APR Submission Deadline Extension for CoC Program Grants Funded in FY 2014 and for Grants with Multi-year Grant Terms in FY2012 and FY2013


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APR Submission Deadline Extension for CoC Program Grants Funded in FY 2014 and for Grants with Multi-year Grant Terms in FY 2012 and FY 2013


The Annual Performance Report (APR) for Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grants funded in FY 2014 is not currently available in e-snaps and will not be available by the time the first APRs are due in e-snaps because of limited resources.

HUD is granting, via this message, an extension to the APR submission deadline to all recipients for APRs for CoC Program grants funded in FY 2014. Additionally, HUD is granting an extension to all recipients who were funded for new grants with multi-year grant terms in FY 2012 or FY 2013. HUD is working on allowing multiple APRs to be submitted for those grants with multi-year grant terms.

HUD will issue a listserv when the APRs become available in e-snaps. Recipients will have 90 days from the time HUD issues that listserv to submit their APRs. Please note that this extension is only to the APR submission requirement and does not apply to an extension on anything else, including the period to expend funds.



HUD Announces New CDBG Project Profiles Website


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HUD Announces New CDBG Project Profiles Website


Have you ever wondered how other communities use their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds?
As someone who works to improve the quality of lives in your community, you may be interested in learning new and innovative ways to use CDBG funds to:
  • Invest in your community by stimulating the economy
  • Help people with low and moderate incomes have stable and safe housing
  • Build infrastructure to create a suitable and sustainable living environment
HUD has made it easy to learn how other grantees are using their CDBG funds with the release of its Project Profiles website. The website gives you a front row seat to view projects from around the nation.
Find out:
  • What activities do grantees fund?
  • How much money is leveraged?
  • Who are their partners?
  • What are their impacts?
Through the Project Profiles Website to share your story. Tell others about your work, the difference you make, and how you do it.
View the CDBG Project Profiles website to share your story.

Also this spring, HUD has created Explore CDBG, an accessible and engaging collection of online technical assistance products to help community development professionals learn more about the CDBG program, its rules and practical implications.


Deadline Coming Soon! - Register Today and SAVE --- 2016 Conference




EARLY BIRD Registration (Deadline: March 25, 2016)
Register Today and SAVE
Human Services Conference - May 3-5, 2016


Greetings Everyone, 

Help us celebrate MCAP's 30 years of service this spring!  We will highlight a series of activities during the 2016 Human Services Conference click here to be held on May 3-5, 2016 at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, in Towson, MD.  

Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, DHCD, has confirmed to speak at the Partnership Luncheon on May 5, 2016.  

 
 CONFERENCE OPTIONS:


NEW!  We have 8 Tracks of training workshops to offer you this year.  There's something for everyone.  We have many nationally recognized trainers that will be presenting.  CEUs are available.
  • Sponsorship, Exhibitors, Advertisementclick here.


Please contact Dr. Susan Gove at sgove@gove.org or me at myoung@maryland-cap.org should you have questions.

Thank you. 

Sincerely,

Michael E. Young, MSW
Executive Director
Maryland Community Action Partnership (MCAP)
(443) 482-5169

420 Chinquapin Round Road, 2nd Floor - Suite 2-I  
Annapolis, MD 21401
(443) 482-5168
Maryland Community Action Partnership, 420 Chinquapin Round Road, Suite 2-I, Annapolis, MD 20401

SSVF Program Update March 18, 2016

Topics:

1.     Community Plan Updates Are Posted on SSVF Website!
2.     Notification of Guidance Regarding SSVF Travel Costs Related to Training
3.     Important Update:  VA Ability to Recoup Unused SSVF Grant Funds
4.     Reminder: VA's Guidance Regarding Read Only and Direct Entry Access to HMIS

Community Plans Updates Are Posted on SSVF Website

Thanks to all grantees who submitted the community plan updates in January.  The plans are now available in the Community Coordination and Planning section of the SSVF University.  They can be viewed by state:  http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/?page=/ssvf_university/community_coordination_and_plans

Notification of Guidance Regarding SSVF Travel Costs Related to Training

As a reminder to grantees, travel is allowable as a direct program cost when such travel will provide direct benefit to the SSVF program and grant award.  Travel costs, including the reason and scope, have a high audit profile and is routinely examined by auditors and other government stakeholders.  We ask that grantees continue to be prudent with costs and perception. The grantee/traveler should document in their files how the travel directly benefits/relates to the SSVF grant and project.

