USICH - New Resource: Engaging & Supporting Landlords through Risk Mitigation Funds

New Resource: Engaging & Supporting Landlords through Risk Mitigation Funds  

Apartment buidingPrivate landlords can play important roles in your local efforts to end homelessness. And like any partners, they must be effectively engaged and supported.

In the first of a two-part series on landlord engagement, our Seattle-based regional coordinator, Katy Miller, discusses the benefits of risk mitigation funds.

Then read about how 
Denver, Orlando, Portland, and Seattleare using risk mitigation funds as one part of their landlord engagement strategy.

Stay tuned as we release more resources on the role of landlords in ending homelessness, including an upcoming webinar on risk mitigation funds!

Council Discusses State-Level Efforts to End Chronic Homelessness, Progress on End to Youth Homelessness 
Community Presenters at April Council meetingOn April 12, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness convened for its first meeting of 2016. Among other topics, the Council heard from two state Medicaid Directors -- Kate McEvoy from Connecticut and Betsy Aiello from Nevada -- on innovative new state-level strategies to end chronic homelessness. 

USICH Announces New Deputy Director
We are thrilled to announce that Jasmine Hayes has been promoted to Deputy Director!

Jasmine has been serving as Policy Director for USICH, overseeing our work on preventing and ending youth and family homelessness. 

Join Us in Hampton, VA, Next Thursday for a Day-Long Forum on the Role of SSI/SSDI Benefits in Ending Homelessness!

On April 28, join Executive Director Matthew Doherty and Policy Advisor Lindsay Knotts -- along with SSA Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and speakers from the Virginia Governor's office, SSA, VA, HUD, the SOAR TA Center, and the Virginia Housing Alliance -- as we explore the strategies Virginia is using to end homelessness statewide, and best practices like those highlighted in Key Strategies for Connecting People Experiencing Homelessness to SSI/SSDI Benefits.  

To participate in this event, you must RSVP today!

Back to Basics, Grounded in the Research: Track of Sessions at NCHV Annual Conference Devoted to Emerging Research

Back to Basics, Grounded in Research: Track of Sessions at NCHV Annual Conference Devoted to Emerging Research
NCHV Annual Conference June 1-3, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. 
Expert researchers are now in the process of trying to predict homelessness, understand patterns and trends in needs and care, and analyze how and why certain interventions to help veterans get off the streets work or don't.
At this year's NCHV Annual Conference, you have the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest researchers digging into the data on the best ways to serve veterans who are homeless. In 30-minute micro-sessions in the Research and Trends Track, these researchers will share the latest breaking insights from studies directly impacting your work. The sessions are not passive; all participating attendees will be expected to think critically and share in the group how the research they hear impacts the work they do every day or their work in the future.
Are you ready to connect your work with veterans to the latest research from the field? Register today.

New CPD Notice: Instructions for Urban County Qualification for Participation in the CDBG Program for FYs 2017-2019

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New CPD Notice: Instructions for Urban County Qualification for Participation in the CDBG Program for FYs 2017-2019

This Notice establishes requirements, procedures and deadlines to be followed in the urban county qualification process for FYs 2017-2019.

On April 14, HUD issued CPD Notice 16-05, which is the annual instructions for CDBG urban county qualification/requalification. This Notice contains information concerning specific considerations and responsibilities for urban counties. HUD Field Offices and urban counties are expected to adhere to the deadlines in this Notice. This Notice provides guidance for counties wishing to qualify or requalify for entitlement status as urban counties, as well as for existing urban counties that wish to include previously nonparticipating communities. This Notice is important to all presently qualified urban counties, to each county that can qualify for the first time or requalify for FYs 2017- 2019, and to each state administering the State CDBG program which includes a potentially eligible urban county.

View Notice CPD 16-05: Instructions for Urban County Qualification for Participation in the CDBG Program for FYs 2017-2019.

For additional guidance on the qualification process, view our new video, The Urban County Qualification Process - Requirements, Procedures and Deadlines.

New Changes to HUD CoC and ESG Program Implementation

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New Changes to HUD CoC and ESG Program Implementation

Over the past several months, a few changes have been made in how HUD implements the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs, particularly the CoC Program, to help providers operate the programs more effectively and with less administrative burden. These changes include:
  • Nonprofit organizations have permanent authority to administer rental assistance awarded through the CoC Program. Previously, this authority was included in the annual Appropriations Act and could have changed under any given Fiscal Year’s funding.
  • Program income can be counted as match for FY 2015 and FY 2016 CoC Program awards. Costs paid for by program income can be considered match for grants awarded in the FY 2015 and FY 2016 CoC Program Competition so long as the funds are expended on eligible CoC Program costs that supplement the recipient’s project.
  • The following updated environmental review requirements:
    • Tenant-based leasing projects are no longer subject to Section 58.5. In units where the program participant chooses the location of the unit, recipients will now use the Exempt/CENST form to cover those units. Previously, tenant-based leasing projects were subject to a higher level of review. Step-by-step guidance on environmental reviews can be found on the environmental review flow chart page.
    • Only one Exempt/CENST form needs to be filled out per project. Previously, projects were required to complete this form for each individual unit. This form is completed by projects or activities that are determined to be exempt or categorically excluded from Section 58.5 (e.g., tenant-based leasing or rental assistance, or supportive services only (SSO) projects).
For questions about any of these changes or other requirements of the CoC or ESG Programs, please submit a question to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select the related program under “My question is related to.”

LAST DAY FOR DISCOUNT * Register TODAY! Hotel Discount Rate Until May 2

2016 Human Service Conference
An Awesome Training and Networking Opportunity

Looking to sharpen your direct service practice, management, and leadership skills? Rejuvenate your passion? Join us for the 2016 Human Services Conference: 
"Partners in Excellence"

Regular Registration Rates Apply Until April 22, 2016 
Full Conference Rate: $385 | One Day Conference Rate: $200

Your Full Conference Registration Package Includes:
*Admittance to innovative and educational presentations, and workshops.
*Exclusive networking opportunities.
*Access to motivating speakers.
*CEUs for workshops and panels for a small fee. 

*Networking Reception on Tuesday, May 3
*Awards Dinner on Wednesday, May 4 
*Partnership Luncheon on Thursday, May 5
*Conference Bag and Souvenir Itinerary Program Book
*Registration Package Options for the OHEP and Weatherization TRACKS may vary.


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Room blocks have been reserved for attendees. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis, so reserve your hotel room early.
Group Rate Available Until May 2, 2016
Mention: MCAP/MACAA Group
Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204 

Please contact Dr. Susan Gove at or me at should you have questions.

Thank you. 


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

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