Register Today: Best Practices for Project Set-Up in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar - May 23, 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 Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Projects in the Annual Action Plan (AAP) section of the eCon Planning Suite.
This webinar will provide an overview of how to properly set-up projects in the AAP, and effectively and efficiently align IDIS Activity accomplishment data with the goals in the Strategic and AAP. The webinar will also help participants avoid time consuming mistakes. 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:
  • Creating new projects in the AAP
  • Adding existing projects previously created in IDIS
  • Removing prior-year projects copied over from previous Action Plans
  • Setting-up projects and associating IDIS activities to ensure a more accurate Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
  • Project set-up for State grantees

Webinar Schedule

Webinar Title Date and Time Registration Link
Best Practices for Project Set-Up in the eCon Planning Suite Tuesday, May 23, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT
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Please note: Registration is required.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is relevant for anyone who prepares the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Amendments, or the CAPER in the eCon Planning Suite. The Q&A will provide a valuable opportunity to learn how to properly set up Projects in the eCon Planning Suite and troubleshoot issues.

Training Point of Contact

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

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System Performance Measures (SPM) Date Prompts

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System Performance Measures (SPM) Date Prompts
The HUD System Performance Measure reports are complex reports and we’ve received a few questions about how to use the date prompts in the reports for both the current reporting period and previous reporting since HUD is allowing you to re-submit last years data.


Here are the recommend date prompt values for the current FY 2016 reporting period for the 0700 series System Performance Measures:

0700 - Length of Time Persons Homeless-Metric 1 - v4
Enter Start Date: 10/1/2015
Enter End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2016
Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Effective Date: 10/1/2016
0700.1b - Length of Time Persons Homeless-Metric 1 - vBETA Enter Start Date: 10/1/2015
Enter End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2016
Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Effective Date: 10/1/2016
0701 - Exits to Permanent Housing with Return to Homelessness, Metric 2 - v3
Enter Two Year Prior Start Date (Red): 10/1/2013
Enter One Year Prior Start Date (White): 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day (Blue): 10/1/2016
0702 - Number of Homeless Persons-Metric 3.2 - v2
Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2015
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2016
0703 - Employment and Income Growth for CoC Funded Projects Metric 4 - v3 Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2015
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2016
Enter Effective Date: 10/1/2016
0704 - Number of Persons First Time Homeless, Metric 5 - v3 Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2015
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2016
Enter Transaction Cutoff Date: 10/1/2012
0706 - Permanent Housing Placement-Retention Metric 7 - v3 Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2015
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2016


Here are the recommend date prompt values for the previous FY 2015 reporting period for the 0700 series System Performance Measures:

0700 - Length of Time Persons Homeless-Metric 1 - v4 Enter Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2015
Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2013
Enter Effective Date: 10/1/2015
0700.1b - Length of Time Persons Homeless-Metric 1 - vBETA
Not required for FY 2015
0701 - Exits to Permanent Housing with Return to Homelessness, Metric 2 - v3
Enter Two Year Prior Start Date (Red): 10/1/2012
Enter One Year Prior Start Date (White): 10/1/2013
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day (Blue): 10/1/2015
0702 - Number of Homeless Persons-Metric 3.2 - v2 Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2013
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2015
0703 - Employment and Income Growth for CoC Funded Projects Metric 4 - v3 Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2013
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2015
Enter Effective Date: 10/1/2015
0704 - Number of Persons First Time Homeless, Metric 5 - v3 Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2013
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2015
Enter Transaction Cutoff Date: 10/1/2012
0706 - Permanent Housing Placement-Retention Metric 7 - v3 Enter Prior Year Start Date: 10/1/2013
Enter Current Year Start Date: 10/1/2014
Enter Current Year End Date PLUS 1 Day: 10/1/2015



Please contact your CCA if you have further questions.
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This year's lineup of sessions...
Registration is open! We are still finalizing the agenda but wanted to share our lineup of sessions, focused on our enhanced products (Qlik Sense and ServicePoint 6), plus a handful of customer-led presentations  -- just like in year's past. While we are joining other divisions for the Mediware Customer Conference, we'll still offer Bowman specific tracks. Here are some of the session topics: 
  • HUD/Federal Partners and 2017 Dictionary Updates
  • Qlik Training
  • ServicePoint 6 Administrator Training
  • Coordinated Assessment
  • Provider Admin
  • Spero Software 
  • Happy Case Managers, Happy HMIS Staff!
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Don't forget are still accepting abstracts for the Mediware Customer Conference through May 15. If accepted to present, you will receive 1 free conference registration to our event. We'd love to hear about the unique and innovative ways you are utilizing out products, and know that your peers would benefit from your experiences, too! If you'd like to present during an hour-long session, please fill out the abstract form and submit by May 15 to be considered. You'll be notified soon after. 

