Congress Reaches Deal to Fund Government - NCHV Hill Watch Update

Hill Watch: Congressional Leadership Reaches Deal for FY 2017 Spending 
House and Senate set to vote on measure this week
Sunday night, the leadership of the House and Senate announced an agreement on the particulars of a bill that would provide funding for the remaining portion of FY 2017 for the entirety of the federal government. This came after another in a long line of extensions was passed last week to give Congress more time to reach this deal. The House and Senate are both expected to consider the measure (H.R. 244) this week, and are expected to pass it. 
This proposed bill covers most of the federal government’s funding obligations, but not all. As we have discussed in Hill Watch before, Congress has already agreed on the funding levels for the operations of VA in FY 2017. This agreement covered many of the programs that we consider to be the pillar programs of the federal response to veteran homelessness.
This new funding agreement, H.R. 244, does provide some funding for our efforts to end veteran homelessness. Particularly, it governs the funding levels of the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the HUD-funded vouchers of the HUD-VASH program.
The bill calls for an increased investment in the HVRP program of $6.891 million over last fiscal year, for a total investment in FY 2017 of $45,000,000. This was the halfway point between the negotiating positions taken by the House ($50 million) and the Senate ($40 million), both of which would have been increases over last year’s $38.109 million.
The bill also calls for an additional investment of roughly 5,000 vouchers into the HUD-VASH program, for a total of $40 million in FY 2017. The new $40 million investment adds to the stock of pre-existing HUD-VASH vouchers, and NCHV is pleased to see that Congress agrees continued investment in this critical program is necessary to end veteran homelessness.
Also of note is a one year extension of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), which comes with a small budget increase. NCHV fully supports the permanent authorization of the USICH. To read more about this important organization, click here
NCHV will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this bill as it moves towards the signature of the President.

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FY 2017 CoC Program Registration Process: Deadline Today – Submission Status as of 12:00 PM EDT

Good Afternoon! It is Monday, May 1, 2017 with 6 ½ hours left for the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration deadline. Still need something to check off on your “To Do List” and your CoC’s registration has not been submitted yet? If the answer is yes, be sure to submit your FY 2017 CoC Program Registration and then have a relaxing lunch knowing you have taken care of this very important task for your CoC. If you are experiencing difficulties with submission, please reach out and submit an AAQ (details located at the bottom of this email). We look forward to seeing your CoC’s FY 2017 registration soon!
The registration deadline is TODAY at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) 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.
View the list of registration submission status for all CoCs as of 8:00 AM EDT this morning in the Submission Status document.
As of 12:00 PM EDT today:
  • 33 – not started, meaning the Collaborative Applicant has not registered for the funding opportunity and does not have access to the CoC Program Registration forms – highlighted in orange in the submission status document.
     
  • 2 – in ready status, meaning the Collaborative Applicant has completed the funding opportunity step, but has not started the e-snaps CoC Program Registration process – highlighted in red in the submission status document.
     
  • 11 – in progress, meaning the Collaborative Applicant has opened the CoC Program Registration forms – highlighted in yellow in the submission status document.
     
  • 367 – completed and submitted CoC Program Registrations in e-snaps – highlighted in green in the submission status document. No action needed by the Collaborative Applicant – Congratulations on submitting your FY 2017 CoC Program Registration forms!
Collaborative Applicants must closely pay attention to the Submission Status document that has been color-coded. If your CoC is not highlighted in green, then your CoC’s FY 2017 CoC Program Registration has not been submitted as of 8:00 AM EDT today, May 1, 2017.
The Collaborative Applicant may confirm that the CoC Registration was successfully submitted in one of the following two ways:
  1. on the Submissions screen in e-snaps, the CoC Program Registration will have a date under the “Date Submitted” column; or
     
  2. in the CoC Program Registration project, on the “Submission Summary” screen, the “Submit” button will be greyed out and a note will appear stating, “This e.form has been submitted.”
After reviewing this information, the Collaborative Applicant may capture a screenshot or export the file to PDF for your records.

Important Notes:

  • It is the responsibility of CoCs and their designated Collaborative Applicants to ensure that registration is completed. 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.
     
  • This first phase of the registration process has three required steps in e-snaps that must be completed:
    • 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.
       
  • 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.
     
  • If the Collaborative Applicant has technical issue, e.g., forgot username or password, cannot submit, you should immediately submit an AAQ.

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

Community Assistance Network (Baltimore County, MD) - April 2017 Highlights + Upcoming Events


Dear Community Member & Supporter,
  
April Showers do bring in those May flowers!  Thank you for making Community Assistance Network (CAN) a success and for being a part of Helping People, Changing Lives.  We want to share with you some of April's successful collaborative efforts and what will be coming up next with CAN Outreach Services.

Click on the image below for last month's highlights and upcoming events!





We look forward to connecting with you soon again.


