Alliance Online News: Alliance to Host Webinar on Coordinated Assessment


Newsletters | August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012    
    ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro    
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Alliance to Host Webinar on Coordinated Assessment

On Monday, September 10 at 2 PM ET, the Alliance will host a webinar on implementing coordinated assessment under the new Interim Continuum of Care rule. The webinar will define coordinated assessment and discuss key aspects for communities to consider as they move toward implementation, including tips on remaining compliant with the regulation and general best practices. The Alliance will also highlight resources available to communities as they embark on the implementation process. The webinar will be recorded and made available through the Alliance's website at a later date.

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North Carolina Settles Under Olmstead

On Thursday, August 23, North Carolina became the latest state to settle with the federal government under Olmstead v. L.C. decision, a Supreme Court case that established rules that states must make community housing and supports more accessible for people with disabilities, including those with behavioral health conditions. The Alliance recently blogged about Olmstead and its implications for ending chronic homelessness.

Those targeted for assistance under North Carolina's settlement agreement are people with severe and persistent mental illness who have been discharged or who will be discharged from a state psychiatric hospital and who are experiencing homeless or have unstable housing. According to the agreement, the state's disability programs will gradually reduce their over-reliance on restrictive "board and care homes," and begin emphasizing integrated community options - creating 3,000 new permanent supported housing slots by 2020.

NLCHP Previews Report on Homeless Youth

On Friday, September 7, at 2 PM ET the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) will host a webinar previewing its upcoming report, "Alone Without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth."

The webinar will cover the numerous legal barriers that often thwart attempts by youth experiencing homelessness to seek assistance from state agencies and service providers. According to the NLCHP, many youth go without assistance for fear being taken into state custody or never seek assistance on the assumption that they will be turned away.

The discussion of the report will include a review of current law in 12 key issue areas affecting youth experiencing homelessness, as well as provide an overview of the range of approaches being taken by states and their relative prevalence.

VA Sets a Deadline for applying for funding under SSVF

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is requesting that organizations interested in applying for funding under Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program submit a nonbinding letter of intent by 4 PM ET on September 28.

The SSVF program delivers supportive services grants to private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to low-income veteran families who are homeless or in danger of homelessness, using a rapid re-housing or emergency homelessness prevention model.The program is expected to publish a notice of funding availability (NOFA) in fiscal year 2013 that will detail the amount of funding available and contain information about the SSVF program, as well as information about the initial and renewal supportive services grant application processes.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.

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