Report: Decent Housing 'Out of Reach' for Minimum Wage Workers








March 25, 2014    

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


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Report: Decent Housing Out of Reach for Minimum Wage Workers


Low-income renters continue to face a growing disparity between income and housing, according to the report "Out of Reach 2014," released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) yesterday, March 24. In order to afford a decent two-bedroom rental home in 2014 at fair market rent (FMR) as estimated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a worker must earn $18.92 an hour, NLIHC found in the report. That means that a one-bedroom or a two-bedroom rental unit at FMR is out of reach for full-time minimum wage workers in every state.





Unemployment Insurance Extension a Priority in the Senate
The Senate continues to work on legislation that would extend expired unemployment insurance benefits for five months and allow retroactive payments going back to December 28, the date that Congress allowed unemployment insurance benefits to expire for more than two million Americans. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said many Americans have been "driven to poverty" since the benefits expired in December. While Sen. Reid maintains that extending unemployment insurance is a top priority, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) recently voiced his opposition to the extension, which means that, though the bill will likely pass in the Senate, it remains unclear whether it will gain enough votes to pass in the House.
Appropriations Subcommittees Hold Hearings on Budget Proposal
This morning, the Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee held a hearing on proposed fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction. Eric Shinseki, secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and a number of other VA officials, served as witnesses.
This morning the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee held a similar hearing for programs under its jurisdiction. Numerous public witnesses provided testimony, including representatives from the Elder Justice Coalition, National Community Action Foundation, National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. Further information on this hearing will be posted here shortly.
Congress Returns from Recess
Yesterday, Monday, March 24, Congress returned from recess.
As winter comes to a close, communities across the country are beginning to release their findings from their 2014 Point-In-Time Counts, and the Alliance is keeping track. In this post, we talk about how you can help us keep our interactive map of homelessness estimates for 2014 updated.
Transitional Housing Provider Converts to Rapid Re-Housing, Wins 'Innovative Practices' Award
In this post we take a look at St. Joseph's Villa of Richmond, a housing provider that discontinued the residential component of its Flagler Home in order to implement rapid re-housing, a move that won it the Council on Accreditation (COA)'s Innovative Practices Award.

Register Today: IDIS for CDBG Entitlement Grantees Training in Portland, OR


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Register Today: IDIS for CDBG Entitlement Grantees Training in Portland, OR


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Block Grant Assistance is pleased to announce that there will be 25 New CDBG IDIS trainings offered at HUD Field Offices in every Region between October 2013 through June 2014. Training for HOME IDIS will also be forthcoming and will require separate registration.
Please note that only one individual per grantee will be allowed to register and attend a training session.
Portland, OR
May 21-22, 2014
8:30AM – 4:30PM PDT
For more information and to view other training locations, visit the IDIS for CDBG Entitlement Grantees 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.


Deadline for Submitting 2014 HIC and PIT Data


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Deadline for Submitting 2014 HIC and PIT Data


