Save the Date: Equal Access and Gender Identity Rules Training - November 2016

Save the Date: Equal Access and Gender Identity Rules Training - November 2016
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a series of webinars for Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicants and providers, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients and sub-recipients, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) grantees to educate participants about the requirements of the Equal Access Rule and Gender Identity Rule and how to ensure that projects operate in compliance with these rules. This webinar will also provide “LGBT Language 101” training to aid participants in increasing their knowledge and skills in using appropriate, inclusive language with all clients they serve. Participants will be introduced to HUD’s TA materials to aid their compliance efforts, including a self-assessment toolstaff and volunteer training scenarios, and a policies and procedures guidebook (all available on the HUD Exchange LGBT Resource page).

Webinar Dates

  • Monday, November 14, 20161:00–2:30 PM EST
  • Wednesday, November 16, 20162:00–3:30 PM EST
  • Thursday, November 17, 20161:00–2:30 PM EST
PLEASE NOTE: Registrants should self-select the session they prefer to attend. Content will not vary across sessions.

Who Should Attend?

All programs funded under CoC, ESG, HOPWA, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) are required to follow the 2016 Gender Identity Rule as well as the continuing requirements of the HUD-wide 2012 Equal Access Rule. Together, these rules mandate placing and serving persons in accordance with their gender identity. A recent study indicated that less than 30% of emergency shelters appropriately enrolled transgender women in accordance with their gender identity. This training will focus on educating the funders and providers of residential projects so that transgender and LGBT participants are appropriately enrolled each time they present to a project or coordinated entry with a need for homeless housing and services.

Training Point of Contact

TJ Winfield | 240-582-3607 |
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Training and Events.

HUD Releases Updated Data on Homelessness

HUD Releases Updated Data on Homelessness
The release of the 2015 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) Part 2 reinforces the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Federal partners’ continued commitment to providing policy-makers and practitioners with information needed to help prevent and end homelessness. It also demonstrates the commitment to continuously improve the data we collect and report on ending homelessness.
Using data from local Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), the 2015 AHAR Part 2 provides the latest information on people experiencing homelessness nationwide during a one-year period. Since HUD began tracking this information in 2007, 104,000 fewer people experienced sheltered homelessness, a 6.5 percent decline. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, the number of people experiencing homelessness declined by 0.3 percent, with a greater decline – 2.9 percent – among people in families with children.
For the second year, the AHAR includes complementary data, like the American Housing Survey and the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) data, to paint a more complete picture of homelessness and housing instability for all populations, including children and families. These data play a critical role in helping the federal government, states, and local communities reach the goal of ending homelessness. Comprehensive data are critical to understanding the need in our communities and the resources necessary to serve any person who is experiencing homelessness or housing instability. HUD values and takes into account all of this data available to understand homelessness and encourages communities to do the same.
The 2015 report also includes more robust information on housing options for survivors of domestic violence. Nearly 12 percent of emergency shelter, transitional housing, and safe haven beds are dedicated to survivors of domestic violence – roughly 56,000 beds.
HUD continues to improve its data collection on homeless youth. In 2015, HUD expanded the age breakdown in every category to include data on youth ages 18 to 24. The report shows that 11 percent of people experiencing sheltered homelessness over the course of the reporting year were youth aged 18 to 24. Among people over age 18 in families with children experiencing sheltered homelessness over the year, 16 percent were age 18 to 24. HUD is committed to continuing to expand the data collected on youth experiencing homelessness in the AHAR. Part of this commitment is reflected in the announcement to establish 2017 as the baseline Point-in-Time (PIT) count year. As we have greater confidence in the data we collect on youth experiencing homelessness, we will better be able to understand and serve these youths.
In keeping with ongoing federal priorities, the 2015 report also shows a 6 percent increase in the number of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) beds since 2014 and an even larger increase in the number of people living in PSH. The nation continues to strive to end chronic homelessness and, in particular, homelessness among veterans. New data presented in this report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) HOMES system augment our understanding of the way in which PSH is serving veterans who have experienced homelessness, specifically providing information about veterans served through the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program.
While the 2015 AHAR Part 2 reports key findings of interest to national, state, and local stakeholders, it also demonstrates that we are improving our data collection, our understanding of what the data mean, and our willingness to make improvements along the way. These types of ongoing data improvements are important elements in the equation of ending homelessness in our country, once and for all.
To access the full report, HMIS public use data, and the methodology report, view the 2015 AHAR Part 2 resource page on the HUD Exchange.
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How we can help students succeed together

Born and raised in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, I grew up in a community with higher rates of poverty and lower graduation rates than most of the state. For me, having the support of my mom was critical, but the support of mentors like the people I met at the local Boys and Girls Club, or people at my community activity center, or my youth basketball coach also helped ensure that I was able to graduate from high school and pursue my dreams.
That's why I'm proud to be part of the My Brother's Keeper Success Mentors Initiative, which helps support kids in communities like the one I grew up in. Check out this video to learn more:
The MBK Success Mentor Initiative helps connect caring mentors with students in sixth and ninth grades in high-need school districts across their communities. Our goal is to provide mentors to more than 250,000 students over the next two years and ensure that they have they support need to stay in school and achieve their dreams.
Every kid deserves an opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately, every year, over 6 million children miss at least a month of school, putting them at significant risk of falling behind and not graduating from high school. And one in three kids grow up without a mentor. By supporting My Brother's Keeper and the Success Mentor Initiative, I'm proud to help change those statistics so that all kids have the support they need to make sure they are in school and can reach their potential.
Together, we can make the difference. Here's how you can join in: Head to and be your brother's and sister's keeper starting today.
Kevin Durant

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Conference Call With President Obama About ACA Enrollment


Join a Conference Call With President Obama About ACA Enrollment

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
You are invited to join a conference call with President Barack Obama and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell to discuss the upcoming open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The call will take place this Thursday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Please join 5–7 minutes early to avoid connection delays.
We encourage you to circulate this invitation to all of your members, volunteers, and partners who will engage in enrollment efforts during the open enrollment period, November 1–January 31.
RSVP To Receive the Dial-in Information
Once you RSVP, a dial-in number, participant code, and individual PIN will be provided via email.
This call is off the record and not for press purposes. We look forward to speaking with you on Thursday.

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Introducing a New HUD Exchange!

Introducing the New HUD Exchange!
Today, we are introducing a New HUD Exchange!

We gathered feedback from the people who use HUD Exchange and have made extensive improvements to the way the site is displayed and organized.
Highlights of the new site:
  • New navigation and ways to search
  • Easier, quicker access to information about HUD programs
  • Expanded ways to browse the library of resources
  • Quick links to all of the FAQ collections
  • Enhanced ways to find training opportunities
Some things haven't changed:
  • We are still at
  • All of the content is still here
  • Your bookmarks still work
  • Your HUD Exchange account remains the same

Do you have any feedback on the new HUD Exchange? Let us know what you think.
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An Urban Agenda for the First 100 Days

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Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

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Good luck, San Francisco. It may be too late for you because you've let it all go too far. You are a cautionary tale for . . . --AinBmore, more 

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