Travel Scholarship Program - CHDO Workshop: Understanding the 2013 HOME Final Rule


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Travel Scholarship Program -
CHDO Workshop: Understanding the 2013 HOME Final Rule


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with TDA and the Housing Assistance Council (HAC), is pleased to announce a Travel Scholarship Program to support attendance by CHDOs and prospective CHDOs at the CHDO Workshops on the 2013 HOME Final Rule being held this summer. Scholarships are available for workshops taking place during or after the week of June 16, 2014.

Who Can Apply?

To ensure that CHDOs with budgetary limitations are able to attend the workshops, travel scholarships are available to CHDOs located more than 50 miles from the workshop location. Subject to program limitations, CHDOs can request scholarship assistance to cover eligible transportation and lodging costs with a maximum award of $1,500 per attendee ($2,000 for CHDOs located outside of the continental United States).
A limited number of scholarships are available at each workshop based on HUD’s evaluation of the general proximity of workshops to rural and underserved Participating Jurisdictions.

Instructions

To request a CHDO Travel Scholarship, an organization’s staff must:
  1. Submit a Request to Register and attend one of the CHDO Workshops via the CHDO Workshops Course Page.

    Note: Submitting your registration does not guarantee approval.
  2. Receive a Confirmation Email that your registration has been approved.

  3. Get a Scholarship Request email.

    Note: Subject to the availability of space in the workshops and the scholarship selection criteria, a single CHDO may receive scholarships for up to two staff to attend.
  4. Receive HUD Approval of Scholarship Request.
  5. Enter into a Scholarship Agreement with either TDA or HAC, prior to attending the workshop.
Scholarships will be provided on a reimbursement basis following attendance.
Detailed information, including additional selection criteria, is available in the Program Statement.


HUD Issues New Guidance on FY2012 and FY2013 HOME Appropriations Requirements


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HUD Issues New Guidance on FY2012 and FY2013 HOME Appropriations Requirements


HUD has published Notice CPD-14-08, revised Operating Guidance for Implementing FY2012 and FY2013 HOME Appropriations Requirements.
This Notice explains the following:
  • How the requirements of the FY2012 and FY2013 Appropriation Laws (contained in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 and the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013) apply to PJs’ 2012 and 2013 HOME projects
  • How PJs must comply with the requirements
  • How HUD will determine PJ compliance with these requirements
The four statutory appropriations requirements addressed in this Notice are:
  • Four-year project completion deadline
  • Assessment of project underwriting, developer capacity, and market need
  • Six-month deadline for sale of homebuyer units
  • CHDO development capacity
The Notice also explains in detail how the implementation and applicability of these requirements is affected by the HOME Final Rule, which was published on July 24, 2013. PJs should review the guidance for additional information on the following:
  • Comparison of the statutory requirements imposed by the 2012 Appropriations Law (and explained in CPD Notice 12-007) to the requirements imposed by the 2013 Appropriations Law
  • Whether a HOME project will be subject to both 2013 Final Rule and 2012/2013 Appropriation Laws requirements (charts and decision trees included in the Notice help PJs to understand which requirements apply and when)
  • Comparison of the Appropriation Laws requirements to the requirements contained in the new HOME rule


Office of Block Grant Assistance and Office of Environment Vacancy Announcements


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Office of Block Grant Assistance and Office of Environment Vacancy Announcements


Office of Block Grant Assistance Vacancies

The Office of Block Grant Assistance has posted a vacancy announcement for CPD Specialists in Washington, DC.  The links are listed below. Please note the closing date for the external posting is 6/5/14.

CPD Specialist

DE14-215-IS (Open to all sources of candidates): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/371097400
MP14-216-IS (Open to Federal status candidates):
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/371098500


Office of Environment Vacancies

The Office of Environment has posted a vacancy announcement for Environmental Review Officer in Washington, DC. The links are listed below. Please note the closing date for the external posting is 6/5/14.

