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We have updated our “Documents and Downloads” section Collaborango with our first set of Qlik Sense documents. Once you log into Collaborango and navigate to “Documents and Downloads”, click on the Qlik Sense category. From there you will see several new sub-categories and documents.
  • FAQ and Requirements
    • Qlik Sense Initial Release FAQ
    • Qlik Sense Technical Requirements V01
  • Presentations
    • Qlik Sense Introductory Webinar Presentation
    • C16-Qlik Session 1 – Reporting
    • C16-Qlik Session 2 – Training
  • Training Guides
    • Qlik Sense Sheet Navigation Shortcuts – v01
    • Qlik Sense Boot Camp Basic Training Examples – v02
    • Qlik Sense Viewer Guide – v01
  • Update Information
    • Qlik Sense Update Presentation 04/11/2017
    • Qlik Sense Update 03/20/2017
  • Videos
    • Intro to Qlik Sense Video
    • Qlik Sense Introductory Webinar Links and QA
Qlik Sense Introductory Webinars
Thanks to everyone that attended Qlik Sense Introductory Webinars last week! We appreciate you taking the time what Qlik Sense can offer you in your reporting needs.
The recordings for these webinars are now available for all users, including those who could not register or attend the webinars. Both webinars have identical content, so it is not necessary to download both.
There were a lot of great questions during these webinars. We have created a document that contains both the links for the webinar recordings and answers for all questions posed during the webinars. Please log into Collaborango and navigate to:
Documents and Downloads > Qlik Sense > Videos > Qlik Sense Introductory Webinar Links and QA
For the presentation that was shown during the webinar, please navigate to:
Documents and Downloads > Qlik Sense > Presentations > Qlik Sense Introductory Webinar Presentation
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HUD Announces Start Date for Housing Counselor Certification Examination

On May 31, 2017, HUD published a Federal Register Notice announcing the start of the HUD Certified Housing Counselor Examination on August 1, 2017. The Notice also announces that the cost for the Housing Counseling Certification Examination will be $60 online at the examinee’s location and $100 at a proctoring site.
Registration for the Examination will not be open until August 1, 2017. However, Housing Counselors are encouraged to create a user account starting June 1, 2017 at www.hudhousingcounselors.com. The user account will allow housing counselors to access training materials and to track their progress. It will also allow them take the practice exam when it is available. An announcement will be made when the practice exam is available.
The Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule implements the requirement that, after the final compliance date, all housing counseling required under or provided in connection with HUD programs, as defined in CFR § 5.111 (b), must be provided by HUD-certified housing counselors that must work for agencies approved to participate in HUD’s Housing Counseling program. Visit the Housing Counseling: New Certification Requirements Final Rule page for more information and resources.
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Invitation to support "Building Bridges Across Borders"

This is an amazing woman on an awesome mission!  Please, please, please take the time to read and contribute!

Elizabeth would like you to support
Building Bridges Across Borders
by making a donation and helping spread the word.

Who I Am:

My name is Elizabeth Glenn and I am  the  Chair Emeritus and current member of the International Research and Global Exchange Committee of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). I also serve as a member of NAHRO's Board of Governors  and Chair of NAHRO's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.

Our committee works to build bridges between our national organization with international social housing agencies and entities that seek to expand housing opportunities for low income families. Many countries and social housing organizations seeking to professionalize the housing industry and provide professional development programs in the human settlements sector are in need of quality technical assistance and capacity building support that focuses on providing beneficiaries with the necessary skills and training to be self sufficient and to be able to sustain their housing programs.

Presentation to the Southern African Housing Foundation's Conference and Exhibition October 2014

I have over 25 years experience in housing and community development programs with a susbstaintial number of those years in leadership roles. I bring a culturally comptent approach to community development which affords local communities a place of dignity and respect, while incorporating local traditions and values into the development and implementation of policies, programs, and housing.
Ndaba Mandela (grandson of Mandiba Nelson Mandela), Liz Glenn, & John Hopkins (Southern African Foundation) October 2014

I have a great deal of on the ground authentic experience that will benefit communities in places such as South Africa, China, Indonesia, Australia, Namibia, Zimbabwe AND the United States. I have given lectures on cultural compentent community development and affordable housing in South Africa, China, France, and throughout the United States. I served as a Policy Expert for the UN Habitat 3, while also participating as a member of the US State Department-led Delegation to the UN Habitat 3 Conference that contributed to the draft of the New World Urban Agenda which was approved in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016.
Liz Glenn presenting at the Southern African Housing Foundation Annual Conference and Exhibition.

In May of 2016, the Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (MAHRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Association of Social Housing Organisations (NASHO) in South Afica. NASHO consists of 19 social housing agencies that are providing affordable housing in South Africa. They function as a membership organization devoted to building the capacity of their members to create vibrant and sustainable communities.
Liz Glenn looks on as Montebang Lawrence Ramashamole Chair of South Africa's National Association of Social Housing Organisations signs an MOU with the Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies. May 2016

I am raising money to help pay for expenses to support my efforts to develop and implement a professional development and exchange program with NASHO and MAHRA that will benefit the nonprofit social housing sector in South Africa. There is a great need and desire to build a robust professional affordable housing sector that provides South Africans with the skills and resources to self-direct their housing efforts and to promote sustainability within the housing sector. South Africa has more than 2000 informal settlements most without running water and sanitary sewer.
Informal settlements outside of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Nelson Mandela University has established a Chair in the Professionalization of Human Settlement and is actively engaged with the National Association of Social Housing Organizations, a nonprofit organization seeking to build the capacity of social housing organizations in South Africa. I am proposing to work with these organizations to establish a professional exchange with public housing authorities in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States and to provide technical assistance with them on the professionalization of the affordable housing sector. Open sewer in an informal settlement located near Somerset West in South Africa.

