Important Developments for HUD-VASH

Important Developments for HUD-VASH
$5 million in extraordinary fees awarded, $15 million for project-based vouchers available
We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend! The following information was released on July 1, and we wanted to highlight it in case you missed it in the holiday rush.
Funds Awarded to 42 PHAs for Extraordinary Administrative Fees
On July 1, HUD awarded more than $5 million in "extraordinary administrative fees" to 42 local public housing authorities across the country. The local PHAs receiving these fees will develop aggressive efforts to quickly house veterans through strategies including marketing campaigns, landlord fairs to recruit landlords/property owners, and the hiring of temporary staff to provide additional housing search assistance, expedite processing of documentation, inspect units, issue vouchers, and execute leases. 
In late 2015, HUD set aside up to $10 million from the Administrative Fee account that could be allocated to PHAs that needed additional funds to administer their Section 8 programs. While not specific to HUD-VASH, the PHAs were encouraged to focus in on veterans with HUD-VASH vouchers.

Interested PHAs needed to apply for this funding, and NCHV encouraged community agencies to push their PHAs to apply for this funding to help with HUD-VASH lease-up. You can read guidance on the application process here
$15 Million Available for 2,000 Project-Based HUD-VASH Vouchers
Also on July 1, HUD announced a $15 million set-aside funding notice for project-basing HUD-VASH. HUD anticipates that this funding will support approximately 2,000 units of project-based voucher (PBV) assistance. PHAs must partner with a VAMC prior to applying under this Notice. Applications (form HUD-52515,) must be transmitted no later than midnight in the time zone of the PHA on Sept. 9, 2016. 
Here's how it works: Any PHA that administers a Housing Choice Voucher program may apply for up to 150 units to be placed under PBV housing assistance payments (HAP) contract(s). PHAs must submit separate applications for each project and may request no more than 75 PBVs for a single project. Applications for projects to be selected after award announcement must estimate the number of PBVs that will be selected. If, after award announcement, the PHA selects fewer units than awarded under this competition, the funding for unused units will be rescinded. If the PHA selects more units than awarded under this competition, the PHA must use vouchers from its regular or HUD-VASH tenant-based voucher program to fund the additional units. The scoring factors for this round of funding is different than in the past, so make sure to carefully read Section 7. Read the full notice here.

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Deadline tomorrow: Sign-On letter to increase McKinney Funding and Protect usich!
As a reminder, please sign your organization on to this letter by Wednesday, July 6th asking appropriations leadership to fund McKinney at least at $2.487 billion; and maintain funding for USICH at $3.6 million and extend its sunset date from 2017 to 2020.

Here’s What You Can Do:

  1. Sign-on your organization to this letter here
  2. Share this sign-on letter with your networks.
  3. If USICH has worked with your community, please also reach out to the housing staffer for your Representative in the House to let them know about the role they played in ending homelessness in your community. Ask them to weigh in with appropriations leadership in support of USICH.  
    • Reach out to Jaime Colman or Julie Klein if you need their contact information.  
    • Keep us posted on your outreach!
More Information:
The House Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Other Related Agencies (T-HUD) bill in late May which included a very impressive $237 million increase of $2.487 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program. This would be the biggest one-year increase in the last 20 years and would provide housing for approximately 40,000 more people than this year.

However, during the T-HUD mark up to consider the bill, it became clear that the existence and capacity of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is threatened. We will need to work together to secure at least the House level of funding for McKinney and defend USICH!

We need to get the message about the importance of McKinney funding and the work USICH does to end homelessness to Chair Diaz-Balart and his colleagues as soon as possible!

Access the letter and sign-on here

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[MARHMIS] Cloudburst Actively Recruiting


