Upcoming Webinar: Employment Assessment in Coordinated Entry Systems – June 16, 2016 – 1:00 PM EDT

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Upcoming Webinar: Employment Assessment in Coordinated Entry Systems – June 16, 2016 – 1:00 PM EDT

Are you ready to attend the third of the four-part webinar series titled Housing + Employment Works? The series focuses on how Continuum of Care (CoC) leadership, CoC program recipients, and local workforce professionals can more effectively provide employment supports for homeless and at-risk job seekers.The webinar series is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).

This webinar, Employment Assessment in Coordinated Entry Systems, will be held on Thursday, June 16, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM EDT.

Presenters Include:

  • Gary Grier, Program Manager, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Houston, Texas
  • Danielle Winslow, Family Homelessness Initiative, Project Manager II, All Home (formerly the Committee to End Homelessness), Seattle, Washington

The Webinar Will Cover:

  • Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) work-based training opportunities for youth and adults;
  • The benefits of assessing employment at the front end; and
  • How two communities developed and implemented employment assessment in their coordinated entry systems.
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT

Visit the event registration page.

After submitting the registration form, you should receive an e-mail within minutes that includes instructions on how to access the webinar. This e-mail will be sent to the address you enter on the registration form. If you do not receive this information, please check your spam folder. For technical support concerning registration, please contact George Martin (gmartin@tdainc.org).

Remaining Webinars in the Housing + Employment Works Series:

Systems Performance Measures Around Employment and Income Maximization, August 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT

This webinar will emphasize the reasons why employment and measuring income outcomes are important. In the new day of accountability, funding recipients need to consider the income of program participants as key to long-term housing stability and affordability. You will hear how communities are measuring employment outcomes and the benefits to the CoC.

Sign up for the HUD Exchange Mailing List to learn about future webinars.



Behavioral Health Administration
Third Annual SOAR Conference

Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:00am - 3:30pm

The Meeting House
5885 Robert Oliver Place
Columbia, Maryland 21045

Registration $55.00

MD Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

PY14 CDBG Reports Available on HUD Exchange

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PY14 CDBG Reports Available on HUD Exchange

The Program Year (PY) 2014 CDBG reports are available on HUD Exchange. To access the PY 14 reports, select one of the links below for the Accomplishment, Expenditure, or Performance Profile reports:
To access previous PY reports, go to the 'Filter By' box on any of the above pages and choose the year for the reports you would like to view. Reports can also be filtered by State.

CDBG National Reports are also now available on the HUD Exchange.
All CDBG reports are also accessible from the CDBG Reports, Program Data, and Income Limits page on the HUD Exchange.

SOARing Over Lunch Conference Calls!

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SOAR TA Center Presents:
SOARing Over Lunch Conference Calls!

In June, SAMHSA's SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance (SOAR TA) Center will be starting a series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Whether you're a SOAR Caseworker, Local or State Lead, these calls are for you!
Interested in learning how to implement local steering committees? Have technical questions related to SOAR applications? Want some tips on improving your MSRs? These calls are for you!
These is no agenda set in advance for these calls, but we do ask that you send us questions and/or topics you would like covered in advance of the calls.  Click here to submit.  No question or topic is too great or small!

We know there is a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the SOAR national community and this is the perfect forum for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. Once we have had the chance to discuss the topics we received in advance, we will open the call for a facilitated open discussion where you can ask questions, raise topics and provide feedback based on topics presented by your peers.
Here is a list of the upcoming call dates and times:
June 14, 2016 at 1pm ET
July 12, 2016 at 1pm ET
August 2, 2016 at 1pm ET
September 13, 2016 at 1pm ET
Call/Log-in Information:

Conference Phone: 1-866-805-9853
Conference Code:  7712924792
Thanks again for the great work you do in communities across the country, we look forward to talking soon!

For more information, go to http://soarworks.prainc.com.
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6 Things the Arts Can Do for Housing

Also: Art's Catalyzing Power * Kresge Pres. Rapson Interview * Financial Wellbeing Roundtable * Professionalize Financial Counseling
Wednesday, June 1, 2016


The National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach report demonstrates the mismatch between housing costs and the wages people earn throughout the country. The report presents data for all states, metropolitan areas, and counties and highlights the lack of affordable housing experienced by many low-income Americans.

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Elevating Community Voice & Problem Solving through Arts & Culture
Interview with Rip Rapson, President and CEO of the Kresge Foundation

Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold Simon, Shelterforce
How does a large philanthropic organization work to integrate its grant making interests with the way real communities operate? And how do they connect arts and culture with all their other goals? We spoke with Rip Rapson to find out . . .  More

6 Things the Arts Can Do for Housing

Danya Sherman, MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning
How can the arts support community development work? It's not just a matter of some pretty icing on the cake of the real work. Here are six broad ways they can affect nearly every aspect of the field . . .  More

The Catalyzing Power of Art

Tamara E. Holmes, freelance writer and editor
Art can be an economic engine for neighborhoods--but sometimes locally based artists need some support to kick their "businesses" into gear, and community-based organizations are stepping up . . . More

Financial Counseling and Coaching Need to Be Professionalized
Bob Annibale, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance, and Jonathan Mintz, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
For those who have the means to afford them, paid financial advisors often wield credentials such as "Certified Financial Planner" or "Investment Advisor Representative"--titles that signal quality and accountability to their clients. But what about families who cannot afford a paid professional?  More

In Pursuit of Financial Well-Being: A Conversation on Fairness, 
Accessibility, and Empowerment
A Shelterforce Roundtable
Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold Simon, NHI/Shelterforce
In this lively roundtable, Shelterforce editor Miriam Axel-Lute and publisher Harold Simon explore issues of financial security with Holly Frindell, senior program manager, National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders; Andrea Levere, president, CFED; Andrea Luquetta-Kern, director of policy and research, California Reinvestment Coalition; Ann Solomon, strategic initiatives manager, Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; and Woody Widrow, executive director, RAISE Texas and NHI board member . . .   More

You Said It!

On Voices from the Field: Mixed Income

I live in mixed-income housing. It's clearly noticeable I don't earn as much as the other folks. The car--or lack of car--is a huge red flag for the neighbors . . . They talk about other folks who use the system or get a free ride . . . I have learned it's always good to say I have a financial advisor or that it's taken care of. Being straight-up broke in a luxury community means hide it or be shunned. --Gloyra

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Assistant Publisher, Terri L. Clegg