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    Prior Events
    • 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. The webinar recording and materials will be posted soon. 
    • 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. The recording and materials will be posted soon.
    • 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. The recording and related materials will be posted soon. 
    • 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 recording and materials will be posted soon.
    • 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

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    Additional New Resources and Tools

    • 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.

    • Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a new funding opportunity to support low-income older adult homeowners through the use of low-cost and low-barrier home modifications. Experienced nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities" are eligible to apply. You may review the Notice of Funding Opportunity to determine your organization's eligibility and more details. The deadline is October 13, 2022.
    • Treasury Announces New Steps to Increase Affordable Housing Supply and Lower Long-Term Housing Costs for American Families: Guidance released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury expands use State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to fully fund long-term affordable housing loans and expands presumptive eligible uses.
      • To inform state and local governments’ use of these increased flexibilities, Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development published the Affordable Housing How-To Guide to help governments easily combine American Rescue Plan funds with other sources of federal funding.
    • White House Summit on Building Lasting Eviction Prevention Reform: This fact sheet focuses on efforts to build lasting reform in eviction prevention and diversion and provides top models of reform in state and local courts and governments.
    • 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.

    • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Initiative for Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness (FR-6500-N-25S): This first-of-its-kind package of resources will help communities implement coordinated approaches for assisting people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, including funds set aside specifically for vulnerable people in rural communities. The goal is to reduce the prevalence of unsheltered homelessness by connecting people and families experiencing (or at risk of) homelessness to housing, health care, and supportive services. This initiatives will fund competitive grants totaling $322 million to existing Continuums of Care (CoCs), which bring together community partners from multiple sectors, including public housing and housing services agencies, health care organizations, and community-based organizations that provide supportive services to address homelessness. It also includes additional funding for housing vouchers. The Administration for Community Living's summary describes why the aging and disability networks could be invaluable partners to CoC in other communities. Applications are due October 20,2022.

    • Fair Housing Planning Considerations for Individuals with Disabilities: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH): This new fact sheet from the Administration for Community Living and Department of Housing and Urban Development provides information and tips on involving people with disabilities and disability stakeholders in fait housing planning. See also the Housing and Services Resource Center's Fair Housing page for additional learning resources.

    • New Money Follows the Person (MFP) Resources Available to Help with Housing People Transitioning Out of Institutional Settings: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing the reimbursement rate for MFP "supplemental services" for states participating in MFP to be 100% federally funded with no state share. Further, CMS expanded the definition of supplemental services to include additional services that can support an individual’s transition from an institution to the community, including short-term housing and food assistance. To receive reimbursement for short-term housing assistance, states must have and comply with a CMS-approved housing plan and partner with a state and/or local housing agency(s).
    • Extraordinary Administrative Fees Are Available to Help with Lease-up of Mainstream Vouchers (PIH Notice 2022-07): The Department of Housing and Urban Development provided an opportunity this spring to public housing authorities to request $500 per Mainstream voucher awarded since 2018 for housing search and lease up, including landlord signing bonuses, security deposits, and vacancy payments.
    • Mainstream Vouchers -- Serving Persons at Serious Risk of Entering or Transitioning Out of Institutional Settings: This topic guide can help public housing authorities learn which entities may be able to provide support and how to find the partners in your state and local areas.
    • HHS to Provide $110 Million to Expand Community Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offered $110 million to expand access to home and community-based services (HCBS) through Medicaid's Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. When awarded, up to 20 states and territories not currently participating in MFP will have funding to support initial planning and implementation to get new MFP program off the ground.

    Last modified on 10/03/2022

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