HUD will open the HUD Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) on Monday, April 1, 2014, for Continuums of Care (CoCs) to submit the 2014 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) Count data and will post guidance and a pre-recorded webinar on the OneCPD Resource Exchange to discuss the data submission process.
I. Submitting 2014 Data to HUD
  • All CoCs must submit 2014 HIC and PIT data to HUD via HUD’s HDX.
  • CoCs will be able to begin entering data on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, and must submit their final data by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
  • Submitting the HIC and the PIT data in HDX is a 2-Part submission process. CoCs must submit HIC data from the HIC Reporting Status page and the PIT data from the PIT Reporting Status page by the April 30, 2014 submission deadline for HUD to consider the submission timely.
II. 2014 HIC and PIT Count Data Submission Guidance and Webinar
HUD will provide CoCs with guidance on how to submit their 2014 HIC and PIT data in HDX. HUD anticipates releasing this data by April 1, 2014. HUD will also be providing a pre-recorded webinar on the OneCPD Resource Exchange that will explain the changes in the data submission guidance from 2013 to 2014. This webinar will not be available until the second week of April. HUD will notify CoCs when these tools are available.
III. CoC HDX Registration Process
The primary contact for each CoC is responsible for ensuring that the 2014 HIC and PIT data is entered completely and accurately in the HDX. CoCs that need to make changes to their read, write, or submit authorities may make such changes by registering new users or deleting unauthorized users. CoCs that require updates to their primary contacts should attach a written request on letterhead that is signed by an authorized person for the CoC (e.g., board chair, executive director) through OneCPD Ask a Question, under the “Continuum of Care Program” option, that includes:
  • Name of former primary contact and new primary contact
  • e-snaps user id of former person and e-snaps user id of new person, if the number has already been assigned
  • CoC Name and Number 
  • New primary contact’s information, including phone, position, email address, and mailing address
  • Reason for request
To register new users, follow these steps:
  1. Create User Accounts via HDX: All users who need read, write, or submit authority for the HDX must establish a user account at the HDX Create an Account page. Users who already have an HDX account do not need to re-register.
  2. Assigning HDX Access Rights: Once a user account has been created, the CoC primary contact can assign the appropriate level of access to each HDX module for each user on the HDX Admin page by clicking the ‘Add User’ button on the bottom of the page. The primary contact must enter each user’s first name, last name, and email address.
NOTE: If the CoC primary contact adds a user who has not yet created an account, an alert will appear informing the primary contact that the person has not yet registered. Should this occur, the CoC primary contact must notify users who have not yet created an HDX account and inform them they must register in order to log in to the HDX.
Please look for updated data submission guidance in the coming weeks on the Homeless Assistance page on the OneCPD Resource Exchange and the homepage of the Homelessness Data Exchange.


Individual Shared Responsibility Payment


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Individual Shared Responsibility Payment


Under the Affordable Care Act, most people are required to have health insurance coverage by the end of the open enrollment period closing on March 31, 2014. Those who do not have health insurance coverage at that time will have to pay a fine known as the individual shared responsibility payment. The fine in 2014 is 1% of your yearly income, or $95 per person for the year, whichever is higher. The fine increases every year. In 2016 it will be 2.5% of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher.
You can avoid paying the individual shared responsibility payment by enrolling in health insurance, but people with extremely low incomes and those who are homeless can qualify for an exemption.
Exemptions from the individual responsibility payment can be granted when:
  • The lowest-priced coverage would be more than 8% of your household income
  • You have a gap in coverage for fewer than three consecutive months of the year
  • Your income is low enough that you do not have to file a tax return
  • You are a member of certain exempted organizations (such as a federally recognized tribe, or a health care sharing ministry)
Additionally, there are specific situations which qualify an individual for a hardship exemption, which include:
  • Homelessness
  • Eviction or foreclosure within the past six months
  • Receiving a shut-off notice from a utility company
  • Recently experienced domestic violence
  • You experienced unexpected increases in necessary expenses in order to care for an ill, disabled or aging family member
  • Recent death of a close family member
  • Experiencing a fire, flood, or other disaster that caused damage to your property
  • Having medical expenses you were unable to pay in the last 24 months
  • You filed for bankruptcy in the last six months
  • Your state did not expand Medicaid, leaving you ineligible for coverage
To see the full list of hardship exemptions and apply for an exemption visit the Exemption page on HealthCare.gov.
For more information on the individual shared responsibility payment, including how the fee will be collected visit the IRS’s Individual Shared Responsibility Page.
For more information on the ACA – including state specific surveillance information – visit HUD’s OneCPD Affordable Care Act website.


OHH Monthly Focus on Employment: A Partnership Approach - Connecting with Mainstream Workforce Services


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OHH Monthly Focus on Employment: A Partnership Approach - Connecting with Mainstream Workforce Services 


