July Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) Newsletter - Making the Medicaid Benefit Work

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Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) Newsletter

July 2016

Save the Date - Annual Grantee Forum

Annual Grantee Forum, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at Suncadia. Registration will open in September. Stay tuned for more details.

Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) FAQ Update

The CHG FAQ has been updated with helpful information for determining the ownership status of landlords.  For example, what types of entities are considered “government owners” and what about “LLCs?”  Read more in Appendix E here.

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Shelter Network

Are you a shelter provider?  Building Changes is developing a shelter provider network to bring providers across the state together in a learning community.  The network will provide regular opportunities for shelter providers to connect with peers to share ideas, troubleshoot challenges, and get training on best practices.  E-mail Emily.Mirra@BuildingChanges.org to be kept in the loop.


Interested in using the new Medicaid Benefits?

The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is collaborating with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to develop an in-depth technical assistance training opportunity for a cohort of supportive housing and supported employment service providers who are interested in using the new Medicaid benefits under development.

Limited space is available, so apply online at this link  by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 if you are interested.

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Core Components for Landlord Engagement

Katy Miller, of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, has written a great article on the basic concepts of landlord engagement.   Given that a rapid rehousing program is dependent upon healthy landlord relationships, this is timely information.  Read the article here.

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Help Us Address Harmful Stereotypes

The CHG team wants to share a new project we’re working on—Homeless Myths and Facts to help address the harmful stereotypes about a person’s experience of homelessness. Help us tailor this project to better communicate the truth.  We want to know what are the most common stereotypes you encounter.

Take the survey

Making the Medicaid Benefit Work

The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is conducting a survey of housing and health care stakeholders to assess what information and additional capacity is needed for these new Medicaid benefits to be successfully implemented. We’d love to get your feedback if you have a few minutes to complete this brief online survey. The survey results will help inform what additional resources are needed to implement these new Medicaid benefits and will help us identify other health-housing system partnerships and networking opportunities across the state. 

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Building Relationships with Landlords: July 28, Webinar

Part of the 2016 DBHR Housing Topical Webinar Series, this session will focus on providing participants with ideas, practical tools, and resources for working with private landlords to obtain housing in different settings and a discussion on tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities. The webinar will not cover the legal aspects of the tenant/landlord law or provide legal advice.

The webinar will feature Pat Tucker from Advocates for Human Potential, a nationally recognized leader in supportive housing, supported employment, and community integration for people with disabilities, including those with behavioral health conditions.

Please register for Building Relationships with Landlords on July 28, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. PDT.

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In the Spotlight: New Community Care Center in Olympia

Providence St. Peter Hospital, Behavioral Health Resources, SideWalk Homeless Services, Interfaith Works Overnight Emergency Shelter, and other partners in Olympia aim to provide a one-stop-shop for vulnerable community members to get care and services.  Learn more about the project here:

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Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Training and Assistance

Read our HMIS Training Catalog for full descriptions, requirements, and more. We offer at least two trainings a month for new HMIS users and current users on using Clarity HMIS. Please contact Maylee Stevenson ( maylee.stevenson@commerce.wa.gov)  to request a local training. We need a minimum of five attendees to hold trainings outside of Olympia.

Check our HMIS Training Catalog periodically for new training opportunities.