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September 4, 2018

Notices

General Assistance applications are being accepted as of Monday, August 13! Checks will be issued sometime in September and will be prorated based on when the application is completed, so people should apply as soon as possible. Community Legal Services has posted information about who is eligible for GA, how to apply, and what documents need to be provided with applications.

When you cannot prove who you are in an official way, it is hard to establish yourself in the world as an adult, live on your own, work, pay your bills, and take care of yourself day-to-day, much less build a future. Do You Need Your Vital Documents? A Toolkit for Youth and Providers, from the Stoneleigh Foundation, includes answers to common questions, with links to websites and organizations that help youth to obtain the identification that they need to move around, access services, and make the most of education and employment opportunities.

You are invited to the release of Philadelphia’s next Strategic Plan to Prevent and Permanently End Experiences of Homelessness in our city! Please join and help welcome the new Philadelphia Intergovernmental Council on Homelessness (ICH) on September 12th, 3–4pm in the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall (Room 202). Register to let us know you’ll be there!
Philadelphia’s success addressing Veterans homelessness featured by US Interagency Council on Homelessness
On June 20th, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, with a submission deadline of Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm EDT. On August 28th, the CoC Board approved the reallocation and ranking strategies for Philadelphia’s FY2018 Consolidated Application. These strategies were developed by the CoC Reallocation and Ranking Workgroup on August 6th. On August 31st, Philadelphia’s FY2018 CoC Competition Project Priority Listing was posted on the Office of Homeless Services website.

Opportunities

Philadelphia LISC is accepting applications for The Belinda Mayo Community Leadership Fund from Philadelphia residents who volunteer their time and talents towards creating positive change in their neighborhoods! The fund supports Philadelphia community leaders who are seeking to expand their knowledge and connections and provides up to $500 towards the costs of trainings or conferences that help leaders learn how to address community challenges. The application can also be downloaded.
 Get employed: 12 free or affordable job-training programs in Philly
SchoolHouse Connection’s Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program is accepting applications from students who have experienced homelessness within the last six years who will be entering college for the first time in the 2019-2020 school year – high school seniors, those who are in GED programs, and those who have taken a gap year. The application deadline is November 9th.

The Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship is a two-year, hands-on learning opportunity for early career professionals in Greater Philadelphia to execute discrete projects focus on improving policies and practices in juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and health.

  • Organizations interested in hosting a 2019-21 Emerging Leader Fellow must submit a 2-page project abstract by September 13, 2018.
  • Individuals who are interested in becoming an Emerging Leader Fellow can begin applying for opportunities on November 12, 2018.

The voter registration deadline for the November Election is October 9th! Vote For Homes is an ongoing nonpartisan coalition effort to support the voting rights of people who are low-income, homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated. Voter registration trainings geared toward people who work with people who are low-income and have experienced homelessness will take place on:

  • Thursday, September 6, 3–5pm
  • Thursday, September 13, 3–5pm
  • Monday, September 17, 10am–12pm

Trainings will be at Project HOME at 1515 Fairmount Ave. Volunteers who are not connected to an organization are also welcome. Please sign up at http://bit.ly/VoterRegTraining18. For more information, contact Heather Bargeron or Jennine Miller at 215-232-7272.

Fund the People has commissioned an Investing in Equity in the Nonprofit Workforce Survey, which seeks to identify challenges, opportunities, and best practices for promoting equity and inclusion during three key phases in the life cycle of nonprofit professionals: access to nonprofit careers, advancement and retention, and ascension to executive leadership and management. Nonprofit professionals are invited to share experiences and insights through this ten-minute survey that will help Fund the People to develop new resources and strategies to achieve equity within the nonprofit sector workforce.

Events & Trainings

CSH is offering a series of 6 instructor-led webinars on The Absolute Essentials: Making Services That Are Voluntary Work for Supportive Housing Tenants, covering:

  • The Housing First Model – September 5, 1–2:30pm
  • Engaging Tenants in Services – September 12, 2–3:30pm
  • Eviction Prevention and Working with Landlords – September 18, 1–2:30pm
  • Harm Reduction in Practice – October 2, 2–3:30pm
  • Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing – October 9, 2–3:30pm
  • Coordinating Property Management and Supportive Services – October 10, 3–4:30pm

($250/full course or $50/webinar, group rates available, included in CSH Subscription Service. All registered participants given access to recordings and presentations for 6 months.)

September 5, 12, 19, 9am: Open Houses for the free 14-week culinary art program (starting October 1st) by Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK)
September 6, 5–7pm: Application Session for Gloria Casarez Residence, Pennsylvania’s first LGBTQ-friendly permanent supportive housing for Young Adults facing housing insecurity between the ages of 18-23 years old. Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the housing application.
September 12, 10am–1pm: Career Resource Fair
September 13: 5th annual National Summit, “Combatting Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Survivor Leadership Conference” (free, taking place in Brooklyn, NY)

t3 (think. teach. transform.), an innovative training institute and learning platform committed to improving the knowledge and skills of people working in human services, is now offering subscriptions. A basic subscription ($210/user for 6 months or $360 annual) provides unlimited access to all self-paced online offerings (otherwise starting at $45 each), including:

  • t3 Knowledge @ Work series of self-paced online webinars
  • t3 tapas short video tutorials that provide insight into key concepts under a larger topic

An advanced subscription ($200/user for 3 months or $680 annual) offers additional unlimited access to online offerings, which otherwise cost $300/course. Upcoming courses include:

September 12 & 13, 8:30am–1pm: Adult Mental Health First Aid
September 15, 1–3pm: Children’s Crisis Treatment Center 8th annual Fall Fun Festival
September 18, 10:30–11:30am: Mom 2 Mom – Group for Mothers
September 19, 8am–4pm: Maximizing Housing Opportunities Summit (Grantville, PA) – scholarship requests due September 10
September 24, 8:45am–4:30pm & 25, 8:45am–12:15pm: 2018 Social Determinants of Health Conference (free), hosted by the American Heart Association
September 24, 9am–12:15pm: Anxiety & Depression in Children and Youth ($10)
Mondays, September 24–November 26, 7–9pm: Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster: A 10-Week Skill Building Workshop for Family & Friends of Persons with Major Depression, Bipolar & Borderline Personality Disorder often Co-Occurring with Substance Use Disorders
September 25 & 26, 6–8pm: UrStorytellers Storytelling Through Health and Wellness (2-Day) Training (approved as a required prerequisite for applicants who want to pursue goals of becoming a Certified Peer Specialist)
September 28 or October 12, 9am–3:30pm: Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) — For Health & Human Services (HHS) Professionals
October 1–3: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s biennial Conference: Reinventing Our Communities: Investing in Opportunity, this year in Baltimore
October 5, 8am–5pm: Beyond the Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Health Care (free, breakfast & lunch provided)
October 10: 11am–1pm: Lutheran Settlement House‘s annual Men Can Rally
October 12, 9:30am–4pmThe Effects of Domestic Violence on Children ($130 pp, 5.5 CEUs)
October 16: Someone You Know: Facing The Opioid Crisis Together (Conference is free; seating is limited.)
October 25–26, 8:30–1pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
October 26, 9am–12:15pm: Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence: Addressing Abusive Behaviors
November 15–16, 8:30–1pm: Mental Health First Aid
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Heartland Alliance Health’s Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, and CSH are partnering to offer a set of 4 Housing First self-paced, on-demand e-learning modules. After completing the e-learning, your organization can arrange for a separate, robust consultation by Housing First experts as follow-up, lasting approximately 6 months.

