HUD Announces Notice of Intent to Conduct Project Demonstration on Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS Housing 

HUD Announces Notice of Intent to Conduct Project Demonstration on Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS Housing 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will take the next step toward an exploratory grant program to assist low-income victims of domestic violence living with HIV/AIDS. HUD released a notice of intent to fund demonstration projects focused on helping this population. The Department shared the announcement on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at a White House event to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The purpose of the notice is to solicit public comment on an exploratory grant program designed to strategically coordinate the expertise and resources of HIV/AIDS housing providers and domestic violence and sexual assault service providers. All comments received will be considered in the development of a Notice of Funding Availability that will explain requirements for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Project Demonstration, detail project selection criteria, and solicit applications.
"Every person should be able to live in a safe and stable environment," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "This new HUD initiative will help secure this opportunity for those living with HIV/AIDS who've been subjected to domestic violence, providing them with the housing and health services they need to build a better future."
Through the proposed demonstration, HUD will award grant funds to successful applicants to provide transitional and other temporary rental housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Successful applicants will be required to partner with local domestic violence and sexual assault service providers for client outreach and engagement and for comprehensive supportive services to ensure client success in the program.
This proposed demonstration is in response to a recommendation from the Federal Interagency Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender–Related Health Disparities to enhance Federal efforts in addressing HIV and intimate partner violence among homeless and marginally housed women and girls. While the Working Group focuses on women and girls, the housing assistance and supportive services provided through the demonstration will be open to all eligible clients regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or age.
HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) and the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) have collaborated to identify available resources to support this demonstration. OVW identified over $1.4 million in fiscal year 2014 funding from the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking or Sexual Assault Program. OVW and OHH executed an Interagency Agreement assigning HUD to administer the Transitional Housing Assistance Program grant funds. OHH will also identify HOPWA competitive funding, to the extent available, which can be used for the demonstration grants.
The HOPWA program is the only Federal program dedicated to addressing the housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Grantees partner with nonprofit organizations and housing agencies to provide housing and support to program beneficiaries.
Read the notice of intent here.
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HUD Announces New Public Offering for Section 108 Guaranteed Loans

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HUD Announces New Public Offering for Section 108 Guaranteed Loans

HUD has scheduled a Section 108 public offering during the last week in May 2015.
This public offering will enable state and local government Section 108 borrowers to obtain long-term, fixed rate financing for approved community and economic development projects. Section 108 borrowers with interim loans will be able to convert variable rate financing to permanent fixed rate financing.
In addition, borrowers that participated in public offerings prior to 2005 will be able to refinance their loans and realize significant savings. These older loans have interest rates that are much higher than the rates expected to be available in the new public offering.  Section 108 staff will be discussing the details of such refinancing with borrowers and provide estimates of savings.
Borrowers that have not received the full amount of approved loan guarantee commitments are also eligible to participate in this public offering.
Contact the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program staff at 202-402-4654 for more information on accessing fixed rate financing.

Updates on the 2015 HIC and PIT Data Submission Process and New PIT Resources Available

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Updates on the 2015 HIC and PIT Data Submission Process and New PIT Resources Available

Submitting 2015 HIC and PIT Data in the HUD Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX)

Continuums of Care (CoCs) may begin entering their 2015 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count data into HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) web portal on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. HUD anticipates that the HIC module in HDX will be open sooner and will send a listserv informing CoCs if that occurs. HUD will also issue additional guidance on how to submit 2015 HIC and PIT data in HDX. CoCs must submit their 2015 HIC and PIT count data by Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:00 AM (midnight) EDT.
Submitting the HIC and the PIT data in HDX is a two-step process, and both steps must be completed by the submission deadline.
  1. HIC data must be submitted via the HIC Reporting Status page
  2. PIT data must be submitted via the PIT Reporting Status page

New PIT Resources

HUD has created a new website on the HUD Exchange called the Point-in-Time Count Implementation Tools page, where it post tools to assist communities to effectively plan and implement their PIT counts.
With the release of the Point-in-Time Count Implementation Tools, HUD has posted two resources:
  1. PIT Data Extrapolation Tool: CoCs can use the PIT Extrapolation Tool to extrapolate gender, ethnicity, and race information within household categories for sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons for whom the CoC was not able to collect this information. CoCs first identify their total sheltered and unsheltered homeless population and then use the tool to inform how to extrapolate for gaps in demographic data.
  2. Sheltered PIT Count and HMIS Data Element Crosswalk: CoCs can use the Data Crosswalk to assist with mapping Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data elements to the required sheltered PIT count reporting categories in HDX. CoCs interested in using the client data collected in their HMIS from emergency shelter, Safe Havens, and transitional housing projects for the sheltered portion of the PIT reporting requirements can use the optional cross walk to assist in identifying HMIS data elements needed to produce shelter PIT data from HMIS.
For more information about the HIC and PIT, visit the PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page. If you have questions regarding this listserv or the resources listed, please submit your questions to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the AAQ portal, select “HDX Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

