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Updated Resources Available for 2016 AHAR Data

As of October 1, 2016, communities can now submit their data for the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress through the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX).
The HDX contains links to updated resources to help communities as they work to submit draft data by the October 31, 2016 deadline. The following materials are available via the HDX Homepage:
If additional questions arise that are not addressed by these resources, consult your assigned AHAR Data Liaison, or submit them online through the HDX Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC, and AHAR)” from the “My question is related to” dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

Bowman Systems NewsFlash: Updated Resources for Data Dictionary Changes 2016

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Updated Resources for Data Dictionary Changes 2016

For customers that prefer to use accompanying AIRS Codes along with the required Federal Partner Picklist values, new resources have been uploaded to assist with populating your Service and Referral Quicklists:
  • Referrals Provided Crosswalk 2016 v1
  • Services Provided Crosswalk 2016 v1
  • Financial Assistance Provided Crosswalk 2016 V1
These documents can be found in the Documents & Downloads section, in the "ServicePoint > 2014 HUD Data Dictionary Critical Changes v5.1" category.

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VA Awards $3.4 Million in GPD Special Needs Funding

VA Awards $3.4 Million in GPD Special Needs Funding
Funds awarded to 16 community-based grantees
Today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of $3.4 million in grant funding offered through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program to 16 community agencies that provide enhanced services for homeless veterans with special needs.

GPD special need grant funding assists with additional operating costs of transitional housing and services for special need groups such as women, chronically mental ill, frail elderly, terminally ill, and those with minor dependents.
As a result of these and other efforts, the number of U.S. veterans experiencing homelessness has been cut nearly in half since 2010. As of Sept. 16, 2016, 29 communities and two states have confirmed and publicly announced that they have effectively ended veteran homelessness, serving as models for others across the nation.
More information about VA's homeless programs is available at www.va.gov/homeless. Community organizations seeking details and/or more information may visit VA's National Grant and Per Diem Program website www.va.gov/homeless/GPD.ASP.

The Obama Administration Is Finally Targeting the NIMBY Nonsense That’s Made Cities Unaffordable

The Obama Administration Is Finally Targeting the NIMBY Nonsense That’s Made Cities Unaffordable

Nice housing if you can get it.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
It literally says, “yes, in our backyard.”

Henry Grabar is a staff writer forSlate’s Moneybox.

In a white paper released Monday, the Obama administration pins a whole bunch of America’s problems—including income inequality, plodding economic growth, gentrification, long commutes, the strained safety net, homelessness, and racial segregation—on the restrictive land-use policies of American cities, counties, and suburbs (and by extension, the NIMBYs who promote them).
It’s nothing you won’t already know if you’ve tried to buy a house or rent an apartment in a number of American cities lately (or if you read Slate!). The 23-page Housing Development Toolkit reiterates arguments that housing writers like Emily Badger and Matt Yglesias have been making for the past five years, as America’s housing problem morphed from foreclosures to sky-high rents and home prices.
Still, it’s nice to see it coming from the very top.

