Primer on Affordable Housing Development and Key Funding Sources: This new resource helps community agencies, Continuums of Care (CoCs), service providers and other housing stakeholders better understand the affordable housing development process and identify potential resources to support development in their communities.

  • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Landlord Resources: The Department of Housing and Urban Development's new webpage brings together tools and other TA resources that public housing authorities can use to improve landlord participation in HCVs. Another set supports landlords with infosheets, videos, and more. 

  • Community Care Hub (CCH) National Learning Community (NLC): The NLC builds the strength and preparedness of CCHs to address health-related social needs and public health needs through contracts with health care entities. Through the NLC, 58 organizations in 32 states are participating in shared learning, information and resource sharing, and technical assistance coordination. The Community Care Hub National Learning Community Technical Assistance website is open to all.

  • 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. 

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance for Accessibility Items for Homeowners and Renters: Webpage with information about replacing adaptive or accessibility items damaged during a disaster to help people maintain and/or re-establish their independence and quality of life after experiencing a disaster.

  • 2021 American Housing Survey (AHS): The Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released new data. The AHS Table Creator enables users to find national, state and/or metropolitan area housing data and further analyze by age, disability status.

  • A Technical Assistance Guide: Addressing Homelessness in Rural Communities: This new guide outlines federal funding sources for rental assistance and affordable rental housing development.

  • Supporting Households through the Housing Search Process: With a focus on emergency housing vouchers, this training features housing search models, barriers, and promising practices for finding units, securing leases, and more.

  • Training on Homelessness for Public Health Providers: Designed for anyone serving people who are experiencing homelessness, this free training course from CDC Train provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure public health protections reach people experiencing homelessness as well as recognize and respond to public health emergencies among people experiencing homelessness. To access the training, first create a free account at www.train.org.

  • 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 02/01/2023

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