211OC Is Hiring

It is with much regret that we must inform the community that Casey Parnis, an HMIS Data Analyst, is no longer working at 211OC.

With Casey’s departure, the HMIS department is currently a little short-handed so please bear with us in the interim while we go through the hiring process.

We are currently seeking candidates for HMIS Jr. Data Analyst and HMIS Data Analyst positions. If you know of anyone qualified, please share the job links.

211OC Job Openings


The Realignment of HUD CoC Funding – Winners and Losers

On Homeless and Poverty

An article by Urban Initiatives

The Realignment of HUD Continuum of Care Program Funding:
Some Continuums of Care will be Winners and Some will be Losers

By Joe Colletti, PhD
Institute for Urban Initiatives on Homelessness and Poverty


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has begun to realign its annual Continuum of Care Program competitive funding which is about $2 billion annually. As a result, some HUD designated continuums of care for homeless assistance1 will likely see a significant increase in total funding, while others may remain stagnant or likely see significant decreases over the next couple of years. Such was the case in 2015 in California…

Click here to read entire article


Chronic Homeless Definition Change: How it Will Help

From the USICH Blog

12/04/2015 – Achieving an End to Chronic Homelessness: How the Final Definition Will Help

By Richard Cho, Deputy Director

This morning, HUD published the Final Rule on Defining “Chronically Homeless,” providing a final Federal definition of the population of people experiencing chronic homelessness. This final definition (which has been in the works for a few years now) fixes a long-standing ambiguity that has been around since the original definition was established—an ambiguity which may have reduced our impact in ending chronic homelessness. The final definition does so in a way that gets us closer to the originally intended target population—the subset of people with high service needs and disabilities who, if not provided with long-term housing assistance and supportive services (e.g. permanent supportive housing), would likely remain homeless.

Sharing this view is Dr. Dennis Culhane, who was one of the researchers who discovered…click here to read the whole story.

Data Can Help Drive Progress

From the USICH Blog

12/03/2015 – Sustaining our Data-Driven Focus: Findings and Implications of Recent Data Releases

By Matthew Doherty, Executive Director

Data can help drive progress – if we use it well and wisely. That’s true for communities and it is true for the multiple interagency working groups USICH convenes to make Federal policy decisions to help end homelessness across America. We believe in data-driven decision-making so strongly that the recently amended Federal plan to prevent and end homelessness, Opening Doors, puts an even greater emphasis on the importance of data for decision-making and performance management.

A great deal of very important data has been released…click here to read the whole story.

How Data is Ending Chronic Homelessness in Maine

From the USICH Blog

11/24/2015 – How Data is Ending Chronic Homelessness in Maine

By Cullen Ryan

In rural Maine, as I imagine it is in other rural areas, it has been difficult to track down our chronically homeless population. Bouncing through small shelters several months at a time, people remained homeless for years, while not appearing “chronic” to any one shelter. The result: Our shelter system was becoming congested with people homeless for very long periods of time, using beds night after night. We invented an approach to more easily identify and target the people staying the longest, and the results are impressive.

The Maine Statewide Homeless Council decided….click here to read the whole story on USICH website.

FY 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition NOFA – Revised


Per HUD:

A revised FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA has been posted to the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program NOFA: CoC Program Competition page on the HUD Exchange.

Corrections, posted September 24, 2015, include corrections to internal citations throughout the NOFA and corrections to the date ranges for HUD forms such as the HUD-2880 and HUD-5007. All corrections are noted in red font and yellow highlights.

The corrections made to the NOFA will not extend the submission deadline, November 20, 2015, at 7:59:59 PM EST.


If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The AAQ accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2015 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST.

USICH NEW GUIDANCE: Ending Youth Homelessness Through a Coordinated Community Response

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness just published an article about ending youth homelessness through a coordinated community response. Visit their website to read more about their vision and to read their briefing about how with Opening Doors they set a national goal to prevent and end youth homelessness by 2020.

Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness, a Coordinated Community Response (PDF)

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