DOL-VETS Releases Amendment to SGA for HVRP Grants

DOL-VETS Releases Amendment to SGA for HVRP Grants
$4 million available for Urban and Non-Urban grants, applications due May 12
The Department of Labor has announced that Sections II.C and VI.L.2 of the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA-15-01) for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) have been amended. The updated language is included below. 
To download the entire updated version of the SGA, visit, and click on the Related Documents tab.
Section II.C.  Additional Year Funding
Should Congress appropriate additional funds for this purpose, VETS may consider up to two (2) option years of additional funding for grants awarded under this solicitation. USDOL does not, however, guarantee option year funding for any grantee.
Section VI.L.2  Performance Measures.
For purposes of assessing performance of grantees selected under this SGA, VETS will focus on the following four critical performance measures: enrollments, placements, placement rate, and cost per placement.  However, VETS will require the grantee to fully comply with all planned performance goals by meeting at least 85% of their planned cumulative quarterly goals, see Appendix C  if a grantee does not meet threshold of performance in these categories, then a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) will be required.  VETS will also require grantees to report additional performance information, as explained in the Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for Competitive Grantees (Appendix F).  There are three (3) outcome measures with established historic and strategic targets for HVRP grants. 
  • The national target for placement rate is 65%.  DOL VETS also expects grantees to meet a rate of 53 percent for entered employment. 
  • The 2nd outcome target is the retention rate at three quarters following placement with a performance target for grantees to meet a minimum rate of retention of 65 percent.  
  • The third outcome target is the cost per placement. Cost per placement should not exceed $3,000 per placement. 
We may consider a higher cost per placement if the applicant can justify that the higher cost per placement is needed to implement a job-driven employment and training strategy that will result in better employment outcomes.  Applicants should consider these historic and strategic targets when proposing the goals submitted within their application.
Additionally, please note that USDOL tracks the entered employment rate (EER).  The EER is determined by dividing the number of participants who obtained and retained employment one quarter after their initial placement or when they “exited” the program by the total number of participants who have exited the program.  In order to determine the EER, the program must track the employment status of their enrollees after they leave the program by contacting them.

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HUD Releases ESG guidance document - ESG and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments: An Overview of Changes

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HUD Releases ESG guidance document - ESG and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments: An Overview of Changes

This week, HUD issued a new document to assist Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program recipients and subrecipients in understanding the Consolidated Plan requirements related to ESG, entitled ESG and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments: An Overview of Changes. The purpose of this resource is to identify changes to Consolidated Plan requirements that were made by the ESG interim rule, provide the locations of requirements in the eCon Planning Suite template screens, and provide guidance on these requirements. It does not provide instructions for completing the screens in the eCon Planning Suite, which is addressed in the Con Plan in IDIS Desk Guide. HUD encourages recipients to review all of Part 91, as amended, for a complete understanding of all requirements because this document does not address all Con Plan requirements, only changes made in the interim rule.
For recipient and subrecipient staff who are already familiar with the requirements, this document can be used as a reference. For new staff, it can be used as a resource to help with learning the requirements.
On November 22, 2011, HUD conducted a webinar entitled Changes to the Con Plan Regulations. This document complements and expands on the information provided in that webinar.
If you have questions regarding this document, please submit them to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the AAQ portal, select “ESG Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

News Alert: HUD Releases Registration Notice for FY 2015 CoC Program

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HUD Releases Registration Notice for FY 2015 CoC Program 
This morning, Tuesday, April 28, the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a notice that Continuums of Care (CoC) may now register for the CoC Program Competition. The Fiscal Year 2015 CoC Program Registration process is open for only 20 days and will close at 7:59:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 18. The registration notice also informs CoCs of their policy priorities and what types of projects will be eligible for reallocation.

