FY2013 renewal grants

As was the case last fiscal year, Recipients are required to submit the Cash Match Letters and/or Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU: for services provided by a third-party provider) or In-kind Letters PRIOR to our issuance the renewal grant agreement.

Please start working on these documents and make sure the correct grant period is cited, i.e. the operating start date should fall within calendar year 2014 and end in calendar year 2015 (for all except those projects with a January 1 start date).

Contact your CPD Representative if you have any questions.

HUD Releases New CoC Program FAQs

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HUD Releases New CoC Program FAQs

HUD continues to receive many important questions from communities regarding the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program through the OneCPD Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. HUD has posted new CoC Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Environmental Review. All FAQs may be found by viewing the CoC Program FAQs page on the OneCPD Resource Exchange.

Questions addressed include:
  • Environmental review requirements for all CoC Program projects, including an explanation for the different review processes for leasing, tenant-based rental assistance, sponsor-based rental assistance, and project based rental assistance
  • Difference between Part 50 and Part 58
  • Different levels of environmental review
  • The frequency of environmental reviews
  • Using CoC Program funds to pay for environmental reviews
  • Conducting environmental reviews onsite and remotely
If you have a question that is not answered by the existing FAQs, please submit your question through the OneCPD AAQ portal. On Step 2 under "My question is related to", select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program.”

As a reminder, HUD is resolving the backlog of questions submitted to the CoC Program AAQ that have yet to receive a response. Due to the high volume of questions currently in queue, please do not expect a quick response. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

HUD will be releasing more CoC Program FAQs in the coming month.

The OneCPD Homelessness Assistance Programs page provides information on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It contains program guidance and homelessness resources for Federal Agencies, government agencies, Continuum of Care organizations, homeless service providers, TA providers, persons experiencing homelessness, and other stakeholders.

HUD Report: Larger PHAs More Likely to Serve Homeless People

April 1, 2014    

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HUD Report: Larger PHAs More Likely to Serve Homeless People

An analysis of 4,000 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) around the country by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has found that, while 24 percent of all PHAs were attempting to serve people experiencing homelessness, the larger PHAs were more likely to make such efforts. According to the report, "Study of PHAs' Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness," just 119 of these larger PHAs administer almost half (49 percent) of the national inventory of vouchers and public housing. PHAs in metropolitan areas are more likely to make efforts to serve people experiencing homelessness, and the PHAs in areas with large homeless populations are more likely to engage in targeted efforts to serve homeless households.
This study is meant to provide a status report on efforts by PHAs to serve homeless households with mainstream housing assistance resources.

For additional findings, see the report

Senate Advances Unemployment Insurance Extension
Last Thursday, March 27, the Senate voted to allow legislation that would extend expired unemployment insurance benefits for five months and allow retroactive payments going back to December 28 to move forward. The final vote is expected to take place next week. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) continues to voice his opposition to the extension, casting doubt on the prospect of the bill gaining enough votes to pass in the House.
Appropriations Subcommittees Hold Hearings on Budget Proposal
Last Tuesday, March 25, the Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee held a hearing on proposed fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding for programs under its jurisdiction. During the hearing, Eric Shinseki, secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), emphasized that ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 remains one of VA's top three goals. Sec. Shinseki cited the progress his agency has made thus far and explained that the requested funding level for VA Supportive Housing, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and Grant and Per Diem programs would help VA reach its goal.
Last Tuesday, March 25, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee held a similar hearing for programs under its jurisdiction.

In this post, we take a quick look at the recently released report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) on the low-income housing needs in America, "Out of Reach 2014," which shows that a full-time minimum wage worker cannot afford a one-bedroom or two-bedroom rental unit at Fair Market Rent in any state in the U.S.
What Is Rapid Re-Housing Anyway?
By Stuart Campbell
As evidence mounts, rapid re-housing is emerging as a promising strategy to end homelessness. In this post, we cover the core components that every rapid re-housing program should have.
For Homeless People Accessing ACA Benefits, Advocacy is Key
By Lisa Stand
March 31 was the deadline for signing up for health care under the Affordable Care Act without facing a tax penalty. However, many homeless people are eligible for Medicaid, the enrollment in which is ongoing. In this post, we discuss the role of advocacy in enrollment.

Register Today: Upcoming CHDO Workshops – Understanding the 2013 HOME Final Rule in Boston, MA and Columbus, OH

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Register Today: Upcoming CHDO Workshops – Understanding the 2013 HOME Final Rule in Boston, MA and Columbus, OH

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.
The workshops are intended:
  • To orient participants to important changes in the 2013 HOME Final Rule
  • To provide detailed information about the Rule’s CHDO-specific provisions
  • To help CHDOs and their PJ partners develop strategies to build and demonstrate the capacity needed to maintain CHDO status and receive HOME CHDO set-aside funds
Who should attend?
The training is limited to CHDOs that are recommended by the Participating Jurisdiction. The training is most relevant for CHDOs that have been in operation for less than five (5) years. A limited number of spaces will also be available for PJ staff to attend the workshops with their CHDOs.
CHDOs and PJs interested in attending should watch for further announcements as specific dates and locations are finalized. As individual trainings are scheduled, they will be posted to the OneCPD Resource Exchange’s Course page.
Space is limited
Each workshop will be limited to 45 participants. To accommodate as many organizations as possible, depending on registration attendance may be limited to 2 individuals per CHDO organization.
Travel Scholarships
To ensure that CHDOs that have budgetary limitations are able to attend the workshops, HUD will offer scholarships for travel and lodging. It is should be noted that that the CHDO is responsible for paying for its own ground transportation and other travel-related expenses. More information on the scholarship application process will be provided in future announcements.
Registration is currently open for the following sessions:
Boston, MA
May 13-15, 2014
Columbus, OH
May 20-22, 2014
HUD’s current plans include providing this course in the following additional locations:
Atlanta, GA
Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Fort Worth, TX
Houston, TX
Kansas City, KS
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Newark, NJ
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA

Additional sessions may be added, and web-based session will be held for CHDOs from Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories.
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.