Webinars & Calls

September 7, 1–2pm: Final Info Session Call about 2018 Nonprofit Ascending Leadership Certificate program (applications due September 21)
September 10, 2–3:30pm: Addressing social determinants of health: Connecting people with complex needs to community resources
September 13, 2–3pm: Take Care of YOU, Take ON Challenging Behaviors
September 18, 2–3pm: September Office Hours for Complex Care: Street medicine, featuring Dr. Sheryl Fleisch, Psychiatrist, founder of Vanderbilt University’s Street Medicine program
September 21, 12–1pm: Taking Control of your Pest Control: Exclude the Pests, Protect the People, Preserve the Budget

Resources

The Philly Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP), a collaboration of Community Legal Services, Philly VIP, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Senior Law Center, TURN, Clarifi, and Regional Housing Legal Services, has created new resources for tenants, including:

  • a tool to help housing counselors and tenants find out what rental assistance they may be eligible for to help pay for security deposits or rental arrears;
  • the Philly Tenant Resource Guide; and
  • six Landlord-Tenant Videos in English and Spanish covering issues related to security deposits, getting repairs made in a rental unit, and preparing for an eviction hearing.

To learn more about PEPP services, resources, eligibility, and intake locations and hours, visit www.phillytenant.org or call 267-443-2500. PEPP partners are also available to provide workshops and trainings.

New interactive State of Homelessness in America report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness explores trends in homelessness across the country — down to the Continuum of Care (CoC) level
National Alliance to End Homelessness  blog series Unsheltered explores the trends, data, and interventions related to the crisis of unsheltered homelessness, including Would Adding More Emergency Shelter Help Reduce Unsheltered Homelessness? It’s Complicated…
Homelessness in America: Focus on People With Disabilities Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

The latest issue of Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research focuses on the complex interplay between housing and health outcomes, with pieces including:

Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs
A new law called “Clean Slate” will expand clearing of criminal records in Pennsylvania by automatically sealing many criminal cases, starting around July 2020. Find out more about cleaning up your criminal record.
Experiences of Parents and Children Living in Poverty: A Review of the Qualitative Literature
CLS Blog: Trauma Histories and the Impact on Parents Involved with DHS
Evaluation of the Home Visiting Pilot for Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care: FY 2018 Preliminary Report
A Pilot Study of Landlord Acceptance of Housing Choice Vouchers
The City’s website has an updated one-stop-shop for information on Combating the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia.
Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People with an Opioid Addiction
Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, StartYourRecovery.org aims to break through the clutter to provide information that helps people at any stage of recovery— and their family members, friends, and co-workers.
Housing for Young Adults in Extended Federally Funded Foster Care
Missed Opportunities: Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America – lessons learned from conducting point-in-time counts of youth experiencing homelessness in 22 diverse counties across the United States

A new set of Look Beneath the Surface campaign materials is available on the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP). Almost all of the materials, listed below, are available in English and Spanish. The posters/brochures are customizable so that agencies can add their own logo and contact information. (Instructions are outlined in the Partner Style Guide.)

Available Materials:

Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Participation in Social Service Programs: A Case Study
Employment of Families Experiencing Homelessness
Datasets, Tools, and Approaches to Improve Reemployment Services for Unemployed Workers
Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment among formerly incarcerated people
Nowhere to Go: Homelessness among formerly incarcerated people

Philadelphia’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC)
working together to shape our city’s response to homelessness

We want you to join us! The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement support structures that prevent and end homelessness in the city. Fill out an interest form to let us know that you want to get involved in our work. Contact Leah Staub, CoC Board Program Manager, with any questions: 215-686-7163. Biweekly Updates and Resources from the Continuum of Care email contents are also accessible via the Office of Homeless Services website.
Do you want more community members to know about a resource or opportunity that your organization offers? Let us know! Fill out this form with details.

August 21, 2018

Notices

General Assistance applications are being accepted as of Monday, August 13! Checks will be issued sometime in September and will be prorated based on when the application is completed, so people should apply as soon as possible. Community Legal Services has posted information about who is eligible for GA, how to apply, and what documents need to be provided with applications.
The Office of Homeless Services Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Training Department has a new set of Clienttrack Manuals available for HMIS users:

  • Quick Guide – Changing the Primary Contact Information
  • HMIS Manual for Emergency Housing
  • HMIS Manual for Night-by-Night Programs Doing Housing Assessments & Incident Reporting
  • HMIS Manual for JOH & Safe Haven
  • HMIS Manual for PSH, TH, RRH
  • HMIS Manual for Recovery House
  • HMIS Manual for PATH-funded Safe Havens
Philadelphia is now participating in the A Way Home America community dashboard, an easy-to-understand visual tool that helps us visualize our coordinated entry data for youth on a monthly basis and our progress over time. The data includes who is coming onto our prioritized by name list, who is exiting off the list, and different demographic data. We only have 1 month of data at this time, but the tool will help us measure progress over time on effectively ending youth homelessness.
On June 20th, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, with a submission deadline of Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm EDT. HUD has released additional information, including an esnaps Navigational Guide and Detailed Instructions for a thorough look at how to create and complete renewal project applications.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout Pennsylvania called Home4Good, in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA) to fund projects, programs, or activities that:

  • Prevent homelessness: Assist households at risk for homelessness by maintaining their current housing or divert them to alternative, safe options
  • Solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness
  • Address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth: Projects, programs, or activities determined to be critically needed by the Philadelphia CoC

The eligible uses for the funding are very flexible, allowing organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover. Please find all the eligible activities one can apply for in the RFP. Proposals from Philadelphia homeless service organizations are due via email to Leticia.devonish@phila.gov no later than 3:00pm, Philadelphia, PA, local time on Friday, August 24th. The Philadelphia CoC will review the project proposal submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and the extent to which they address needs in the community, submitting a packet of ranked proposals to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review. To access more information, please visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/.

