HUD Publishes Final Rule: Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in CPD Programs

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HUD Publishes Final Rule: Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in CPD Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a final rule to ensure that all individuals have equal access to many of the Department’s core shelter programs in accordance with their gender identity. Read HUD’s new “Gender Identity Rule.”
Following what had previously been encouraged practice by HUD, providers that operate single-sex projects using funds awarded through the Department’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) will now be required to provide all individuals, including transgender individuals and other individuals who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, with access to programs, benefits, services, and accommodations in accordance with their gender identity without being subjected to intrusive questioning or being asked to provide documentation.
HUD’s new rule will require a recipient, subrecipient, or provider to establish, amend, or maintain program admissions, occupancy, and operating policies and procedures (including policies and procedures to protect individuals’ privacy and security), so that equal access is provided to individuals based on their gender identity. This requirement includes tenant selection and admission preferences.
HUD understands that in many communities this will require staff training and changes to program design, and we have published a suite of technical assistance materials on the LGBT Homelessness Page on the HUD Exchange to help providers adopt these best practices and determine whether they have done so successfully. In the meantime, if you need assistance, please submit a question to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal to request policy clarification or guidance. Select the appropriate program - CoC: Continuum of Care, ESG: Emergency Solutions Grants, or HOPWA: Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS - and enter “Equal Access Rule” for the subject. You can also find additional information on requirements related to Equal Access to housing that are already in place and resources for implementing those requirements on the HUD Exchange Equal Access to Housing Final Rule page.

Reminder: Ask Your SSVF Questions Via Survey Monkey by 9/21 (Tomorrow) for the All Region Call on 9/28

Hi Team,

I hope that you are doing well. A few quick notes:

·         We are working on the timeline for the HMIS uploads due to the change in dates, and I should have the official date that the repository will open soon.
·         In prep for our 9/28 All Region Call at 2pm EST, please submit any questions that you have via Survey Monkey by tomorrow 9/21 at 5pm EST. This is the link:

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WEBINAR: Resources and Tips for Dealing with Debt Collection

WEBINAR: Resources and Tips for Dealing with Debt Collection
Available starting Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. EDT
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Servicemember Affairs Information Desk team is launching the webinar "Resources and Tips for Dealing with Debt Collection" on Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. EDT. 
The webinar is for military leaders, Command Financial Specialists, and service providers who offer financial, educational, or legal counseling to veterans and service members. Participants will learn helpful strategies for communicating with debt collectors, including an overview of CFPB resources.
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2015 CoC Dashboard Reports Now Posted

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2015 CoC Dashboard Reports Now Posted

HUD has posted the 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Dashboard Reports on the HUD Exchange.
These reports show maps of claimed geography and geographic coverage changes from previous program years as well as graphic summaries of each CoC’s total award by program types, renewal types, and awarded amounts. The reports also contain graphics depicting data from the Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC), which provide a quick overview of a CoC’s performance in serving homeless individuals with their CoC awards.

HUD Publishes Integrity Bulletin: Subrecipient Oversight and Monitoring

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HUD Publishes Integrity Bulletin: Subrecipient Oversight and Monitoring

This bulletin highlights the importance of effective subrecipient management and oversight by grantees receiving funds from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget issued revised guidance under 2 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 200. The result was consolidation of and changes to government-wide uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards. These changes emphasized a grantee’s responsibility to manage and monitor its subrecipients, including monitoring a subrecipient’s performance and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, as well as taking appropriate action when performance and compliance issues arise. This bulletin provides key tips for improving effective oversight of subrecipients.
View the Integrity Bulletin: Subrecipient Oversight and Monitoring.
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Urgent: Cut-off Date to Drawdown Funds

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Urgent: Cut-off Date to Drawdown Funds

Fiscal Year 2009 grant funds are expiring at the end of this month. The cut-off date for a grantee to approve a drawdown of these funds is September 16, 2016. For other funds not approaching expiration, grantees can continue to enter draw down requests to September 28th and the draw will be processed before HUD’s accounting system closes. If a disbursement is received by the Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS) (directly, or via IDIS or DRGR) after September 28th, the request will not be processed until HUD’s accounting system is reopened. HUD’s accounting system is expected to reopen in early October.

News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

 United States Interagency 
 Council on Homelessness          
September 19, 2016

National Recovery Month and Intersections with Ending Homelessness

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September is National Recovery Month, a time to reflect on 
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's ten guiding principles of recovery.

Katie Jennings, our Program Assistant, talks about the three principles that she finds most meaningful to our collective efforts to end homelessness. 

New Protections for Victims of Harassment and Survivors of Domestic Violence
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Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a final rule under the Fair Housing Act to offer greater protections for victims of sexual and other forms of harassment in housing. The rule formalizes the legal standards HUD will use to assess and investigate claims of harassment, which often threaten a person's safety and leave them at risk of eviction and homelessness.

HUD also issued guidance on "nuisance ordinances" that can lead to housing discrimination and evictions against survivors of domestic violence. The guidance describes how HUD will assess nuisance or crime-free housing ordinances, policies, or practices alleged to be discriminatory under the Fair Housing Act.
What it Takes to Sustain an End to Veteran Homelessness

Formerly homeless Veteran in permanent housing
Communities across the country are building and strengthening crisis response systems to quickly move Veterans experiencing homelessness into stable housing. Those systems are unique in their design, but share a common foundation and core elements.

Regional Coordinator Joe Savage shares his observations

on what communities need to do to sustain their systems and their progress in ending Veteran homelessness.

And, in its ongoing efforts to help end Veteran homelessness, VA recently awarded $300 million more in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to support homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing interventions for Veterans and their families.

Interested in Applying to HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program? Watch Our Webinar Recording! 

Webinar Agenda HUD is awarding $33 million to 10 communities to develop and implement a coordinated community response to end youth homelessness. Last Thursday, Deputy Director Jasmine Hayes and Policy Director Lindsay Knotts hosted a webinar on HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Notice of Funding Availability. 
Watch the recording and reference the slides to learn more about the program and strategies for a successful application. The deadline to apply is November 30.
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, 1275 First Street, NE, Suite 227, Washington, DC 20552

Let's Get Rid of "Property Manager"

Also: Getting Affordable Housing to Scale ● Sheila Crowley Interview ● Cleveland Merger Plan
Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia | Reinventing Our Communities -- Transforming Our Economies | Sept. 21-23

There is still time to register for the conference, which has a varied agenda of sessions including "Where Should We Build Affordable Housing?", a panel on mobility, fair housing, and revitalization to be moderated by Harold Simon, publisher of Shelterforce, at 2 p.m. Wednesday the 21st. The session will feature Denise Fairchild of Emerald Cities Collaborative, Mercedes Marquez of Marquez Community Strategy, and Celia Smoot of LISC.

Reception at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting | Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch | Oct. 31, 5 p.m. MT

Mercy Housing and the Build Healthy Places Network co-host this informal panel discussion on the role of healthcare investment in community revitalization to address social determinants of health and increase health equity. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

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