HUD Publishes CDBG Broadband Infrastructure FAQs

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HUD Publishes CDBG Broadband Infrastructure FAQs

HUD has published Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program and State CDBG Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding broadband infrastructure.
HUD continues its efforts to narrow the digital divide in low-income communities served by HUD by providing, where feasible and with HUD funding, broadband infrastructure to communities in need of such infrastructure. Broadband is the common term used to refer to a very fast connection to the Internet. Such connections are also referred to as high-speed.
Although HUD plans to issue regulations that will formalize its steps for narrowing the digital divide, current CDBG funds can be used for broadband installation infrastructure and service delivery.
View the CDBG Broadband Infrastructure FAQs.

VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA Reissued, NOFA Webcast on January 25, 2016 – 11:30 AM EST

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VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA Reissued, NOFA Webcast on January 25, 2016 – 11:30 AM EST

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing has reissued the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Project Demonstration Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). This is a re-issuance of the VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA originally announced on August 24, 2015. This competition is open to States, units of local government, and nonprofits. The VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration has unique eligibility requirements, because successful applicants will receive two separate awards from HUD: a Transitional Housing Assistance Program award and a Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) award. Applicants should carefully review the eligibility requirements before submitting an application. Applications are due March 8, 2016. View the reissued VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA.
HUD will conduct a Debriefing and Pre-Application Webcast on January 25, 2016, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM EST, for anyone interested in submitting an application under the reissued VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA. Please be aware that this date differs from the date listed in the published NOFA. A link for the webcast will be sent out via the HOPWA mailing list the week before the webcast.
The webcast will serve as a debriefing for all applicants who applied under the original VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA, and as a resource for new applicants. The webcast will highlight and discuss the NOFA eligibility requirements that were particularly challenging for applicants under the original NOFA competition. Viewing the webcast is optional. Interested applicants who do not view the webcast are still eligible to apply for a grant, and will receive equal consideration for their grant applications. The webcast will be archived on the HUD website for future use if potential applicants are unable to view the live webcast.

The Tipping Point: Most Americans No Longer Are Middle Class

The Tipping Point: Most Americans No Longer Are Middle Class
Updated December 10, 201510:30 AM ET 

Americans have long lived in a nation made up primarily of middle-class families, neither rich nor poor, but comfortable enough.
This year, that changed, according to the Pew Research Center.
A just-released analysis of government data shows that as of 2015, middle-income households have become the minority. The trend is so firmly established that it may well continue; Americans have experienced "a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point," Pew researchers concluded Wednesday.
Thanks to factory closings and other economic factors, the country now has 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households, the study found. That compares with the 121.3 million who are living in either upper- or lower-income households.
"The hollowing of the middle has proceeded steadily for the past four decades," Pew concluded.
And middle-income Americans not only have shrunk as a share of the population but have fallen further behind financially, with their median income down 4 percent compared with the year 2000, Pew said.
So what exactly does it mean to be a middle-income family?
Pew starts with the U.S. median household income, which is the paycheck smack in the middle of them all, lined up from smallest to biggest. In other words, half of all households earn more, and half earn less. Then Pew defined "middle class" as households that had at least two-thirds of the median income, but no more than double that amount. And it adjusted for household size.
Bottom line: For a household with three people, being middle class means making between about $42,000 and $126,000. If your family of three makes less than $42,000, then you are in the lower class. If your family brings in more than $126,000, you are in the upper class.
Using that formula, Pew concluded that back in 1971, about 2 out of 3 Americans lived in middle-income households. Since then, the middle has been steadily shrinking. Today, just a shade under half of all households (about 49.9 percent) have middle incomes.
Slightly more than half of Americans (about 50.1 percent) either live in a lower-class household (roughly 29 percent) or an upper-class household (about 21 percent).
But Pew also points out that Americans have all gained. That is, the median income has risen 34 percent since 1970.
So we should be grateful, no? Yes, but here's the rub: Upper-class Americans have seen their incomes rise 47 percent, while lower-class families have gained only 28 percent.
In other words, the U.S. economy has been growing, and we all have been getting wealthier. But people who have the biggest incomes have been pulling away from the pack in a trend that shows no sign of slowing. Those upper-class households are increasingly likely to be headed by a married couple with higher educations, the data show.
The Pew study is the latest showing lost momentum for the middle class. For example, in August, Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce released a study showing that high-paying jobs are proliferating, but not middle-income jobs.
The Georgetown report concluded that the U.S. economy now has about 1 million more jobs that rank in the top third of income-generating occupations. But the middle third jobs have not yet recovered from the recession — that category is still showing 900,000 fewer jobs, compared with pre-recession levels.
The Georgetown study's key finding was this: Since the recession ended, "almost all good jobs have gone to college graduates. Out of the 2.9 million good jobs created since the recovery, 2.8 million have been filled by workers with at least a bachelor's degree."

