Save the Date October 8+9, 2014


We just received confirmation that the COC Program FY2013 Start Up Conference will be held on Wednesday October 8 and Thursday morning October 9, 2014.

This day and ½ training session will be delivered by a HUD TA provider from The Cloudburst Group, Sharon Price, at the Columbia Gateway Bldg. (Room 5) located at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

Registration will commence in a couple of weeks through Cloudburst Group.






Ann M. Schenning
Senior CPD Representative
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
10 South Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

SNAPS In Focus: Rapid Re-Housing As a Model and Best Practice


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SNAPS In Focus: Rapid Re-Housing As a Model and Best Practice


Welcome to the next SNAPS In Focus message. Last week, I focused on Housing First as a best practice housing model. This week, I’m going to discuss rapid re-housing (RRH)—which follows Housing First principles—as a model and best practice. Although RRH programs have been used in some communities for many years, they have only recently started to be widely adopted. Evidence of their impact is growing, and HUD is encouraging CoCs to significantly expand RRH, particularly for families with children.
There are many reasons we are emphasizing RRH. It is one of the key strategies in Opening Doors, and it achieved positive outcomes during the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). Early evidence from a number of studies and evaluations—including the Rapid Re-Housing Demonstration, the Family Options Study, and evaluations of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program—all show promising results. RRH programs are screening out fewer families than transitional housing programs. Homeless households are moving into permanent housing at higher rates, in less time, and at lower costs than transitional housing programs.
One of the main benefits of rapid re-housing is that the assistance is extremely flexible, allowing providers to tailor it to the unique needs of each household. HUD has published a Rapid Re-Housing Brief that describes the features of rapid re-housing, including its three core components:
  • Housing Identification—Housing identification services to recruit landlords and help households find appropriate rental housing in the community, which may include co-housing with a friend or family member.
  • Rent and Move-In Assistance—Rapid re-housing programs offer financial assistance to cover move-in costs, deposits, and the rental or utility assistance necessary to allow individuals and families to move immediately out of homelessness and stabilize in permanent housing.
  • Rapid Re-Housing Case Management and Services—Case management and services help households overcome barriers to acquiring and maintaining permanent housing.
While RRH projects should offer all three components, they may not need to provide all three to every program participant. The amount and types of assistance provided can vary significantly depending on a participant’s needs. Households with more significant needs can receive longer, more intensive assistance, while households with fewer barriers can receive less assistance.
Rapid re-housing can be effective for many populations, such as families with children, youth aging out of foster care, domestic violence survivors, single adults, and veterans, but should be targeted to those households that would not be able to get out of homelessness without the assistance. It is particularly a key strategy for achieving the Opening Doors goal of ending family, youth, and child homelessness by 2020. To achieve that goal, we will have to dramatically expand RRH so it can serve most families who experience homelessness. Engaging mainstream programs will be crucial for this expansion. Our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a memo last year about using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for rapid re-housing. Child welfare agencies can also contribute to rapid re-housing efforts as described in this National Alliance to End Homelessness brief on how child welfare agencies should use rapid re-housing.
We are also going to have to reshape current programs and resources serving homeless families. HUD has been encouraging communities to use Emergency Solutions Grants for RRH and to create new RRH projects serving families with children through reallocation under the CoC Program. As the 2020 goal approaches, we will increase that emphasis.
As new projects are developed, it is important that they adhere to both the letter and spirit of rapid re-housing. Households should be moving to permanent housing as quickly as possible after becoming homeless, not after lengthy stays in shelter or transitional housing. Rapid re-housing should prioritize people with more challenges, including those with no income, poor employment prospects, troubled rental histories, and criminal records. Providers should link participants with community resources that will help them achieve longer-term stability and well-being. Now is the time for communities to be working together to establish written standards for administering rapid re-housing and thinking strategically about how this type of assistance will be used most effectively within the CoC.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently hosted "Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing," a webinar designed for homelessness service providers, communities, and policymakers to understand the core components of the Housing First approach and the Rapid Re-Housing model and how both work together to help end homelessness. If you were not able to participate in the live webinar, you are encouraged to view the webinar materials.
We are very excited about the opportunities that rapid re-housing provide. We will continue providing resources, guidance, and incentives to help communities expand their RRH portfolio. Thank you, as always, for your tireless work and innovation in this area.
Ann Marie Oliva
Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

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Final Day to Complete the FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Registration Submission!