Opportunities

The voter registration deadline for the November Election is October 9th! Vote For Homes is an ongoing nonpartisan coalition effort to support the voting rights of people who are low-income, homeless, living with disabilities, or formerly incarcerated. Voter registration trainings geared toward people who work with people who are low-income and have experienced homelessness will take place on:

  • Thursday, August 23, 3pm-5pm
  • Thursday, September 6, 3pm-5pm
  • Thursday, September 13, 3pm-5pm
  • Monday, September 17, 10am-12pm

Trainings will be at Project HOME at 1515 Fairmount Ave. Volunteers who are not connected to an organization are also welcome. Please sign up at http://bit.ly/VoterRegTraining18. For more information, contact Heather Bargeron or Jennine Miller at 215-232-7272.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to implement a community based program that will: 1) provide clean-up of drug paraphernalia and other litter, overdose response and training, and the distribution of naloxone and information about local resources, and 2) create a source of income for community members. The RFP (Opportunity Number 21180717171652) can be found on the City’s eContract Philly system. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the eContract Philly online application process, received no later than 5pm on Monday, August 27th.
The Philadelphia Youth Leadership Council (PYLC) is seeking youth in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in refining their public speaking, leadership and relationship building skills through the PYLC fall program series. Orientation sessions are scheduled for Saturday, August 25th from 11am–1 pm and Tuesday, August 28th, from 5–8pm at the Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd, Room Innovation Lab, 16th Floor. For more information, contact Ms. Terri Way-Thornton (215-683-6713) or Michael Rice  (215-683-5645).
Council for Relationships is partnering with Headstrong to provide cost-free, rapid response, stigma-free, and confidential therapy in the Greater Philadelphia area to post-9/11 veterans and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. Veterans who seek treatment through Headstrong will be contacted within 48 hours.
AARP Foundation seeks to fund bold projects with plans to scale proven, effective interventions through exponential growth, disrupting the current landscape for combating social isolation and food insecurity in low-income seniors. Applications are due August 28th.
The 20th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference will be March 4-7, 2019, with a new format in a new location: Los Angeles! Respond to the Call for Workshop and or Talk Session with your ideas! The selection criteria will involve relevance to theme, clarity of workshop, significance, and originality. Presenters must send a 150-300 word abstract by September 30th.

Events & Trainings

August 27, 6–8pm: Voices of POWER: Engaging Others Workshop – develop storytelling skills that best illustrate your work to any audience (in-person event will also be live streamed and recorded for those who cannot attend)
August 28, 5:30–7pm: Application Session for Gloria Casarez Residence, Pennsylvania’s first LGBTQ-friendly permanent supportive housing for Young Adults facing housing insecurity between the ages of 18-23 years old. Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the housing application.
August 29, 2–4pm: Application Session for Gloria Casarez Residence
September 6, 5–7pm: Application Session for Gloria Casarez Residence
CSH is offering a series of 6 instructor-led webinars on The Absolute Essentials: Making Services That Are Voluntary Work for Supportive Housing Tenants, covering:

  • The Housing First Model – September 2, 1–2:30pm
  • Engaging Tenants in Services – September 12, 2–3:30pm
  • Eviction Prevention and Working with Landlords – September 18, 1–2:30pm
  • Harm Reduction in Practice – October 2, 2–3:30pm
  • Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing – October 9, 2–3:30pm
  • Coordinating Property Management and Supportive Services – October 10, 3–4:30pm

($250/full course or $50/webinar, group rates available, included in CSH Subscription Service. All registered participants given access to recordings and presentations for 6 months.)

September 11, 2–4pm: Your Way Home Forum: Equitable Access to Economic Opportunities (in Colmar, PA)
September 12 & 13, 8:30am–1pm: Adult Mental Health First Aid
September 13: 5th annual National Summit, “Combatting Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Survivor Leadership Conference” (free, taking place in Brooklyn, NY)
Mondays, Sept. 17–Oct. 22, 11am–12:15pm: Client Centered Behavior Change: Using a Harm Reduction Approach ($300, 6-10 CEUs)
Fridays, Sept. 21–Oct. 19, 11am–12:15pm: Motivational Interviewing: Facilitating Change ($300, 6-10 CEUs)
September 21, 9:30am–12:45pm: All Things Ethics! Exploring Ethics and Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice ($79 pp, 3 CEUs)
September 24, 8:45am–4:30pm & 25, 8:45am–12:15pm: 2018 Social Determinants of Health Conference (free), hosted by the American Heart Association
October 1–3: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s biennial Conference: Reinventing Our Communities: Investing in Opportunity, this year in Baltimore
October 2, 9–11am: Good Talk! Turning Board Members Into Brand Advocates
October 9, 8:30am–5pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
October 12, 9:30am–4pmThe Effects of Domestic Violence on Children ($130 pp, 5.5 CEUs)
October 16: Someone You Know: Facing The Opioid Crisis Together (Conference is free; seating is limited.)
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Heartland Alliance Health’s Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, and CSH are partnering to offer a set of 4 Housing First self-paced, on-demand e-learning modules. After completing the e-learning, your organization can arrange for a separate, robust consultation by Housing First experts as follow-up, lasting approximately 6 months.

Webinars & Calls

August 22, 12–1pm: Telling Our Stories: How To Gather Helpful Stories That Can Be Used In Advocacy
August 22, 2–3pm: Addressing Vicarious Trauma for the Individual
August 23, 2–3pm: Recovery LIVE! Virtual Event: Implementing Best Practices and Quality Standards in Recovery Housing
August 23, 3–3:45pm: Implementing Leadership Training for Supervisors and Middle Managers
August 23, 3–4:30pm: Empowering Youth to Develop Community Connections to Achieve and Maintain Behavioral Wellness and Housing Stability
September 13, 2–3pm: Take Care of YOU, Take ON Challenging Behaviors

Resources

The City’s website has an updated one-stop-shop for information on Combating the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia.
Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People with an Opioid Addiction
Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, StartYourRecovery.org aims to break through the clutter to provide information that helps people at any stage of recovery— and their family members, friends, and co-workers.
Housing for Young Adults in Extended Federally Funded Foster Care
Missed Opportunities: Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America – lessons learned from conducting point-in-time counts of youth experiencing homelessness in 22 diverse counties across the United States
A new set of Look Beneath the Surface campaign materials is available on the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP). Almost all of the materials, listed below, are available in English and Spanish. The posters/brochures are customizable so that agencies can add their own logo and contact information. (Instructions are outlined in the Partner Style Guide.)