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Amazon to build homeless shelter in new Seattle HQ


 On Wednesday, the tech giant said it would donate more than 47,000 square feet of space within its newest Seattle headquarters building as a permanent location to house homeless people.

Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) is partnering with local nonprofit Mary's Place to create 65 rooms, which will house more than 200 homeless people every night.

Related: CNNMoney readers save man from homelessness. And he now has a job

"Mary's Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "We are lucky to count them as neighbors and thrilled to offer them a permanent home within our downtown Seattle headquarters."


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Workers continue construction on an Amazon Biosphere in Seattle.
The new Mary's Place shelter will open in early 2020. It will also have a resource center like those the nonprofit offers in North Seattle and White Center, where 40-plus local nonprofits and volunteers work with staff to help families obtain employment and permanent housing.

Related: Lyft says round up your fare and donate to charity

This isn't the first time Amazon has worked with Mary's Place.

Last year, the tech giant partnered with the nonprofit to temporarily house 200 homeless people in one of its empty buildings on its Seattle campus. (Amazon said Wednesday it will work with Mary's Place to move those families to a former hotel across the street, as the company is converting that space to offices.)

And since March 2016, Amazon customers have been able to order items from the Mary's Place's wishlist on the site, such as diapers and socks. "Your help filling our shelves will make a huge difference in the lives of moms, dads, and kids who are experiencing homelessness," Amazon said at the time of the program's launch.

In 2015, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency on homelessness.

School lunch shaming: Inside America's hidden debt crisis

School lunch: Is $1.50 a child enough?
He's learned two key truths: Just about every kid loves pizza, and an alarming number of American youngsters still can't afford a $2.35 lunch, despite the dramatic expansion of free and reduced lunch programs.

When a student doesn't have enough money for lunch, cafeteria staff in many districts, including Antignolo's, take away the child's tray of hot food and hand the student a brown paper bag containing a cold cheese sandwich and a small milk. Some schools take away their lunch entirely.

"It's the worst part of the job. Nobody likes it," says Antignolo, who's now director of food services at the Lamar Consolidated District outside Houston.

All the other kids in the lunch line know what's going on. Getting that brown bag is the lunch line equivalent of being branded with a Scarlet Letter. It's been dubbed "school lunch shaming."

It happens across the country: 76% of America's school districts have kids with school lunch debt, according to the School Nutrition Association. The horror stories keep coming. In 2015, a Colorado cafeteria worker was fired for personally paying for a first grader's meal. Last year, a Pennsylvania lunch lady quit in protest after being forced to take food away from a student who was $25 in debt.

Policies vary, but many schools serve an "alternate meal," like a cheese sandwich, once a student's debt hits $15.

Related: Almost 20 million kids are getting free lunch


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Last month, New Mexico banned any form of lunch shaming. The dramatic move highlighted this hidden crisis in schools and ignited a national conversation about what to do when students can't pay. The federal Department of Agriculture, which oversees school meals, is requiring that districts at least have a written policy in place by July 1.
 
"It's very obvious who the poor kids are in the school," says New Mexico state senator Michael Padilla, who drafted the bill to stop lunch shaming. He told NPR that he mopped the cafeteria floors in order to afford lunch as a kid.

The USDA is urging districts to stop "embarrassing" and "singling out" students who don't have enough money for lunch.

Teacher says, 'I felt I had to do something'


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Chris Robinson hopes Texas passes a similar bill to New Mexico's. Growing up in a mostly black school, Robinson was ridiculed for not having lunch money. There was a separate line for pizza at his school. He could never afford to stand in it.
 
Now 33, Robinson is a special education teacher in Houston. In his first year teaching a few years back, he watched a young boy go around the cafeteria collecting food scraps before the lunch period ended. He said it took all his inner strength not to cry.