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SNAPS In Focus

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SNAPS In Focus

A couple months ago, I took over as Director of the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) from Ann Oliva who is now focusing on her crucial role as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Special Needs. Ann served as SNAPS’ Director for 7 and a half years, taking us through some momentous changes, including HPRP, the changes made by the HEARTH Act, and Opening Doors. I am fortunate to come on board at a time when there is great momentum and progress on ending homelessness and a great team in place at SNAPS and throughout HUD.
At the same time, there are many challenges ahead. We are working to end veteran homelessness this year, end chronic homelessness by 2017, and end family and youth homelessness by 2020. We are very aware that these are extremely ambitious goals, and we expect to reach them. Doing so will take bold action in communities and at HUD, and we will be taking big steps to reach these goals through our NOFAs, guidance, and messaging.
We also recognize that ending homelessness requires a true partnership between communities and the federal government, and partnership requires good communication about what we are trying to achieve and how we expect to achieve it. Over the past several years, SNAPS has been providing more information about the strategies it will take to end homelessness, and we plan to increase that messaging. In the coming months, Ann and I will be sending you messages on a variety of topics, including coordinated assessment/coordinated entry, system performance measures, transitional housing, and a number of other topics. We will do our best to be as clear and direct as possible.
I am deeply committed to our mission of ending homelessness. Prior to coming to HUD, I worked for 12 years at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, where I worked with communities to implement the very things we work on here at SNAPS—coordinated entry, housing first, permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, prioritization, outcome measures, and more. I look forward to working with you all on these things and much more and to ending homelessness in the coming years.


Norm Suchar
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs


Please follow the link below to review Project Manager Position recruitment ​with the Maryland Department of Housing with State revitalization programs.  This is a contractual position with a deadline for applications of March 24, 2015. 

Contractual HCD COMMUNITY PROGRAM ADMIN I [C13024/217276]

Project Manager, Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
Recruitment #15-001206-0001
3/10/2015 10:11:00 AM
3/24/2015 11:59:00 PM
$22.47 - $29.16 (Grade 17/base - step 9)
Amy Kipersztok
Baltimore City 


This is a contractual position with limited benefits.
Work that matters.  The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is a national leader in community development and affordable housing.  Our team needs a Project Manager that will challenge the status quo, effectively communicate ideas and issues, independently implement practical and efficient solutions, believe change is good and want to come to work knowing that what they do makes a difference. 




Baltimore, Maryland with occasional travel to DHCD Headquarters in New Carrollton.


This Project Manager position will administer Division of Neighborhood Revitalization grants,loans, and other services provided to local governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses,ensuring compliance with departmental standards, and regulatory and statutory requirements.  This position also serves as the regional representative for a particular part of the state, provides technical assistance, reviews applications for project funding, approves disbursement requests against project terms and funding guidelines, and assists with the preparation of grant and loan documents.


Minimum qualifications are REQUIRED. Please read carefully.
Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Four years of administrative or professional experience in financing and providing technical assistance for development or rehabilitation of multifamily or single family housing; neighborhood revitalization and business development; community infrastructure development; or historic preservation programs.
1. Additional administrative or professional experience as defined above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 
2. Additional job-related education may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience at a rate of thirty credit hours for each year of experience.
3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in business and industry classification or business and industry specialty codes in the housing management field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education. 


·       Two years of direct experience administering grant programs for a nonprofit or government agency
·       Proficiency in MS Office Suite and demonstrated competence with database management as well as written and verbal communications.
·       Working knowledge of and experience with nonprofit organizations, foundations or government program administration highly desirable.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please provide sufficient information on your application to document that you meet the minimum qualifications for this recruitment.  Please provide transcripts, certifications or diplomas to document educational or certification qualifications.  Educational credentials from foreign countries must be evaluated by an approved education review service.  This evaluation must be submitted with your application.  For further information, you may call International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (302) 737-8715 or World Education Services Inc. 1-800-932-3897 or (202) 331-2925.  Successful candidates will be ranked as  Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.  Eligible list may be used to fill future vacancies of the same classification.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position.  You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Report all experience and education that is related to this position.


DHCD offers a flexible work schedule, telework and job sharing options, advancement and career path opportunities, casual business dress on Fridays, and a competitive salary.


Online applications are STRONGLY preferred.  However, if you wish to submit a paper application or are unable to upload your transcripts into the system, please send via fax or mail.  Please include a cover memo with the following information:
·       Attn: Amy Kipersztok, Recruitment Manager
·       Your First and Last name
·       Last 4 of SS#
·       Recruitment #
·       Classification (Job Title) of Recruitment
Please be advised that we can no longer accept the old MS-100 or resumes in place of application.  Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.  If you are interested in the position and cannot apply online please fill out the revised paper application which can be found on JobAps or by contacting the Department of Budget and Management's Recruitment and Examinations Division Job Information Line at 410- 767-4850.
Mail to: Amy Kipersztok, Recruitment Manager DHCD
Office of Human Resources100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032   
TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay
We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.
As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:
This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.​