Save the Date: Upcoming DRGR Workshops for NSP and CDBG-DR Grantees


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Save the Date: Upcoming DRGR Workshops for NSP and CDBG-DR Grantees


HUD is pleased to announce a series of upcoming DRGR Workshops. These Workshops provide an overview of the DRGR Release 7.9, the new DRGR concepts, and the five DRGR modules. Participants will learn:
  • DRGR System Functionality
  • Types of Information to Report
  • Entering Information to DRGR
  • Common DRGR missteps and questions
  • And more …
Each two day workshop includes a combination of lecture and hands-on case study exercises, allowing participants to practice each task in the system. It is important to participate for the two full days because the training modules build on each other.
This workshop teaches grantees how to tell their community's recovery story, with a specific focus on P.L. 113-2 reporting requirements and DRGR processes, for closeout of NSP grants.
Who should attend?
This training is designed for grantee staff that work regularly with DRGR and are responsible for DRGR functions at the grantee level.
Due to limited space, registrations will be reviewed. Do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation email from the Class-specific Point of Contact.
Information on specific training sessions is located in the table below.
Please note that only one individual per grantee will be allowed to register and attend a training session.
San Francisco, CA
April 23-24, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PDT
Save the Date
Chicago, IL
April 29-30, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
Save the Date
Fort Worth, TX
May 6-7, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
Save the Date
Jacksonville, FL
June 4-5, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Save the Date
Atlanta, GA
June 18-19, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Save the Date
Denver, CO
June 23-24, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM MDT
Save the Date
Los Angeles, CA
July 29-30, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PDT
Save the Date
Detroit, MI
August 12-13, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Save the Date

Registration for these trainings is not yet available. An email will be sent out through this mailing list when registration opens.


Affordable Care Act Enrollment Tips


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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Tips


People who think they may qualify for private health insurance coverage through the health insurance Marketplace in their state have until March 31, 2014 to enroll and select a plan for coverage starting May 1, 2014. Individuals living in the continental United States (income levels differ for Alaska and Hawaii) who make between $11,490 and $45,960 may qualify for lower premiums on a Marketplace insurance plan.
Some individuals, particularly those experiencing homelessness or those living with HIV/AIDS, may be eligible for the Medicaid program in their state. People can apply for Medicaid at any point; there is no open enrollment period. People can apply by contacting their state Medicaid program directly or by filling out an application through the Marketplace in their state.
Visit HUD’s OneCPD Affordable Care Act website for more information.


Alliance Releases Video Series on Learning Collaborative Planning








March 18, 2014    

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


Spotlight On...
Alliance Releases Video Series on Learning Collaborative Planning


The Alliance's Capacity Building Team has produced a series of instructional videos designed to show housing providers how to align their programs with best practices to house more families in need. The videos outline how housing providers can organize a Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative with other organizations in their communities in order to implement changes that will improve their housing efforts. The video series discusses the first meeting of a Learning Collaborative, including an overview of rapid re-housing and updating your policies, procedures, job descriptions, and assessment tools.





Senators Propose Funding National Housing Trust Fund
Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), have proposed a bipartisan housing finance reform bill that would provide more than $3.5 billion a year for the National Housing Trust Fund. The bill would also wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and create the new Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC) to regulate the secondary mortgage market. The National Housing Trust Fund, which President George W. Bush signed into law in 2008, was meant to build, preserve, and operate rental housing affordable for extremely low income families. It has yet to be funded, in spite of a nationwide shortage of affordable housing for this income group.
Senate Reaches Deal on Unemployment Insurance Extension
Last Thursday, March 13, a bipartisan group of senators reached a deal on extending expired unemployment insurance benefits for five months. The plan will also allow retroactive payments going back to December 28, when Congress allowed unemployment insurance benefits to expire for more than two million Americans. If this package is passed, it would be financed through a combination of offsets such as extending pension smoothing provisions from a 2012 highway bill and extending customs user fees through 2024. It is unclear whether the bill will gain enough votes to pass through the House.
House Committee Marks Up Budget Views and Estimates
Last Thursday, March 13, the House Financial Services Committee marked up its Budget Views and Estimates on the President's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal. The Views and Estimates document portrays the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an overly bureaucratic agency that lacks prioritization to define the agency's mission and fails to deliver measureable results. In the document, the Committee criticizes the President for failing to address these issues, and recommends the consolidation of programs and cuts in staff.
During the markup, Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) defended HUD programs and argued that the Budget Views and Estimates document is misrepresentative of Members of Congress' views on affordable housing and homeless assistance programs.
Committees and Subcommittees Hold Hearings on Budget Proposal
Last Wednesday, March 12, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on the President's FY 2015 budget proposal. During the hearing, Jacob Lew, treasury secretary, praised the President's Budget Proposal's prioritization of ending homelessness among veterans and increasing access to affordable housing through funding the Promise Zone initiative.
Last Thursday, March 13, the House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee held a hearing on proposed FY 2015 appropriations for agencies, programs and activities under its jurisdiction. During the hearing, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, praised the proposal's investment in areas critical to our long-term prosperity and deficit reduction.
Last Wednesday, March 12, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In his hearing testimony, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, expressed support for the President's Budget Proposal, noting that ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 remains one of VA's top priorities.
Secretary Shinseki pointed to the progress the VA has made in ending homelessness among veterans in recent years, but explained that much work remains to be done. He explained that funding VA programs that assist homeless veterans and their families at the levels requested in the President's Budget Proposal will play a critical role in enabling the VA to reach its goal.
Last Thursday, March 13, the House Veterans' Affairs Committee held a similar hearing, during which Secretary Shinseki also testified.
Congress Departs for Recess
Yesterday, Monday, March 17, Congress departed for a week of recess. Both chambers will return next Monday, January 24.
In this blog post we look at how the fight to end chronic homelessness in America is gaining steam and what you can do to help.
Communities to Receive $300 Million in Additional Funding for Homeless Veteran Families
In this post we take a look at the very real possibility of ending veteran homelessness, including the resources that are available for communities and the necessary steps communities will need to take in order to make this goal a reality.