Alliance Online News: Alliance releases Sample Veteran Homelessness Master List

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Alliance Resource: Sample Veteran Homelessness Master List
The Alliance has published a sample master list that is meant to serve as a model for communities following the Alliances “Five Steps to End Veteran Homelessness.” Creating and maintaining a master list of homeless veterans in your community will ensure that service providers and partners that are working together to end veteran homelessness are on the same page and have a clear set of people who require housing. Also included with the sample list are answers to several frequently asked questions.
Access the resource »
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House Subcommittee Draft Spending Bill Wouldn’t Fund New Housing Proposals
On Tuesday, April 28, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) released a draft fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending bill that includes $2.185 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, a $50 million increase over the FY 2015 funding level. The Alliance estimates that this funding level would cover all Continuum of Care project renewals, but would not fund any additional projects. The bill would also eliminate new funding for the National Housing Trust Fund, and preclude any new vouchers through the Housing Choice Voucher program. This bill is based on the "sequestration-level" spending caps that are in place under existing budget law. The House T-HUD Subcommittee will mark up this bill on Wednesday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
For further information on this and more, including:
  • House Appropriations Subcommittees’ Allocations Determined
See our legislative update page, WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE HILL.
Media Resource: Trends in Homelessness
Is homelessness in the U.S. increasing or decreasing? Are there more homeless children today than this day last year? In this resource, “Trends in Homelessness,” which is intended for members of the media, the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute examines what the most recent national data collected by federal agencies say about answers to these and other frequently asked questions about homelessness trends in the U.S.
Interactive Map: Ending Veteran Homelessness
The Alliance has updated our veteran homelessness interactive map with the most recent information on the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in communities from 2011 to 2014 and data on communities that have ended veteran homelessness. We are actively tracking reports of increases and decreases in veteran homelessness in communities across the country. If you know of a new report on homelessness, either from your local Continuum of Care or from a media outlet, you can help the Alliance’s effort to track veteran homelessness by alerting Alliance program and policy analyst Kate Seif by email at
Conference Reminder: Scholarships Opportunities Available
The Alliance is currently accepting applications for our scholarship program for our 2015 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, which will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, from July 15 to 17. The deadline to submit an application for the scholarship program is Wednesday, May 20. Only individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness or who have experienced homelessness in the past are eligible to apply. More information about the scholarship program is available on the scholarships page of the conference website.
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Do Homeless People Need Housing First or Employment First? Let's Do Both!
by Mindy Mitchell and Emanuel Cavallaro
Ask anyone who is experiencing homelessness what they need most, and they will almost always provide the same answer: housing and jobs.
Back when I was a case manager working with homeless families, the families I worked with weren’t broken families in need of fixing. They were homeless families in need of housing, headed by parents who were either unemployed or underemployed. Sure, like everyone, they had their other issues, but it wasn’t up to some social worker like me to make the determination that they couldn’t succeed in life until they addressed them.
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Ending Veteran Homelessness Step Three: Setting Benchmarks
by Kate Seif
The national goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 is only about seven months away, for those of you keeping track. That’s not a lot of time. So it makes sense for communities like yours who are working toward it to keep track of the pace of their progress.
To reach that ultimate goal in your community, you’re going to need to set and meet benchmarks along the way. That’s why we made step three in our Five Steps to Ending Veteran Homelessness setting a clear numerical goal and timeline for reaching it. This should keep you and your partners focused on your progress and always mindful of how well you are doing.
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The State of Homelessness in America 2015: Trends in Chronic Homelessness
by Liza Doran
Here at the Alliance, we like to say at homelessness should be rare, brief, and non-recurring. For many people who experience homelessness, this is true. But for 15 percent of the homeless population, the opposite is true: they experience homelessness repeatedly and/or for long periods of time, and they have a disability (such as serious mental illness, chronic substance use disorders, or chronic medical issues). These people are chronically homeless.
People experiencing chronic homelessness tend to be the most difficult to stably house and, as a result, are the most vulnerable people in the homeless population. Many communities, with the support of the federal government, have targeted interventions toward chronic homelessness in the past decade. Research shows that most effective intervention to end chronic homelessness is permanent supportive housing, which combines stable housing with supportive services.
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