Available Materials:

Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Participation in Social Service Programs: A Case Study
Employment of Families Experiencing Homelessness
Datasets, Tools, and Approaches to Improve Reemployment Services for Unemployed Workers
Out of Prison & Out of Work: Unemployment among formerly incarcerated people
Nowhere to Go: Homelessness among formerly incarcerated people
Philadelphia FIGHT’s Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center is now open and accepting new patients from birth through age 18. Call 215-525-8600 to make an appointment. Services include:

  •  Same-day appointments;
  • Well-child care (routine checkups);
  • School, sports and camp physicals;
  • Sick Visits;
  • Immunizations (including catch-up vaccines for children who are behind);
  • Onsite Social Worker and Benefits Coordinator;
  • Screening for mental health problems (such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism);
  • Primary care, family planning, and reproductive health services ages 13+.
Culture Resource Guide for identifying, discussing and improving organizational culture
Video Series on Becoming an Evidence-Based Program, by Child Trends
Child Separation among Families Experiencing Homelessness
The Veterans Administration Community Provider Toolkit offers useful resources for professionals working with veterans, including the Older Veteran Behavioral Health Resource Inventory, an overview of resources for health and social service professionals interested in enhancing their outreach and support for older veterans who have or are at risk for behavioral health condition.
On July 18th, by a decision of 7 to 0, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania found that the law that eliminated the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. GA provided a small amount of money — $205 per month — to the most vulnerable individuals in Pennsylvania who were not eligible for any other programs: disabled or sick adults without children, domestic violence survivors, adults caring for someone who was sick or disabled, adults participating in alcohol and other drug treatment programs, and children living with an unrelated adult. You can sign on to a letter calling for expeditious reinstatement of the GA program, in light of the decision.

Philadelphia’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC)
working together to shape our city’s response to homelessness

We want you to join us! The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement support structures that prevent and end homelessness in the city. Fill out an interest form to let us know that you want to get involved in our work. Contact Leah Staub, CoC Board Program Manager, with any questions: 215-686-7163. Biweekly Updates and Resources from the Continuum of Care email contents are also accessible via the Office of Homeless Services website.
Do you want more community members to know about a resource or opportunity that your organization offers? Let us know! Fill out this form with details.

August 7, 2018

Notices

The Office of Homeless Services Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Training Department has a new set of Clienttrack Manuals available for HMIS users:

  • Quick Guide – Changing the Primary Contact Information
  • HMIS Manual for Emergency Housing
  • HMIS Manual for Night-by-Night Programs Doing Housing Assessments & Incident Reporting
  • HMIS Manual for JOH & Safe Haven
  • HMIS Manual for PSH, TH, RRH
  • HMIS Manual for Recovery House
  • HMIS Manual for PATH-funded Safe Havens
Philadelphia is now participating in the A Way Home America community dashboard, an easy-to-understand visual tool that helps us visualize our coordinated entry data for youth on a monthly basis and our progress over time. The data includes who is coming onto our prioritized by name list, who is exiting off the list, and different demographic data. We only have 1 month of data at this time, but the tool will help us measure progress over time on effectively ending youth homelessness.
On June 20th, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, with a submission deadline of Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm EDT. HUD has released additional information, including an esnaps Navigational Guide and Detailed Instructions for a thorough look at how to create and complete renewal project applications. Last week, they explained the new strategy for ending chronic homelessness with DedicatedPLUS units.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout Pennsylvania called Home4Good, in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA) to fund projects, programs, or activities that:

  • Prevent homelessness: Assist households at risk for homelessness by maintaining their current housing or divert them to alternative, safe options
  • Solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness
  • Address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth: Projects, programs, or activities determined to be critically needed by the Philadelphia CoC

The eligible uses for the funding are very flexible, allowing organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover. Please find all the eligible activities one can apply for in the RFP. Proposals from Philadelphia homeless service organizations are due via email to Leticia.devonish@phila.gov no later than 3:00pm, Philadelphia, PA, local time on Friday, August 24th. The Philadelphia CoC will review the project proposal submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and the extent to which they address needs in the community, submitting a packet of ranked proposals to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review. To access more information, please visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/.

This June, Philadelphia partnered with the True Colors Fund to launch community-wide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) cultural inclusivity trainings with all local homeless service providers. From June 1–June 30, 608 staff from across the Philadelphia homeless service system completed the Common Ground: LGBT Youth Homelessness 101 online training course, with 11 organizations having over 80% of their staff complete the training.  True Colors announced that Philadelphia was the 2018 Pride Challenge winner with a special message from someone you might recognize! If you didn’t get a chance to take the training during June but are still interested, you can take the course any time here.
The 2015 City Charter change that created the Housing Advisory Board (HAB) also mandated the production of a multi-year strategic Housing Plan with recommendations for maintaining and increasing affordable housing, workforce housing and market-rate housing. The City has recently completed several comprehensive plans, each involving extensive data analysis and robust public engagement, and the Housing Plan will also tap into the work of several existing and newly created task force/stakeholder groups, including the forthcoming Homeless Strategic Plan. An internal Data Committee is working with existing data and input received to develop initial 10-year goals for homeless, affordable, workforce and non-income restricted housing units, which will continue to be refined throughout the Plan process to produce a concise, prescriptive road map to achieve the finalized production and preservation goals.

Opportunities

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to implement a community based program that will: 1) provide clean-up of drug paraphernalia and other litter, overdose response and training, and the distribution of naloxone and information about local resources, and 2) create a source of income for community members. The RFP (Opportunity Number 21180717171652) can be found on the City’s eContract Philly system. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the eContract Philly online application process, received no later than 5pm on Monday, August 27th.
The Philadelphia Youth Leadership Council (PYLC) is seeking youth in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in refining their public speaking, leadership and relationship building skills through the PYLC fall program series. Orientation sessions are scheduled for Saturday, August 25th from 11am–1 pm and Tuesday, August 28th, from 5–8pm at the Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd, Room Innovation Lab, 16th Floor. For more information, contact Ms. Terri Way-Thornton (215-683-6713) or Michael Rice  (215-683-5645).
Council for Relationships is partnering with Headstrong to provide cost-free, rapid response, stigma-free, and confidential therapy in the Greater Philadelphia area to post-9/11 veterans and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. Veterans who seek treatment through Headstrong will be contacted within 48 hours.
The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) has a Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified bidders who have the ability to develop and deliver learning sessions/class offerings for Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT). These learning sessions must be designed to support the skills and knowledge of parents and caregivers to understand what children are learning in schools, build capacity to advocate for children, and build upon their own skills for personal and professional growth. Proposals are due August 17th.
AARP Foundation seeks to fund bold projects with plans to scale proven, effective interventions through exponential growth, disrupting the current landscape for combating social isolation and food insecurity in low-income seniors. Applications are due August 28th.
The 20th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference will be March 4-7, 2019, with a new format in a new location: Los Angeles! Respond to the Call for Workshop and or Talk Session with your ideas! The selection criteria will involve relevance to theme, clarity of workshop, significance, and originality. Presenters must send a 150-300 word abstract by September 30, 2018.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Systems for Action program is offering up to six awards of $250,000 each for research on how to better align and coordinate medical, social, and public health services to support population health, focusing on health equity by examining how better aligning systems can ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full health potential.
Our Closet operates pop-up clothing shops in partnership with community-based organizations throughout Philadelphia. Community members are entitled to select up to 5 items free of charge at one pop-up shop per week, with no referrals necessary!
Beginning with the Fall 2018 Grant Cycle, which will open on August 31st with applications due September 30th, the Union Benevolent Association will target its grants to organizations that meet basic needs to alleviate the burden of poverty for vulnerable residents of Philadelphia. Basic needs are defined as food, shelter, clothing and other necessities including but not limited to assistance in obtaining identification documents such as birth certificates and State Photo ID; provision of post office boxes for those who lack an address; hygiene products and other toiletries; utilities such as heat; essential human services. The maximum grant will increase from $5,000 to $10,000; priority will be given to organizations with operating budgets below $1 million.
Young Involved Philadelphia is accepting applications for its next Board Prep cohort, a training program for young professionals who are interested in being non-profit board members – or who already serve on boards – and are seeking an education in thoughtful, engaged, and dedicated board service. Applications are due Friday, August 10th.

