Introducing Redesigned Grantee Pages

Back in October we introduced you to a New HUD Exchange. Today, we are introducing you to new and improved About Grantees pages on the HUD Exchange, where you can find information about HUD grantees all in one place! Easily access awards, contact information, reports, and more for organizations that receive funding from HUD.
Based on user feedback, we enhanced the About Grantees section of the HUD Exchange to help you find the information you need quickly and easily.
  • *New* landing page and menu so you can quickly see what information is available and easily navigate to the grantee information you need
  • Enhanced search capabilities for searching for grantee information such as awards and contacts
  • Redesigned grantee pages that give you a quick overview of a specific organization's contacts, awards, reports, and more all on one page, organized by program
  • *New* Reports & Plans page to easily access grantee reports and plans in one place
  • *New* Project Descriptions page to showcase the work of HUD grantees
Do you have any feedback on these pages? Let us know what you think.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Reminder: Best Practices for Action Plan Set-Up and Amendments in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar - May 2, 2017 - 1 PM EDT

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) is holding a Question and Answer (Q&A) Webinar for all State and Entitlement grantees on best practices to successfully set up your Action Plan in the eCon Planning Suite and will review the process, timing, and steps required to complete amendments.
The webinar will include demonstrations of amending the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan in the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and creating a new Action Plan by using the Copy function. Following the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions to HUD and technical assistance providers regarding the eCon Planning Suite and Consolidated Plan process.
Participants will learn:
  • Best practices for setting up the 2017 Annual Action Plan (AAP)
  • How to amend Consolidated Plans and Action Plans in the eCon Planning Suite

Webinar Dates

Date Time Registration Link
May 2, 2017 1:00-2:30 PM EDT Register Now
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is relevant for anyone who is or will be preparing an amendment to the Consolidated Plan/Action Plan or who has questions on how to set up the 2017 Action Plan. The Q&A will provide valuable opportunities to learn how to properly set up Consolidated Plans and Action Plans in the eCon Planning Suite and troubleshoot issues.

Training Point of Contact

Jake LaSala | 240-582-3624 | econplan.training@cloudburstgroup.com

Registering for the Best Practices for Action Plan Set-Up and Amendments in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar

Access the registration page 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 (www.hudexchange.info).
  2. Click Login (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 an 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 an 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 https://www.hudexchange.info

FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Registration Process: 4 Calendar Days Before the Deadline

The registration deadline is 8:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) Monday, May 1, 2017. Registration submission must be received in e-snaps on or before the registration deadline. Failure to submit a registration in e-snaps by the deadline will result in the Collaborative Applicant being unable to access the FY 2017 CoC Consolidated Application, which includes the project applications for reallocated projects, permanent housing bonus projects, renewal projects, CoC Planning projects, and Unified Funding Agency (UFA) costs. Consequently, the Collaborative Applicant will be unable to apply for funds. Therefore, it is imperative that all Collaborative Applicants meet this registration deadline.
As of 8:00 AM EDT today, April 28, 2017:
  • 78 CoCs have not completed the first step of registration, which is registering for the funding opportunity, that will allow the Collaborative Applicant to move to the second step of making the registration forms visible for data entry and completion.
     
  • 8 CoCs have registered for the funding opportunity, but have not opened the registration forms to begin review and update of the information that will allow you to submit by the deadline.
     
  • 34 CoCs have opened the registration forms but have not completed review and update of the information that will allow you to submit by the deadline.
     
  • 280 CoCs have completed the registration process and will have access to the CoC Consolidated Application when the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition opens later this year! Thank You!

Important Notes:

  • CoCs and their designated Collaborative Applicants are responsible for ensuring that registration is completed by the deadline. HUD does not intend to issue individual reminders.
     
  • Collaborative Applicants must complete the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration via e-snaps, a web-based portal accessible at www.hud.gov/esnaps.
     
  • Review Section III.C.6. of the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration Notice and the Detailed Instructions in Completing the CoC Program Registration Submission in e-snaps for more details about the registration process.
     
  • HUD strongly encourages Collaborative Applicants to use the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration Instructional Guide, located on the HUD Exchange, to ensure all steps are fully completed and the CoC is successfully registered.
     
  • This first phase of the registration process has three required steps in e-snaps that Collaborative Applicants must complete:
     
    • Step 1–Register for the Funding Opportunity–CoC Registration and Application 2017;
       
    • Step 2–Create the CoC Program Registration Project; and
       
    • Step 3–Complete and submit the CoC Program Registration forms.
       
  • HUD strongly encourages Collaborative Applicants to import the FY 2016 CoC Program Registration information in e-snaps, which is part of this first phase.
     
    • Importing the FY 2016 CoC Program Registration forms will prevent the need to manually enter information for the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration process and, later, the FY 2017 CoC Application forms where the questions between the two CoC Program Competitions processes did not change.
       
