Register Today: Economic Development Toolkit Training Module

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Register Today:
Economic Development Toolkit Training Module

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce a series of three-day Economic Development Toolkit trainings. This training assists CDBG grantees in carrying out a variety of CDBG activities that result in economic opportunity.
Participants will learn how to design and administer an effective economic development management team to carry out activities such as:
  • Microenterprise development
  • Assistance to for-profit businesses and community-based development organizations
  • Financing of large-scale commercial, industrial, or other real property projects and improvements
  • Financial underwriting
  • Applying Public Benefit Standards
  • Section 108 Loan Guarantee financing
This 3-day training includes a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises.

Who Should Attend?

The Economic Development Toolkit is for CDBG grantees interested in learning how CDBG can be used to carry out economic development activities. Note: this is not an introductory class; participants should be familiar with the CDBG regulations. Grantees may register for any Economic Development Toolkit training course location nationwide.
Due to limited space, registrations will be reviewed. Please note that a maximum of two staff members per grantee will be allowed to attend.

Schedule of Training Deliveries

Denver, CO
August 12-14, 2014
Ft. Worth
October 28-30, 2014
Save the Date
Chicago, IL
Additional trainings may be offered in the future.

Additional Information

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 and you should not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation.
You will receive a confirmation email, if you are accepted into the training.

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Funding for Navigator Grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces Announced

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Funding for Navigator Grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces Announced

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the availability of $60 million in grant funding for Navigators in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFM) and State Partnership Marketplaces (SPM) (sometimes referred to as Exchanges). Navigators are specially trained individuals or organizations that provide unbiased information about health insurance options and assist people in completing eligibility and enrollment forms.
People experiencing homelessness may face a range of barriers to obtaining Medicaid or private health insurance, and frequently needed specialized assistance and support to go through the enrollment process. Barriers for people who are homeless may include: 
  • Single non-elderly adults, particularly those with substance use issues, have traditionally been deemed categorically ineligible for Medicaid, because their impairments and/or addiction were not deemed to be qualifying disabilities
  • Other single, non-elderly adults who might have qualified for Medicaid on the basis of their mental health problems have gone without insurance rather than agreeing to a diagnosis of mental illness, and the stigma that still sometimes accompanies that label
  • People experiencing homelessness may face literacy, language, transportation, and income or disability documentation issues that make completion of the eligibility/enrollment process difficult
  • Some people experiencing homelessness are distrustful of public and bureaucratic systems
It is also vital to address the obstacles persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) may experience in obtaining appropriate coverage. Those who are diagnosed with HIV should be connected to health care as soon as possible so that their infection can be virally suppressed. Navigators will play an integral role in bridging the gap between PLWHA and quality health care.
Both homeless and HIV/AIDS housing and service providers are well positioned to assist people experiencing homelessness and/or serious health challenges to overcome these types of barriers, and, as described below, should consider applying for Navigator grant funding. Specifically, housing and service providers are in unique positions to develop and sustain the personal relationships that are frequently necessary to educate people about the benefits of health insurance/Medicaid coverage, and to facilitate their application and enrollment process.
Two types of applicants, including at least one community and consumer-focused nonprofit, will receive Navigator grant awards in each state with a Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) or State Partnership Marketplace (SPM). Eligible entities, individuals, and consortia applying for Navigator funding must commit to assisting the full range of consumers in their state.
Homeless and HIV housing and service providers operating in States with a FFM/SPM should consider applying for Navigator grant funding. This could be done by partnering with other entities and/or individuals to form a consortium which serves a large total portion of the population. 
To find out if your state participates in a FFM or SPM, visit the Affordable Care Act State and Territory Profiles located on HUD’s OneCPD Resource Exchange website or visit An important next step in deciding to apply to become a Navigator is learning more about the requirements applicable to Navigators. CMS recently finalized regulations that outline the Navigator program standards and other requirements. 
Applications are due by July 10, 2014. 
To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit and search for CFDA #93.332.

VA Report: Program for Homeless Veterans and Families Served More than 100,000

June 24, 2014    

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

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VA Report: Program for Homeless Veterans and Families Served More than 100,000

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an annual report for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program that lauds the effectiveness of the program and details its achievements. Calling SSVF "the first and only VA program that provides services to veterans and their families," the report notes that during the program's first two years it served nearly 100,000 veterans and their family members, and 85 percent of those exiting the program had permanent housing. VA claims in the report that the SSFV program, which is based on the Housing First model, has demonstrated that "high-impact, successful interventions can help low-income Veteran families avoid or exit homelessness and regain housing stability."

