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ART Gallery Update - 10/3/2016

The updated version of the 0625 HUD CoC APR (v28) will release on Monday, October 3rd. This update will accomodate the recently introduced HUD Data Dictionary critical changes.
Additionally, we will be releasing the following new gallery report(s):
  • 0128 - Provider Assessment Display Settings - v01 - this new report will help System Adminisrators gain insight into which assessments are assigned to each provider.
NOTE: The updated 0631 APR with Detail report will be be released on Monday, October 10th.
Please contact your CSS if you have further questions.
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HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) Update: September 2016

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HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) Update: September 2016


|  September 2016
 In this issue:

You are not alone if you haven’t been thinking of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a disaster recovery agency. But rest assured, HUD is very involved in both disaster recovery and promoting resilient communities.
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From Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, HUD received more than $40 billion in supplemental disaster recovery funding. Before Hurricane Sandy, HUD was unnoticed in the disaster recovery space and awarded these funds to communities by formula without weighing in as much on how they should be spent. After Hurricane Sandy, HUD had the single largest appropriation from Congress, and with President Obama’s direction, the Department set about making the most of its role shepherding the recovery.
Read more.

CPD Leadership: Tennille Smith Parker
Director of the Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division
Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD

Ms. Parker is the director of the Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division in the Office of Block Grant Assistance. In this capacity, she manages the $46 billion portfolio of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds awarded to State and local governments. She began her career in housing and community development at HUD in 1998 and later went to work for the city of Falls Church, Virginia. In that position, Ms. Parker was responsible for the development and implementation of affordable housing products and programs, negotiating the inclusion of affordable housing in mixed-use projects, administering the city’s CDBG and HOME programs, and conducting outreach activities with affordable housing organizations and developers.
Read more.

CPD Leadership: Donna Roachford
CPD Representative
Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD

Donna Roachford is a CPD specialist for HUD in Washington, DC; she joined HUD as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2001. Before coming to headquarters in 2006, she worked in the Atlanta Regional Office as a CPD representative in the Office of Community Planning and Development supporting the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, the Office of Administration as a management analyst, and the Office of Human Resource Management as an employee and labor relations specialist.
During her tenure as a CPD representative, Ms. Roachford volunteered to go on a mission assignment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to represent HUD and assist citizens afflicted by Hurricanes Charlie, Jeannie, and Frances that struck the State of Florida in 2004, and later to the States of Louisiana and Mississippi when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma struck in 2005. After the hurricanes in 2005, HUD created the Disaster Recovery and Special Issues Division in the Office of Block Grant Assistance, and Ms. Roachford was among the first five staff hired to support the CDBG-DR effort.
Read more.

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Deputy Director of the Office of Block Grant Assistance
Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD
Ms. Kome has been deputy director of the Office of Block Grant Assistance since 2009. This office sets policy for the $3 billion annual budget for CDBG and related programs, including CDBG disaster recovery grants. In her more than 25 years at HUD, Ms. Kome has been an innovator in policy design for national community development programs and a strong advocate for transparent information technology to report on and analyze such programs.
Most recently, she managed the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) from program framework to ultimate award decisions. From late 2001 through 2009, Ms. Kome held three different HUD positions from which she helped design, launch, and oversee disaster recovery programs and teams, including those in New York after 9/11 and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
Read more.

Homelessness Disaster Recovery Expert: David Canavan
Technical Assistance (TA) Provider
Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), HUD

David Canavan has worked with HUD as a technical assistance (TA) provider since 2002, serving many Continuums of Care (CoCs). Mr. Canavan leads disaster TA for the SNAPS Office at HUD and has responded to more than 20 presidentially declared disasters in recent years.

As a HUD-funded TA provider, he has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He has led teams of TA providers in the field responding to Superstorm Sandy by assisting tornado-impacted communities and supporting disease containment.

Read more.

After Hurricane Sandy, HUD launched the Rebuild by Design competition in the summer of 2013. It was an innovative design competition to solicit ideas to improve the physical, ecological, economic, and social resilience of the region affected by Sandy. Rebuild by Design began as a multistage design competition, funded via partnerships with philanthropic institutions, and it attracted submissions from 148 multidisciplinary teams from more than 15 countries. Ultimately, 10 diverse interdisciplinary design teams were chosen to collaborate with local governments, civic groups, and the public to create groundbreaking proposals that addressed the physical and social vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed.

The projects that emerged from the competition are unique for their forward-looking approach to climate change, multidimensional resilience solutions, and sensitivity to community vulnerabilities. In June 2014, HUD allocated $930 million of CDBG-DR funds to implement the seven winning designs. The projects are being implemented by the HUD grantees; the States of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut; and New York City, and they have progressed rapidly. Many of the projects have been refined and are undergoing the technical work necessary to obtain the permits and approvals needed to move forward with construction.
Read more.

Investing in Resilience
Communities across America are grappling with the harmful impact of climate change, and its effects are expected to increase and intensify in the years to come. Erosion and flooding threaten some communities, while others struggle with wildfires made worse by drought. Still others face relocation due to permafrost melt or rising sea levels. Dealing with climate-related impacts is part of HUD’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and high-quality, affordable homes for all Americans.
HUD invests billions of dollars every year in housing, infrastructure, and services for communities across America. As the National Climate Assessment documented, climate-related risk is rapidly increasing. These risks are compounded where there is aging infrastructure and as our population becomes more urbanized and further concentrates along the nation’s coastlines. Essential local and regional infrastructure systems (e.g., water, energy, transportation) are interdependent and increasingly disrupted by the effects of climate change. These effects are exacerbated by existing social inequities that disproportionately affect already vulnerable populations—the same populations that HUD serves every day.
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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: ServicePoint® 5.12.27 is Now Available!