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Final Day to Complete the FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Registration Submission!


Submission Deadline: TODAY, August 6, 2014 at 7:59:59 PM EDT
As of Today, 2:00 p.m., August 6, 2014, 354 Collaborative Applicants have submitted the CoC registration.
  • 4 CoCs HAVE NOT gone into e-snaps to begin the Registration process
  • 1 CoC has registered for the Funding Opportunity, but HAS NOT started filling out the Registration forms.
  • 52 CoCs are “In Progress,” meaning they are in the process of completing the Registration forms in e-snaps.

The registration deadline is 7:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time TODAY, Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Registration submission must be received in e-snaps on or before the registration deadline. Failure to submit a registration in e-snaps by the deadline will result in the Collaborative Applicant being unable to access the FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing, which includes the project applications for reallocated projects, renewal projects, CoC Planning projects, and Unified Funding Agency (UFA) costs. Consequently, the Collaborative Applicant will be unable to apply for funds. Therefore, it is imperative that all Collaborative Applicants meet this registration deadline. No exceptions will be made.

Important:

  • See special instructions below regarding FY 2013 projects that are in Appeals status and Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) concerns.
  • It is the responsibility of the CoCs and their designated Collaborative Applicants to ensure that registration is completed. HUD does not intend to issue individual reminders.
  • If you are a project applicant and your CoC has not completed registration, you should immediately contact your Collaborative Applicant to find out the status. If the Collaborative Applicant does not submit a registration on behalf of the CoC, project applicants will not be able to apply for renewal funds.

Reminders:

  • Collaborative Applicants must complete the modified FY 2014 CoC Registration using e-snaps, The FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing will not be available at www.grants.gov.
  • CoCs failing to submit a modified FY 2014 CoC Registration by 7:59:59 PM ET on August 6, 2014 will not have access to the CoC Priority Listing and will not be able to apply for FY 2014 CoC Program funds.
  • This modified FY 2014 CoC Registration process is not for project applicants. The Project Application will be available with the publication of the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice.
  • Before Collaborative Applicants can get to the actual registration forms, they must first register for the Funding Opportunity – “FY 2014 CoC Registration” in e-snaps. Registering for the Funding Opportunity does not mean that the CoC is registered to apply for FY2014 CoC Program funds. See page 14 of the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide for further information. If you stopped your registration on this page, your CoC is not registered – you must continue on to “Submissions” and complete the CoC Registration forms!


  • Collaborative Applicants should ensure that the “Submission Summary” page looks like this, which indicates that the CoC’s registration has been fully completed and submitted to HUD through e-snaps.


  • Collaborative Applicants must import the FY 2013 CoC Program Registration information in e-snaps (see page 17 of the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide). Importing the previous year’s CoC registration will:
    • Prevent the need for re-entering information.
    • Allow HUD to import the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Application in e-snaps. This will then trigger the import feature for the next CoC Application process in FY 2015 that will automatically import the responses from the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Application.
  • Changes in the CoC's Geographic Area: as stated in the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA, for the modified FY 2014 CoC Registration, changes in claimed geography from those claimed in FY 2013 CoC Registration will not be allowed.

Special Note Regarding GIWs and FY 2013 Projects in Appeal Status:

  • If your CoC has one or more FY 2013 project applications that are currently appealing their denied or decreased funding according to the FY 2013 – FY 2014 CoC Program Competition Notice on Appeals, these projects may be included on the CoC’s GIW.
  • If the appeal is denied by HUD, the project will be removed from the GIW and the CoC’s ARD amount will be decreased.
  • If the appeal is awarded by HUD, the project will remain on the GIW and the CoC’s ARD will not change, unless there are other ineligible projects included for renewal (e.g., the project end date occurs later than calendar year 2015).

