The New World of the Hearth Act – Training Opportunities

The HEARTH Academy

Online Training |

Author: National Alliance to End Homelessness

The Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building is hosting a HEARTH Academy to prepare communities to meet the ambitious performance expectations of the HEARTH Act, particularly the outcomes of reducing homelessness episodes and reducing new and return entries into homelessness.

The HEARTH Academy will feature a 1.5 day training that will be held in several locations in early 2011. The fee for the training will depend on the locations and venues, but is expected to be approximately $300 per participant.

The Academy also includes numerous webinars, tools, and printed and virtual resources that will be particularly helpful to training participants, but will be available to everyone free of charge.

If you are interested in participating in the HEARTH Academy Training, please send an email to Aisha Williams at with your name and location. Also, if you are interested in hosting a training in your community, please indicate so. The Alliance will identify locations for the HEARTH Academy based partly on interest.

HEARTH Academy


The Homelessness Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act was enacted on May 20, 2009.

The legislation:

  • Sets ambitious goals for reducing the length of time people are homeless.
  • Significantly increases resources for prevention and rapid re-housing.
  • Continues to provide incentives for developing permanent supportive housing.

The changes made by the HEARTH Act will begin to take effect with the programs that are funded by the FY 2011 round of Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG, formerly the Emergency Shelter Grants) and the FY 2011 NOFA, which will probably be released sometime in mid-2011.

Preparation Webinars – September and October, 2010

The three pre-training webinars will be free to all who wish to participate and will be recorded for later viewing.  They will cover the following topics:

September 22, 2010 – HEARTH Act Overview – 2:00 Eastern

This webinar will explain the significant changes the HEARTH Act makes to HUD’s McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs.

October 13, 2010 – HEARTH: Performance Improvement and Data Measurement

This webinar will present information about the outcomes included in the HEARTH Act and how community’s can use outcome measures to improve performance.

October 27, 2010 – HEARTH: System Assessment

This webinar will present tools for assessing and retooling your community’s homelessness assistance.  It will include information about system resource allocation and return on investment under HEARTH’s performance framework.
HEARTH Training Session – January to April, 2011

The 1.5 day training will be held in various locations around the country.  The training is designed to serve 6-10 leaders from each community who are responsible for funding and overseeing homelessness assistance. Participants will learn how to implement and improve strategies that better prevent homelessness and reduce the length of time individuals and families experience homelessness. The training covers three topics:

·        System Analysis: Assessing the outcomes and cost effectiveness of your community’s homelessness assistance

·        System Change: Creating an action plan to improve the outcomes and efficiency of your community’s homelessness assistance

·        Performance Improvement: Creating a structure to translate performance data into continuous improvement

If your community is interested in participating please send a letter of interest to Aisha Williams at

Implementation Webinars – Beginning March 2011

The Alliance will host several webinars on HEARTH implementation, focused on adopting best practices regarding performance improvement, shifting transitional housing, expanding rapid re-housing, diversion, prevention, oversight, and other topics.  These webinars will be available free of charge.


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