Environmental Review Officer GS-15

DE14-288-IS (Open to all sources of candidates):
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/371107600      

MP14-289-IS (Open to Federal status candidates):
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/371107900



Alliance Releases State of Homelessness 2014

POLICY  |  DATA + RESEARCH  |  TOOL + TRAINING  |  NEWS + MEDIA Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro


Spotlight On...
Homelessness Falls, At-Risk Population Remains High


Washington, DC - The number of people who are at risk of homelessness has failed to decline during the recovery from the Great Recession. This is the case even though the rate of homelessness fell from 20 to 19 homeless persons per 10,000 people, and unemployment decreased in nearly every state. That's according to The State of Homelessness in America 2014, the fourth in a series of reports from the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
The report examines national and state trends in homelessness between 2012 and 2013, at-risk populations between 2011 and 2012, and the number of beds available for people experiencing homelessness in 2012 and 2013.
  • The rate of homelessness in individual states ranged from 106 in Washington, DC to 8 in Mississippi. Veteran homelessness fell from 29 to 27 homeless veterans per 10,000 veterans in the general population.
  • The growth of populations at risk of homelessness stopped increasing at paces seen in recent years, but about 6.6 million people were paying most of their income on housing and 7.5 million were living with family and friends.
  • On a given night, there are about 184,000 more homeless persons than beds available to assist them.
"Even though the economy is still tough for the poorest Americans, homelessness has gone down," said Steve Berg, the Alliance's Vice President for Programs and Policy. "That's testament to smart investments in proven, housing-centered solutions, by the nation, states, and localities. If we build on that momentum we can accomplish something truly remarkable; but if the investment stops, homelessness will get worse quickly."
For a look at the full report, including national and state trends, downloadable graphics for use in publication, visit the Alliance website.

Alliance to Release Annual State of Homelessness Report Tomorrow


 27, 2014
ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro

Spotlight On...
Alliance to Release Annual State of Homelessness Report Tomorrow


The Alliance will release its "State of Homelessness 2014," on Wednesday, May 28. The report, which will be available on the Alliance website, is the fourth in the series of annual reports examining national and state trends in homelessness. "State of Homelessness 2014" will cover trends in homelessness between 2012 and 2013, at-risk populations between 2011 and 2012, and the number of beds available for people experiencing homelessness in 2012 and 2013. For additional information about the release, stay tuned to the Alliance newsletter, blog, and social media.




White House: Julián Castro Nominated for HUD Secretary Position
President Obama has nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The President has nominated current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan for the role of Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Both nominations must be confirmed by the Senate.

"And it's precisely because he's lived out the American Dream that he'll work his tail off to make sure more people can travel that same path and earn their own dreams as well," the President said of Castro's nomination.
House Appropriations Committee Marks Up Spending Bill
Last Wednesday, May 21, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up their fiscal year (FY) 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill for programs under its jurisdiction, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program and many other low-income housing programs. The bill largely includes the same funding levels for homeless assistance and affordable housing programs that were included in the subcommittee's draft bill, including flat funding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program at $2.105 billion and cutting various other programs. To read the text of the bill and the report, visit the committee website. Senate Appropriations Committee Determines 302(b) Allocations
Last Thursday, May 22, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its 302(b) allocations, which represent the amount of funding each appropriations subcommittee has to spend on programs under its purview. The Senate would provide $54.253 billion for the subcommittee that funds HUD and Transportation programs, significantly more than the House bill would provide. Now that these 302(b) allocations have been determined, Senate Appropriations Subcommittees have begun to mark up spending bills for programs under their jurisdictions.
Senate Appropriations Committee Marks Up Veterans Spending Bill
On Tuesday, May 20, the Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee marked up their FY 2015 spending bill; the full Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the bill on Thursday, May 22. The spending bill includes a total of $71.19 billion in discretionary spending for Veterans Affairs and military construction programs, equivalent to the amount requested in the President's Budget Proposal. This includes $1.641 billion for targeted homeless veteran programs, $241 million more than the FY 2014 enacted level and $41 million more than the amount requested in the President's Budget Proposal. Spending levels for all specific VA homeless programs are not yet available to the public.
The report highlights progress made in recent years to end homelessness among veterans and also directs Secretary Shinseki to conduct a needs assessment of veterans in rural areas who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and welcomes suggestions on how to improve housing stability for these veterans.




The Alliance has released a new coordinated assessment tool designed to help communities prioritize consumers for various homelessness interventions. The Comprehensive Assessment Tool, as detailed in an Alliance blog post last week, is made up of multiple components, including pre-screening, diversion screening, HMIS-required questions, a housing prioritization tool, and a modified Vulnerability Index tool. An accompanying dynamic waitlist allows communities to keep track of people waiting for openings within each intervention while ensuring that wait lists do not becomes too long or unwieldy. Questions about either document should be sent to thecenter@naeh.org.