Special Note Regarding Annual Renewal Demand (ARD)

  • HUD understands that in some cases, the Collaborative Applicant may not have a final ARD amount after working with their local HUD CPD Field Offices. In these cases, enter the ARD amount you have as of today.
  • During HUD’s review of the registrations submitted we will also review the GIW changes submitted from the local HUD Field Offices and address any issues.
  • Collaborative Applicants will receive the final HUD-approved GIWs from Headquarters no later than August 19, 2014.
  • If the ARD changes from the amount submitted in Registration today and the final HUD-approved GIW, HUD will enter the new ARD in e-snaps and the Collaborative Applicant will see the updated ARD amount and have the final HUD-approved GIW.
  • Remember, there is a second part to Registration where Collaborative Applicants will have an opportunity to review HUD’s final determination and either approve or dispute as found in the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide, beginning on page 50.

Additional Resources:

FY 2013 - FY 2014 Geo Codes and Preliminary Pro Rata Need Amounts
FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Names and Numbers
Adding and Deleting Users in e-snaps – explains how the CoC registrant/primary contact can authorize other individuals to view the CoC Application and delete registered users who should no longer have access to the CoC Application.

Questions?

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or FY 2014 GIW, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program Interim Rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.



Reminder: eCon Planning Suite 2014 - State Grantees Live Online Training on August 14 & 28


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Reminder:
eCon Planning Suite 2014 - State Grantees Live Online Training on August 14 & 28


Registration closes Friday August 8, 2014 at 1:59PM EST.
These U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsored two-day eCon Planning Suite Live Online trainings will focus on how to complete the Consolidated Plan in IDIS Online
Each training will be conducted in two sessions from 12:00 PM EDT to 4:30 PM EDT. There will be a 30 minute break during each session. Participants must attend both sessions.
August 14 & 28, 2014

Who Should Attend?

Due to limited space, registrations will be reviewed before enrollment is confirmed. Participants with Consolidated Plans due early in Fiscal Year 2015 will receive priority in enrollment.
Please note that all participants should already have IDIS User IDs and Consolidated Plan “create/edit” privileges. Participants must provide the ID in the registration form to ensure access during the training.

Training Point of Contact:

Brendan Bergin | 240-582-3309 | econplan.training@cloudburstgroup.com
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to OneCPD Training and Events.

Additional Instructions

Additional instructions and screenshots are available in the OneCPD Learn User Guide. After you have successfully registered for OneCPD Learn, you can register for upcoming trainings/webinars.
Please Note:
  • All participants should already have IDIS User IDs and Consolidated Plan “create/edit” privileges. Participants must provide the ID in the registration form to ensure access during the training.
  • 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.

Registering for the eCon Planning Suite 2014 – Live Online Webinar

Access the registration page for the eCon Planning Suite 2014 – State Grantees Webinar and then select Register Now on the right side of the page.
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.
If you have not yet created a OneCPD Learn account:
  • Select Create an Account
  • Enter your information on Steps 1 and 2 of the registration page.
  • Select Register
  • You will be brought directly to the course detail page in OneCPD Learn and an email containing your username will be sent to you. Keep this for future use.
  • Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you have already created a OneCPD Learn account:
  • Enter your Username and Password; select Log in
  • If prompted to fill out additional information, please do so, and select Update
  • You will be brought directly to the course detail page in OneCPD Learn
  • Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you are unsure if you have a OneCPD Learn account:
  • Go to the OneCPD Login page, and enter your email address into the field: Forget Username or Password?
  • If a username for that email address already exists, you will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to follow the steps above. If not, you’ll receive an error message.


Final Day to Complete the FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Registration Submission!


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Final Day to Complete the FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Registration Submission!


Submission Deadline: TODAY, August 6, 2014 at 7:59:59 PM EDT
As of Today, 8:00 a.m., August 6, 2014, 266 Collaborative Applicants have submitted the CoC registration.
  • 33 CoCs HAVE NOT gone into e-snaps to begin the Registration process
  • 6 CoCs have registered for the Funding Opportunity, but HAVE NOT started filling out the Registration forms.
  • 106 CoCs are “In Progress,” meaning they are in the process of completing the Registration forms in e-snaps.