Register Today: Allocating Staff Costs Between Administrative & Activity Delivery Costs for CDBG Grantees Webinar


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Register Today: Allocating Staff Costs Between Administrative & Activity Delivery Costs for CDBG Grantees Webinar - March 25 or 26, 2014


The Office of Block Grant Assistance will host the 90 minute Allocating Staff Costs Between Administrative & Activity Delivery Costs for CDBG Grantees Webinar. This webinar will be held on two days, please choose one of the following dates to attend:
This webinar provides information on the allocation of staff costs for the Community Development Block Grant program between two cost categories: 
  1. General Program Administrative Costs
  2. Activity Delivery Costs
Grantees should review the Notice CPD-13-07: Allocating Staff Costs Between Program Administration Costs vs. Activity Delivery Costs in CDBG prior to the webinar. The following topics will be reviewed in the webinar:
  • Distinguish the difference between administrative costs and activity delivery costs 
  • Distinguish the difference between direct and indirect costs
  • Learn how to allocate other CPD Program administrative costs to the CDBG Program
Who Should Attend?

The Allocating Staff Costs Between Administrative & Activity Delivery Costs for CDBG Grantees Webinar is relevant to CDBG Program Administrators and Grantees. This webinar is limited to 1,500 participants and registration for this training will close 24 hours before the webinar begins.

Training Point of Contact
Deirdre Tomlinson | 781-373-7073 | deirdre.tomlinson@familyhomelessness.org

To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to OneCPD Training and Events.

Registering for the Allocating Staff Costs Between Administrative & Activity Delivery Costs for CDBG Grantees Webinar

Access the registration page below and then select Register Now on the right side of the page.

If you have not yet registered for an OneCPD Learn account:
  • Select Create an Account
  • Enter your information on Steps 1 and 2 of the registration page.
  • Select Register
  • You will be brought directly to the course detail page in OneCPD Learn and an email containing your username will be sent to you. Keep this for future use.
  • Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you have already registered for an OneCPD Learn account:
  • Enter your Username and Password; select Log in
  • If prompted to fill out additional information, please do so, and select Update
  • You will be brought directly to the course detail page in OneCPD Learn
  • Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you are unsure if you have an OneCPD Learn account:
  • Go to the OneCPD Login page, and enter your email address into the field: Forget Username or Password?
  • If a username for that email address already exists, you will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to follow the steps above. If not, you’ll receive an error message
Additional Instructions
Additional instructions and screenshots are available in the OneCPD Learn User Guide. After you have successfully registered for OneCPD Learn, you can register for upcoming trainings/webinars.
HUD makes these webinar presentations and accompanying materials available on OneCPD Training & Events.



HOPWA Webinar: A Discussion on Confidentiality Requirements and Issues - April 17, 2014 - 3 PM EDT


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HOPWA Webinar: A Discussion on Confidentiality Requirements and Issues - April 17, 2014 - 3 PM EDT

Host: Office of HIV/AIDS Housing
This webinar will provide a general overview of confidentiality in the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program and will introduce content from the HOPWA Confidentiality User Guide. Presenters will highlight examples related to integrating HOPWA into HMIS and confidentiality practices in rural areas. This webinar is part of the HOPWA Best Practices Training Series.
When: Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT
Please note the correct time for your time zone!
Register Now
Presenters:
  • Benjamin L. Ayers, Community Planning and Development Specialist, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, HUD
  • Mariah Ybarra, Senior Consultant, Sound Thinking
  • Julie A. Eberbach, Associate Director, Iowa HMIS Project Lead, Institute for Community Alliances
  • Kathie Hiers, Chief Executive Officer, AIDS Alabama
This webinar is designed to:
  • Enhance knowledge about confidentiality and familiarity with the HOPWA Confidentiality User Guide.
  • Increase attention to confidentiality and prevent inadvertent disclosure.
  • Promote implementation of sound confidentiality policies, procedures, and practices among HOPWA providers.
  • Promote HOPWA integration into HMIS.


[MARHMIS] MARC NAHRO Conference hosting by DE NAHRO - April 29 to May 2nd

This year DE NAHRO is hosting the annual MARC NAHRO Conference.  This year we are having the conference at Dover Downs.  We have some great sessions planned -- CRA Updates with the OCC, Healthy Lifestyles, Affordable Care Act impact, Rapid Re-housing & 100,000 Homes Campaign. 

Attached is the flyer about the Conference which is April 29 - May 2. 

Please help spread the word about this conference to your local CoC’s and providers.

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Susan Starrett
Executive Director
Homeless Planning Council of Delaware
100 West 10th Street, Suite 611
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-654-0126 ext. 101
Email: sstarrett@hpcdelaware.org
Website: www.hpcdelaware.org

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