HUD CoC APR Updates and Sage

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HUD: CoC APR Updates and Sage
HUD has recently sent out an announcement including information about the new CoC APR report submission platform Sage along with additional information (This announcement is linked at the bottom of this article).

Here are some important highlights:

  • Beginning on April 1, 2017 grantees will no longer submit APRs in e-snaps and will begin using a new system called Sage. This applies to all CoC homeless assistance grants (except for HMIS Dedicated grant recipients who will also have a new APR that does not require a data upload or a report generated from the HMIS).
  • Recipients will be required to upload CSV data from their HMIS to fulfill the APR reporting requirement in Sage. Recipients will not be able to manually enter data about clients served. ServicePoint will support the CSV requirement for the APR report. This will be a “download" option after you've run the new Provider (canned) CoC APR report in ServicePoint.
  • HUD will not update anything in e-snaps to support APRs for grants funded in FY2015 and later CoC Program Competitions. APRs in process in e-snaps should make every attempt to be completed by March 30, 2017. Any APR submission that is started in e-snaps prior to April 1, 2017 will be completed in e-snaps.
  • Per HUD request, the 0625 APR report will remain in the ART Gallery until 7/1/2017. If a grantee is working on an APR in e-snaps that was started prior to April 1, 2017 they will need to be complete it prior to removal of the “old” APR on 7/1/2017. To accommodate customer requests, the 0631 APR Detail will remain in the ART Gallery until 10/1/2017. Please remember the logic between the “old” and “new” APR reports varies greatly and while both reports will exist simultaneously, they are not meant to be compared as numbers will vary and this is to be expected.
  • HUD is responsible for the maintenance of the new Sage portal. All questions about Sage need to be directed to HUD through their Help Desk website.
  • Per HUD, HMIS vendors have until April 3, 2017 to release the revised APR. This will be a "canned" report in ServicePoint and we will send out an announcement when we are ready for customers to upgrade to the version that contains this report.
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Hill Watch: Trump Administration Releases “Skinny Budget” for 2018

Hill Watch: Trump Administration Releases "Skinny Budget" for 2018
Administration's first budget released, goes to Congress for Action
This week, the Trump Administration released the first federal budget request of his presidency. For any administration a president’s budget proposal is a document that lays out that administration’s priorities for federal spending. This proposed budget is released every fiscal year by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and covers all federal programs, including those which we consider to be the mainstays of our work to end veteran homelessness. This proposal, however, is not an act of law; it is merely a proposal. Congress is the final arbiter of which program receives funding, and how much.
The budget proposal published this week is known as a “skinny budget,” as it is much briefer than a budget justification released in a non-inaugural year. Because of the amount of work that a complete federal budget entails, and the short time afforded to a new administration to complete one, the publication of such skinny budgets is a standard practice among new presidents. A skinny budget, this one included, is usually light on detailed information about specific programs.
Despite that, there are a few takeaways that NCHV is able to share with you about the President’s priorities, while still bearing in mind that Congress will change many things before funding legislation is signed into law several months from now.
First, is a line in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget chapter, which states in full that the request “Supports VA programs that provide services to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families to help keep them safe and sheltered.” This sentence in the budget proposal, combined with the prioritization of veteran homelessness by the new VA Secretary Shulkin, seem to indicate that the VA’s investments in community providers working to end homelessness will largely continue. In fact, the VA at large is slated in the proposal to receive an increase in discretionary funding of more than $4 billion.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, however, would have its funding decreased by 13.2 percent, or $6.2 billion. This decrease would come from a variety of programs and offices within HUD, including the complete elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, and Choice Neighborhoods programs. Rental assistance programs would also see a decrease in funding, although the budget says that these savings would be found through “reforms that reduce costs while continuing to assist 4.5 million low-income households.” It is not clear at this time whether the HUD-VASH program is included in any of these proposed cuts, or what reforms are under consideration.
Similarly, the President’s budget proposes to decrease the Department of Labor’s budget by 21 percent, or $2.5 billion. Part of this cut would include the elimination of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), and a decrease in funding for job training and employment service formula grants, which may include the Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) to provide employment assistance to veterans at American Job Centers. The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) is not mentioned in the skinny budget by name.
Separate from the Departmental sections, the President’s budget includes a list of several independent agencies that the Administration would like to defund. Among these is the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) which has played a critical role in the progress and successes that we have seen in our work to end veteran homelessness over the past several years. NCHV urges the President to reconsider his position on USICH, and we also urge Congress to continue funding this necessary and impactful agency. To read more about NCHV’s support of USICH click here.
NCHV commits to sharing additional information with all of you on the budget and appropriations process as it comes available. To read the Administration’s Budget Blueprint, click here

Budget blueprint: What it means for homelessness


President Trump released his "skinny budget," today. The proposed cuts to programs that help poor and low-income people are enormous, and the increases small. This budget proposal starts off the Fiscal Year 2018 budget season, and there will be lots of back and forth with Congress and opportunities for you to weigh in.

The proposal was not very detailed, and there is still a lot that we don't know. But here's an overview of its impact on homelessness.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The proposal calls for a 13.2 percent$6.2 billiondecrease below the HUD's FY 2016 budget. NOTE: It could be even deeper if the FY 2017 budget ends up being higher than the 2016 budget was.

Here's what we know.
The budget proposes to eliminate programs that help support local efforts to end homelessness.
  • The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal programs that end homelessness and helps communities access them. 
  • The Community Development Block Grant that funds housing, services, administrative staff and more.
  • The HOME Investment Partnerships Program that helps fund affordable and supportive housing.
Here's what we don't know.
  • How much funding is proposed for the Homeless Assistance Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant Programs, although there is some indication that it is at least as much as in FY 2016.
  • Whether there will be cuts or changes to the Housing Choice Voucher Program. No cuts are specified but reforms and efficiencies are, and there is a big ($3.4 billion) cut in the agency budget that is not explained.  Many feel it could only come from the voucher program.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Administration is proposing a $15.1 billion or 17.9 percent decrease to the 2018 HHS budget. Again, the proposed changes that affect homeless people are these.
  • $500 million to expand opioid misuse prevention and increase access to treatment and recovery services at SAMHSA. 
  • Elimination of the Community Services Block Grant Program, which delivers services to low-income people.
  • Elimination of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which by paying utility bills prevents evictions and homelessness. 
  • Continuing support for community health centers and Ryan White HIV/AIDS providers.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The proposed budget seeks a $4.6 billion increase in discretionary funding to the VA budget. Details are not provided, but preventing homelessness is mentioned.


Monday, March 20 at 4 p.m.

An overview of early drafts of President Donald Trump's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 shows that the administration is considering major cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) already tight budget. Register for the National Low Income Housing Coalition's webinar on how advocates can make a difference.
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