SNAPS In Focus: CoC Planning

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SNAPS In Focus: CoC Planning

For the past few years, we have been encouraging Continuums of Care (CoCs) to implement the strategies that will help us meet the goals of Opening Doors and end homelessness in this country.
We have asked communities to:
We know that this has not been easy and that it has come in a time of restricted resources that made it that much more challenging for CoCs.
The FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA and application – both the CoC application and the project application – continue the focus on the strategies that will help us meet the goals in Opening Doors. We are asking CoCs to use performance and outcome data to determine how to best use resources available in the community to end homelessness, including CoC and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program funds. In particular, we are encouraging CoCs to use project-level performance and outcome data to rank CoC Program projects and to make decisions about reallocation in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition. These requests come with additional planning resources for CoCs.
As part of the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition we are providing CoCs with up to 3 of their Final Pro-Rata Need (FPRN), or $1,250,000, whichever is less, for CoC planning costs. Additionally, CoCs do not have to choose planning funds over any new or renewal projects as the planning projects are not ranked. We will conditionally select these projects so long as they meet minimum quality threshold requirements. All of this is because we believe that strong governance, strong data, and strong projects will lead us to our goal of ending homelessness even in a period of restricted resources.
We hope that all CoCs take advantage of the opportunity to apply for a CoC planning project and use it to meet any of the planning needs of the CoC. Please read the requirements for CoC planning projects in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA carefully to ensure that all requirements are met and HUD can fund the project. The activities that can be carried out with funds from these projects are incredibly broad and flexible and almost any activity related to carrying out the duties of establishing or operating a CoC or CoC planning are eligible (see 24 CFR 578.39 for more information).
Some examples of what you could use your planning grant to pay for are:
  • Evaluating the performance of the homeless system and individual projects, including those funded with CoC and ESG funds, and identifying how a project’s performance can be incorporated into the CoC’s ranking of projects for the CoC Program Competition.
  • Monitoring and improving the quality and the performance of projects, whether funded with CoC Program funds or not.
  • Providing training to your CoC member organizations on Housing First and how a low-barrier approach can be implemented in their projects.
  • Collaborating with PHAs, youth providers, or other mainstream providers to develop strategies for ending homelessness and identifying resources that are available to help meet that goal.
  • Planning for and conducting the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.
Thank you for all of your hard work,
Norm Suchar
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs

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Upcoming: Understanding the Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Veteran Homelessness Webinar - October 29, 2015 - 3 PM EDT

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Upcoming: Understanding the Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Veteran Homelessness Webinar - October 29, 2015 - 3 PM EDT

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released updated criteria and new benchmarks to define the vision of ending Veteran homelessness within communities.
Join us for a webinar where we discuss the criteria and how to use it to align your local efforts in support of that vision, with a focus on long-term, lasting solutions. We will also talk about the federal process for confirming your community's achievement of the goal.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Register for the webinar now.
  • Richard Cho, Deputy Director, USICH
  • Marcy Thompson, Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, HUD
  • Keith Harris, National Director of Clinical Operations, VA
  • Beverley Ebersold, Director of National Initiatives, USICH
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Sign Up Now: The HUD Exchange Pay for Success Mailing List

HUD is pleased to announce the addition of a new HUD Exchange Mailing List to provide information and updates on topics related to the Pay for Success Demonstration.
Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative financing model that leverages philanthropic and private dollars to provide assistance up front, with the government paying after they generate results. Unlike programs structured around processes rather than measurable results, Pay for Success provides greater flexibility for state, local, and tribal governments to implement evidence-based solutions, carefully test promising innovations, and scale programs that work.
The PFS Demonstration is an opportunity to test the effectiveness of using a PFS financing model to fund Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) using a Housing First approach for the target population: people experiencing homelessness with frequent contact with the criminal justice, homeless services, and health care systems.
The HUD Exchange Pay for Success Mailing List will provide important information and resources targeted to PFS Demonstration applicants.
Sign up to stay informed about the latest updates regarding:
  • Due date reminders – it is the sole responsibility of applicants to submit the PFS Demonstration application and all application materials by the due date and time.
  • Availability of application resource materials.
  • Important updates or additional information.
To subscribe to the HUD Exchange Pay for Success Mailing List:
  • Click the Update Subscription button in the footer of this message. You will be taken to your HUD Exchange Mailing List Preferences page.
  • Under I'd like to receive email updates about, check Pay for Success.
  • Click Update Profile.
Please share this message with colleagues and partners who may wish to receive updates on Pay for Success as it relates to CPD programs. If they are not yet subscribed to any HUD Exchange Mailing List, they should go to the Mailing List Subscription Form, enter the required fields, select the topic(s) they wish to receive information about, and click Subscribe to list.

*What* Section 8 Ghetto?
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Community Matters series explores the complex issues surrounding community change, highlighting the story of a community-driven effort to reclaim and reinvest in East Baltimore's Oliver neighborhood. 
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Maurice Williams Joins Chicago Community Loan Fund as VP of Economic Development

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Six projects will be selected for excellence in public interest design. Winning projects will receive a $1,000 honorarium and more. Application deadline is November 19, 2015. Read more here.

Will Oakland's Housing Equity Plan Work?

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What Section 8 Ghetto?

Michael Bodaken & Ellen Lurie Hoffman, National Housing Trust 
Should any readers of the Shelterforce Weekly subject line from September 2 mistakenly believe that most project-based Section 8 housing is confined to areas of low opportunity, let's set the record straight. Recently released statistics show . . . More 

The Power, and Poison, of Two Unspoken Words
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You Said It!

On In Defense of the "Poor Door":

"[T]o me, the question is what kind of city are we creating when we allow developers to segregate people based on class and race in the same buildings? It is a no-brainer that higher income people can afford greater amenities than low income folks. But what does it do to low income people when we are telling them before they even enter the building they live in that they are less than others, they are someone to be afraid of, that higher income people don't even want to walk through the same door as them?" --Shelly Goehring, more . . .

"[F]or the record, 'equality' means 'sameness' only in math, and it is no surprise that historically this tortured misuse of the term has been favored by segregationists and right wing sophists. Equality is a moral concept, rooted in the reality of a single human race; it implies the responsibility of everyone to treat each other in accordance with that reality. In a societal context, equality's synonyms include fairness, equal rights, equal opportunities, equity, and egalitarianism. The alternative to equality is not 'equity' but slavery." --Nathan Weber, more . . .

"If inclusive/affordable units are created in and among higher in units in the same building, then having a separate entrance door for the more affordable units is a bad approach. On the other hand if more decent inclusive, affordable housing units can be created in high opportunity neighborhoods in separate and different buildings then I believe that is much better than not creating those affordable housing options in high opportunity neighborhoods at all." --Ted Wimpey, more . . .

"It seems to me that the real issue with carving out the affordable units into a separate building is that, generally, the ownership entities are also divided. The market rate development ceases to be responsible for the operating and maintenance costs of the affordable units-and here is the important part-for the entire length of affordability. While the argument is that you get more units at deeper affordability is persuasive, the loss of ongoing internal subsidy needs to be addressed as well." --Catherine Firpo, more . . . 

Read the whole post.  Whole discussion here.

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