OHH Monthly Focus on Employment: Adopting an Employment Mentality - A Look at International AIDS Empowerment


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OHH Monthly Focus on Employment: Adopting an Employment Mentality - A Look at International AIDS Empowerment


This monthly focus on employment, provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH), discusses International AIDS Empowerment strategies.
International AIDS Empowerment, in El Paso, Texas, illustrates how vocationalizing is a process to embed employment-related expectations, practice, and service delivery into all facets of program operation and culture.
International AIDS Empowerment began the HOPWA Getting to Work Employment Initiative (GTW) with very little programming in place to address the employment service needs of their clients. The approach adopted through this project can best be described as a highly collaborative, community-focused model designed to deliver employment services by accessing existing local employment programs and opportunities.
International AIDS Empowerment named its new program Accessible Resources in Action (ARIA) and developed a Community Advisory Board (CAB) charged with identifying and securing education, training, and employment partners and opportunities in the El Paso community. Two staff positions were re-purposed and became responsible for developing and operating the CAB.
The Vocationalizing Process: International AIDS Empowerment Strategies
ASSESS services and gaps in resources.
  • Established a CAB to identify relevant partners in the community.
PREPARE internal policies, procedures, and programming.
  • Named its new program Accessible Resources in Action (ARIA).
  • Developed internal programming around employment.
  • Re-purposed roles of two staff members to develop and operate CAB.
IMPLEMENT new services and collaborate with outside organizations.
  • Opened a computer and internet workstation for clients.
  • Utilized a screening and vocational assessment.
  • Developed over 20 referral and partnership connections.
  • Created volunteer opportunities for clients.
SUPPORT staff by evaluating successes and outcomes.
  • Identified that self-sufficiency includes integrating vocational issues with housing stability.

In addition to providing a continuum of community resources, staff developed internal programming to engage, prepare, and support clients around employment. ARIA created a workstation with a computer and internet access available to clients to use for both job search and computer skill development. ARIA also provided volunteer opportunities for clients, brought in guest speakers, and developed a screening and vocational assessment process to match clients with available employment resources.  

The ARIA staff members are not considered employment specialists; rather they believe their community connections will allow them to serve their clients in the employment services realm. Their holistic approach extends beyond traditional employment services, recognizing that achieving self-sufficiency includes integrating vocational issues with housing stability, wellness and social service need.
 
International AIDS Empowerment: Built 20 Connections
During the year-long initiative,over twenty different referral and partnership connections were made. Examples include:

Learn more now:

Resource Guide for Individuals Seeking to Enter or Reenter the Workforce

Workplace Flexibility Toolkit from DoL Office of Disability Employment Policy

GTW Vocational Assessment Webinar

GTW Vocationalizing Webinar
And, stay tuned!
The next email in the series is: Building Partnerships - A Look at Cascade AIDS Project.


Register Today: Basically CDBG for Entitlements and Disaster Recovery Module Training


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Register Today: Basically CDBG for Entitlements and Disaster Recovery Module Training


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce a series of 3-day Basically CDBG for Entitlement Grantees and Disaster Recovery Module Training in San Antonio, TX and Philadelphia, PA. This training will guide and assist Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees in the implementation of their programs. Participants will learn:
  • CDBG National Objectives & Eligible Activities
  • Program Administration & Financial Management
  • IDIS Performance Measurement & Recording/Recordkeeping
  • CDBG Disaster Recovery
Each training will include a combination of lecture and hands-on in-class exercises. The training includes a half (½) day module on CDBG Disaster Recovery.

Who Should Attend?

This training is intended for all Entitlement grantees – even those who do not currently have a Disaster Recovery allocation.
Please note that only one staff member per grantee will be allowed to register and attend a training session. Staff members from CDBG-DR grantees and CDBG-DR subrecipients will be given priority.
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 Training Point of Contact.
Information on specific training sessions is located in the table below.
San Antonio, TX
June 17-19, 2014
Philadelphia, PA
July 15-17, 2014
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.

Coming Soon

Basically CDBG for Entitlement Grantees (without the DR module) will be offered in Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Richmond, VA; and San Francisco, CA.

Basically CDBG for States will be offered in Boston, MA.

Registration details for these trainings will be posted soon.


HOME Monthly Reports Now Posted


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HOME Monthly Reports Now Posted

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The HOME Program's Monthly reports are now posted on the OneCPD Resource Exchange at the links below. You may also access them from the HOME Program Resource Page under "HOME Reports."
 
Monthly Reports as of 4/30/14 Now Available:







Register Today: CHDO Workshops - June 2014


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Register Today: CHDO Workshops - June 2014


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.
Registration is currently open for all June workshops:
Minneapolis, MN
June 3-5, 2014
Chicago, IL
June 3-5, 2014
New Orleans, LA
June 10-12, 2014
Miami, FL
June 17-19, 2014
San Francisco, CA
June 17-19, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
June 24-26, 2014
For more information and to view other training locations, visit the CHDO Workshop 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.
Note: Do not make nonrefundable or non-cancellable travel arrangements—including but not limited to airfare, train fare, rental car, and hotel reservations—prior to receiving official confirmation that your registration has been approved.

Who should attend?

The workshop is primarily for CHDOs. CHDO registration must be approved by the PJ. The training is limited to CHDOs that meet one or more of these criteria:
  • The organization has previously been designated as a CHDO by the PJ and been funded from the CHDO set-aside at least once since January 1, 2011
  • The organization is one with whom the PJ is actively working toward an award of HOME funds
A limited number of spaces will be available for PJ staff to attend the workshops with their CHDOs. To accommodate as many organizations as possible attendance may be limited to one individual per organization.  
Please keep in mind the following items when planning your organization’s attendance at this event: 
  • PJ staff may attend only if a CHDO from their jurisdiction also attends; and
  • Training organizers will be asking PJs to verify that CHDOs who have registered meet the criteria

Travel Arrangements

To ensure that CHDOs that have budgetary limitations are able to attend the workshops, HUD will offer scholarships for travel and lodging. The CHDO will be responsible for paying for its own ground transportation and other travel-related expenses. More information on the scholarship application process will be provided no later than May 30, 2014.