11/09/2012 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - November 5 - November 8

Big News! HUD Releases Notice of Funding Availability for FY 2012 Continuum of Care Program 

Today HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY 2012 CoC Competition. This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) establishes the funding criteria for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. HUD is making available approximately $1.61 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 for the CoC Program. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The FY2012 CoC Program Competition is the first funding competition to be administered under the CoC Program interim rule. While the process is similar to past Homeless Assistance Grants competitions, the content and steps differ in key ways. Applicants should review and follow the steps as outlined in the NOFA to ensure that applications are complete and submitted timely.

The application deadline for submitting applications to HUD is 7:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time, January 18, 2013. Applicants will be required to complete and submit their applications in e-snaps at

Access the announcement

Access the resource page on HUD's Homeless Resource Exchange

HUD Seeks Information from Continuum of Care Providers in New York and New Jersey on Capacity to Assist those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

The top story in the nation, apart from the Presidential election this week, is the continuing recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA and the Red Cross continue to mobilize resources for the thousands of those who have lost their homes, and some of the most reputable service providers in the area have experienced the destruction of their facilities. 

In response to Hurricane Sandy, HUD is coordinating with Continuums of Care (CoC) that were not impacted and that are in reasonable proximity to the New York City region to determine where there may be capacity to intake persons that are homeless—both those that were homeless prior to and those that are homeless as a result of the storm. Sandy-impacted areas currently have thousands (over 5,000 in New York City alone) of persons in evacuation shelters, many of whom have special needs. These temporary shelter accommodations are not viable long term and do not offer the types of supportive services that many of the persons being sheltered may need.

HUD is requesting that CoCs in a reasonable proximity to the New York City/New Jersey region inventory their providers to determine if there is capacity that can be offered to assist in relocating New York City residents. CoCs that identify capacity can notify HUD by sending an e-mail to HUD will be in contact with those CoCs to follow up.

For detailed information on how to follow up with HUD click here

An Important Message from Barbara Poppe about a productive public discourse on homeless children and youth

USICH Executive Director Barbara Poppe encouraged a more productive public discourse on homeless children and youth in her blog post this week. She takes us through an example illustrating the importance of using language that more accurately describes the impact of homelessness on children, regardless if our lens is through the Education or the HUD statutory definitions. She closes with her call to action, a commitment to better articulate the extent of children’s needs and the real solutions (i.e. housing, services, healthcare, and education) that meet those needs. 

Read the full blog here

Co-founder of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Dr. Jim O’Connell receives Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism

“As you get to know [the homeless], you start to hear their stories, and understand the overwhelming odds they’ve been facing so long,” Dr. O’Connell said Friday, November 2. “The people you would pass by ordinarily, thinking they were kind of rough, you start to understand that they are actually very courageously living with the terrible hand they were dealt. . . . You just get drawn into their lives.” Dr. O’Connell was honored for his work with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program last Friday, and his words describe what motivates him to continue doing this work after 26 years since he began it. The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism is given to individuals whose lives and service have significantly improved the health of people in the United States or abroad. Past recipients include Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush and, posthumously, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver.

Click here to read the full article.

Read an article from Dr. O’Connell in the Journal of Primary Care and Prevention about his work 

Learn more about Health Care for the Homeless programs in your area and around the country by accessing the National Health Care for the Homeless Council website.

New Resources to Share

This week we shared quite a few new resources across our social media outlets, and we have included them below in case you missed them:




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