Dr. Ben Carson Sworn In As HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON – Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr. was sworn in today as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office with Secretary Carson's wife Candy and granddaughter Tesora holding the bible. Secretary Carson will now lead a cabinet agency with approximately 8,000 employees and an annual budget totaling more than $40 billion.
Dr. Ben Carson Swearing-In CeremonyAmong his first actions in his new role, Secretary Carson plans an ambitious listening tour of select communities and HUD field offices around the country, beginning in his native Detroit.
"I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people," said Secretary Carson. "Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing. I learned that it's difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn't have a proper place to live, and I've seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and to get to work."
For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Dr. Carson has written nine books, four of which were co-authored with Candy Carson, his wife of 41 years. Together, they co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which celebrates young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund has recognized more than 7,300 scholars, awarded more than seven million dollars in scholarships, and installed more than 150 Ben Carson Reading Rooms throughout the United States.
Born to a single mother with a 3rd grade education who worked multiple jobs to support their family, Secretary Carson was raised to love reading and education. He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult sons and three grandchildren. Read Secretary Carson's full biography
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Webinar - Overview of the PY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP

Webinar - Overview of the PY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET
The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is hosting the webinar “Overview of the PY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP” on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
On February 28, 2017, the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP), the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP), and the Homeless Female Veterans' and Homeless Veterans' with Families Program (HFVVWF). This FOA announces the availability of approximately $12 million in grant funds, with a maximum award limit for an individual award set at $500,000. The purpose of these funds is to conduct programs to provide job training, counseling, placement, and related services to expedite the reintegration of homeless and incarcerated veterans into the labor force. Applications are due March 31, 2017, by 4:00:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will walk potential applicants through the FOA.
TO REGISTER FOR “Overview of the PY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity For HVRP, HFVVWF, and IVTP” go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7405480574490756353 and complete the registration form.
You will receive instructions for joining the training when you register. For additional questions, please contact Maddie Goldstein at mgoldstein@nchv.org.

HUD’s HDX Now Open for CoCs to Submit Their 2017 HIC and PIT Count Data

The 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count appears to be a great success. We have heard many reports of improved efforts to get more accurate counts and to be more inclusive of critical partners in the community. We look forward to discovering more about our youth experiencing homelessness and pairing that data from lessons learned through other youth efforts to continue to end homelessness among young people.
HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) web portal is now open for Continuums of Care (CoCs) to submit their 2017 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count data. HUD is opening the HDX earlier this year in response to many CoCs that requested the ability to begin entering their data into HDX earlier than in the past. CoCs should review the 2017 Housing Inventory Count and Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons: Data Submission Guidance for information on how to submit their 2017 HIC and PIT count data in HDX. CoCs must submit their 2017 HIC and PIT count data by Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.
Submitting the HIC and the PIT count data in HDX is a two-step process, and both steps must be completed by the submission deadline.
  1. HIC data must be submitted via the HIC Reporting Status page.
  2. PIT count data must be submitted via the PIT Reporting Status page.
For more information about the HIC and PIT Count, visit the PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page. If you have questions regarding this listserv, please submit your questions to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
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