From Our Federal Partners: Request for Applications to Participate in the SOAR TA Project Due November 17, 2017

Are you looking for ways to increase housing placement and stability for individuals with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness in your community? Are you struggling with the complex Social Security disability application process and waiting for a long time for a decision? If so, this technical assistance and training opportunity is for you!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center is accepting applications from Continuums of Care (CoCs) that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.
SAMHSA's SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and who have a serious mental illness, a co-occurring substance use disorder or other serious medical condition.
CoCs are invited to submit a brief, 3-5 page application in response to the Request for Applications (RFA) to participate in the SOAR TA Project by November 17, 2017. A message of interest and intent to file an application is requested, but not required, by October 24, 2017. The RFA and the documents referred to in the RFA can be accessed on the SOAR Technical Assistance site.
A kick-off call to answer questions about the application will be held on October 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET:
Participation in SOAR requires local commitment and collaboration while working closely with the SOAR State Team Lead to ensure that the effort is consistent with that of other communities in the state. In many states, the local and/or balance of state CoCs are actively involved in SOAR implementation at both the state and local levels.
For more information or if you have questions about the RFA, please contact Kristin Lupfer, Project Director, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center via e-mail at or by phone at 518-439-7415, ext. 5262.
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CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of October 17, 2017, have been posted to HUD Exchange.
These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.
CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:
{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.
Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.
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News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Our Opportunity to Learn from the Response to Hurricane Harvey  


Partners in Texas have provided us with a case study on how to respond to disasters with purpose, creativity, shared responsibility, and strengthened partnerships.

In remarks to the Texas Homeless Network, Executive Director Matthew Doherty urges us to take the lessons from the response to that urgent crisis and reinforce and strengthen our response to the on-going, daily crisis of homelessness in our communities.   

Your input will make the federal
strategic plan stronger. 

Region 7 Gathers to Advance Ending Youth Homelessness in the Heartland          

The Ending Youth Homelessness in the Heartland Conference held last month in Kansas City was the first region-wide conference in the Heartland dedicated to youth homelessness.  
The conference brought together adult and young adult leaders from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska to learn from each other and federal, state, and local partners.

You Won't Want to Miss These New Tools from Our Partners  

  • The Department of Health and Human Services has published a series of research briefs from the Youth/Young Adults with Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness demonstration grants.
  • The Department of Labor is launching "Our Journey Together: The WIOA Youth Program Technical Assistance (TA) Series" to support the workforce system in their programming efforts to improve outcomes for youth. The first webinar is October 24.
  • A Way Home Canada has released This is Housing First for Youth: A Program Model Guide that can help ensure that your community is connecting young people to permanent housing with the appropriate services to help them succeed as quickly as possible. 

October  is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM)

How can you strengthen collaboration through your partnerships with domestic violence service providers? Here are four strategies from our Policy Advisor, Brittani Manzo.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 1275 First Street, NE, Suite 227, Washington, DC 20552

HTF Monthly Report as of 9/30/2017 Now Posted

HTF Monthly Report Now Posted
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HUD is now posting the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Deadline Compliance Status Reports. These monthly reports assist grantees and HUD Field Offices in monitoring compliance with the 2-year commitment requirement of the HTF statute and the 5-year expenditure requirement of the HTF regulations. The current report is now posted on the HUD Exchange at the link below. You may also access it from the Housing Trust Fund Page under "HTF Program Reports."
HTF Monthly Report as of 9/30/2017 Now Available:
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The Wrong People Are Paying to Fight Homelessness

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
In This Issue: Poverty Is a Choice—Says the House Budget ● Policing and Community Development ● The Wrong People Are Paying to Fight Homelessness ● Also: Events You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● Jobs ● More
There is considerable disagreement as to whether or not the White House’s nine-page framing document on taxes actually clarified much of anything. Trump and his various surrogates have done an awful lot of lying in the meantime—about who benefits, who doesn’t, and by how much—and no one seems to know how, exactly, the Congressional majority intends to pay for the trillions of dollars in tax cuts for which they’re calling. It seems to involve a fair amount of magical thinking. Well, magical thinking, and shanking the poor. That much was clarified: The poor will, of course, be shanked.

Tax brackets, tax breaks, and just how much more rich the rich will become are all important details, no doubt, but . . .
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Many people in the community development field are conflicted about the police presence where they work. While they often collaborate with law enforcement to respond to concerns about crime in their neighborhoods or their properties, many community development leaders are also aware that the residents they serve are often mistreated by police and are wary of supporting overpolicing or increased incarceration.

Miriam Axel-Lute: What do you think is the relationship between the community development field and law enforcement?

Erika Anthony: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress intersects with law enforcement in a couple different ways, one being . . .
Maya Brennan, Mary Cunningham, and Meg Massey, Urban Institute
Most people think of shelters as an inexpensive response to homelessness, but they are actually an expensive band-aid: preventing homelessness in the first place, or cutting it short by providing housing vouchers, can improve families’ lives and may even generate net fiscal savings.

An investment in a housing voucher buys fewer incidents of domestic violence, child protective services involvement, and food insecurity today, while putting children on a path to improved earnings and lower risk of incarceration over the long run. When the housing voucher buys access to a lower-poverty neighborhood, children experience additional improvements in long-term education and employment outcomes. Not only are these outcomes good for the families and their communities, they can also result in tangible savings for social services agencies.

In other words, when families have stable housing, the benefits are widespread. And perhaps that has been the problem.
Oct. 24, 3:00 p.m. ET • When the Facts Don't Fit the Frame • While housing advocates have been increasingly able to draw on new data about the positive impacts of affordable housing, attempts to present this information often backfire. When faced with the latest research, many people are unconvinced because the data does not conform to the way they already see the issue. Building public will requires better evidence and context about the benefits of new solutions. This webinar, presented by Enterprise Community Partners, will show some ways to achieve this.
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You Said It!

I’m a volunteer firefighter in Mendocino County, where we are currently facing devastating wildfires. This article gets to the heart of why I volunteer in the community I live in. I’d like to add about ICS that . . . —Angela DeWitt, more

I agree with your assessment but did I miss your suggestion for a term referring to that “missing middle” housing that is 80-120% AMI? —Jeff Hosea, more

Great, provocative article, particularly the section on gentrification and the use of non-neutral language in mainstream discussions . . . To the two commenters, please read the article again. Look at the premises evident in how you set up the choices you’ve faced, the context, the history. We’ve seen how “historic preservation” in urban neighborhoods has often been initiated by and almost always co-opted and commodified by those who seek to profit from . . . —Bob Brehm, more

From a governance standpoint at the federal level attempting and striving for fairness to any and all immigrants to our country, how do you justify allowing a particular class of undocumented over everyone else in the world simply because they . . . —Fernando Centeno, more
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