Sessions You Cannot Afford to Miss

An agenda packed with the sessions you need now more than ever!

Every session designed to help you navigate the changing currents & uncharted waters.

Be part of the most important gathering of thought leaders in supportive housing & housing policy.
Learn how to meet the challenges ahead & what to expect on the federal, state & local levels as key budget debates unfold. 
Receive up-to-date perspectives, predictions, trends & innovations focused on crucial & timely issues.

Join us in Denver May 24 - 26 for CSH Supportive Housing Summit 2017
Full Session Descriptions/Selections Available for These Tracks
  • Community Investment/Supportive Housing Development
  • Housing & Criminal Justice Reforms
  • Healthcare & Housing Integration & Partnerships
  • One Roof - Innovations in Housing Child Welfare Involved Families
  • Supportive Housing Onboarding Track/Introducing the Field to Best Practices
  • Maximizing Services
  • Supportive Housing Tools for Rural America
  • Pay for Success Financing, Contracts & Contacts
  • Systems Transformations for Populations
  • Effective Models for Youth

Last year's Summit attendance maxed out early so make your reservation today!
Early-bird registration ends soon & we cannot guarantee an extension beyond 2/15.

Register Today: 2017 Basically CDBG for Entitlement & State Grantees - Denver, CO and VTC Connection in Fort Worth, TX - March 27-30, 2017

This training provides answers to common Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) questions and highlights the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) interpretation of key policy issues.
Participants will learn:
  • CDBG National Objectives & Eligible Activities
  • Program Administration & Financial Management
  • Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Performance Measurement & Reporting/Recordkeeping
  • CDBG-Disaster Recovery (DR) eligible activities and requirements
  • State CDBG basic requirements - offered in Denver (with Video Teleconferencing (VTC) in Fort Worth) and Atlanta only
This is a 3-day training, with an additional half day covering State CDBG requirements in Denver (with VTC in Fort Worth, TX) and Atlanta. The training includes a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises.

Who Should Attend?

This training is intended for all State & Entitlement grantees. Please note that each grantee is limited initially to one (1) staff member.

Schedule of Training Deliveries

Location: Dates: Registration Link:
New Orleans, LA March 13-15, 2017 Registration Closed
*Denver, CO March 27-30, 2017 Register Now
VTC in Fort Worth, TX **March 27-30, 2017 Register Now
Atlanta, GA TBD Registration Not Open
*With VTC in Fort Worth, TX
**For those attending the training through VTC in Fort Worth, TX, please note the time zone difference (MST vs. CST)
State grantees are encouraged to attend the Denver and Atlanta trainings, which will include modules specifically for States.

Additional Information

Please note, your request to register for the class does not guarantee confirmation. You will receive a confirmation email entitled “Confirmation: Basically CDBG” once your enrollment has been approved. Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive an email confirmation notice. HUD cannot be responsible for penalties incurred due to cancelled arrangements.
After each grantee’s first registration request, additional CDBG staff will be waitlisted and will only be permitted to register if the training does not reach capacity. Due to the limited availability of training seats, for-profit corporations, consultants, and consulting firms are not permitted to register for Basically CDBG classes. CDBG grant administrators may be permitted to attend on a case by case basis.
The first round of registration for the Denver/Fort Worth training closes on February 14, 2017. HUD will review the registration request list at this time and send out the first round of confirmations. Registrations may be accepted after that date, but we cannot guarantee that there will still be available space.
Please stay tuned for a registration announcement for the subsequent training in Atlanta.

Training Point of Contact

Anne Jordan | 202-649-3917 |

Registering for 2017 Basically CDBG for Entitlement & State Grantees - Denver, CO and VTC Connection in Fort Worth, TX - March 27-30, 2017

Access the registration page using one of the links listed below and then select Register Now on the right side of the page.
If you have not yet registered for an HUD Exchange Learn account:
Create an Account on the HUD Exchange
  1. Go to the HUD Exchange (
  2. Click Log In (at the upper right).
  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.