Events & Trainings

August 9, 8am–4pm: ¿Qué está pasando, Philly? A Trauma-Informed Call for Action to Fight the Opioid Crisis. The Latino Behavioral Health Coalition’s 6th Annual Symposium is for providers, social workers, educators and clinicians in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, education and counseling.

August 13–17: National Health Center Awareness Week

August 14, 10am–12pm: Introduction to Proposal Writing
August 15, 8am–3pm: 2018 Strengthening Families Summit
August 21, 10am–12pm: Intermediate Grant Writing
September 6, 9:30am–4pm: An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Turning Towards the Present Moment ($130 pp, 5 CEUs, lunch included)
September 11, 8:30am–5pm: Adult Mental Health First Aid
September 11, 2–4pm: Your Way Home Forum: Equitable Access to Economic Opportunities (in Colmar, PA)
September 12 & 13, 8:30am–1pm: Adult Mental Health First Aid
Mondays, Sept. 17–Oct. 22, 11am–12:15pm: Client Centered Behavior Change: Using a Harm Reduction Approach ($300, 6-10 CEUs)
September 18, 8:30am–5pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Fridays, Sept. 21–Oct. 19, 11am–12:15pm: Motivational Interviewing: Facilitating Change ($300, 6-10 CEUs)
September 21, 9:30am–12:45pm: All Things Ethics! Exploring Ethics and Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice ($79 pp, 3 CEUs)
September 24, 8:45am–4:30pm & 25, 8:45am–12:15pm: 2018 Social Determinants of Health Conference (free), hosted by the American Heart Association
October 1–3: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s biennial Conference: Reinventing Our Communities: Investing in Opportunity, this year in Baltimore
October 2, 9–11am: Good Talk! Turning Board Members Into Brand Advocates
October 9, 8:30am–5pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
October 12, 9:30am–4pmThe Effects of Domestic Violence on Children ($130 pp, 5.5 CEUs)
October 13-14: 12:30–6pm: In-depth Trauma-sensitive Yoga for Recovery training for yoga teachers, social workers, counselors, and interested yogis ($325, 12 Yoga Alliance CEUs)
October 16: Someone You Know: Facing The Opioid Crisis Together (Conference is free; seating is limited.)
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Heartland Alliance Health’s Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, and CSH are partnering to offer a set of 4 Housing First self-paced, on-demand e-learning modules. After completing the e-learning, your organization can arrange for a separate, robust consultation by Housing First experts as follow-up, lasting approximately 6 months.

The free Recovery to Practice eLearning Course on Integrated Practice provides an overview of how to work effectively as an integrated practice team and improve support to people receiving services and their families. Watch all six modules or only those relevant to you!

  1. Introduction to Integrated Practice
  2. Integrated Practice Teams
  3. Integrated Practice Team Communication and Collaboration
  4. Collaborating with Individuals and Family Members
  5. Improving Health Literacy
  6. Supporting Individuals with Behavioral Health and Complex Medical Conditions

Webinars & Calls

August 9, 12–1pm: ACEs: The Role of Life Experiences in Shaping Brain Development
August 9, 2–3pm: Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People Who Have Criminal Records
August 10, 12–1pm: Ending Hunger at Home: Housing and a Last Mile Approach to Addressing Food Insecurity The rise of food recovery is creating a new path for ending hunger, one that can provide access to fresh, nutrient dense foods on a regular basis. In the changing model, housing sites are proving to be a key partner enabling distribution of highly perishable food very fast.
August 15, 12–1pm: Prevention in Practice: Building Communities that Strengthen the Resiliency of Future Generations
August 17, 12–1pm: Improving Outcomes for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness – Connecting Homeless Housing Providers to High Quality Early Learning Programs
August 22, 2pm: How to Support a Workforce Through Trauma-Informed Supervision and Mentorship: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Office Hours for Complex Care
August 23, 2–3pm: Recovery LIVE! Virtual Event: Implementing Best Practices and Quality Standards in Recovery Housing

Archived Recordings of the People with Lived Experience Spotlight Series (links will launch AdobeConnect):

Resources

Philadelphia FIGHT’s Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center is now open and accepting new patients from birth through age 18. Call 215-525-8600 to make an appointment. Services include:

  • Same-day appointments;
  • Well-child care (routine checkups);
  • School, sports and camp physicals;
  • Sick Visits;
  • Immunizations (including catch-up vaccines for children who are behind);
  • Onsite Social Worker and Benefits Coordinator;
  • Screening for mental health problems (such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism);
  • Primary care, family planning, and reproductive health services ages 13+.
Culture Resource Guide for identifying, discussing and improving organizational culture
Video Series on Becoming an Evidence-Based Program, by Child Trends
Child Separation among Families Experiencing Homelessness
The Veterans Administration Community Provider Toolkit offers useful resources for professionals working with veterans, including the Older Veteran Behavioral Health Resource Inventory, an overview of resources for health and social service professionals interested in enhancing their outreach and support for older veterans who have or are at risk for behavioral health condition.
On July 18th, by a decision of 7 to 0, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania found that the law that eliminated the General Assistance (GA) cash assistance program was enacted in a manner that violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. GA provided a small amount of money — $205 per month — to the most vulnerable individuals in Pennsylvania who were not eligible for any other programs: disabled or sick adults without children, domestic violence survivors, adults caring for someone who was sick or disabled, adults participating in alcohol and other drug treatment programs, and children living with an unrelated adult. You can sign on to a letter calling for expeditious reinstatement of the GA program, in light of the decision.
The Philly Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP) has released a new PEPP Tenant Resource Guide with information on housing resources, including where to go for emergency shelter, legal assistance, and rental assistance, how to prepare for an eviction hearing, and how to address housing discrimination.
Beyond SEPTA Key: New program replaces tokens for people in need – Disposable swipe cards are now an option for social service agencies.
New Federal Strategic Plan is Out! Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness
TECHNICAL REPORT: Exploring Domestic Violence Survivors’ Need for Transitional Housing
Housing and Employment Outcomes for Mental Health Self-Direction Participants
Housing First: permanent supported accommodation for people with psychosis who have experienced chronic homelessness
Understanding Risk Environments in Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Adults
School District of Philadelphia: Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program Services and Student Outcomes, 2016-2017
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) 2016-17 State Evaluation Report

