HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPs) and the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently announced the availability of onsite technical assistance (TA) to assist Continuum of Care (CoC), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) recipients with carrying out planning efforts designed to increase housing participants’ access to healthcare resources.
The SNAPs – HOPWA TA Announcement: Housing & Health (H2) Initiative flyer outlines the specific steps CoCs can follow to request this TA. CoCs are encouraged to seek out this opportunity as a way to strengthen programmatic performance on a key goal of the CoC program – to facilitate access to and effective utilization of mainstream resources. Specifically, this TA will support your communities with strengthening linkages between housing and healthcare for participants of HUD-assisted housing on a systems level. All communities, regardless of size, geographic location, relative size of the homeless population and range of healthcare opportunities available through Medicaid will be considered for this TA. The first round of communities will be selected in December 2014.