Environmental Review Training by Non-HUD Providers

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Environmental Review Training by Non-HUD Providers

With the pending implementation of the new HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS), it is especially important to note that training on the system will be incorporated into HUD-sponsored training as well as HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy’s website.
HUD recommends that Responsible Entity staff involved in environmental reviews attend regular training on HUD environmental reviews that is provided by HUD’s field environmental officers or sponsored by HUD. Environmental review training is offered by HUD in all of the regions annually free of charge. HUD has not provided approved training content on environmental reviews or on HEROS to technical assistance providers with the exception of training sponsored by HUD’s Office of Native American Programs. Therefore, the quality or accuracy of the training provided by privately operating entities cannot be guaranteed.
To find out when environmental training is available in each region, contact the local HUD field environmental officer. For those who cannot attend training, the Environmental Review resource pages provide guidance, tools, and webinars on complying with environmental laws and authorities when conducting the environmental review.

eCon Planning Suite 2014 - All Grantees Live Online Trainings on July 31 & August 7; August 4 & 11; and August 5 & 12

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Developing Viable Communities through Housing, Services, & Economic Opportunities

Registration Closing:
eCon Planning Suite 2014 - All Grantees Live Online Trainings on July 31 & August 7; August 4 & 11; and August 5 & 12

Registration for the following eCon Planning Suite 2014 - All Grantees Live Online Trainings closes July 28 at 1:29 PM EST.
July 31 & August 7, 2014
August 4 & August 11, 2014
August 5 & July 12, 2014
To register for this course, you must complete the two e-Tutorial short videos regarding the eCon Planning Suite. Please go to each link below to watch the video, then click the button "Get Credit" when finished.
After watching both videos and getting credit for them, you will be able to sign up for the course.

For those who are unable to register or attend the live webinar, a recording of the webinar will be published on the OneCPD Course Catalog within one week of the broadcast.
This webinar provides guidance on how how to complete the Consolidated Plan in IDIS Online.

Conference Reminder: Plenary Extended, Hill Day Meetings Rescheduled, No Onsite Registration

July 22, 2014    

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

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Conference Reminder: Plenary Extended, Hill Day Meetings Rescheduled, No Onsite Registration

Plenary Extended, Workshops Rescheduled
The Alliance would like to remind conference attendees and speakers that we have extended the plenary on the third and final day of the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, Thursday, July 31. It is now scheduled to last from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. To make room in the conference schedule for the extended plenary session, we have rescheduled the final workshop session, which will now run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Hill Day Meetings Rescheduled
Additionally, many meetings for the Alliance's Capitol Hill Day event, which the Alliance advocacy team holds in conjunction with the conference, have been rescheduled to take place throughout the conference, though the majority of Hill Day meetings will also now take place between 2 to 5 p.m. ET that Thursday. For additional details, please visit the Advocacy table, located across from the Registration table, during the conference.
No Onsite Registration
Unfortunately, due to overwhelming response, we have had to close registration for the conference early and will be unable to offer onsite registration during the Conference.

House Budget Committee Holds Hearing on Long-Term Budget Outlook
On Wednesday, July 16, the House Budget Committee held a hearing titled "The Long-Term Budget Outlook" to discuss the current state and potential future of the American economy. Chairman Paul Ryan opened the hearing by framing the discussion around the national debt and deficit, possible future job loss, and the sustainability of the country's economic trajectory. In his testimony Doug Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), provided an overview of the CBO's recently released report, "The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook," and answered questions about the outlook laid out in the report.

On Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. ET, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will host a webinar designed to educate nonprofit organizations on how they can effectively educate voters and candidates on housing issues for the upcoming midterm elections. During the webinar, "Educating Voters on Housing Issues," speakers will discuss housing as an election issue, the law and general guidelines for remaining nonpartisan as a 501(c)(3), and provide an overview of events and materials that can be used to educate voters and candidates

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is among the various agencies that appear in a progress report released earlier this month that provides a summary of the 40 major actions President Obama has taken so far this year. The report touches on the Administration's commitment to end veteran homelessness, funding for HUD affordable rental housing projects, low-cost financing to state and local housing finance agencies, and more.