  • Any Collaborative Applicant that was granted UFA designation in the FY 2016 CoC Program Registration process must re-apply for UFA designation in the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration process.
     
  • CoCs, through their Collaborative Applicants, can also apply for High Performing Community (HPC) designation.

Questions

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues or the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration process, submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select "e-snaps" from the "My question is related to" dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC AAQ portal, select "CoC Program" from the "My question is related to" dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

HUD CoC Coordinated Entry Tools

Here are some resources I'm sharing with everyone.  I'll try my best to keep everything updated.


Coordinated Entry Docs + Regs Folder (online shared folder with docs, regs, checklist, etc.)

HUD Coordinated Entry webinar video from 3/20/17 (note that this takes you to the registration page where you enter your info, and then it starts to play the video).  HUD TA informed us they will have the slides released shortly as of 4/28.

HUD AAQ #95763: Homeless Prevention Requirement for Coordinated Entry 

RE: MARHMIS question - survivors of DV and Coord Assessment



SSVF Program Update Friday April 28, 2017


Topics:

1.      Reminder: Community Planning Survey due Wednesday May 3rd
2.      Register for the SSVF Educational Series: Landlord Partnerships and Creative Housing Coordination on May 3, 2017 at 2:30PM EDT
3.      Register for the SSVF National Webinar May 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT
4.      Additional Guidance on SSVF Eligibility of Homeless Persons that Received a Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD)
5.      Integrating Employment Opportunities with Rapid Re-housing Interventions


Reminder: Community Planning Survey due Wednesday, May 3rd

This is a reminder that the Community Planning Survey is due next week on May 3rd. The SSVF Program Office is appreciative of all of the work that CoCs, VAMC Homeless Leadership, Vet Work Groups, SSVF, and community partners are doing to obtain a collective response to the survey; one survey should be submitted per CoC. Please refer to the SSVF Special Edition Program Update on April 3rd for additional details. If you have questions, please reach out to Adrienne at adrienne.nashmelendez@va.gov and cc your Regional Coordinator.


Register for the SSVF Educational Series: Landlord Partnerships and Creative Housing Coordination on May 3, 2017 at 2:30 PM EDT

The next SSVF Educational Series will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at 2:30PM EDT. Stable housing is a critical component to ending Veteran homelessness.  This webinar will provide SSVF grantees and community partners with information on landlord partnerships and housing coordination strategies to support their community planning efforts. Presenters will discuss national efforts, system-wide housing coordination, information on leveraging affordable housing resources, and landlord perspectives.

Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1549427769615795201


Register for the SSVF National Webinar May 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

Topic 1: Overview of the SSVF System Assessment & Improvement Toolkit Topic 2: VHA Services offered to Women Veterans

This webinar will provide an overview of the recently released SSVF System Assessment & Improvement Toolkit. SSVF is one of the primary drivers of local progress toward achieving an end to Veteran homelessness, and SSVF programs are expected to be fully integrated into local community planning efforts. SSVF's unique flexibility and capacity to contribute and lead community planning activities at the local level has created an opportunity for success in every region of the country.  The System Assessment & Improvement Toolkit is designed to help providers assess and improve homeless response systems and contains tools and templates to put findings into action.
The second topic will provide an overview of VHA benefits available to Women Veterans and the cultural shift VA has made to improve services and increase access to these resources.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8126542500184373761

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar


Additional Guidance on SSVF Eligibility of Homeless Persons that Received a Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD)

On March 15, 2017, a memo from the Deputy under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management was dispatched clarifying Veteran eligibility for the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) and the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs.  The memo described the expanded group of Veterans that could be served as a result of Public Law 114-315 and provided a summary of eligibility for these programs based upon discharge type.

As noted in the memo, a homeless person who received a BCD as a result of a special court-martial is eligible for the SSVF and/or GPD programs, and a homeless person who received a BCD as a result of a general court-martial is not eligible for these programs.

We recognize there may be some challenges distinguishing between the two possible sources of a BCD, and are considering ways to facilitate efficient and accurate determinations in this regard.  Until then, our guidance is that if the homeless person has documentation showing that their BCD was from a special court martial, then the person would be considered a Veteran for the purposes of the SSVF and/or GPD programs.  Otherwise, the person should be referred to local community services until the source of the discharge and thus eligibility can been established.


Integrating Employment Opportunities with Rapid Re-housing Interventions

A new paper from Heartland Alliance's National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity makes recommendations for integrating employment opportunities with rapid re-housing interventions. The article has been posted to the SSVF website and can be found at the link below.

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/HeartlandAlliance_RRH_and_Employment_2017.pdf


Thank you,

SSVF Program Office

NOTE:  If you are receiving this email in error, please disregard.  We request your patience as the SSVF Program Office continues to address system issues with the grants management database.