Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit Now Available

The Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit is designed to help communities more effectively address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations during a disaster. The toolkit is made up of three related guides that cover comprehensive disaster planning, response, and long-term recovery. The guides provide information and resources to assist emergency planners, community development professionals, homeless service providers, and others with planning and implementing a disaster response and recovery effort that serves all members of their community.
The Local Planning Guide walks through a community planning process that brings together organizations and individuals to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations in a disaster.
The Response Guide for Local Jurisdictions describes an inclusive disaster response that addresses the needs of the whole community, including the most vulnerable. It provides strategies for warnings and notifications, evacuation and transportation, shelter and services, and return to community.
Coming SoonThe Recovery Guide focuses on improving outcomes for people experiencing homelessness as part of long-term disaster recovery.
Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit
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HUD Releases Resources on Homeless Preferences for Multifamily Property Owners and Agents

HUD Multifamily Housing is a key mainstream resource that can help local communities address homelessness. HUD has issued guidance on adopting a homeless admissions preference in multifamily properties that receive HUD project-based subsidies. To encourage property owners to adopt the preference, new resources are now available online that explain the benefits of the homeless preference, and answer questions about the simple steps to adopt the preference.
The short video Multifamily Homeless Preference: Owners and Agents Share their Experience (run time 4:37) features owners and agents of HUD-assisted multifamily properties who have successfully adopted the homeless preference at their properties. They explain how productive relationships with service providers and HUD partners have facilitated their adoption of the homeless preference, and share the positive impact they have seen the preference have on families and communities.
The webinar Adopting a Multifamily Homeless Preference: An Overview for Property Owners and Agents (run time 5:30) describes the benefits of adopting the preference, walks through the simple steps for property owners to adopt the preference, and provides answers to common questions about property owner flexibility and the option for owners to partner with local service providers to support families and individuals transitioning from homelessness.
The webinar Implementing a Homeless Preference in Multifamily Housing: An Overview for Continuums of Care and Service Providers (run time 10:34) gives an overview of how the homeless preference works in privately owned, HUD-subsidized multifamily properties, and explains the key role of Continuums of Care and local service providers — both in recruiting property owners to adopt the preference, and sustaining the homeless preference once implemented. The webinar offers best practices for creating an effective referral and services package to pair with the preference once it has been adopted, and provides a planning roadmap for local communities wishing to promote the preference.
Learn more about new special and add-on management fees now available for HUD assisted properties implementing a homeless preference.
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Register Now: Opioid Overdose to Treatment Webinar - December 20, 2016 - 4:00 PM EST

Register Now
Addressing Opioid Overdose and Opioid Use Disorder in Hospitals
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
4:00-5:00 PM EST
The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Michael Botticelli will host a webinar highlighting ways hospitals are aiding individuals who have opioid use disorder and guide individuals who have suffered overdose to treatment.
Director Botticelli will outline the Administration's response to the opioid crisis and make a call to action. Expert panelists will provide an overview of comprehensive approaches. Models will include elements such as peer engagement and recovery coaching, in-hospital initiation of medication to treat opioid use disorder, counseling, and other psychosocial services.


  • Edward Bernstein, MD - Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Faster Paths to Treatment, Boston Medical Center; Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Diana Coffa, MD - Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine; Director, SFGH UCSF Family and Community Medicine Residency Program, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Sarah Wakeman, MD, FASAM - Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement;  Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Technical Support/Consultation

Information will be provided on how to request informal consultation regarding the implementation of these and other approaches to opioid overdose and opioid use disorder in hospital-based and affiliated settings.
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Current Availability of Section 108 Financing - CDBG Entitlement and State Grantees

The Section 108 program is pleased to announce the release of information on existing borrowing capacity for CDBG Entitlement Communities and States looking to pursue a Section 108 guaranteed loan. These borrowing capacity calculations are based on the FY 2016 CDBG grant awards as well as grantees’ outstanding Section 108 guaranteed loans and commitments.
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