PSH VACANCY: 1 Bedroom at Hosanna House (Baltimore County)

There is one PSH vacancy at the Hosanna House at this time.  The client must be a single female age 50+.  Please download and complete our client application ,and then email the completed application to 

Thank you,
Charmaine Short-Caldwell
Program Supervisor
Catholic Charities
2829 Lodge Farm Rd.
Edgemere, MD 21219
T: [410]477-2037
F: [410]477-3194

PSH VACANCY: 2 Bedroom at AIRS (Baltimore County)

We have two-bedroom vacancy in the AIRS PHP.

Eligibility Requirements:
  1. Homeless status must be PSH-eligible
  2. Must have a HUD-defined disability
  3. Client must be a documented U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, Asylee or Refugee
  4. Client must be eligible for a 2 bedroom unit
(These conditions are not eligible requirements, but a client will receive priority if the following conditions are documented in the referral packet.)
  1. Chronically homeless households will be prioritized. Proof of chronic homelessness must be complete by the due date for client to receive priority.
  2. Clients with HIV/AIDS will be prioritized (HIV/AIDS documentation must be included in application to receive priority). HIV/AIDS status a priority, not a requirement.
Housing Description:
·         2-bedroom scattered site apartment
·         Scattered Site (individual apartment, generally located near major bus and transportation)
·         Clients pay approximately 1/3 of their income for rent

If your client/s are eligible please complete ALL components of the application. Download and complete application.  Mail the application when complete to:

AIRS/Empire Homes of Maryland
Attn: Adult Permanent Housing Program - Intake
1800 N. Charles St., Ste. 1800
Baltimore, MD 21201


Please contact the EVP of Adult Housing Programs, Ms. Ernestina Simmons – – with any of your questions.

Registration Reminder: 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
Register Today
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 |

Registering for the Best Practices for Project Set-Up 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 (
  2. Click Log In (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.
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

2017 NCHV Annual Conference Program Now Available, Event Nearing Capacity - Register Today!

2017 NCHV Annual Conference Program Now Available, VA Secretary David Shulkin to Speak at Opening Session 
May 31-June 2 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. 
Download the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference program, featuring the full Conference schedule, session tracks and descriptions, speaker bios, and more information on this year's event.
Register today! There is very limited space remaining for this year's event, don't delay! The $35 late registration fee went into effect on May 13. 
The 2017 NCHV Annual Conference, Yes, In My Back Yard: Putting Veterans First, will take place May 31-June 2, 2017,  at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The discounted room block at the Grand Hyatt is now SOLD OUT.
As the Conference draws near, we are excited to share the sessions and events we've planned for you. Our focus will be on helping you find ways to collaborate in your community to coordinate efforts and address the challenges you - and more importantly the veterans you serve - face. A wide range of experts will be on hand to share innovative new strategies, the latest research, and creative approaches to eliminating barriers in providing veterans with the hand up that fits their needs.   
Confirmed special guests for the Opening Session on Wednesday, May 31:
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin 
  • John Ellington, Director of Finance and Grants Administration, The Home Depot Foundation
  • Ruth Christopherson, Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development and Citi Salutes
If you are unable to use the online form above, download a registration form to return by fax here.

Have you renewed your NCHV membership? Interested in becoming a member? NCHV members receive discounted rates for the Annual Conference, in addition to other benefits. Click here to renew or become a member today!

Exhibitor space will be available for you to feature your products and services in front of over 700 service providers, housing developers, government officials and employees, and other stakeholders. Download your exhibitor registration to return by fax here.
Stay tuned to for updates as they become available.
NCHV Partners with Lyft
Join the ride sharing service through NCHV for $10 off your ride
Are you coming to the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference? Do you need a way to get from the airport to your hotel, or a way to get around town? Have you ever wanted to try a ride sharing service? A new partnership between NCHV and Lyft gives you a discount to see how convenient ride sharing can be.
All you have to do is visit to open a Lyft account through NCHV and you will get $10 off your ride (you will need to download the app on your phone). Even if you aren’t coming to the Annual Conference, you can still make use of this offer. Visit to see if Lyft operates in your area.
To redeem this offer, there are only two requirements: 1) that you do not already have a Lyft account, and 2) that you have either an Apple or Android phone.
Happy riding, and see you at the Conference! 