Senate Consideration of T-HUD Bill Stalls
Last Thursday, June 19, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled a 'minibus' package, which included the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill, from consideration on the Senate floor due to controversy around the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon emissions regulations.
The package, which also included the Commerce, Justice, and Science and Agriculture bills, will remain stalled until the Senate can reach agreement on procedural technicalities such as which amendments can be offered and at what vote thresholds (51 or 60) they can be adopted. It is unlikely that the T-HUD bill will be considered on the Senate floor until after the Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess.
Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on HUD Secretary Nomination
On Tuesday, June 17, the Full Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs met in an open session to conduct a hearing on the nominations of Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, to be the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Ms. Laura Wertheimer, of Washington, DC, to be inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The Committee is expected to vote on these nominations on Wednesday, June 25, at 10 a.m. ET.
Congressional Homelessness Caucus Holds Briefing on Youth Homelessness
On Tuesday, June 17, the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, along with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.), held a briefing titled "Voices of Youth." During the briefing, homeless and formerly homeless youth shared their experiences and shed light on the factors, such as parental neglect or abuse, which led to their homelessness.
The Alliance's comments on VA's proposed rule, submitted on June 23, largely praise the proposed rule, which aligns the definitions, data collection, and reporting requirements for rapid re-housing programs with HUD, which will ultimately lead to an SSVF program that is well integrated with the Continuum of Care.
The Alliance's comments on ACF's proposed regulations, submitted on June 13, strongly encouraged ACF to promote RHYA programs' coordination with other systems of care by joining local Continuums of Care and including youth in local Point-in-Time (PIT) counts, among others.

On Monday, June 30, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan will provide the welcome address for an event in Washington, DC, highlighting the unique challenges that face lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth experiencing homelessness. The panel will include speakers from HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), DC Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), the True Colors Fund, and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). The event will take place at 451 7th Street, SW, Brooke-Mondale Auditorium from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET.

In the News: 100,000 People Now Have Homes
By naehblog

Four years ago, the 100,000 Homes Campaign set the goal of housing 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless people in the U.S. In this post, we look at what the Campaign is, and what the achievement of its ambitious goal means.
Housing Move-in and Rental Assistance: A Rapid Re-Housing Core Component
By Stuart Campbell This post is the third in a series of posts looking at the core components of rapid re-housing. In this one, we cover housing move-in and rental assistance, which plays a key role in moving a household out of homelessness and into housing.

Registration Reminder: HUD and USICH Webinar - June 26, 2014 - 2 PM EDT

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Registration Reminder: HUD and USICH Webinar - June 26, 2014 - 2 PM EDT

Registration for the HUD and USICH: Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing Webinar closes tomorrow at 2:00 PM EDT.
For those who are unable to register or attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar will be published on the OneCPD Course Catalog within one week of the broadcast.   
This webinar focuses on the core principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing and will be presented by Ann Oliva, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs Director at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Laura Zeilinger, the Executive Director for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

Update on the Status of the Proposed HOPWA Formula Change

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Update on the Status of the Proposed HOPWA Formula Change

The Current HOPWA Formula

FY 2014 Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) formula grant awards were allocated using the same formula that has been statutorily required since the program was established in 1990. This formula was, based on two key factors:
  1. 75% of the formula is allocated based on cumulative AIDS cases, including those persons both living and deceased since the start of the epidemic in 1981; and
  2. 25% of the formula is based on AIDS incidence, or new AIDS cases per year along with population updates. Only the largest 30 metropolitan areas benefit from the AIDS incidence factor. Eligible States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are not eligible for this bonus funding.

Variations in HOPWA Formula Grant Amounts and Service Areas for FY 2014

Although the formula remains the same, many HOPWA formula communities experienced variations in their grant award amounts and service area boundaries for FY 2014. These variations were the result of two recent changes:
  1. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued updates to metropolitan statistical area geographic boundaries (Bulletin 13-01) that reconfigured the service areas of numerous existing HOPWA Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Areas (EMSAs); and
  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently implemented updates to their method for processing data transmitted by state and local HIV health department surveillance programs. Every year, CDC provides HUD with the AIDS data set necessary to compute the formula grant awards. The agency implemented internal updates to their data verification and processing with the goal of improving overall national data quality and completeness. This resulted in changes to the HOPWA data set that impacted the allocations of some formula grantees for FY 2014.