The registration deadline is 7:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time TODAY, Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Registration submission must be received in e-snaps on or before the registration deadline. Failure to submit a registration in e-snaps by the deadline will result in the Collaborative Applicant being unable to access the FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing, which includes the project applications for reallocated projects, renewal projects, CoC Planning projects, and Unified Funding Agency (UFA) costs. Consequently, the Collaborative Applicant will be unable to apply for funds. Therefore, it is imperative that all Collaborative Applicants meet this registration deadline. No exceptions will be made.

Important:

  • See special instructions below regarding FY 2013 projects that are in Appeals status and Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) concerns.
     
  • It is the responsibility of the CoCs and their designated Collaborative Applicants to ensure that registration is completed. HUD does not intend to issue individual reminders.
  • If you are a project applicant and your CoC has not completed registration, you should immediately contact your Collaborative Applicant to find out the status. If the Collaborative Applicant does not submit a registration on behalf of the CoC, project applicants will not be able to apply for renewal funds.

Reminders:

  • Collaborative Applicants must complete the modified FY 2014 CoC Registration using e-snaps, The FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing will not be available at www.grants.gov.
  • CoCs failing to submit a modified FY 2014 CoC Registration by 7:59:59 PM ET on August 6, 2014 will not have access to the CoC Priority Listing and will not be able to apply for FY 2014 CoC Program funds.
  • This modified FY 2014 CoC Registration process is not for project applicants. The Project Application will be available with the publication of the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice.
  • Before Collaborative Applicants can get to the actual registration forms, they must first register for the Funding Opportunity – “FY 2014 CoC Registration” in e-snaps. Registering for the Funding Opportunity does not mean that the CoC is registered to apply for FY2014 CoC Program funds. See page 14 of the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide for further information. If you stopped your registration on this page, your CoC is not registered – you must continue on to “Submissions” and complete the CoC Registration forms!


  • Collaborative Applicants should ensure that the “Submission Summary” page looks like this, which indicates that the CoC’s registration has been fully completed and submitted to HUD through e-snaps.


  • Collaborative Applicants must import the FY 2013 CoC Program Registration information in e-snaps (see page 17 of the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide). Importing the previous year’s CoC registration will:
    • Prevent the need for re-entering information.
    • Allow HUD to import the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Application in e-snaps. This will then trigger the import feature for the next CoC Application process in FY 2015 that will automatically import the responses from the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Application.
  • Changes in the CoC's Geographic Area: as stated in the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA, for the modified FY 2014 CoC Registration, changes in claimed geography from those claimed in FY 2013 CoC Registration will not be allowed.

Special Note Regarding GIWs and FY 2013 Projects in Appeal Status:

  • If your CoC has one or more FY 2013 project applications that are currently appealing their denied or decreased funding according to the FY 2013 – FY 2014 CoC Program Competition Notice on Appeals, these projects may be included on the CoC’s GIW.
  • If the appeal is denied by HUD, the project will be removed from the GIW and the CoC’s ARD amount will be decreased.
  • If the appeal is awarded by HUD, the project will remain on the GIW and the CoC’s ARD will not change, unless there are other ineligible projects included for renewal (e.g., the project end date occurs later than calendar year 2015).

Special Note Regarding Annual Renewal Demand (ARD)

  • HUD understands that in some cases, the Collaborative Applicant may not have a final ARD amount after working with their local HUD CPD Field Offices. In these cases, enter the ARD amount you have as of today.
  • During HUD’s review of the registrations submitted we will also review the GIW changes submitted from the local HUD Field Offices and address any issues.
  • Collaborative Applicants will receive the final HUD-approved GIWs from Headquarters no later than August 19, 2014.
  • If the ARD changes from the amount submitted in Registration today and the final HUD-approved GIW, HUD will enter the new ARD in e-snaps and the Collaborative Applicant will see the updated ARD amount and have the final HUD-approved GIW.
  • Remember, there is a second part to Registration where Collaborative Applicants will have an opportunity to review HUD’s final determination and either approve or dispute as found in the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide, beginning on page 50.

Additional Resources:

FY 2013 - FY 2014 Geo Codes and Preliminary Pro Rata Need Amounts
FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Names and Numbers
Adding and Deleting Users in e-snaps – explains how the CoC registrant/primary contact can authorize other individuals to view the CoC Application and delete registered users who should no longer have access to the CoC Application.

