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NHSDC is excited to announce our full Spring 2014 Spring Conference Agenda.  A very successful call for proposals resulted in great sessions from which to choose.  We have sessions from the education sector, new HMIS Data Standards, and looking at CoC governance under HEARTH.

If you have not registered for the conference and are planning to attend, register now!  Registration at the door will be extremely limited, based strictly on availability, and will include a surcharge for last minute registration.  Register now, avoid the surcharge!

$1.6 Billion in Funding Announced for Homeless Programs

April 8, 2014    

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

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$1.6 Billion in Funding Announced for Homeless Programs

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that thousands of homeless housing programs across the country would receive a total of $1.6 billion in renewal grants through HUD's Continuum of Care Program. The funding renews support for a total of 7,100 programs that provide housing and support services to people and families experiencing homelessness. This funding is for renewals of existing programs that HUD grantees placed in tier one of their applications, but not for new (reallocated) programs, or for programs in tier two. HUD will release those at another time.
"Over the last few years we have changed the trajectory of homelessness in America, but we need bipartisan support from Congress to fully fund proven strategies that have created this downward trend," said Donovan. "The evidence is clear that the cost of doing nothing far exceeds the cost of finding real housing solutions for those who might otherwise be living on our streets."

Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance Extension
Yesterday, Monday, April 7, the Senate passed an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. It is unlikely that the legislation will pass in the House without the addition of job-creating provisions. Although House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has repeatedly voiced his opposition to the extension, several House Republicans are now pushing for it. Last Thursday, representatives Peter King (R-NY) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) sent a letter urging House Republican leaders to support the Senate proposal or a similar measure. Some Republicans hope to pass the Senate measure after attaching various provisions, such as proposals to cut taxes, curb regulations and undo mandates under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Budget Committee Marks Up House Budget Resolution
Last Wednesday, April 2, the House Budget Committee voted on the House fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget resolution, "The Path to Prosperity," authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The budget resolution would cut numerous programs that serve the most vulnerable Americans, and would put in place reforms of some housing assistance programs, such as expanding the Moving to Work program to more public housing agencies.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) sent a letter to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yesterday, requesting that CBO produce a report analyzing the impact Rep. Ryan's plan would have on poverty. The letter specifically warns of cuts to rental assistance, and asks the CBO to "look carefully at what Chairman Ryan's budget resolution would do for those Americans who face hunger and homelessness, especially children, our veterans, and the elderly."
Appropriations Subcommittees Hold Hearings on Budget Proposal
Last Wednesday, April 2, the House and Senate Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) subcommittees held hearings on the proposed FY 2015 funding for programs under their jurisdictions. During the hearing, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan outlined the key goals of the proposed FY 2015 HUD budget and responded to subcommittee members' questions about HUD's proposal to shift funding for all Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) renewals to a calendar year. At both hearings, members remarked positively on HUD's progress on homelessness.
Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on Economic Inequality
Last Tuesday, April 1, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing titled "Opportunity, Mobility and Inequality in Today's Economy." Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) joined Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to open the hearing, noting that affordable housing programs were among her list of priorities. During the hearing, expert economists testified about the economic causes and effects of inequality. One area of disagreement was around whether raising the minimum wage would reduce income inequality or increase it to by stifling job growth.
Congress to Depart for Recess
The House will depart for their spring recess once session adjourns this Thursday, April 10; the Senate will depart this Friday, April 11. Both chambers will return to session on Monday, April 28.

In this post, we look at findings from HUD's report, "Study of PHAs' Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness," which examines data collected from about 4,000 Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) through an online survey and follow-up telephone interviews with 120 PHAs.
Field Notes: Five Keys to High Performance in Homelessness Assistance Systems
By Kim Walker
This post introduces a new blog series from the Alliance's Center for Capacity Building: "Keys to High Performance," which will focus on improving performance and maintaining high performance in homelessness assistance systems.
Homeless Advocates Send Strong Message to Congress
By Kate Seif
In this post, we provide an update on the Alliance's letter-writing campaign, which generated over 711 advocacy actions in just 22 days.

Match documents for Tier One renewals announced today

We received some guidance so you can get started on submitting Match documents.

First, the numbering system:

For the CoC Program, the project number consists 15 characters: the State abbreviation, the project identification number (PIN), applicant type (i.e., L=Collaborative, S=Solo and U = Unified Funding Agency [UFA]), field office code, the last two digits of the CoC number, the year of funding and the project’s funding sequence. It should be noted that the applicant type replaced the program type beginning with the FY 2012 award process as all conditionally renewed projects now fall under the single CoC Program.
Below is an example of a FY 2012 renewal project number MD0007L3B011205, a grant that has been renewed five times since 2008:
The FY2013 renewal awards will change the last four digits in this example to MD0007L3B011306.
State abbreviation
Project Identification Number [PIN]
Applicant Type
Field Office Correspondence Code
Last two digits of CoC number
Year of Funding [last two digits of the current competition year]
Funding [renewal]sequence number increases every year

Second, the Match Documents:

Match documentation must:
<![if !supportLists]>1.      <![endif]>clearly document a firm financial or service/in-kind commitment;
<![if !supportLists]>2.    <![endif]>be signed by a person with authority, on the letterhead of the organization;
<![if !supportLists]>3.    <![endif]>be conditioned only upon HUD approval of the grant; cite project number
<![if !supportLists]>4.    <![endif]>have a current date, generally no more than 60 days prior to the date of the award announcement (an exception may be a contract that covers the correct grant period but was signed prior to 60 days before the award); and
<![if !supportLists]>5.     <![endif]>include the amount of match being provided. 


Updates to the Annual Performance Reports in e-snaps Now Live

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Updates to the Annual Performance Reports in e-snaps Now Live

HUD has updated the Annual Performance Reports (APRs) in e-snaps. Recipients with a project funded in FY 2012 under the CoC Program will not access the APR in the same way as in the past (through the e-snaps "CoC Full Annual Performance Report" Funding Opportunity). Recipients reporting on FY 2012 grants that enter data into the e-snaps "CoC Full Annual Performance Report" Funding Opportunity will be required to enter the data again in the appropriate e-snaps APR form. Changes only apply to grants (both new and renewal) funded in the FY 2012 CoC Competition and beyond. Recipients of grants funded in the FY 2011 CoC Competition and prior should continue to access the APR form in e-snaps in the same manner they have for the past few years.

HUD updated its e-snaps CoC APR Guidebook for CoC Grant-Funded Programs and CoC APR Questions Template to explain all of the changes. Recipients must carefully review pages 13 through 16 of the updated e-snaps CoC APR Guidebook for CoC Grant-Funded Programs to understand how to access the appropriate APR based on the funding year of the grant on which it is reporting.

Because HUD did not change any data collection and reporting requirements for client-level data, no HMIS updates are required. 

For additional information and resources on the APR, please visit the APR Guides, Tools, and Webinars page on the OneCPD Resource Exchange. If you have any questions about the APR, please visit OneCPD Ask a Question. To submit a question, select "e-snaps" from the "My question is related to" dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.