Are you ready the FY 2014 CoC Competition?
By Anna Blasco

Continuums of Care (CoCs) will need to submit new project priorities and project applications soon for the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Program Competition. In this post, we cover three things that your community should be working on now to prepare
Homelessness Research: What We Know and What We Need to Know
By Sam Batko In this post, the director for the Alliance's Homelessness Research Institute (HRI) looks back on homelessness research over the years, and looks at the areas that the Alliance believes require additional research, as included in HRI's recently released, "A Research Agenda for Ending Homelessness."

Suicide Prevention Program Wins HHS Innovates People's Choice Award


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"Suicide Prevention: What's Your Role?" Wins HHS Innovates People's Choice Award

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SAMHSA is thrilled to announce that "Suicide Prevention: What's Your Role," the echo site initiative to promote suicide prevention, was selected for the 2014 HHS Innovates People's Choice Award! Thank you for your vote!
Suicide is a serious and preventable public health issue. But if we are unaware of the signs and risk factors associated with suicide, someone close to us—a friend, a family member, a coworker, or a neighbor—might be at risk for suicide. As individuals and communities, we can reduce suicide rates if everyone plays a role in suicide prevention.
That's why SAMHSA, along with other federal partners, developed the concept of "echo sites" as a way to support communities across the country with their suicide prevention efforts. An echo site is a community-organized gathering that stimulates dialogue, collaboration, and action.

Like SAMHSA on Facebook   Follow SAMHSA on Twitter   Subscribe to SAMHSA's YouTube Channel   Visit the SAMHSA Dialogue Blog

SIGN-UP: MSHDW Workgroup Meetings

Good morning!  After much discussion amongst CoC's, we are relaunching our monthly workgroup meetings.  I know we are all very busy at the moment, but please take a minute to sign-up via the link below by 8/1/14.  The purpose of these monthly meetings is to collaboratively tackle the numerous program changes we are all currently experiencing. 

MEETING TYPE:  MSHDW Workgroup Meetings (formerly MD HMIS Admin Meetings).  Name was changed because this is not solely for HMIS Admins.  Everyone is encouraged to join (rookies, too).  Please do not be afraid to speak-up or share; we all have numerous questions/concerns.  We do not judge.  Our goal is to efficiently navigate through these tumultuous transitions together.  

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:  None.  Participation is 100% voluntary.  Many of us will not be able to attend every monthly meeting, and some of us will only be able to attend a few.  We encourage any participation.

HMIS REQUIREMENTS:  None.  This is NOT a techie meeting.  As we did in the past, we'll discuss topics pertaining to all us, and save HMIS techie topics for the end of each meeting.

ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD / TRAVEL:  None.  You may simply join the meetings via conference call or Webinar.  Jason Burns will coordinate setup, scheduling, agendas, minutes, etc.

SIGN-UP:  Please click here to sign-up (complete the form on the right titled, "MSHDW Workgroup Setup").  It will only take a minute of your time.  

Jason Burns, MCSE
System Administrator
Support: hmisadmin.com

[MARHMIS] RE: Length of stay in performance measurement


Under housing stability, we measure length of stay “% participants retaining PH for 6 mos. or more”  pulled from question 27 from the APR.  Also measure “% participants who remained in project as of end of operating year or exited to PH during the operating year” Q 29 from APR.

Wanda L. Bhola
Community Development Coordinator
Department of Community Services
319 S. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-638-3389, FAX 410-803-0433

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From: marhmis@googlegroups.com [mailto:marhmis@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Weisser, Emma
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 3:48 PM
To: marhmis@googlegroups.com
Subject: [MARHMIS] Length of stay in performance measurement


Is anyone currently using length of stay as a performance measurement for shelters? If so, what is the specific measurement you’re using- average or median, by exit status, by exit destination, etc?

Thank you,

Emma Weisser
Clarity Program Manager
County of Montgomery Department of Housing and Community Development
PO Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404