Currently, 20 million young people -- about 40% of all US students -- receive free lunches, up significantly from 13 million in 2000. Robinson can see first-hand that kids are still unable to pay for food.

"I just felt I had to do something. I can't save everyone, but if I could do something about these cheese sandwiches, it would be worth it," says Robinson. He posted a video on GoFundMe, a fundraising website, asking for donations to pay off student lunch debt. He and his wife also pitched in.

Related: Trump's tall task: Finding jobs for America's 'forgotten people'

The campaign raised about $700. He took it to the Fort Bend District in Sugar Land, Texas. A few days later, he received a letter in the mail from an elementary school student. It was elaborately decorated with crayon drawings of butterflies and flowers.

The note read: "Thank you for giving money to go and clear my account. My mom really appreciated [it]. My mom is really thankful. She couldn't believe it."


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There are 30 GoFundMe campaigns to raise money specifically to pay off school lunch debts so students can get hot meals. One is from Amina Ishaq, the PTO president of an elementary school in Antignolo's district. She's raised about $2,100 so far.


Like Robinson and Padilla, Ishaq grew up in a low-income household. Her parents divorced, and the family often lived paycheck to paycheck. She was one of those kids who was "right above that cutoff line" for free lunch.

Related: 7 ways to pay for college without a scholarship

The kids have become pawns
Schools resort to cheese-sandwich shaming to get lunch debts paid off because they have to fork over the money at the end of the year to cover whatever debt parents don't pay.

The amounts add up quickly. When Antignolo arrived at the Lamar district in 2013, there was over $180,000 in unpaid school lunch debt that year. It could have funded two or three teachers. The School Nutrition Association reports some districts have debts as high as $4.7 million a year.
"Some families have the money and just don't pay," Antignolo laments. But he knows others are legitimately struggling because the school often gets a large influx of payments every other Friday -- a common payday.

Antignolo helped institute a program to aggressively call and send letters home encouraging parents to apply for free and reduced lunches. He realized many families likely qualified but didn't know it. His efforts appear to be working: School lunch debt has fallen to about $61,000 this year. But there are still over 4,000 students carrying debt.

"The kids we're most concerned about are kids on reduced-price school meals who are struggling to come up with the co-pay of 40 cents at lunch," says Crystal FitzSimons, a director at the Food Research and Action Center.

A family of four earning under $31,400 can get free lunch for the kids. The reduced lunch cutoff is about $45,000 for a family of four.

Families have to reapply every year for the aid. That's where a lot of the issues come in, say experts. Antignolo sees a bunch of debt pile up in early October, the expiration for the grace period to enroll again.

It's slowly getting better, as districts use technology to aggressively call, text and email parents when their kids' accounts get low, let alone overdrawn. Families also qualify automatically for free lunches if they are on food stamps or a child is in foster care. But the fact that some districts are racking up $4.7 million in unpaid school lunch debt signals that something is still very wrong.

Related: Are Americans lazy? CNNMoney readers weigh in


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The lifesaver for some schools: Community Eligibility Program
"It's the working poor who get screwed," says Jill Duban, who heads up a program called Common Threads in the Lamar district that helps low-income and homeless families. "The lunch ladies are not always nice about it."

A homeless student was recently in tears in Duban's office because she had a $100 balance from a time before her family lost their home. She feared she wouldn't be allowed to walk at graduation. Thankfully, some of the money Ishaq raised in her GoFundMe campaign went to pay off the young woman's debt.

The Trump administration has proposed a massive cut of 21% to the USDA's budget, but it's unlikely school lunch funding will be impacted since it's considered an entitlement program. Still, it's a sign there likely won't be more money for these programs.

People on the front lines tell CNNMoney that the Community Eligibility Program has become a lifesaver. Enacted in 2010, CEP gives free lunches to every student in a school where at least 40% of the families are extremely poor and automatically qualify for government aid.
"It gets rid of the school meal application process and saves a lot of paperwork for the schools," says FitzSimons.

In the Lamar district where Duban and Antignolo work, 10 elementary schools qualify for CEP out of 40 total. They wish more of their schools could be part of it.

"We provide all students with a free bus ride and free textbooks. Why not provide them with a free meal while they're in our care during the day?" Antignolo asks.

--To reach the author of this article email heather.long@cnn.com