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News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

January 7, 2016

Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Our 2016 Leadership

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Education Acting Secretary John King, Jr., were elected chair and vice-chair of our Council at our Dec. meeting.

"Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was an extraordinary leader for the Council over the past year," said Matthew Doherty, USICH executive director. "We look forward to working with our new leadership to build on that progress in the year to come."  
Acting Secretary John King, Jr.

Council Adopts Additional Strategies for Preventing and Ending Family Homelessness


At our December meeting, the Council approved a set of action areas that focus on strengthening the connection between the homelessness service system and mainstream programs, like early childhood, public schools, child welfare and TANF.

Policy Director Jasmine Hayes outlines the path forward.  
In Our Drive to End Homelessness, We Are All Colleagues


Partnerships stretch us and strengthen us and challenge us to work better together. 

Director of National Initiatives Beverley Ebersold reflects on the monumental work accomplished in communities over the last year and on the key partnerships that have made progress possible. 

How Southern Nevada Ended Veteran Homelessness

As we launch into 2016, Federal agencies - and communities across the country - continue to urgently strive to achieve the goal of ending Veteran homelessness. You might be curious how a bustling community of 603,000 people, that counted 692 Veterans experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2015, was able to proudly announce that it had effectively ended Veteran homelessness.

Allison Bond, with Veterans Affairs, 
walks you through their key strategies.

Gain a deeper understanding of the federal criteria to end Veteran homelessness with these five clarifications and these recently released FAQs.

New Year, New Look! USICH Launches New Website

You may have noticed a few changes to the look of our website. We've designed it to make it easier for you to access the information, tools, and solutions you need. 
Browse through the  Tools for Action database to locate our fact sheets, documents, webinars, and more! Our news section will keep you informed with key updates from us and our partners. 
Explore the new!

SOAR Webinar: Online Course Walkthrough and Tips

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SOAR Webinar: Online Course Walkthrough and Tips

Thursday, January 14, 3:00pm-4:30pm EST

In this webinar, the SOAR TA Center will walk you through the SOAR Online Course and share tips for its successful completion. Whether you are considering taking the course on your own, or as part of a larger cohort within your community or agency, this webinar will make your learning experience less challenging and more enjoyable! SOAR GUARANTEED!!

This webinar is recommended for SOAR Providers, SOAR Coordinators, SOAR Trainers, SOAR Leaders and others in your community who would be interested in learning best practice tips for completing SOAR training through the SOAR Online Course.

SOAR TA Center Presenters:
  • Kristin Lupfer, Project Director, will introduce the SOAR Online Course and share some exciting course enrollment facts and stats!
  • Suzy Sodergren, Practice Case Review Coordinator, will walk you through the course paying close attention to instructions and other technical areas, which if overlooked, may create some unnecessary challenges for you. Suzy will highlight some FAQs making enrollment in the course and its completion a smoother process.
  • Jen Elder, National Policy and Partnerships Coordinator, will share her Tips for Success including keys for organizing information to help you save valuable time as you complete the practice case study. Jen will share some common mistakes made by others so that you avoid these pitfalls.  Jen's tips will help you get through the course smoothly and successfully! 