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ServicePoint® 5.12.27 is Now Available!

This version contains fixes related to the HUD Data Standards critical changes. Release notes can be found in CollaboranGo's Documents & Downloads area, in the "ServicePoint > Upgrades and Updates > 5.x > Minor Versions" category.
You can find an instructional video to guide you through this process here.
Please contact your CSS if you have any questions.
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News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

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 Council on Homelessness          
September 30, 2016
Key Amendments to McKinney-Vento Act Take Effect  October 1 
Child on bicycle outside of apartment building October 1st marks the date when a number of new provisions to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, take effect. These new provisions strengthen the ability of children and youth experiencing homelessness to enroll, attend, and succeed in school.

In Part 1 of our series on effective collaboration between state and local education agencies and homelessness service systems, Deputy Director Jasmine Hayes highlights the changes to McKinney-Vento

100-Day Challenge Furthers Our Understanding of How to End Youth Homelessness

A Way Home America logo The 100-Day Challenge is a new initiative led by A Way Home America and the Rapid Results Institute to guide three communities as they develop and implement coordinated community approaches to end youth homelessness.

Management and Program Analyst Mary Owens reflects on her recent participation in the 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness kick-off and what lies ahead for the three communities: Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. 

Strategies for Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations to Drive Success
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Through their deep sense of duty to their neighbors and ability to marshal expertise, resources, passion, and people, faith-based organizations are critical partners in the work of ending homelessness. 

Regional Coordinators Joe Savage and Amy Sawyer share their strategies for building and strengthening partnerships with faith-based organizations. 
Our Updated Housing First Checklist Can Help You Assess Your Projects and Systems
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Housing First is a proven, evidence-based approach to ending homelessness that yields higher housing retention rates and helps people achieve better health and social outcomes.
Use our recently updated Housing First Checklist to help you make a quick assessment of whether and to what degree housing programs - and entire systems - in your community are employing a Housing First approach.  

Asking the Right Questions About Tiny Homes 

Tiny House The tiny house movement has been in the news a lot recently for its perceived potential to quickly house individuals experiencing homelessness, particularly in communities where there is an extreme lack of affordable housing. Before communities embrace this approach, however, we believe that caution is warranted.

If your community is considering tiny homes, Regional Coordinator Robert Pulster provides some questions to inform your decisions.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - a great time to deepen conversations with your partners around providing safe and stable housing for individuals and families who have experienced or are fleeing domestic violence.
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Register Today: IDIS for CDBG Grantees Training - Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Jacksonville, FL; and Philadelphia, PA

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Register Today: IDIS for CDBG Grantees Training - Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Jacksonville, FL; and Philadelphia, PA

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) is pleased to announce a series of eight Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) training sessions this Fall for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grantees.
These sessions will provide CDBG grantees with hands-on training on the IDIS system, including recent updates. These sessions will specifically focus on CDBG requirements, screens, reporting, the new Section 108 component, and will provide an overview of Grant-Based Accounting (GBA).

Who Should Attend?

This training is open to CDBG grantees. For the Newark, Fort Worth, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco sessions, entitlement grantees will receive priority enrollment. For the Jacksonville and Philadelphia sessions, which will focus on the State CDBG program, States will receive priority enrollment.
Only one representative per grantee will be accepted into the training. In addition, individuals who attended IDIS training for CDBG in 2013-14 will be placed on a waitlist. (These individuals may see an error when trying to register; they may email the IDIS Training Registrar to be placed on the waitlist).
Please note that submitting a registration request does not guarantee you a seat at the training. Due to limited space, registrations will be reviewed and approved prior to confirmation. You will receive a confirmation email if you are accepted into the training. Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation email from the Training Point of Contact.
For more information, visit the IDIS Training for CDBG Entitlement and State Grantees News page.

Schedule of Deliveries

Note: The deliveries occurring on the same dates will be joined via video-teleconference. The deliveries in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Jacksonville will be “primary” locations, where the trainer will be on-site. The San Francisco and Philadelphia deliveries will have a training assistant on-site, but will view the main trainer via video-teleconference.
Location Date Registration
Newark, NJ September 28-29, 2016 Registration Closed
Seattle, WA November 1-2, 2016 Register Now
Jacksonville, FL (State CDBG Session) November 16-17, 2016 Register Now
Philadelphia, PA (State CDBG Session) November 16-17, 2016 Register Now
Los Angeles, CA November 30-December 1, 2016 Register Now
San Francisco, CA November 30-December 1, 2016 Register Now
Please note the following changes in the trainings:
  • Due to technical requirements:
    • The previously announced session in San Diego was moved to Los Angeles
    • The dates of the Seattle session have changed from October 26-27 to November 1-2, 2016

Registering for the IDIS Training for CDBG Grantees

Access the registration page below and then select Register Now on the bottom of the page.
If you have not yet registered for a HUD Exchange Learn account:
Create an Account on the HUD Exchange
  1. Go to the HUD Exchange (
  2. Click Login to My HUD Exchange.
  3. Click Create an Account.
  4. Fill out the form, and click the Create Account button.
Your account has been created. You will receive a confirmation email.
If you have already registered for a HUD Exchange Learn account:
  1. Enter your Username and Password; select Log in
  2. If prompted to fill out additional information, please do so, and select Update
  3. You will be brought directly to the course detail page in HUD Exchange Learn
  4. Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you are unsure if you have a HUD Exchange Learn account:
  • Go to the HUD Exchange Login page, and enter your email address into the field: Forget Username or Password?
  • If a username for that email address already exists, you will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to follow the steps above. If not, you’ll receive an error message.

Training Series Point of Contact

IDIS Training Registrar |
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Training and Events.