Questions?

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or FY 2014 GIW, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program Interim Rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.


Only 2 Days Left until the FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Registration Submission Deadline!


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Only 2 Days Left until the FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Registration Submission Deadline!


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:59:59 PM EDT
As of Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET, August 5, 2014, 221 Collaborative Applicants have submitted the CoC registration.
  • 51 CoCs HAVE NOT gone into e-snaps to begin the Registration process
  • 9 CoCs have registered for the Funding Opportunity, but HAVE NOT started filling out the Registration forms.
  • 129 CoCs are “In Progress,” meaning they are in the process of completing the Registration forms in e-snaps.

The registration deadline is 7:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Registration submission must be received in e-snaps on or before the registration deadline. Failure to submit a registration in e-snaps by the deadline will result in the Collaborative Applicant being unable to access the FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing, which includes the project applications for reallocated projects, renewal projects, CoC Planning projects, and Unified Funding Agency (UFA) costs. Consequently, the Collaborative Applicant will be unable to apply for funds. Therefore, it is imperative that all Collaborative Applicants meet this registration deadline. No exceptions will be made.

Important:

  • It is the responsibility of the CoCs and their designated Collaborative Applicants to ensure that registration is completed. HUD does not intend to issue individual reminders.
  • If you are a project applicant and your CoC has not completed registration, you should immediately contact your Collaborative Applicant to find out the status. If the Collaborative Applicant does not submit a registration on behalf of the CoC, project applicants will not be able to apply for renewal funds.

Reminders:

  • Collaborative Applicants must complete the modified FY 2014 CoC Registration using e-snaps, The FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing will not be available at www.grants.gov.
  • CoCs failing to submit a modified FY 2014 CoC Registration by 7:59:59 PM ET on August 6, 2014 will not have access to the CoC Priority Listing and will not be able to apply for FY 2014 CoC Program funds.
  • This modified FY 2014 CoC Registration process is not for project applicants. The Project Application will be available with the publication of the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice.
  • Before Collaborative Applicants can get to the actual registration forms, they must first register for the Funding Opportunity – “FY 2014 CoC Registration” in e-snaps. Registering for the Funding Opportunity does not mean that the CoC is registered to apply for FY2014 CoC Program funds. See page 14 of the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide for further information. If you stopped your registration on this page, your CoC is not registered – you must continue on to “Submissions” and complete the CoC Registration forms!


  • Collaborative Applicants should ensure that the “Submission Summary” page looks like this, which indicates that the CoC’s registration has been fully completed and submitted to HUD through e-snaps.


  • Collaborative Applicants must import the FY 2013 CoC Program Registration information in e-snaps (see page 17 of the CoC Registration and CoC Review Instructional Guide). Importing the previous year’s CoC registration will:
    • Prevent the need for re-entering information.
    • Allow HUD to import the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Application in e-snaps. This will then trigger the import feature for the next CoC Application process in FY 2015 that will automatically import the responses from the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Application.
  • Changes in the CoC's Geographic Area: as stated in the FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA, for the modified FY 2014 CoC Registration, changes in claimed geography from those claimed in FY 2013 CoC Registration will not be allowed.

Special Note Regarding GIWs and FY 2013 Projects in Appeal Status:

  • If your CoC has one or more FY 2013 project applications that are currently appealing their denied or decreased funding according to the FY 2013 – FY 2014 CoC Program Competition Notice on Appeals, these projects may be included on the CoC’s GIW.
  • If the appeal is denied by HUD, the project will be removed from the GIW and the CoC’s Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) amount will be decreased.
  • If the appeal is awarded by HUD, the project will remain on the GIW and the CoC’s ARD will not change, unless there are other ineligible projects included for renewal (e.g., the project end date occurs later than calendar year 2015).

Additional Resources:

FY 2013 - FY 2014 Geo Codes and Preliminary Pro Rata Need Amounts
FY 2013 - FY 2014 CoC Names and Numbers
Adding and Deleting Users in e-snaps – explains how the CoC registrant/primary contact can authorize other individuals to view the CoC Application and delete registered users who should no longer have access to the CoC Application.