This monthly focus on employment, provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), describes how HIV/AIDS providers can take on a partnership approach to employment services and how they can successfully engage clients with mainstream workforce systems.
Utilizing Collaborations to Improve Outcomes
Developing, growing, and maintaining relationships can be a challenging and valuable investment for HIV/AIDS service providers. HIV/AIDS providers can take on a partnership approach to employment services to help clients access the job training or other vocational services they need to pursue meaningful employment. Building collaborations with mainstream workforce services expands agency capacity to connect clients with employment services and opportunities. To successfully engage clients with mainstream workforce systems, service providers must learn to navigate systems that may be unfamiliar and gain access to key individuals within that system.
Strategies for Effective Interagency Collaborations and Partnerships
LEARN about the mainstream workforce system.
  • Become familiar with the mainstream workforce system, eligibility criteria, service participation requirements, and expected outcomes.
  • Ensure that staff members have a solid understanding of available resources to match clients with services and make appropriate referrals.
ADVOCATE and EDUCATE around employability for PLWHA.
  • Assume an advocacy and educational role when creating partnerships to effectively promote clients’ needs and employability.
  • Articulate the unique needs of PLWHA as well as the services available to PLWHA.
  • Describe how advances in treatment have increased the employability and earning potential of PLWHA.
  • Address concerns providers may have about engaging PLWHA in employment services.
BUILD relationships to expand services and improve outcomes.
  • Build relationships with employment services providers and community organizations.
  • Coordinate with community colleges, employment, training, and asset development programs.
  • Seek public and private funding opportunities to expand employment services for PLWHA and improve employment outcomes.
 
Workforce System Highlight: Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is the primary system of services and resources that specifically addresses the employment needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • VR eligibility is based on having a physical or mental impairment that causes a substantial impediment to employment. All individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible for VR services.
  • VR Services include:
    • Career counseling and guidance
    • Assessment to help identify skills, abilities, interests, and limitations
    • Funding for medical, psychological, or other individualized services necessary to achieve employment goal
    • Job search assistance
  • Department of Education’s Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Listing

Learn more now:
Getting to Work Webinar: Navigating Workforce Systems
Getting to Work Webinar: Living and Working with HIV
HIV/AIDS Service Providers with Employment/Training Services
Ticket to Work Directory of Services by State
Employment Network (EN) Profiles
And, stay tuned!
The next email in the series is: Understanding Benefits: Broadening Options for PLWHA.



2014 SAMHSA Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals - due April 25th



SAMHSA Bulletin
Date: 3/7/2014 10:00 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130
SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $30 million in grants to help people experiencing homelessness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals - Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH). The program’s purpose is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation and community infrastructures that integrate treatment and services for substance use, co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for the following: veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness, and other individuals (non-veterans) who experience chronic homelessness.
SAMHSA expects that grants up to $400,000 will be provided each year for up to three years for up to 25 grantees. The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds.
WHO CAN APPLY: Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. See Section III-1 of the Request for Applications (RFA) for complete eligibility information.
HOW TO APPLY: You must go to both http://www.grants.gov and the SAMHSA websitehttp://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/applying to download the required documents you will need to apply for this SAMHSA grant.
Applicants must apply online through http://www.Grants.gov . Please refer to Appendix B, “Guidance for Electronic Submission of Applications” of this RFA for more information.
APPLICATION DUE DATE: April 25, 2014 at 11:59PM (Eastern Time). Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review. Please review carefully section IV-2 of the application announcement for submission requirements.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Bradford Milton at (240)-276-1745 or bradford.milton@samhsa.hhs.gov . For questions on grants management and budget issues contact Eileen Bermudez at (240)-276-1412 or eileen.bermudez@samhsa.hhs.gov .

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Online Registration Ends Today at 5:00pm!
CSH Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference

March 27-28, 2014

DoubleTree by Hilton, Philadelphia Center City
237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Join us for the Supportive Housing Awards and find out who will win the Supportive Housing Project of the Year Award for a Developed Project.

The Finalists are:

 
CAMBA Gardens, Phase I – Brooklyn, New York
Partners: CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., CAMBA
Navy Green – Brooklyn, NY
Partners: Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, Pratt Area Community Council, L&M Development Partners, Dunn Development Corp

Valley Brook Village – Lyons, NJ
Partners: Peabody Properties, Community Hope, Windover Development
 

 

 

Registration Reminder: Allocating Staff Costs Between Administrative and Activity Delivery Costs for CDBG Grantees Webinar - March 25 or 26, 2014


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Registration Reminder: Allocating Staff Costs Between Administrative and 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 and 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 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.


[MARHMIS] HMIS Program Manager - Montgomery County, PA

Montgomery County, PA, is hiring an HMIS Program Manager.  Below is the link for the job posting.  P