Additional Instructions

To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Trainings.
Visit the HUD Exchange at

FY 2017 HOME and HTF Homeownership Value Limits Effective March 1, 2017

HUD has issued new HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Homeownership Value Limits ("95% limits") for 2017 that are effective March 1, 2017. In 24 CFR 92.254(a)(2)(iii) of the Final Rule published on July 24, 2013 and effective August 23, 2013, HUD established new homeownership value limits for HOME PJs. In addition, 24 CFR 93.305(a)(1) of the HTF Interim Rule states that HUD will provide limits for affordable newly constructed housing and existing housing based on 95 percent of the median purchase price for the area.
Visit the HUD Exchange at

SOARing Over Lunch Call

Join us for our February SOARing Over Lunch Call!
Join us for our February SOARing Over Lunch Call!
SOARing Over Lunch: Monthly Calls to Enhance Your SOAR Knowledge

SOARing Over Lunch Call
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
1:00 p.m. ET

Our next SOARing Over Lunch call is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Please join us for this informal call aimed at peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and facilitated open discussion.
Call-in/log-in information:
Conference Phone: 1-866-805-9853
Conference Code:  7712924792
Please note that all phone lines will be muted; attendees will hear the presenters speaking and can submit questions via Adobe Connect chat. If you are planning on calling into the conference by phone only, you can ask questions throughout the call by emailing Matt Canuteson at
While there is no agenda set in advance for these calls, we do want your ideas! Please click the button below to submit any questions and/or topics that you would like discussed on the January call.
Submit Your Ideas!

Americans Killed Annually by Terrorists

How many fatal terror attacks have refugees carried out in the US? None

You’re More Likely to Die Choking Than Be Killed by Foreign Terrorists, Data Shows

Odds of fatal terror attack in U.S. by a refugee? 1 in 3.6 billion

Facts still matter on US terror threat

  • Americans are almost seven times as likely to be killed by a white extremist than by an Islamic one, according to one study.
  • Citing a 2013 study, the New York Times notes: "Right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities."
  • According to the Anti-Defamation League, "domestic extremist killers" killed more people in 2015 than any other year since Oklahoma City in 1995 (In fact, here is a list of radical right wing terrorist plots, conspiracies and attacks since 1995).

Nonprofits--Yes You Can Advocate. And Now's the Time

Also: Affordable Housing and . . . a Museum? ● Fair Housing Is NOT War on the Suburbs ● Not Your Average Community Garden
Tuesday, February 7, 2017


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Affordable Housing and . . . a Museum?
Keli Tianga, Shelterforce
For over 30 years, Broadway Housing Communities has developed its own formula for meeting the housing needs of West Harlem's lowest-income residents. One of its unorthodox ingredients has been art galleries, and now . . .  More

Nonprofits--Yes You Can Advocate. And Now's The Time
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
We all know there are some political restrictions on 501(c)3s, but most of us don't know exactly what they are (hint: you can do a lot more than you think). When we as nonprofits speak up, it's often very carefully limited to our wheelhouse--advocating to keep the programs that fund us alive and funded, or for rule changes that let us do our jobs better. We can't afford to do that any longer.

Not Your Average Community Garden
Ashley Milton, Center for Sustainable Development
A good community garden is a space that nurtures hope, natural abundance, and growth, and eventually moves beyond food and into the realm of relationship-building that can help sustain healthy communities. Here is how, step by step, a group of partners convened the young residents of a transitional housing development to transform an empty yard into one piece of a growing urban food hub.

Fair Housing Is NOT War on the Suburbs
Jason Reece, Knowlton School of Architecture
The revised fair housing rule--which is under threat again from the new Trump administration--has undergone much debate here on Rooflines and elsewhere, but what is lost in this debate is that rule was successfully piloted before, and this experience is . . . More

You Said It!

Rich Cordray and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau team have done an incredible job of implementing fairness in banking processes/procedures, protecting the consumer, and educating consumers to know before they owe. If you wanted an example of a regulatory agency that was of the people, for the people, CFPB would be it. Don't let . . . --Lou Tisler, more

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