Continuums of Care (CoCs), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients and subrecipients, and CoC recipients –
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), with the support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and other national partners, is pleased to announce a Save the Date for the second annual Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Institutes. These events are specifically targeted to RRH practitioners and crisis response system planners. This is HUD-approved training. This means, while there is no registration fee for this training, the costs associated with travel and staff time to attend are approved CoC and ESG Program costs. However, space will be limited as discussed below.
The VA, in close partnership with its partners and technical assistance partners, is currently planning two Rapid Re-Housing Institutes for the fall of 2018 (both events will be identical in content). These events, which will be different in format and content from the 2017 events, will bring together RRH practitioners and planners from around the country for an intensive, 1.5 day long training/conference event focused on various topics and creative solutions to rapid re-housing and rapid resolution practices (e.g., diversion, rapid exit, housing strategies, etc.).
Due to space limitations, there will be a limit to the number of individual attendees per CoC. HUD will provide additional information about how slots will be made available at a later date, but communities should start to strategize now about who will be best suited to represent their community because once registration opens you will have to act fast to ensure your CoC will be represented. Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Grantees do not contribute toward your overall CoC cap; the VA will communicate with SSVF grantees about the number of participants they can send to each event.
With all this in mind, we encourage CoC and ESG recipients to coordinate and work with their RRH providers to identify whether there are programs/staff interested in attending these events. A preliminary agenda will be released later in the summer.
While the site locations are still being confirmed, we anticipate the following schedule:
- East Coast Rapid Re-Housing Institute: October 2 - October 3, 2018 (City TBD)
- West Coast Rapid Re-Housing Institute: October 16 - October 17, 2018 (City TBD)
We will continue to provide information as registration and travel logistics come into focus. In the meantime, questions related to these events can be sent to the SSVF program’s technical assistance address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is being sponsored by the VA, with support from HUD and USICH, and the primary SSVF TA partners, The Technical Assistance Collaborative and Abt Associates.