Please Join United Way for The ALICE Forum

nited Way of Central Maryland

Dear Community Partner,

Did you know that one in three Marylanders can't afford the state's high cost of living?
Please join United Way organizations from across the state of Maryland for the ALICE Forum. This event will focus on the findings of the Maryland ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, a groundbreaking study that reveals more than a third of Maryland households—nearly 750,000—can't afford the state's high cost of living and don't earn enough to afford basic necessities.
The ALICE Report was designed to engage health, human and social services professionals, those working in foundations and nonprofit and service agencies, and others interested in the implications of the report, and details what it costs for those struggling to meet the most basic level in the local economy.  
The ALICE Forum will feature a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with lead ALICE researcher, Dr. Stephanie Hoopes. Following the panel, United Way will facilitate an "in their shoes" activity, as well as small workshops to begin the conversation around solutions that can help break down barriers for ALICE.
The ALICE Forum
June 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Montgomery Park Business Center
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230

Panelists include:
  • Dr. Stephanie Hoopes, lead researcher and director of the United Way ALICE Project;
  • Dr. Dawn Thurman, assistant professor, Morgan State University School of Social Work;
  • Dr. Memo Diriker, founding director of the Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON);
  • Millicent Nwolisa, executive director, Bridges to Housing Stability; and
  • Angie McAllister, vice president and senior program officer, United Way of Central Maryland.
Moderator: Sandy Monck, chief impact officer, United Way of Central Maryland
United Way considers the ALICE Report a public service, and in this spirit, invites you to bring a friend or colleague and to share this message with others in your networks.
Space is limited, so please register early for this event.
For questions, please contact Angie McAllister, or 410-895-1459.

We hope to see you on June 8.

Franklyn Baker
President and CEO
United Way of Central Maryland
The ALICE Report was made possible by the generous support of OneMain Financial.

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Approaches for Communities


Webinar Series: Communities Addressing Trauma and Community Strife Through Trauma-Informed Approaches

Part One: Introduction of SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach to Healing Communities
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for a monthly webinar series that will highlight communities working to improve member resiliency and responsiveness to community incidents. The series, sponsored by SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint, will take place from April through September 2017 on the fourth Monday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Part one of the series will introduce SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach to Healing Communities. William Kellibrew will discuss the creative approaches being implemented by the Baltimore City Health Department's Office of Youth Violence Prevention, in Baltimore, Maryland. John Comer, from Communities United and Baltimore City Health Department, will also share his approach to mobilizing communities to take charge of their own healing from community trauma.
To participate in the webinar on May 22, please join us online at 1 p.m. by visiting: Then dial telephone number 1-888-727-2247 and enter the conference identification number 9452092, followed by #.

Mark Your Calendars:
  • Empowerment, Voice, and Choice | Monday, June 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 2 of 6)
  • Collaboration and Mutuality: San Jose, CA, Mayor's Office of Prevention of Gang Violence | Monday, July 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 3 of 6)
  • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues: Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma on Communities | Monday, August 28, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 4 of 6)

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Innovations in Crisis Services


Webinar Series: Trauma-Informed Innovations in Crisis Services

Part Two: Implementing the Trauma-Informed Principle of Peer Support in a Crisis Service Setting
Monday, May 22, 2017 | 3–4 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for a monthly webinar series that will highlight the innovative work of crisis service providers employing a trauma-informed approach. The series, sponsored by SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint, will take place from April through September 2017 on the fourth Monday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
Part two of the series will feature a presentation from the staff of Crestwood Behavioral Health's Freise Helping Others through Peer Empowerment (HOPE) House, who will share about their trauma-informed approach to crisis services in Bakersfield, California. Freise HOPE House is a voluntary, short-term crisis residential treatment program that offers a warm, homelike environment with experienced staff.
To participate in the webinar on May 22, please join us online at 3 p.m. by visiting Then dial telephone number 1-888-727-2247 and enter the conference identification number 9452092, followed by #.

Mark Your Calendars:
  • Empowerment, Voice, and Choice: Pierce County Recovery Response
    Center | Monday, June 26, 2017, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 3 of 6)
  • Collaboration and Mutuality: Harbel Community Organization | Monday, July 24, 2017, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 4 of 6)
  • Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues: The Ali Forney Center | Monday, August 28, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (Part 5 of 6)

Team HMIS User Forum Agenda 5/15/17

Team HMIS User Forum
May 15, 2017

·        Client Privacy + Requests for Client Data
o   Requests from police and/or family of client
o   Requests from other non-HMIS participating agencies
o   Emailing client data
o   Faxing client data