Philadelphia’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC)

working together to shape our city’s response to homelessness

We want you to join us! The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement support structures that prevent and end homelessness in the city. Fill out an interest form to let us know that you want to get involved in our work. Contact Leah Staub, CoC Board Program Manager, with any questions: 215-686-7163. Biweekly Updates and Resources from the Continuum of Care email contents are also accessible via the Office of Homeless Services website.
Do you want more community members to know about a resource or opportunity that your organization offers? Let us know! Fill out this form with details.

 

July 31, 2018

Notices

On June 20th, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, with a submission deadline of Tuesday, September 18th at 8pm EDT. HUD has released additional information, including an esnaps Navigational Guide and Detailed Instructions for a thorough look at how to create and complete renewal project applications. This year’s NOFA includes an opportunity to apply for specially-designated bonus funds for projects dedicated to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking and OHS is requesting proposals for such new projects, among others.
On July 17th, the City of Philadelphia, the Collaborative Applicant for Philadelphia’s CoC, issued a Revised Requests for Proposals (RFP) for new Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, and Joint Transitional and Rapid Re-Housing projects for households with or without children, including youth ages 18-24, to be included in Philadelphia’s 2018 application to HUD for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program funding. Proposals are due via electronic submission to lauren.whitleigh@phila.gov no later than 5:00pm, Philadelphia, PA local time, on Tuesday, August 7th. The RFP is posted on the City of Philadelphia’s Request for Proposals website.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout Pennsylvania called Home4Good, in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA) to fund projects, programs, or activities that:

·       Prevent homelessness: Assist households at risk for homelessness by maintaining their current housing or divert them to alternative, safe options

·       Solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness

·       Address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth: Projects, programs, or activities determined to be critically needed by the Philadelphia CoC

The eligible uses for the funding are very flexible, allowing organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover. Please find all the eligible activities one can apply for in the RFP. Proposals from Philadelphia homeless service organizations are due via email to Leticia.devonish@phila.gov no later than 3:00pm, Philadelphia, PA, local time on Friday, August 24th. The Philadelphia CoC will review the project proposal submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and the extent to which they address needs in the community, submitting a packet of ranked proposals to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review. To access more information, please visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/.

This June, Philadelphia partnered with the True Colors Fund to launch community-wide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) cultural inclusivity trainings with all local homeless service providers. From June 1–June 30, 608 staff from across the Philadelphia homeless service system completed the Common Ground: LGBT Youth Homelessness 101 online training course, with 11 organizations having over 80% of their staff complete the training.  True Colors announced that Philadelphia was the 2018 Pride Challenge winner with a special message from someone you might recognize! If you didn’t get a chance to take the training during June but are still interested, you can take the course any time here.
The 2015 City Charter change that created the Housing Advisory Board (HAB) also mandated the production of a multi-year strategic Housing Plan with recommendations for maintaining and increasing affordable housing, workforce housing and market-rate housing. The City has recently completed several comprehensive plans, each involving extensive data analysis and robust public engagement, and the Housing Plan will also tap into the work of several existing and newly created task force/stakeholder groups, including the forthcoming Homeless Strategic Plan. An internal Data Committee is working in conjunction with the consultant team utilizing existing data and input to be received through the various stakeholder/task force groups to develop initial 10-year goals for homeless, affordable, workforce and non-income restricted housing units. These goals will continue to be refined throughout the Plan process, which aims to produce a concise and prescriptive road map to achieve the finalized 10-year production and preservation goals. The next Housing Advisory Board meeting will be Wednesday, August 1st, 10–11:30am at 1515 Arch St., Gas Commission Room 18-031.

Opportunities

Project HOME will hold 3 more information sessions for the Gloria Casarez Residence, which will provide LGBTQ-friendly housing to young adults ages 18-23 years old (at move in). Each information session will provide applicants with the necessary info and materials to submit an application.  Emergency housing referrals will be made and all questions will be answered.

·       Wednesday, July 25th @ 5pm: William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street

·       Thursday, Aug 2nd & Friday, Aug 3rd from 10am – 4pm: Trans Wellness Conference (Info Table – admission is free), Philadelphia Convention Center

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Systems for Action program is offering up to six awards of $250,000 each for research on how to better align and coordinate medical, social, and public health services to support population health, focusing on health equity by examining how better aligning systems can ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full health potential. RWJF will hold an informational conference call on Tuesday, August 7 from 1–2pm, for an overview and answers to frequently asked questions.
Our Closet operates pop-up clothing shops in partnership with community-based organizations throughout Philadelphia. Community members are entitled to select up to 5 items free of charge at one pop-up shop per week, with no referrals necessary!
Beginning with the Fall 2018 Grant Cycle, which will open on August 31st with applications due September 30th, the Union Benevolent Association will target its grants to organizations that meet basic needs to alleviate the burden of poverty for vulnerable residents of Philadelphia. Basic needs are defined as food, shelter, clothing and other necessities including but not limited to assistance in obtaining identification documents such as birth certificates and State Photo ID; provision of post office boxes for those who lack an address; hygiene products and other toiletries; utilities such as heat; essential human services. The maximum grant will increase from $5,000 to $10,000; priority will be given to organizations with operating budgets below $1 million.
Young Involved Philadelphia is accepting applications for its next Board Prep cohort, a training program for young professionals who are interested in being non-profit board members – or who already serve on boards – and are seeking an education in thoughtful, engaged, and dedicated board service. Applications are due Friday, August 10th.
For students in grades 9-12 who have substance use disorder, Bridge Way School is offering a summer camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am–2pm, beginning on July 17 and ending August 23. The Summer Program, which costs $60/week with financial assistance is available to qualified students, offers a credit recovery program, tools and strategies to build resilience, on-site guidance and crisis counseling, and fun, healthy field trips and social activities. Students do not need to be in recovery, but they do need to be committed to abstinence from all substances. Please email or call 267.437.2194 to register or for more information.

