Release of ESG CAPER Materials: eCart Tool, Guidebook, and Webinar Information


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Release of ESG CAPER Materials: eCart Tool, Guidebook, and Webinar Information


These new requirements are applicable for all 2015 CAPER submissions (beginning October 1, 2015) and only affect screen CR-65.

eCart Tool and Guidebook

The ESG-CAPER Annual Reporting Tool (eCart) is now posted on the HUD Exchange along with the Emergency Solutions Grant CAPER Reporting and eCart Guide, which is located on the first tab of eCart.
Starting with their 2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation (CAPER) submissions in October, ESG recipients will report aggregated ESG program report information at the subrecipient level, using the newly-developed eCart. ESG recipients will obtain data from all ESG subrecipients through a special CSV export; this will be used to populate the eCart tool for submission to HUD. The information in eCart replaces all data previously collected on screen CR-65. eCart is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that is configured to load report level, aggregate information from an Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and produce all statistical information required by HUD on clients served in projects funded under ESG. eCart does not require identifiable, client-level data. Recipients will no longer need to manually enter data onto screen CR-65. Instead, recipients will simply attach the eCart to their CAPER submission to fulfill the new requirement.

Upcoming Webinar: October 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT

HUD will present the Using eCart for the ESG CAPER webinar on October 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT, which will introduce ESG recipients to the eCart. Presenters will demonstrate how to use the eCart for the ESG CAPER, explain how to submit the eCart as part of the CAPER submission in the eCon Planning Suite, and answer questions related to eCart. The intended audience is ESG recipients and subrecipients.
The webinar registration link will be posted on HUDExchange.info and announced via the ESG listserv when available. To sign up for the mailing list, visit the HUD Exchange Mailing List Subscribe Page, enter the required fields, select "Emergency Solutions Grants" from the list of topics, and click "Subscribe to list."

ESG CAPER Generation Tool Update

HUD is aware that some HMIS systems or comparable databases currently are not programmed to produce an ESG CAPER report. In those cases, the recipient/subrecipient is advised to use the ESG CAPER Generation Tool to extract the data from their system and export it as a CSV file for eCart.
The ESG CAPER Generation Tool is being updated to help vendors and communities extract the HMIS data to be uploaded in eCart. The ESG CAPER Generation tool will be posted on the HUD Exchange as soon as possible. If you are concerned about meeting your CAPER due date, please contact your local HUD field office.

eCart Questions

If you have questions about eCart, please submit them through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select “ESG: Emergency Solutions Grants” in the “My question is related to” dropdown and include “eCart” in the subject line for your question.


HUD Releases New Guidance Document: Determining Homeless Status of Youth | USICH Announces Upcoming Webinar


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HUD Releases New Guidance Document: Determining Homeless Status of Youth | USICH Announces Upcoming Webinar


This week, HUD issued a new guidance document, Determining Homeless Status of Youth, to help providers determine and document homeless status for youth. This document is designed to ensure that youth are not being erroneously turned away from Continuum of Care (CoC) or Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program housing and services. The document utilizes hypothetical scenarios to help providers understand how youth meet HUD’s definition of homelessness and supports the work that HUD has been doing recently to help CoCs and youth providers end youth homelessness.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) will host a webinar on Wednesday, October 28th at 2:00 PM EDT with staff from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). During this webinar presenters will discuss how HUD and FYSB resources should be part of a comprehensive and coordinated community response to youth homelessness. SNAPS will review the information provided in this guidance, provide a brief overview of the resources available to serve youth who meet HUD’s definition of homeless, and answer questions that providers might have related to determining and documenting homeless status for youth. FYSB will offer a brief overview of potential resources for some of the youth who do not meet HUD’s definition of homelessness.
To sign up for the webinar, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1658909428855385090.


Federal Court: Panhandling Carries a Message of Poverty, Homelessness




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Federal Court: Panhandling Carries a Message of Poverty, Homelessness
A federal court has ruled that a city ordinance that would have limited panhandling in Grand Junction, Colo., is unconstitutional. The court sided on Thursday, Oct. 2,  with the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued the city last year on the grounds that the ordinance violated the First Amendment right to free speech.
“Often, a request for money conveys conditions of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment,” said Judge Christine Arguello of the Grand Junction court.
The Denver Post: Police ordered to stop enforcing city's panhandling ban »
hill update
Congress Passes Continuing Resolution Through Dec. 11
Congress has passed a stopgap funding measure that will fund federal programs at Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 levels until Dec. 11. The CR, which passed last week in the Senate by a vote of 78 to 20 and in the House by a vote of 277 to 151, was signed into motion by President Obama. Congress is expected to determine FY 2016 funding after the November recess.
Alliance Resource: FY 2015 Continuum of Care NOFA Tools
The Alliance is rolling out new resources to help Continuum of Care leadership and other stakeholders navigate the FY 2015 CoC competition. The tools, which Alliance staff have designed according to the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Availability, include a webinar recording on reallocation, examples of project ranking and scoring tools, and a blog series.
Access NOFA tools »
alliance events
Upcoming Webinar: Transforming Homeless Service Systems: Spokane, Wash.
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT
The Alliance will host a webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 20, on the transformation of the family homeless system in Spokane, Wash. Tune in to hear speakers discuss the policy shifts that Spokane has made, how the city altered the role of transitional housing programs, and the impact these changes have had on family homelessness.
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Make the Most of the Pope's Visit with Your Member of Congress
by Jaime Colman
During Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, he used his public platform to draw attention to the marginalized in our society. That included people experiencing homelessness.
After his historic Congressional address, Pope Francis left the Capitol to have lunch with 300 low income and homeless people at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC. There he remarked, “Let me be clear. There is no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever, for lack of housing.”
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Are You Ending Veteran Homelessness? The NOFA Wants to Know.
by Cynthia Nagendra
As you have probably figured out, the CoC NOFA is very different this year. HUD has created the most competitive application process for CoC funds we have ever seen, with a strong emphasis on evaluating project and system performance and reallocating funds to effective programs that actually reduce homelessness.
The NOFA also focuses on the goals articulated in Opening Doors, including an end to veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. The application newly requires CoCs to report their actual progress toward this important goal. The exciting news is that we know this achievement is within reach for many CoCs across the country. Several communities have already announced that they have succeeded.
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Chronic Homelessness in the FY 2015 CoC NOFA: What's Different?
by Jayme Day
Over the last 10 years, HUD has invested heavily in programs that provide permanent supportive housing (PSH) for chronically homeless persons. The scaling up of PSH has resulted in a dramatic reduction in chronic homelessness in the U.S.
HUD uses a competitive application process to determine funding for programs, which has driven the country closer to the goal of ending chronic homelessness. For CoC applicants this boils down to points. HUD has for many past NOFAs given more points, or a competitive edge, to CoCs who propose to fund more PSH for chronically homeless persons.
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