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2017 HIC and PIT Count Data Submission: Deadline Extension

The deadline for submitting 2017 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and Point-in-Time (PIT) count data has been extended to Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:59:59 PM EDT, due to some technical issues with HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) web portal that have now been resolved. All HIC and PIT Count data must be submitted via HUD’s HDX web portal. Continuums of Care (CoCs) should consider the following issues as they prepare to submit their data.
  1. HIC & PIT Count Data in the 2017 CoC Program Competition

    Meeting the HIC and PIT count data submission deadline is a factor considered by HUD in the annual CoC Program Competition. Please remember that submitting the HIC and PIT count data in HDX is a two-step process, and both steps must be submitted on time for your submission to be considered complete:
     
    • HIC data must be submitted via the HIC Reporting Status page
       
    • PIT count data must be submitted via the PIT Reporting Status page
       
  2. 2017 HIC and PIT Count Data Collection and Submission Guidance

    Guidance on collecting and entering HIC and PIT count data via the HDX is available for download from the PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page at the HUD Exchange website.
     
  3. Questions

    If you have any questions about the HIC, PIT or System Performance Measures data submissions process, please visit the Ask a Question page on the HUD Exchange. Under “My question is related to”: select “HDX Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC, AHAR, Sys PM, and PDX).
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

FY 2017 CoC Program Registration Process: Deadline Today – Submission Status as of 8:00 AM EDT

Good Morning, it is Monday, May 1, 2017 and we are hours away from the FY 2017 CoC Program Registration deadline. Want to ensure you have a great day and fantastic week? All you need to do – as soon as you finish that first cup of coffee or other preferred morning beverage – is complete and submit your FY 2017 CoC Program Registration in e-snaps! As an added bonus, you also get to check something off your “To Do List” for the day.
The registration deadline is TODAY at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) 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.
View the list of registration submission status for all CoCs as of 8:00 AM EDT this morning in the Submission Status document.
As of 8:00 AM EDT today:
  • 43 – not started, meaning the Collaborative Applicant has not registered for the funding opportunity and does not have access to the CoC Program Registration forms – highlighted in orange in the submission status document.
     
  • 8 – in ready status, meaning the Collaborative Applicant has completed the funding opportunity step, but has not started the e-snaps CoC Program Registration process – highlighted in red in the submission status document.
     
  • 20 – in progress, meaning the Collaborative Applicant has opened the CoC Program Registration forms – highlighted in yellow in the submission status document.
     
  • 329 – completed and submitted CoC Program Registrations in e-snaps – highlighted in green in the submission status document. No action needed by the Collaborative Applicant – Congratulations on submitting your FY 2017 CoC Program Registration forms!
Collaborative Applicants must closely pay attention to the Submission Status document that has been color-coded. If your CoC is not highlighted in green, then your CoC’s FY 2017 CoC Program Registration has not been submitted as of 8:00 AM EDT today, May 1, 2017.
The Collaborative Applicant may confirm that the CoC Registration was successfully submitted in one of the following two ways:
  1. on the Submissions screen in e-snaps, the CoC Program Registration will have a date under the “Date Submitted” column; or
     
  2. in the CoC Program Registration project, on the “Submission Summary” screen, the “Submit” button will be greyed out and a note will appear stating, “This e.form has been submitted.”
After reviewing this information, the Collaborative Applicant may capture a screenshot or export the file to PDF for your records.

Important Notes:

  • It is the responsibility of CoCs and their designated Collaborative Applicants to ensure that registration is completed. 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.
     
  • This first phase of the registration process has three required steps in e-snaps that must be completed:
    • 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.
       
  • 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.
     
  • If the Collaborative Applicant has technical issue, e.g., forgot username or password, cannot submit, you should immediately submit an AAQ.

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

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Webinar | Connecting Communities | Preserving Affordable Rural Rental Housing: New Tools and Promising Practices | May 4, 3 p.m. EDT

This webinar, sponsored by the Federal Reserve System, will explore strategies that are being implemented to preserve the thousands of affordable rental properties in rural communities in danger of being lost in the next decade.

Resources

Medicaid Fills Coverage Gaps in Rural Areas

A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the role of Medicaid in rural America, where residents are more likely than in urban areas to be low income, have a disability, be unemployed or lack private health insurance.

SAHF: The Path to Partnership

In this new report, the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future present lessons learned from their joint initiatives between affordable housing providers and Medicaid managed-care programs.

On Unequal Footing: Racial Divides in the Housing Market

This brief report by Zillow shows how people of color are harmed by decreases in housing affordability.

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Chad Bolt and David Newville, CFED
This Wednesday, President Trump released a one-page outline of a tax plan that he says provides tax relief for the middle class, but don't be fooled: like the American Health Care Act, which actually was a massive tax cut for the wealthy disguised as health care reform, this plan is also a massive tax cut for people who need one the least. This time, it is merely disguised as "tax relief" and "simplification." For starters . . . More

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