HOPWA Modernization Legislative Proposal

The current HOPWA formula includes information on well over half a million Americans who have died, and does not reflect or use what the CDC refers to as the single best measure of the current geographic burden of the epidemic: the number of people currently living with an HIV diagnosis. When the HOPWA statute was enacted in 1990, less than 10 years had passed since the first case of AIDS had been reported in the United States, and only about five years had passed since the HIV virus had been isolated and identified by scientists. The HOPWA funding formula reflected the nature of early surveillance data available at that time.
Modernizing the HOPWA funding formula is a key pending HUD action item under President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The NHAS directs HUD to work with Congress to develop a plan to shift to HIV/AIDS case reporting as the basis for HOPWA formula funding. HUD commenced an extensive public consultation process in 2011 to solicit public input from grantees, stakeholders, and federal agency partners through a series of forums. The results of this collaboration greatly assisted HUD in developing the legislative proposal.
The Department’s FY 2015 HOPWA congressional budget justification includes a legislative proposal to change the formula and to expand the provision of short-term housing assistance. Congressional action is required prior to enactment of the proposal, as the HOPWA statute must be amended to enable the use of living HIV cases. This is due to the existing statutory language referring only to cumulative AIDS cases for purposes of providing formula grant awards. As such, the purpose of this notification to dispel any misunderstanding regarding the status of this legislative request since it remains a proposed action. In fact, the Department has previously submitted the legislative request in the FY 2013 and FY 2014 HOPWA budget requests without congressional action.
The proposed formula change would be based on living HIV cases, including those living with AIDS, and would serve as a baseline to better reflect the nature of the HIV epidemic, as well as aligning the distribution of HOPWA formula funding with other Federal HIV programs, notably the Ryan White CARE Act program which has already enacted living HIV cases. The existing 25% formula factor would be revised to adjust for local housing costs (Fair Market Rents) and community need (poverty rates). In addition, the legislative proposal also includes language that would expand short-term housing interventions to allow for more flexible time limits and for rapid re-housing of homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS.
The legislative proposal contains a stop-loss provision that would be phased in over a period of three years. As the new formula is phased in, grantees would not lose more than 10 percent or gain more than 20 percent of their share of the previous fiscal year’s formula funds.

Opportunity for Feedback

The Department welcomes questions and feedback on this ongoing effort to modernize the HOPWA formula to better reflect the current nature of the HIV epidemic. Please send any questions or comments to

[Action Requested] You Input is Essential to the Ongoing Success of Opening Doors






Your Input Is Essential to the Ongoing Success of Opening Doors


Dear Valued Partner,
Yesterday marked the fourth Anniversary of the launch of Opening Doors, the first-ever Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. In four years, we have changed the trajectory of homelessness in America. In just the first three years of implementation, Opening Doors led to significant reductions in homelessness, including an eight percent reduction in homelessness among families, a 16 percent reduction in chronic homelessness, and a 24 percent reduction in homelessness among Veterans. And we are hopeful that we will be able announce even greater reductions when the 2014 Point-In-Time Count data are available later this year.
The progress we are making across the nation has proven that Opening Doors is the right plan with the right set of strategies. Opening Doors also provides a foundation and scaffolding upon which we can continue to innovate and refine the solutions that will end homelessness in this country.
Opening Doors works because we developed the plan together, because we are implementing it together, and because the Plan brings the right people to the table—providers, practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, and people with lived experiences of homelessness—from all over the country and from every level of government and the private and not-for-profit sectors.
All in all, the Plan was authored by more than 750 community stakeholders, national advocacy organizations, as well as with Congress and leaders and program staff from 19 Federal departments and agencies. The names of all contributors are printed on the back cover of the Plan.
As we embark on the fifth year of implementing Opening Doors, we realize that not only is Opening Doors still the right plan, but also that our progress is accelerating and gaining momentum.
We believe that every strategic plan should be a living document, strengthened by new information and lessons learned through implementation. Opening Doors is no different. In 2012, with widespread public input, we amended the plan to focus more strategies on ending youth homelessness and improve educational outcomes for children experiencing homelessness.
This year, we're considering amending the plan again to include more of what we've learned from our progress. For instance, through the tremendous advances made by communities, we have gained critical new insights on the necessary components of effective homeless crisis response systems. In addition, health care reform has meant new innovations and approaches in bringing Medicaid to bear on ending homelessness. Also, due to a lack of Congressional support for needed affordable housing investments, we will not reach our national goal to end chronic homelessness in 2015. However, if Congress supports the President's 2015 budget, we can reach the goal in 2016. Managing toward goals is essential, which is why an amendment to Opening Doors would reflect that change.
We urge you to participate in this process. We request your input by August 8, 2014. Please visit to share and vote for ideas that can further strengthen Opening Doors.  We've also created this participation guide to assist you in commenting.  Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts. We look forward to reading them.
Thank you for your partnership.

Laura Green Zeilinger
USICH Executive Director

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