Cloudburst is actively looking to fill the following positions:​
  • CB-2016-05 Behavioral Health Senior Analyst (PH)
     - ​We are looking for a full-time Behavioral Health Senior Analyst who will provide technical assistance and training support as part of a team providing evaluation, technical assistance, and training to behavioral health projects across the country. Immediate project work is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This position works collaboratively as part of a team of TA providers to build capacity in evaluation, data utilization, and data knowledge to meet state and program needs.
  • CB-2016-06 Senior Communications Analyst (LTNRM)
    ​ - ​We are ​looking for a full-time Senior Communications Analyst who will work on our portfolio of international development projects, particularly programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The Senior Communications Analyst will manage and implement strategic communications, knowledge management and training activities for these international programs and provide advisory support for similar domestic programs. who will manage and implement strategic communications, knowledge management and training activities for international programs and provide advisory support for similar domestic programs.
  • CB-2016-07 Junior Communications Analyst (HCD)
    ​ - ​We are ​looking for an entry-level full-time Junior Communications Analyst for our Landover, MD office to implement external and internal communications and knowledge management activities for the firm. This will include supporting our firm's Housing and Community Development team to support communications, knowledge management, and federal website content management activities on US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, including HOME, CDBG, ESG, CoC, NSP, and HOPWA.
  • CB-2016-08 HMIS Analyst (HCD)
     - ​We are looking for a ​qualified ​Senior Analyst to join ​our HCD Team in providing technical assistance, training, outreach, and implementation support to non-profit organizations, local, State, and Federal government clients. This position requires at least ​3 years of experience working directly with HUD's Homeless/Continuum of Care Programs (CoC), Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).
  • CB-2016-09 HMIS Senior Analyst (HCD)
    ​ - ​We are looking for a ​qualified ​Senior Analyst to join ​our HCD Team in providing technical assistance, training, outreach, and implementation support to non-profit organizations, local, State, and Federal government clients. This position requires at least 8 years of experience working directly with HUD's Homeless/Continuum of Care Programs (CoC), Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).
    ​ 
  • ​CB-2016-10 Data Analyst (HCD) - ​
    ​ - The HCD team is looking for a Data Analyst ​who will ​provide analytical support as part of a team providing ​d​ata ​a​nalysis and ​support ​to ​the to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, including HOME, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), CDBG-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), Continuum of Care (CoC), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

If you know someone who may be interested to apply, please direct the applicant to our website at The Cloudburst Group Career Center or send an email to hr@cloudburstgroup.com.​ 

Kathleen E. Freeman, M.B.A.
Manager, Housing and Community Development
Solutions for Health | Housing | Land
207-582-2424 direct
207-441-8882 cell
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HUD System Performance Measures: Guidance to Check SPM Data and Have Confidence in Numbers Webinar - July 7, 2016 - 12:00 PM EDT - Corrected Link


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HUD System Performance Measures: Guidance to Check SPM Data and Have Confidence in Numbers Webinar - July 7, 2016 - 12:00 PM EDT - Corrected Link


Note: The message sent earlier today, July 1, 2016, included an incorrect registration link. This message contains the correct link.
HUD is pleased to an upcoming webinar to assist Continuums of Care (CoCs) as they prepare for the first submission of data on HUD’s System-level Performance Measures, due August 1, 2016.
As stated in the recent HUD listserv message on the measures, HUD expects communities to be aware of their performance and to be striving to improve. This training will focus on identifying the "big" questions that CoCs should be asking of their HUD System Performance Measure data so that they can have confidence that the numbers are correct. The timing of this session is intended to help CoCs and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) Leads to work through their current reviews of the data prior to submission. This session will be recorded, and a transcript and slide deck will be posted to the HUD Exchange.
Participants will learn:
  • Roles and responsibilities of the CoC Lead and Board, HMIS lead, and individual projects
  • How to check individual measure data to build confidence in your CoC’s System Performance Measure data
  • The latest guidance and FAQs on the System Performance Measures, and how it can be used to better understand your CoC’s data
Webinar Date Registration
HUD System Performance Measures: Guidance to Check SPM Data and Have Confidence in Numbers Webinar July 7, 2016 Register Today
Note that these calls are not the forum for CoCs or projects to appeal HUD's funding decisions. CoCs or project applicants who believe there was a HUD error in the awards have an opportunity to appeal and must follow the process outlined in Section X of the FY2015 NOFA.

Who Should Attend?

The HUD System Performance Measures: Guidance to Check SPM Data and Have Confidence in Numbers Webinar training is relevant to CoC staff and HMIS Leads. However, lines are limited for these calls, so please try to limit registration to 2 people per CoC; we encourage CoC staff to listen together on one line (and use one registration) if possible.

Training Point of Contact

Natalie Matthews | natalie_matthews@abtassoc.com

How to Register for HUD System Performance Measures: Guidance for CoCs to Better Understand their Data

Access the registration page and select Register Now on the right side of the page.
If you have not yet registered for an HUD Exchange Learn account:
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