Events & Trainings

August 2, 2–4:30pm: Philadelphia Benefits Access Coalition: Cash Assistance: TANF
August 3, 10am–3pm: The City of Philadelphia Career Empowerment Fair
August 3, 12–1:30 pm: Microaggressions and Mediation ($20 for lunch only; $25 w/one PA-CLE ethics credit or one NASW-CEU credit)
October 13-14: 12:30–6pm: In-depth Trauma-sensitive Yoga for Recovery training for yoga teachers, social workers, counselors, and interested yogis ($325, 12 Yoga Alliance CEUs)
The free Recovery to Practice eLearning Course on Integrated Practice provides an overview of how to work effectively as an integrated practice team and improve support to people receiving services and their families. Watch all six modules or only those relevant to you!

1.   Introduction to Integrated Practice

2.   Integrated Practice Teams

3.   Integrated Practice Team Communication and Collaboration

4.   Collaborating with Individuals and Family Members

5.   Improving Health Literacy

6.   Supporting Individuals with Behavioral Health and Complex Medical Conditions

Webinars & Calls

August 9, 12–1pm: ACEs: The Role of Life Experiences in Shaping Brain Development
August 15, 12–1pm: Prevention in Practice: Building Communities that Strengthen the Resiliency of Future Generations
August 22, 2pm: How to Support a Workforce Through Trauma-Informed Supervision and Mentorship: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Office Hours for Complex Care
Archived Recordings of the People with Lived Experience Spotlight Series (links will launch AdobeConnect):

·       Webinar 1: Achieving Stability and Recovery with SOAR, presented on December 20, 2017

·       Webinar 2: Understanding Necessary Supports for Youth at Risk, presented on February 28, 2018

·       Webinar 3: The Value of a Peer Workforce in the Homelessness System, presented on May 23, 2018

Resources

The Philly Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP) has released a new PEPP Tenant Resource Guide with information on housing resources, including where to go for emergency shelter, legal assistance, and rental assistance, how to prepare for an eviction hearing, and how to address housing discrimination.
Beyond SEPTA Key: New program replaces tokens for people in need – Disposable swipe cards are now an option for social service agencies.
New Federal Strategic Plan is Out! Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness
TECHNICAL REPORT: Exploring Domestic Violence Survivors’ Need for Transitional Housing
Housing and Employment Outcomes for Mental Health Self-Direction Participants
Housing First: permanent supported accommodation for people with psychosis who have experienced chronic homelessness
Understanding Risk Environments in Permanent Supportive Housing for Formerly Homeless Adults
School District of Philadelphia: Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program Services and Student Outcomes, 2016-2017
Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) 2016-17 State Evaluation Report
National Reentry Resource Center Tip Sheet on Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records
Community Legal Services created Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling to offer sensible practices and recommendations for sharing client stories effectively and without harm to clients. Many of the practices and recommendations are transferrable to sharing the stories of your participants with lived experience of homelessness.
The City’s Eviction Task Force issued a Final Report on June 26th, with 17 recommendations in 4 areas: Outreach and Education, Resources and Supports, Housing Standards and Enforcement, and Legal Process and Policies
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs produced a series of webinars to provide practical examples of successful cross-sector data sharing, is publishing three briefs to accompany the webinar recordings. Part 1: Building trust for cross-sector data collaboration: webinar and brief; Part 2: Navigating legal parameters for cross-sector data collaboration: webinar and brief; Part 3: Activating shared data: webinar, with brief forthcoming
Mental health guide: Where to get therapy on a sliding scale in Philadelphia
Supportive Housing & Healthcare Utilization Outcomes: State of the Literature
Pathways Forward: Recommendations for Federal Action to Increase Economic Mobility for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability
Five Facts about Housing Access for LGBT People
Safety Planning with DV Survivors: Core Concepts
Domestic Violence Housing First Toolkit
Establishing Domestic Violence Housing First in California
New Perspectives on Practice: A Guide to Measuring Self-Regulation and Goal-Related Outcomes in Employment Programs
Using Psychology-Informed Strategies to Promote Self-Sufficiency: A Review of Innovative Programs

Philadelphia’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC)

working together to shape our city’s response to homelessness

We want you to join us! The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement support structures that prevent and end homelessness in the city. Fill out an interest form to let us know that you want to get involved in our work. Contact Leah Staub, CoC Board Program Manager, with any questions: 215-686-7163. Biweekly Updates and Resources from the Continuum of Care email contents are also accessible via the Office of Homeless Services website.
Do you want more community members to know about a resource or opportunity that your organization offers? Let us know! Fill out this form with details.

July 24, 2018

HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Funding

On June 20th, HUD released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, with a submission deadline of Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT. HUD has released additional information, including an esnaps Navigational Guide and Detailed Instructions for a thorough look at how to create and complete project applications. Philadelphia providers that receive CoC Program funds will be briefed on the 2018 Competition on Monday, July 16th and will continue to receive information from the Office of Homeless Services for the duration of the process .

Opportunities

JOBS!!! First Step Staffing will hold orientations at their offices (1952 E. Allegheny Ave, Suite 500) every day this week (7/9/18–7/13/18), from 10am to 3pm. As always, participants must have 2 forms of valid ID to be allowed to complete the job application. First Step needs 75 people for the following jobs:
1) 151 Foods (Bakery): General Labor, Sanitation, oven loaders, Selectors/Sorters;
2) Christmas Tree Shops Warehouse Associates and Loader/Unloader & Forklift Driver;
3) Alliance Vinyl Window. FSS would like to fill job orders with people with experience of homelessness first, as they are a priority group for the agency. First Step Staffing is on a mission to provide a path out of homelessness through work experience. 215-333-3349
The City of Philadelphia has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, and Joint Transitional and Rapid Re-Housing projects for households with or without children, including youth ages 18-24, to be included in Philadelphia’s 2018 application to HUD for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program funding. There is an informational briefing scheduled for Monday July 16 at 3pm. Additional materials related to the RFP have been posted on the City of Philadelphia’s Request for Proposals website. Proposals are due via electronic submission to lauren.whitleigh@phila.gov no later than 5:00pm, Philadelphia local time, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Beginning with the Fall 2018 Grant Cycle, which will open on August 31st with applications due September 30th, the Union Benevolent Association will target its grants to organizations that meet basic needs to alleviate the burden of poverty for vulnerable residents of Philadelphia. Basic needs are defined as food, shelter, clothing and other necessities including but not limited to assistance in obtaining identification documents such as birth certificates and State Photo ID; provision of post office boxes for those who lack an address; hygiene products and other toiletries; utilities such as heat; essential human services. The maximum grant will increase from $5,000 to $10,000; priority will be given to organizations with operating budgets below $1 million.
Young Involved Philadelphia is accepting applications for its next Board Prep cohort, a training program for young professionals who are interested in being non-profit board members – or who already serve on boards – and are seeking an education in thoughtful, engaged, and dedicated board service. Applications are due Friday, August 10th.
For students in grades 9-12 who have substance use disorder, Bridge Way School is offering a summer camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am–2pm, beginning on July 17 and ending August 23. The Summer Program, which costs $60/week with financial assistance is available to qualified students, offers a credit recovery program, tools and strategies to build resilience, on-site guidance and crisis counseling, and fun, healthy field trips and social activities. Students do not need to be in recovery, but they do need to be committed to abstinence from all substances. Please email or call 267.437.2194 to register or for more information.