Beginning immediately, grantees must request approval from the SSVF Regional Coordinator prior to travel related to training with a combined total of $200 or more.  The request can be submitted via email and should include the following:

·         For SSVF mentoring, a defined purpose, goals and agenda should be reviewed and approved by the Regional Coordinator.
·         For other training, the scope, purpose and direct benefit to the employee and SSVF program should be included and approved by the Regional Coordinator.

Important Update:  VA Ability to Recoup Unused SSVF Grant Funds
VA regularly reviews grantee expenditures to ensure that funds are being used in a manner consistent with programs goals and regulations.  It is expected that grantee spending will be consistent across quarters as significant variance, particularly lower than expected spending, may indicate either a lower demand for services or difficulty in managing funds.  If during the course of the grant year the VA determines that grantee spending is not meeting the level expected at key milestones indicated below, VA may elect to recoup projected unused funds in order to be reprogrammed to address homelessness in other, higher need areas.

                    i.            By the end of the first quarter of the grantee's supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is fewer than 15% of total supportive services grant award.
                  ii.            By the end of the second quarter of the grantee's supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is fewer than 40% of total supportive services grant award.
                iii.            By the end of the third quarter of the grantee's supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is fewer than 65% of total supportive services grant award.

Funding sweeps are not automatic and will be based on VA reviews of spending patterns and service delivery so that sweeps may not occur if spending plans are consistent with the overall goals and stipulations of the grant agreement.  Grantees are strongly encouraged to examine their rate of spending and ensure that HHS accounts accurately reflect the current expenditures for the SSVF grant.

Reminder:   VA's Guidance Regarding Read Only and Direct Entry Access to HMIS

In September 2015, VA's Homeless Program Office released national guidance regarding VAMC staff seeking read only and/or direct entry access to a CoC's HMIS.  Please review the guidance that was shared with SSVF grantees in the SSVF Program Update from September 3, 2015: https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/VA_Releases_Guidance_on_HMIS.pdf



NOTE:  If you are receiving this email in error, please disregard.  We request your patience as the SSVF Program Office continues to address system issues with the grants management database.

Thank you,

SSVF Program Office




When Talking Race = Real Results





In this issue: Are Mixed-Income Policies Too Little Too Late? ● How One City Is Keeping Jobs Local With Co-ops
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016



A Conversation on Race That Actually Went Somewhere
Ana Garcia-Ashley, Gamaliel Foundation
Before the summit, we would have demanded that the police force recruit African-American candidates for the force and walked away. Now . . .   More


Are Mixed-Income Policies Too Little Too Late?
James Fraser and Joshua Bazuin, Vanderbilt University
If social inclusion and the creation of mixed-income neighborhoods is embraced by so many, why does it seem to be so difficult to materialize this vision for the city?     More


How One City Is Keeping Jobs Local Using Co-ops
Araz Hachadourian, YES! Magazine
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable . . . More


You Said It!

On Why We Must Build

To low-income renters displacement means so much more that having to move to a different neighborhood. It can mean being cut off from support networks or the loss of access to necessary, affordable amenities. For renters who live paycheck to paycheck and have no equity it can even mean homelessness, especially in cities that lack . . . --Sarah Rodriguez

An important note regarding Rent Control: In some states -- such as Michigan -- it is illegal by *state* law. So unless you can get legislation passed at the state level, against business interests, it is off the table anyway. --Adam Tauno Williams

On Matthew Desmond's "Evicted" Supports, Challenges Housing Field

In advocating for universal section 8 vouchers for every family that falls below the poverty line Matthew Desmond also points to the need to do tax reform . . . Wouldn't America be a better place if people, even if they didn't own a home, held more municipal bonds and treasury notes in order to rebuild our infrastructure and industrial base? --Abbott Gorin

The book is fantastic. However, others have argued for "universal" vouchers, or vouchers as an entitlement. The late John Quigley' comes to mind . . . --Dan Immergluck

Author Reply
You are right, of course. Desmond could not be the first individual to actually have called for universal vouchers. But I have rarely heard it come up as a serious proposal in active policy and funding campaigns, agenda, or platforms put forth by major organizations in the community development field.
--Miriam Axel-Lute

On Using the Wrong Tools to Build Affordable Housing

Rejuvenating proven systems needs to be evaluated. The 221(d)(3) Below Market Interest Rate program produced a lot of affordable housing in a short time both rental and cooperative. After 20 years or in subsequent years, practically all of the rentals disappeared--physically or as affordable housing. Today, 40-50 years later . . . --Herb Fisher

Without a federal housing policy that allocated real dollars to the development of affordable housing, the best we can hope for is the development of a few homes a year. Bring back the . . .
--Louis A. Riccio


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