The rent is too damn ... oh, you know.
The White House

If you don't build it ...
The White House
The problem is worst in certain high-cost, high-wage cities, but the White House isn’t intervening on their behalf. Instead, the report does a good job illustrating how what began with cranky homeowners in the San Fernando Valley, anti-gentrification activists on the Upper West Side, or at quality-of-life meetings in Palo Alto, California, and Winnetka, Illinois, has helped to reverse what for a 100 years was the defining feature of American life: economic mobility.
Between 1880 and 1980, poor people moved to rich places: Okies to California, southern blacks to Chicago and New York, rural whites to cities across the Midwest and later, the South. That happens less now than it used to, in part because the poor can’t afford to live near the rich. As a result, the rate of income convergence across states has declined over the past 30 years, after a century of gains spurred by economic mobility. The wonkiest argument in favor of housing-supply restrictions in high-wage cities like San Francisco might be Conor Sen’s belief that “job convergence between metros ‘spreads the wealth’ ”—that San Francisco’s loss is Phoenix’s gain, and that’s good for America.
Not really: Per capita income in Connecticut and Mississippi moved toward evening out between 1940 and 1980, and then stopped. That poor people stay in Mississippi or move there because they can’t afford the New York suburbs is not cause for either state to pat itself on the back.
For this we can blame both well-intentioned environmental protections and permitting processes, but also, in the White House’s words, “laws plainly designed to exclude multifamily or affordable housing.” There can be no ambiguity about the anti-rental housing sentiment in places like Boulder, Colorado, or Westchester County, New York: It is pure, territorial NIMBYism. The report reserves a special section for Los Angeles, which both has, by some measures, the highest rents in the country and is also home to a celebrity-funded anti-growth initiative masquerading as an environmental movement. (As the situation in the Bay Area demonstrates, restrictions on infill housing either force teachers to commute two hours to their jobs—inhumane and not environmentally friendly—or force police officers to live in trailers in city parking lots—hey, that’s one way to fulfill a residency requirement!)
"The growing severity of undersupplied housing markets,” the report concludes, "is jeopardizing housing affordability for working families, increasing income inequality by reducing less-skilled workers’ access to high-wage labor markets, and stifling GDP growth by driving labor migration away from the most productive regions.”
Like, 10 percent of GDP growth.
The administration has already used what power it has through the Department of Housing and Urban Development to try to desegregate the suburbs. So what’s in the Obama toolkit of policy prescriptions for local and state housing?
  • Establish as-of-right development (in other words, a project is a go once you’ve met the zoning requirements, and doesn’t need to go through other types of review). This was one of the goals of Jerry Brown’s now-dead affordable housing proposal for California.
  • Tax vacant land, or acquire it and put it into use, through land banking or otherwise.
  • Shorten permitting. San Diego’s “Expedite Program” allows affordable, in-fill, or sustainable projects to be reviewed in just five days. Austin’s S.M.A.R.T. Housing Program has helped speed the creation of 4,900 units of affordable housing since 2000.
  • End off-street parking requirements that subsidize driving and pass car costs onto renters and buyers, whether they like it or not.
  • Enact high-density and multifamily zoning; include bonuses for density; adopt inclusionary zoning.
  • Tax incentives and abatements for affordable or transit-oriented development.

The problem with this report, unfortunately, is that it does little to confront the large, diverse, and effective coalition that is arrayed against these changes: the wealthy suburbanites who don’t want rental housing in their neighborhoods; the urban white ethnics for whom more than half of household wealth sits in home values; the labor unions reluctant to support initiatives that lead to nonunion construction; the environmental groups and preservationist groups fearing a slippery-slope erosion of hard-fought gains; the Agenda 21–fearing conservatives; the municipal politicians who view extensive land-use reviews as an essential component of their power; the poor tenants who fear the catalytic, rent-spiking effect that new construction can sometimes produce at a local level and resent bearing the burdens of new development; the car-dependent commuters who feel that an on-street parking spot is a God-given right.
Will those people be convinced by suggestions for housing development emanating from the Oval Office? Somehow I doubt it.

Not Going Back to Segregation

Also: How NOT to Do Economic Development ● It's More Complicated than "Homeownership" vs. "Rental."
Tuesday, October 2, 2016


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In this session of their ongoing series, the Build Healthy Places Network will feature three local leaders who are all in the midst of deepening their relationships with Community Development Financial Institutions by way of their work as BUILD Grantees. Learn more and register here.

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Alan Mallach

How *Not* To Do Economic Development

Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress

Since late 2013, the state of New Jersey has given out $1.1 billion in tax incentives under the Grow NJ program to 16 companies in the city of Camden. Five account for $900 million of this total, but unfortunately all are . . .  More

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It's More Complicated than "Homeownership" vs. "Rental." A Lot More.

Jake Wegmann, University of Texas at Austin, Alex Schafran, University of Leeds, and Deirdre Pfeiffer, Arizona State University

We think of there being two kinds of housing--"ownership" and "rental." But in fact there are dozens of variations, with different levels of control and potential financial gain. Which ones get public support, and does that make any sense?  More

John Henneberger
Not Going Back to Segregation

John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Some who have not followed Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. closely have claimed that the district judge's decision dealt fair housing a hard blow, while others have said the district court ruling means that the extensive segregation of Low Income Housing Tax Credit apartments in Dallas has been declared "legal." This is nonsense. The facts are . . .  More
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Time to consider that these measurements are too complicated to motivate change or generate strong action. The OCC has given banks latitude to take "risks" outside their comfort zone. Huge crevasse between . . . --Rachel Johnston, more

Financial resiliency (thriving) needs to be at the top of the agenda vs. financial sustainability (surviving). It is important not to . . . --Lou Tisler, more

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