UPDATE: Ask A Question (AAQ) Changes


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Ask A Question (AAQ) Changes


Effective Monday, September 22, 2014, the CDBG, HOME and Environmental Review Ask A Question (AAQ) help desks stopped accepting questions. All other AAQ help desks are continuing operation.
Submit questions about HOME program, CDBG program, or Environmental Review directly to your local HUD field office.
Submit Reporting System questions to these AAQ desks:
  • ConPlan: eCon Planning Suite
  • DRGR: Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting System
  • e-snaps
  • Environment Review: HUD Environmental Review Online System
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX)
  • IDIS: Integrated Disbursement and Information System
Submit Policy/Program questions to these AAQ desks
  • Continuum of Care (CoC)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunity for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA)
  • HUD-VA Supportive Housing: HUD-VASH
  • Legacy Homeless Programs (S+C, SHP, SRO)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)


VA Announces $207 million to Help End Veteran Homelessness








September 30, 2014    

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


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VA Announces $207 million to Help End Veteran Homelessness


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it would award an additional "surge" of $207 million in funding for a program that serves homeless and at-risk veterans and families. VA had already announced in August that the program, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, would receive $300 million to serve 115,000 veterans and their families. The additional $207 million in funding will be distributed among organizations in 56 high-need communities to provide outreach, case management, temporary financial assistance, and assistance in obtaining public benefits to approximately 70,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and families. The grants announced today will fund the fourth year of the SSVF program, which has played a key role in the 33 percent reduction in veteran homelessness since 2010.





A recording of a webinar on effective strategies for including youth in the upcoming 2015 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is now available on the Alliance website, where you can also find presentations slides from the webinar, and the Alliance Youtube channel. In the recording of the webinar, "Prepare for the 2015 Point-in-Time Count: Enumerating Unsheltered Youth," which originally streamed on Tuesday, Sept. 23, speakers addressed such topics as useful planning tactics, guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on conducting reliable unsheltered counts of homeless youth, and more.
Every other year, on a single night in January, communities around the country are required to count all homeless individuals, including those who are not in a shelter. Historically, such counts have proved ineffective at counting homeless youth. In this blog post, we discuss three ways to improve these counts to obtain a more accurate estimate of the number of homeless youth.
A Senate Committee Passed a Bill to Help Homeless Youth. Now It is the House's Turn!
By Mindy Mitchell and Emanuel Cavallaro
On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill by a 15-3 vote with bipartisan support that would reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which had expired on September 30, 2013. In this post, we explain why the Alliance supports the bill and what needs to happen next to get this legislation passed through Congress.









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VA Awards SSVF Surge Funding to 56 Communities

VA Awards SSVF Surge Funding to 56 Communities 
$207 Million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families Grants
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is encouraged by today's announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that it has awarded $207 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the country to assist them in their local push to end veteran homelessness. Today's awards have been directed to 82 programs in 56 communities across the country that the VA has determined have the most acute need for more rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention funding. This funding is part of a "surge" to communities with the highest need to help meet the national goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.
In conjunction with the hard work of NCHV members and partners in the field, this funding surge will help tens of thousands of vulnerable veterans achieve housing stability. We commend our partners in the field for executing the surge and our partners at VA for demonstrating a continued commitment to reaching the Department's goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. Veteran homelessness is down a full 33% since 2010. NCHV has full faith in the commitment of VA Secretary Robert McDonald to continue to lead the campaign to end to veteran homelessness by 2015. Today's awarding of SSVF grants demonstrates that continued commitment and dedication of the VA's Homeless Programs office as well as that of the Secretary.
These grants go directly into communities, supporting new or existing Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) programs in 56 priority Continuums of Care with the greatest level of need. This VA funded program is administered by community-based nonprofits, and is the only national and veteran-specific program available to prevent at-risk men and women from ever falling into homelessness. It not only helps stop the slide into homelessness, but it also rapidly re-houses those who do become homeless. With a success rate of 84% retention of permanent housing, and an average cost per veteran family of only $2,480, the SSVF program is a low-cost, high-impact way to make successful interventions. For these reasons among many more, the VA has decided to make strategic investments in this program, which NCHV fully supports. You can read more about the successes of SSVF here.
The Obama administration requested a total of $500 million to surge into these and other high-need communities this year. Currently, Congress has only authorized $300 million to be spent on the SSVF program. NCHV continues to urge Congress to increase the program's funding authorization to the requested level. Increasing the authorization would aid the nation in reaching its goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.
To find out more about the SSVF grantees and to read the announcement, look here.

Solicitation of Comment for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool


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Solicitation of Comment for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool


On Friday, September 26, 2014, HUD published a Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) Notice seeking comment on a draft Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool for CPD entitlement grantees, alone or jointly with PHAs, to complete an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) under the proposed AFFH rule. A draft AFFH Assessment Tool for state grantees will be published at a later date. As part of the rule-making process and adherent to the PRA, the Notice and the Assessment Tool became available for public inspection on Thursday, September 25, and were officially published on Friday, September 26.
View the Federal Register Notice.
View the Assessment Tool, along with HUD-provided data tables and maps.
HUD strongly encourages participation in the public comment process and looks forward to hearing feedback. Please note that to receive consideration as public comments, comments must be submitted by mail or electronically in accordance with the instructions included in the Federal Register Notice.


UPDATE: Ask A Question (AAQ) Changes


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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Exchange Mailing List

Ask A Question (AAQ) Changes


Effective Monday, September 22, 2014, the CDBG, HOME and Environmental Review Ask A Question (AAQ) help desks stopped accepting questions. All other AAQ help desks are continuing operation.
Submit questions about HOME program, CDBG program, or Environmental Review directly to your local HUD field office.
Submit Reporting System questions to these AAQ desks:
  • ConPlan: eCon Planning Suite
  • DRGR: Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting System
  • e-snaps
  • Environment Review: HUD Environmental Review Online System
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX)
  • IDIS: Integrated Disbursement and Information System
Submit Policy/Program questions to these AAQ desks
  • Continuum of Care (CoC)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • Housing Opportunity for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA)
  • HUD-VA Supportive Housing: HUD-VASH
  • Legacy Homeless Programs (S+C, SHP, SRO)
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)