HUD Releases the System Performance Measures Introductory Guide and Additional Resources

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HUD Releases the System Performance Measures Introductory Guide and Additional Resources


Measuring performance is a critical aspect of improving the way Continuums of Care (CoCs) serve homeless persons. It is important for CoCs to broaden the scope of performance evaluation beyond project performance to now include system-level performance. While system-level performance measurement is complex it is an integral part of CoC planning and crucial for informing system-level change.
To assist communities with conducting system-level performance measurement, HUD is pleased to announce the publication of the System Performance Measurement page on the HUD Exchange. There are currently two resources available on this page:
  1. System Performance Measures Introductory Guide: An introductory guide to the system performance measures that describes the purpose of the measures, how to calculate the measures, and HUD's expectations for implementation.
     
  2. System Performance Measures in Context: A short reference sheet that describes the context of the performance measures and how the data from the measures will be used.
Over the coming months, HUD will post additional resources related to the system performance measurements, including a series of short video clips to address each performance measure and programming specifications for HMIS vendors.
For those that are traveling to Washington, DC next week for the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference, HUD encourages you to bring a copy of the introductory guide and attend the HUD session on system performance measures from 1:00-2:30 pm on Wednesday, July 30.


HUD Releases New FAQs on the CoC Program and the Applicability of "Family" in Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding



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HUD Releases New FAQs on the CoC Program and the Applicability of "Family" in Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding

New CoC Program FAQs

HUD continues to receive many important questions from communities regarding the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program through the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. HUD has posted new CoC Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the CoC Program FAQs page on the HUD Exchange.
Questions addressed include:
  • Why mainstream benefits paid directly to program participants are not considered match in the CoC Program
  • Why program income is not considered match in the CoC Program
  • What is considered leverage in the CoC Program
  • Documentation requirements for cash and in-kind match (goods, equipment, and services) in the CoC Program
  • The minimum requirements of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the CoC Program
  • Public housing agencies (PHA) using CoC Program rental assistance funds on behalf of a program participant residing in a unit that a PHA owns
For questions not answered by existing FAQs, please submit your question through the HUD Exchange 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 months.

Applicability of the Term "Family" in HUD's Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding

HUD has also posted a FAQ on the applicability of the Term "Family" in HUD's Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding under the ESG FAQs page and the CoC Program FAQs page. In February 2012, HUD issued the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Final Rule (Equal Access Rule), which applies to all McKinney-Vento-funded programs, as well as to other housing assisted or insured by HUD. The rule creates a new regulatory provision that generally prohibits providers from considering a person's marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity (a person's internal sense of being male or female) in making homeless housing assistance available. The FAQ is as follows:
How is the definition of 'family' that was included in the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity apply to recipients and subrecipients of ESG and CoC Program funds?

View the FAQ answer.
In the coming months, HUD will be issuing additional guidance on how recipients of ESG and CoC Program funding can be in compliance with the Equal Access Rule, which will be sent out via listserv and posted to the HUD Exchange.
If you have questions about the rule, you may submit a question to LGBTfairhousing@hud.gov.


HUD Releases New FAQs on the CoC Program and the Applicability of "Family" in Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding


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HUD Releases New FAQs on the CoC Program and the Applicability of “Family” in Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding


New CoC Program FAQs

HUD continues to receive many important questions from communities regarding the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program through the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. HUD has posted new CoC Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the CoC Program FAQs page on the HUD Exchange.
Questions addressed include:
  • Why mainstream benefits paid directly to program participants are not considered match in the CoC Program
  • Why program income is not considered match in the CoC Program
  • What is considered leverage in the CoC Program
  • Documentation requirements for cash and in-kind match (goods, equipment, and services) in the CoC Program
  • The minimum requirements of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the CoC Program
  • Public housing agencies (PHA) using CoC Program rental assistance funds on behalf of a program participant residing in a unit that a PHA owns
For questions not answered by existing FAQs, please submit your question through the HUD Exchange 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 months.

Applicability of the Term "Family" in HUD's Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding

HUD has also posted a FAQ on the applicability of the Term “Family” in HUD’s Equal Access Rule on Recipients of ESG and CoC Program Funding under the ESG FAQs page and the CoC Program FAQs page. In February 2012, HUD issued the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Final Rule (Equal Access Rule), which applies to all McKinney-Vento-funded programs, as well as to other housing assisted or insured by HUD. The rule creates a new regulatory provision that generally prohibits providers from considering a person’s marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity (a person’s internal sense of being male or female) in making homeless housing assistance available. The FAQ is as follows:
How is the definition of 'family' that was included in the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs – Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity apply to recipients and subrecipients of ESG and CoC Program funds?

View the FAQ answer.

In the coming months, HUD will be issuing additional guidance on how recipients of ESG and CoC Program funding can be in compliance with the Equal Access Rule, which will be sent out via listserv and posted to the HUD Exchange.
If you have questions about the rule, you may submit a question to LGBTfairhousing@hud.gov.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program’s 40th Anniversary


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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program’s 40th Anniversary



In recognition of the accomplishments of the CDBG Program, HUD has launched the CDBG Program's 40th Anniversary page which contains FAQs, funding allocation summaries, and other resources related to CDBG.
HUD encourages grantees to tweet about how CDBG helps your community with the hashtag #CDBGturns40, or email stories to CDBGturns40@hud.gov.


Register Today: CHDO Workshops in Birmingham, AL and Washington, DC


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Register Today:
CHDO Workshops in Birmingham, AL and Washington, DC


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is hosting a series of 2.5-day Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) training workshops during this summer.

Registration is now open for the following Trainings:

Birmingham, AL
September 16-18, 2014
Washington, DC
September 30-October 2, 2014

Seats are still available for the following August Training:

Phoenix, AZ
August 12-14, 2014

Important Information

For more information 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 that have registered meet the criteria

Travel Scholarship Program

To ensure that CHDOs with budgetary limitations are able to attend the workshops, travel scholarships are available to CHDOs located more than 50 miles from the workshop location. Subject to program limitations, CHDOs can request scholarship assistance to cover eligible transportation and lodging costs.
All CHDOs who submit a registration request will receive information about travel scholarships when their request is processed. To learn more about the scholarships, see the CHDO Travel Scholarship Program Statement.