During the 17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) May 28 to 30, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, all of the plenary sessions and several breakout sessions will be available for viewing live. The conference convenes researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss topics related to the well-being of low-income families, including: the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs, success in the labor market, and approaches to alleviate poverty and strengthen the safety net.





How Many People are Experiencing Homelessness in Your Community?
By Thomas Friedlander

In this post, we look at how the picture of homelessness in 2014 is shaping up, according to the media and government reports the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute (HRI) has obtained and chronicled with our 2014 Homeless Counts Map.
Housing Identification: A Rapid Re-Housing Core Component
By Stuart Campbell
In this post, we take a more in-depth look at the at the first core element on the Alliance's "Core Components of Rapid Re-housing" resource: Housing Identification. Housing identification is so much more than just finding a home for a household experiencing homelessness. In fact, the primary "customer" in this context isn't the household at all, but the landlord.

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Register Today: CHDO Workshops - June & July 2014


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Register Today: CHDO Workshops - June & July 2014


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce a series of 2.5-day Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) training workshops that will be held during the spring and summer of 2014.

Registration is now open for the following July Trainings:

Houston, TX
July 8-10, 2014
Louisville, KY
July 8-10, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT
July 8-10, 2014
Fort Worth, TX
July 15-17, 2014

Registration is still open for the following June Trainings:

Minneapolis, MN
June 3-5, 2014
Chicago, IL
June 3-5, 2014
New Orleans, LA
June 10-12, 2014
Miami, FL
June 17-19, 2014
San Francisco, CA
June 17-19, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
June 24-26, 2014
 

Important Information

For more information and to view other training locations, visit the CHDO Workshop News page.
Instructions on how to register are available in the OneCPD Learn User Guide.
Please note that submitting a registration request does not guarantee you a seat at the training.
You will receive a confirmation email if you are accepted into the training.
Note: Do not make nonrefundable or non-cancellable travel arrangements—including but not limited to airfare, train fare, rental car, and hotel reservations—prior to receiving official confirmation that your registration has been approved.

Who should attend?

The workshop is primarily for CHDOs. CHDO registration must be approved by the PJ. The training is limited to CHDOs that meet one or more of these criteria:
  • The organization has previously been designated as a CHDO by the PJ and been funded from the CHDO set-aside at least once since January 1, 2011
  • The organization is one with whom the PJ is actively working toward an award of HOME funds
A limited number of spaces will be available for PJ staff to attend the workshops with their CHDOs. To accommodate as many organizations as possible attendance may be limited to one individual per organization.  
Please keep in mind the following items when planning your organization’s attendance at this event: 
  • PJ staff may attend only if a CHDO from its jurisdiction also attends
  • Training organizers will be asking PJs to verify that CHDOs that have registered meet the criteria

Travel Arrangements

To ensure that CHDOs that have budgetary limitations are able to attend the workshops, HUD will offer scholarships for travel and lodging. The CHDO will be responsible for paying for its own ground transportation and other travel-related expenses. More information on the scholarship application process will be provided no later than May 30, 2014.


HOME Expiring Funds Report Now Posted


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HOME Expiring Funds Report Now Posted

HOME Message Graphic
The HOME Program's Expiring Funds Report as of 5/19/14 is now posted on the OneCPD Resource Exchange.

You may also access all HOME reports from the HOME Program Resource Page under "HOME Reports."


Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness - A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs


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Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness - A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs


As a resource to facilitate the integration of the Domestic Violence (DV) and homeless service systems, the National Center on Family Homelessness has published, Closing the Gap: Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness - A Toolkit for Transitional Housing Programs.
By laying the groundwork to understand the intersection between DV and homelessness, this toolkit offers practical strategies that providers can follow to improve service integration.
For information on domestic violence and a listing of your state Coalition Against Domestic Violence, please visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Learn more about child and family homelessness at the National Center on Family Homelessness website.
The Homelessness Assistance Programs page provides information on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It contains program guidance, reporting system support, and homelessness resources for Federal Agencies, government agencies, Continuum of Care organizations, homeless service providers, TA providers, persons experiencing homelessness, and other stakeholders.