·        Basic HUD CoC APR Training
·        Basic ESG CAPER Report Training
·        Updates + Reporting Deadlines
o   5/31/17: System Performance Measures (SPM) uploads to HUDHDX (open 4/3)
o   May 2017: Upgrade to new ServicePoint reporting tool (Qlik Sense)
o   Summer/Fall 2017: Upgrade to new ServicePoint software platform
o   10/1/17: Updates to HUD HMIS Data Dictionary

·        Overview of HMIS User Forums
o   NOT new user training; for existing HMIS users only
o   Recurring monthly schedule
o   Read more via our blog
o   WebExTest test PC prior to forums (check w/your IT staff if not compatible)

·        Importance of HMIS Data
o   Directly linked to your provider funding, as well as the entire CoC
o   Provides awareness  + exposes areas of need

·        Proper HMIS Workflow
o   Learn about your program workflow as per funding requirements
o   Workflow Manuals
·        Client ID Merge Requests
o   Submit all client merge requests to

·        Client Confidentiality + Data Sharing
o   Very important to clearly explain HMIS client confidentiality to all clients
§  Explain how sharing w/other HMIS participating agencies helps everyone
§  Ultimately, it’s the final decision of client
o   May not provide client data to a non-HMIS participating agency unless you have written + signed consent from client, or a court-ordered warrant
§  Homeless persons have same rights as all humans!
o   Submit all non-consenting  client ID #s to

Lots of Maps, Little Insight

Also: High Cost of Affordable Housing Not CDCs' Fault ● How to Get $2 Billion for Affordable Homes ● Pockets of Progress
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In Memoriam

Pete Garcia, longtime leader of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) and a founding member of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, passed away on Wednesday, May 3 at the age of 71. He retired from CPLC in 2008 and started a community foundation named after his mother, Victoria. If you have memories of working with Pete that you'd like to share, please send them to us at

Industry News

Vanessa Moses has stepped in as executive director of Causa Justa/Just Cause (CJJC). Moses has served with CJJC for over 12 years, and before that served with GenerationFIVE and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She succeeds María Poblet, who served as CJJC founding executive director since 1999.


Webinar | Getting the Message Right: How to Stop Trump's Proposed Cuts to Affordable Housing | May 19 at 3 p.m. EDT

The National Low Income Housing Coalition and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding invite you to learn how to effectively communicate with policymakers and the public about the impact of the new administration's budget cuts on families and communities.

Webinar | How the Financial CHOICE Act Would Leave Consumers in Harm's Way | May 23 at 2 p.m. EDT

The Corporation for Enterprise Development, the Center for Responsible Lending, the National Council of La Raza, and Americans for Financial Reform present this interactive webinar to discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's efforts to protect consumers, how the CHOICE Act would fundamentally change the bureau, and what you can do to push back against these detrimental changes.

Social Determinants of Health Through a Cultural Lens at People and Places 2017 | National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations | May 31 - June 2

Shelterforce publisher Harold Simon will moderate a panel of three leaders in bridging the gap between health care and community development in communities of color. The conference will include 35 sessions and 100 speakers. Click here to learn more.

Webcast and In-Person Meeting | HUD: A New Era of Homeownership | June 1 at 2 p.m. EDT

Joel Kan, Mortgage Bankers Association; Christie Peale, Center for NYC Neighborhoods; Jon Spader, Harvard JCHS; and Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors, will discuss the recent housing crisis and its impact on consumer behavior with a focus on the challenges millennial purchasers face. Registration and further info here.

High Cost of Affordable Housing Is Not CDCs' Fault
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Affordable housing does cost a lot to build in many places. But blaming some of the organizations working hardest to create affordable housing in the most difficult situations is not the way to lower that cost. Still, this is exactly what Myron Orfield implied when he argued . . . More

Entrenched Poverty, Juxtaposed Against Occasional Pockets of Progress
Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union
We can look to examples of initiatives that combat rural poverty, and communities that have beat seemingly insurmountable odds to progress beyond the current fate of 353 persistently poor counties in the U.S., but the key to turning the tide will be . . . More

Lots of Maps, Little Insight in Richard Florida's Latest
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Richard Florida's new book, The New Urban Crisis, addresses one of the most important issues facing anyone who cares seriously about cities today: their growing inequality and polarization. That's the good news. The bad news is that he does so very badly. More

How to Get $2 Billion for Affordable Homes
Sharon Cornu, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
The Bay Area's affordable housing community has moved from conducting political action through gatekeepers and lobbyists to building an electoral base and direct capacity. What were their steps, and what will this win do for affordable housing in the region? More

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