HUD Funding Organizational Sign-On Letter!



National Alliance to End Homelessness - Advocacy Update
March 4, 2015

Your Organization's Signature Needed! Help Increase FY 2016 Funding for HUD Programs
The Alliance has joined many other partner organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to request that they provide as much overall funding for fiscal year (FY) 2016 as possible to the Appropriations Subcommittee that handles funding for the Departments of Transportation and HUD - known as the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.


Now we need YOUR organization to join! The deadline for joining the letter is Friday, March 13

Here's Why it Matters: 
Whatever overall amount of funding the T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee receives will be divided up among all of the Transportation and HUD programs, including key homeless assistance and affordable housing programs such as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants, Section 8 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, and many others.The larger the overall allocation, the better chance each HUD program has of receiving sufficient funding.

We need as many organizations from across the country as possible to join this letter by March 13 in order to ensure as much overall funding for HUD programs in FY 2016 as possible. 

Here's What You Can Do:
  1. Click here to read and here to sign your organization on to the letter.
  2. Forward the link to local and state partners who work on housing and transportation issues and ask them to sign the letter, too!
More Information:
Every year, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees divide up the total amount available for federal funding among the 12 appropriations subcommittees in each chamber, including T-HUD. These subcommittee allocations are known as 302(b) allocations. Both T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittees will ultimately divide their 302(b) allocation up among all of the HUD and Transportation programs within their jurisdiction and set FY 2016 funding levels for each program. Therefore, it is critical for the T-HUD 302(b) allocation to be as high as possible.

As the letter explains, the challenging fiscal environment makes the social and economic returns provided through the T-HUD allocation more crucial than ever. A high allocation will be critical to meeting the nation's housing needs. Without sequestration relief, non-defense discretionary programs, including important housing programs, will experience the lowest spending on record when the need for these programs is at historically high levels. The cuts have caused the loss of 70,000 rental assistance opportunities for low-income families since 2013, and have hindered our progress in ending homelessness. 

It is imperative that we let Congress know how important it is to provide sufficient funding for HUD programs! This letter is open to all local and state organizations - so please join today!
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HUD Releases a Policy Brief on Coordinated Entry 


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HUD Releases a Policy Brief on Coordinated Entry


Last week, HUD posted the Coordinated Entry Policy Brief. An effective coordinated entry process is a critical component to any community’s efforts to meet the goals of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This policy brief describes HUD’s views of the characteristics of an effective coordinated entry process. This brief does not establish requirements for Continuums of Care (CoCs), but rather is meant to inform local efforts to further develop CoCs’ coordinated entry processes.
HUD has previously provided guidance regarding prioritization for permanent supportive housing (PSH) in Notice CPD-014-12: Notice on Prioritizing Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness in Permanent Supportive Housing and Recordkeeping Requirements for Documenting Chronic Homeless Status. This brief builds upon that Notice and provides guidance for using coordinated entry to prioritize assistance across all types of assistance within the CoC.
In addition to the policy brief, HUD has also posted Coordinated Entry and HMIS FAQs.
If you have questions regarding this Notice, please submit your questions to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.


HUD Releases Notice on Appropriate Placement for Transgender Persons in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities


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HUD Releases Notice on Appropriate Placement for Transgender Persons in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities


Last week, HUD posted the Notice on Appropriate Placement for Transgender Persons in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities. This Notice provides guidance to ESG recipients and subrecipients receiving Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Continuum of Care (CoC) or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds regarding how best to provide shelter to transgender persons in a single-sex facility. This notice also provides guidance on appropriate and inappropriate inquiries related to a potential or current client’s sex for the purposes of placing transgender persons in temporary, emergency shelters or other facilities with shared sleeping areas or bathrooms.
If you have questions regarding this Notice, please submit your questions to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.


Micro-Dwellings Across America


From crowded cities to a trailer park of tiny houses planned for Sonoma County, California, multiunit micro-housing complexes are popping up all across America.

In Texas, where bigger is supposedly better, there’s a budding demand for very small homes. Fort Worth might be one of the last places you’d expect to find a waiting list for tiny housing, but if the city’s new White Buffalo micro-unit complex designed by JHP Architecture / Urban Design is any indication, the yen to live small is a nationwide trend. White Buffalo’s 63 units range from 540 to 995 square feet—grand by micro-home standards, but miniscule for Texas—and were fully leased in half the time developer Lang Partners predicted.
The Big Apple is currently undertaking the adAPT NYC micro-housing project, a pilot program on public land in the Kips Bay neighborhood. Architects and partners Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang of nArchitects won the commission to design the 55-unit building in January 2013. And as former dwellers in a 350-square-foot apartment, they relied on their experience to devise the winning design. What the couple most missed during their tenure in a tiny home was natural light and air, so each of the 250-to 370-square-foot units will have nearly ten-foot ceilings and Juliet balconies.


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”It’s important to be able to get rid of the bed,” says developer Patrick Kennedy. ”To me, there’s nothing inherently more depressing than looking at the bed all day.”
In San Francisco, sky-high rents and a forward-looking bit of 2012 legislation spearheaded by City Supervisor Scott Wiener have paved the way for Smartspace SoMa, a new prefab building containing twenty-three 295-square-foot apartments, developed by Panoramic Interests. In fall 2013, students from the California College of the Arts will move in. Rents are set at $1,600 per month, a staggering sum in many cities but a relative steal in tech-boom San Francisco, where studios can fetch $2,500 to $3,000 on the open market.
Even the hinterlands are getting in on the action. Jay Shafer moved into his first tiny house 16 years ago and has been helping people lose domestic square footage since 1999, when he founded the venture that would become Four Lights Tiny House Company, manufacturing homes under 300 square feet. Shafer is currently at work on his grandest vision yet: a whole community of micro-dwellings in Sonoma County, California.


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Jay Austin’s Matchbox house is only eight feet wide but feels bigger thanks to a well-organized interior.
“I want to build a core of 12 to 20 houses, and then more houses around that,” he says. “We’ll also have a communal farm.” Shafer’s cheekily named Napoleon Complex is essentially a trailer park, an R.V.-zoned community of up to 70 houses, each under 400 square feet, set to be completed in 2015. Shafer argues that a success here will create a broader “contagious model for responsible, affordable, desirable housing.”
This vision—a community of tiny mobile houses—is already taking shape on an alley lot in Washington, DC, albeit on a smaller scale. Lee Pera, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency, started the Boneyard Studios village with Brian Levy in early 2012, and today she and three cohorts are putting the finishing touches on the interiors of their four 200-square-foot-and-under homes on wheels. For Pera, the project is about paring life down to the essentials, forming a community with her neighbors, and “starting the conversation” in DC about compact, affordable housing.
Though she’d like to live there full time, current zoning forbids it, making Boneyard Studios strictly an experiment. But each mile she travels back to her main residence fuels her commitment to community outreach on living small. The momentum seems to be at her back.