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Feb 12, 2024 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs from February 27-29, 2024. The Committee will provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters relating to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native American Veterans. The agenda will include, among other things, updates on the Native American Direct Loan Program; homeless programs; Choctaw Nation Behavioral Health/VA Staff Sergeant Fox Grant for suicide prevention, family counseling, women's domestic violence program; the Tribal Veteran Service Officer Representation Expansion Project; Reimbursement Agreement Program/Tribal Health Programs/Purchase Referred Care expansion; claims clinic events in Indian Country; and the VA Office of Connected Care.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 6, 2024 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs from February 27-29, 2024. The Committee will provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters relating to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native American Veterans. The agenda will include, among other things, updates on the Native American Direct Loan Program; homeless programs; Choctaw Nation Behavioral Health/VA Staff Sergeant Fox Grant for suicide prevention, family counseling, women's domestic violence program; the Tribal Veteran Service Officer Representation Expansion Project; Reimbursement Agreement Program/Tribal Health Programs/Purchase Referred Care expansion; claims clinic events in Indian Country; and the VA Office of Connected Care.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 5, 2024 - Profiles a homeless teen in rural Texas and discusses lack of access to homeless shelters and other support services rural homeless youth may need. Notes that data gathering challenges means rural homeless teens are likely undercounted. Describes the impact of her homelessness on her physical and mental health.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Feb 2, 2024 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (NAC) will hold a virtual public meeting on February 29, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include remarks from the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use; updates on SAMHSA priorities; follow up on topics from the previous meeting; updates on SAMHSA priorities; and presentations and discussions on Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC); the release of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) and how 988 fits into it; homelessness; and a general council discussion and public comments. Registration is required to attend the meeting. Individuals interested in making oral presentations must notify Carlos Castillo by 1:00 p.m. Eastern on February 22, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 11, 2024 - Highlights outreach efforts by 2 Community Health Centers in Oklahoma to assist with insurance enrollment following the end of COVID-19 pandemic policies allowing for continuous coverage. Describes efforts targeting rural residents and the homeless population.
Source: National Association of Community Health Centers
Jan 11, 2024 - Profiles an organization offering food, clothes, and shelter to the homeless community in rural Oklahoma. Compares the needs of under resourced rural towns with larger, more resourced areas.
Source: KJRH
Jan 10, 2024 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposing to revise the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and related Section 108 loan guarantee program regulations to make it easier for recipients to promote economic development and recovery in low- and moderate-income communities and support investments in underserved areas. Among other things, this rule also proposes corresponding changes to the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program regulations to align with the CDBG program regulation revisions. Comments are due within 60 days of the publication of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 8, 2024 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) proposing amendments to its regulation in order to implement changes related to the smoke alarm requirements for properties that receive funding from the Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Section 515 Rural Rental Housing and the Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing Direct Loan and Grant programs. Comments are due by March 8, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 7, 2024 - Highlights the work by a Veterans Administration program addressing housing issues and the associated stigma in rural Michigan and Wisconsin.
Source: VA News