Events & Trainings

July 11, 10:30am or 11:30am: SEPTA Key Partner Program briefing, which will include information about the new SEPTA Key Partner Pass, created to replace Tokens and One Day Convenience Passes (also see this informational video)
July 13, 12–3pm: Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell’s 21st Annual Birthday Bash & Health Fair for the Homeless
July 17-19, 1–4pm: Lutheran Settlement House Job Search Boot Camp
July 19, 9–11:30am: Evictions and Poverty: Activating a Local Response to a National Crisis
July 19, 2–6pm: Open House of the Critical Path Learning Center
July 27, 8–10am: Philadelphia’s Path Towards HCV Elimination Breakfast
August 2, 2–4:30pm: Philadelphia Benefits Access Coalition: Cash Assistance: TANF
August 3, 10am–3pm: The City of Philadelphia Career Empowerment Fair
August 3, 12–1:30 pm: Microaggressions and Mediation ($20 for lunch only; $25 w/one PA-CLE ethics credit or one NASW-CEU credit)
August 10, 9am–4:30pm: Evidence Based Assessment of Trauma and PTSD for Adults ($60)
August 15, 8:30am: 2018 Strengthening Families Summit
October 26-28: Transgender Ally/Advocate Training Camp ($75-500)
Information for Peer Specialists Serving People with Mental Health Conditions Experiencing Homelessness, a six-module online course, provides Peer Specialists and other learners with practical, real-life tools and tips for helping access services and housing for people diagnosed with serious mental illness who are also experiencing homelessness

Webinars & Calls

July 11, 1–2pm: A Psychiatrist’s View: The Role of Medication in a Recovery-oriented Framework for Care
July 11, 2:30–4pm: US Interagency Council on Homelessness webinar on priorities and application process  for HUD’s FY 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice of Funding Availability
July 12, 12–1pm: Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing
July 12, 12:30–1:30pm: Engaging Your Elected Officials: What You Can Do to Help End Homelessness
July 16, 2pm: When Faith Hurts: A conversation of causation and strategies for healing trauma, stigma and rejection of PLWHIV and other vulnerable populations by their faith communities
July 17, 2–3:30pm: Improving Employment Outcomes for Veterans Exiting Homelessness: Strategies for Successful Affairs Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs and Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) Collaboration
July 18, 12:30–2pm: The Intersection of Parenting and Relationship Skills: Fathers as Teachers and Role Models for their Children
July 18, 2pm: What’s Food Got to Do With It?: Models for Sexual Health Education
July 23, 3pm: How to Share Ethical, Empowering Consumer Stories: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Office Hours for Complex Care
August 22, 2pm: How to Support a Workforce Through Trauma-Informed Supervision and Mentorship: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Office Hours for Complex Care
Recordings are available of the webcasts in The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services about the problems of discriminatory practices and inaccurate perceptions in dealing with individuals with substance use disorders and related conditions. You may also apply for 1.0 free CME/CE credit for viewing each of the one-hour webinars.

Resources

Biweekly Updates and Resources from the Continuum of Care email contents are now accessible via the Office of Homeless Services website 
National Reentry Resource Center Tip Sheet on Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records
Community Legal Services created Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling to offer sensible practices and recommendations for sharing client stories effectively and without harm to clients. Many of the practices and recommendations are transferrable to sharing the stories of your participants with lived experience of homelessness.
The City’s Eviction Task Force issued a Final Report on June 26th, with 17 recommendations in 4 areas: Outreach and Education, Resources and Supports, Housing Standards and Enforcement, and Legal Process and Policies
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs produced a series of webinars to provide practical examples of successful cross-sector data sharing, is publishing three briefs to accompany the webinar recordings.
Part 1: Building trust for cross-sector data collaboration: webinar and brief;
Part 2: Navigating legal parameters for cross-sector data collaboration: webinar and brief;
Part 3: Activating shared data: webinar, with brief forthcoming
Mental health guide: Where to get therapy on a sliding scale in Philadelphia
Supportive Housing & Healthcare Utilization Outcomes: State of the Literature
Pathways Forward: Recommendations for Federal Action to Increase Economic Mobility for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability
Five Facts about Housing Access for LGBT People
Safety Planning with DV Survivors: Core Concepts
Domestic Violence Housing First Toolkit
Establishing Domestic Violence Housing First in California
New Perspectives on Practice: A Guide to Measuring Self-Regulation and Goal-Related Outcomes in Employment Programs
Using Psychology-Informed Strategies to Promote Self-Sufficiency: A Review of Innovative Programs
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued its Summer 2018 Health Bulletin
Journey to Jobs: Understanding and Eliminating Barriers Imposed on Homeless Jobseekers, a report on the 3-year, systems-level collaborative project to advance Baltimore City Continuum of Care’s efforts to make homelessness rare and brief
Exploring the Crisis of Unsheltered Homelessness from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2018: The High Cost of Housing
People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Policy Brief on Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) 2016-17 State Evaluation Report
Updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit from SAMHSA
SAMHSA’s fact sheet on Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders – now in English AND Spanish
Nonprofit guide to managing skilled volunteers
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) released “Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults” and four additional tools to highlight the specific role that State Advisory Groupslaw enforcementschools, and state and local governments can play in addressing the intersections between juvenile justice and youth homelessness.

Philadelphia’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC)
working together to shape our city’s response to homelessness

We want you to join us! The Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC) is an inter-agency planning body that works to coordinate and implement support structures that prevent and end homelessness in the city. Fill out an interest form to let us know that you want to get involved in our work. Contact Leah Staub, CoC Board Program Manager, with any questions: 215-686-7163.
Do you want more community members to know about a resource or opportunity that your organization offers? Let us know! Fill out this form with details.