Questions?

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or FY 2014 GIW, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program Interim Rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.


Reminder: Eminent Domain Statutory Prohibition Remains in Effect


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Reminder: Eminent Domain Statutory Prohibition Remains in Effect


Grantees should remember that the prohibition on the use of CDBG funds in conjunction with eminent domain remains in place. This prohibition is not in the Housing and Community Development Act, but is contained in each year’s HUD Appropriations Act. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (as signed by the President on Jan. 17, 2014) extended the existing eminent domain prohibition:
SEC. 407. No funds in this Act may be used to support any Federal, State, or local projects that seek to use the power of eminent domain, unless eminent domain is employed only for a public use: Provided, That for purposes of this section, public use shall not be construed to include economic development that primarily benefits private entities: Provided further, That any use of funds for mass transit, railroad, airport, seaport or highway projects as well as utility projects which benefit or serve the general public (including energy-related, communication-related, water-related and wastewater-related infrastructure), other structures designated for use by the general public or which have other common-carrier or public-utility functions that serve the general public and are subject to regulation and oversight by the government, and projects for the removal of an immediate threat to public health and safety or brownsfield as defined in the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownsfield Revitalization Act (Public Law 107–118) shall be considered a public use for purposes of eminent domain.


2014 National Conference Coverage; Workshop Materials Coming Soon








August 5, 2014    

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


Spotlight On...
2014 National Conference Coverage; Workshop Materials Coming Soon


The Alliance would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and all other speakers, volunteers, and staff who worked so hard to make last week's 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness the Alliance's most successful conference ever.
We are currently working on making the videos of all plenary speakers' remarks available for viewing online, including those by Becky Kanis Margiotta of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, John Ashmen of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, and Mitchell Katz of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
While those videos are not yet available, you can currently find the transcript of Mrs. Obama's remarks on the White House website, read the Mrs. Obama's own op-ed on veteran homelessness on the ABC News website, and read media coverage of the her appearance at the conference in the following clips:
We intend to have presentations from the conference workshops available online as early as this week. We also plan to highlight workshop content from the conference on our blog in the coming weeks.





Congress Departs for Summer Recess
On Friday, August 1, Congress departed for their five-week summer recess. Congress is expected to reconvene during the second week of September.






Here are 4 Great Videos that Played at Our 2014 National Conference
By Emanuel Cavallaro

In this post, we share some of the videos we played during the lunch plenary of the third day of the Conference, Thursday July 31. This series of videos about homelessness, "American Refugees," was produced as part of Seattle University's Film & Family Homelessness Project.

Reminder: August 16 Consolidated Plan/Action Plan Submission Deadline Approaches


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Reminder: August 16 Consolidated Plan/Action Plan Submission Deadline Approaches


In order for a grantee to receive its annual CDBG allocation, HUD regulations at 24 CFR 91.115(a)(2) requires that a grantee submit its Action Plans to HUD no earlier than November 15 or later than August 16 of the federal fiscal year for which the grant funds are appropriated. The authority for these deadlines is Section 116(b) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. Since the deadlines are established pursuant to the Act, they may not be waived. A grantee that does not submit its Action Plan by the deadline will not receive its FY2014 CDBG funding. To be clear, funding under other CPD formula programs is not subject to this deadline but, since virtually all CPD formula grantees receive CDBG funding, the CDBG submission requirement effectively establishes the deadline for submission of Action Plans.

In order to meet this deadline, an Action Plan must be received (not just postmarked) by the HUD field office by close of business on the deadline date. August 16, 2014 falls on a Saturday. Electronic submissions (e-mailed PDF files or submission via the eCon Planning Suite) should not be affected, since HUD staff do not need to be physically present for them to be received. Grantees planning to submit electronically should be advised to submit their plans by August 16. For plans submitted in hard copy (by mail service or hand-delivered), HUD's Office of General Counsel has advised that CPD may follow existing policy concerning deadlines that fall on a weekend or legal holiday: the deadline becomes the next legal business day. Therefore, hard copy submissions of FY 2014 Action Plans and Consolidated Plans received by the field office by close of business on Monday, August 18 will be considered as having met the submission deadline.