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Webinar – Stand Down Development

Webinar - Stand Down Development
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EST
The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Stand Down Development” on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 2:00 pm EST. Starting with the first Stand Down in San Diego in 1988, Stand Down events have continued the mission of providing a “hand up, not a hand out” to homeless veterans in local communities. Learn how to contribute to this mission by supporting a Stand Down in your community.
This webinar will include an introduction to Stand Downs, an overview of the different types and classifications of Stand Downs, and an outline of the major partners necessary for success. A companion webinar: “Stand Down Financing” will be offered on Jan. 21 at 2:00 EST.
This webinar will feature Nathaniel Saltz, Program Director from the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV).
TO REGISTER FOR “Stand Down Development”
Please send the following information to
First Name:
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Does your organization have an HVRP grant?
You will receive instructions for joining the training and a link to the training materials when you register. For additional questions, please contact Cindy Borden at or call us at 202-546-1969.

Gov. Cuomo Order Triggers Pushback from Homeless Advocates, Mayor de Blasio

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Gov. Cuomo Orders  Local Governments to Move Homeless People to Shelter in Freezing Weather
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order on Sunday, Jan. 3 that requires all unsheltered homeless people to be moved  to appropriate shelter when the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The measure, which calls for shelters to remain open longer and offer additional resources, has received support, but has also raised questions among advocates about the quality of existing shelters and the consequences homeless people will face should they refuse to enter shelter. The order takes effect today, Tuesday, Jan. 4.
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Report: Homelessness Increases Due to Lack of Affordable Housing, Other Factors
According to a report released last month by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the number of homeless persons in 19 major cities increased over the past year by an average of 1.6 percent, with 58 percent of cities reporting increases, and 42 percent reporting decreases. The annual report, "Hunger and Homelessness Survey" presents results of a survey of 22 cities with populations of 30,000 or more, including Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Officials who responded to the survey identified the leading cause of homelessness among families as the lack of affordable housing, followed by poverty, unemployment, and low-paying jobs.
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Last Day to Apply for the Transatlantic Practice Exchange 
Are you a mid-level professional working in the homeless assistance field? The Alliance is seeking applicants for its Transatlantic Practice Exchange, an exchange program that offers homeless assistance professionals the opportunity to learn best practices from counterparts in the United Kingdom. Interested? Applications are due by today, Jan. 6.
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Final call for Conference Scholarship Applications
Today, Jan. 6 is the last day to submit an application for the 2016 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness Scholarship Program. Recipients to this year's event, which will be held February 18-19 in Oakland, CA, will receive free conference registration, round-trip transportation and hotel accommodations. Individuals currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness in the past are encouraged to apply.
Send completed scholarship applications to Jaime Colman, Alliance Conference Associate at
Scholarship application »
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Here's How You End Veteran Homelessness: Employment, Housing, and Health Care
by Kathryn Monet and Emanuel Cavallaro
In 2009, Congress authorized a three-year demonstration program to explore ways to increase the housing stability of homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
Now, here we are at the tail end of 2015, and a lot has changed in the years since. The nation has reduced veteran homelessness by 35 percent using many of the same methods first employed in that program, known as the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration (VHPD). It was one of the first steps in the Obama administration’s initiative to end veteran homelessness by 2016.
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Congress Passed a Spending Bill. Here's What it Means for Ending Homelessness in 2016
by Steve Berg
Last week, just in time for the New Year (and to avert another government shutdown), Congress passed a final $1.1 trillion spending bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 that will fund all federal discretionary programs through next fall. President Obama signed the bill into law Friday, Dec. 18.
The bill includes all federal agencies’ discretionary spending: big ticket items like the military, veterans’ health care, education and law enforcement support, medical research, and virtually all of the budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including all its major homeless programs.
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Today We Remember Those We Lost to the Street
by Lisa Stand
The date Dec. 21 has meanings both ancient and new. Communities in every era have paused in awareness of waning daylight and the promise of the sun’s return; in our era, some will pause to look for assurance that the world keeps turning. It is appropriate that National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is Dec. 21.
For people living on the street, the darkest day of the calendar is especially dark; for a person to die on the street is an ending that should be unthinkable. Homeless advocates, today, will pause to honor the neighbors and fellow citizens who passed away in 2012 without a home.
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