Funds will be used to pay for expenses related to organizing an annual study exchange between South African and US social housing practitioners, to include a stipend, travel expenses, and basic operational costs for the first two years of the NASHO/MAHRA MOU.  The travel costs are for travel to and from South Africa and other expenses for acommodations and local travel within South Africa during the next two years. It will also help fund the efforts to seek resources to fund a long-term implementation and institutionalization of the social housing sector.
New container-type affordable housing in Cape Town region of South Africa.

The first professional exchange will be August 9 through August 19, 2017. Six delegates from South Africa representing the NASHO and 2 social housing organizations will meet with and tour affordable housing, revitalization projects, and historic preservation projects in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George and Talbot Counties as well as in Baltimore City. They will also be registered to participate in the Mid Atlantic Regional Council of NAHRO's Annual Conference being held in Washington, DC on August 17-18 when US HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson will give the opening plenary speech.
New social housing in South Africa.

The project is an important mission for me personally and professionally. It is a life-long dream to work on behalf of the people of South Africa as they pursue a more equitable, inclsive, and sustainable life in their country. The country of South Africa has spent precious resources to build 3 million new housing units in the past 20 years, however, the demand for affordable housing continues to grow. The flood of immigrants arriving daily and the sustandard construction and unsanitaary conditions of the informal settlements fuel the need for additional housing and well-planned communities. The current need is estimated to be over 2 million new units. Further, the housing industry has left out the beneficiaries of the housing and there were few if any jobs that went to the victims of apartheid. An example of informal housing or slum settlements.

With unemployment reaching as high as 40% in the Western Cape of South Africa, creating a sustainable housing sector that provides workforce development and employment opportunities is critical for the sustainability of the housing sector and provides an entry point into the local economy through the contruction, management, and maintenance of housing.

Another example of informal housing or slum settlements.

Your contribution will enable me to take some important first steps to work with the National Association of Social Housing Organizations and the Nelson Mandela University towards the professionalization of the social housing sector and will create a more sustainable approach to housing development. Through this initial effort we can begin the process of bringing sustainability and equity to the affordable and social housing in South Africa. You can be a part of this movement to uplift South Africans through the housing sector.

Proposed new Social Housing community in South Africa
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HUD Releases Notice CPD-17-05: Guidance for HTF Grantees on FY 2017 HTF Allocation Plans

Notice CPD-17-05 provides guidance to States on the submission requirements for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program. States are defined as the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Agenda posted! Get registered and save money!


The agenda is all set...
We're excited to announce the agenda is now posted for the 2017 Mediware Customer Conference! In addition to our product training sessions (Qlik Sense, ServicePoint 6 and Spero), we have a wonderful line-up of customer-led presentations surrounding the issues and challenges most important to you! Check out the Mediware Housing & Community Services specific tracks by visiting the conference agenda. Here's just a sampling of the sessions we can't wait to bring you: 
  • Think Outside the Box - Not your Ordinary HMIS Program
  • Happy Case Managers, Happy HMIS Staff!
  • A Hospital's Approach to Addressing Social Determinants of Health Through Technology and Community Partnerships
  • Key Tools for Ending Veteran Homelessness; Understanding the By-Name-List and Federal Benchmarks and Criteria
  • Provider Admin for Beginning to Advanced Admins
  • Plus more! 
Download the agenda and save your spot today!
P.S. Check out the additional evening activities we are now adding -including dinners and entertainment!  Get registered! 
We'll see you in New Orleans!

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Los Angeles homeless numbers jump 23% in a year - BBC News

Image copyright AFP - Homeless people sleeping on the streets are a familiar sight in Los Angeles

The number of people homeless in the US city of Los Angeles has soared in the past year, a new report shows, despite efforts to combat the problem.

The homeless population in the city grew 20% while the numbers for the wider Los Angeles County were even higher at 23%, the figures revealed.

Experts say soaring rents and a high cost of living are major factors.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn described the figures as "staggering".

"Homelessness in LA County has grown at a shocking rate," she said in a statement.

"Even as work is being done to get thousands of people off the street and into housing, more and more people are becoming homeless. It is clear that if we are going to end the homeless crisis, we need to stem the overwhelming tide of people falling into homelessness."

The city of Los Angeles has long been known as the homeless capital of America and a special agency, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), was set up in 1993 to find a solution.

In 2015 authorities declared a public emergency as the numbers sleeping rough soared. City officials committed $100m (£77m) to tackling the problem.
  • 57,794 homeless in LA County
  • 23% increase on 2016
In its latest report, the LAHSA said there were 57,794 people homeless in the county during its survey in January, compared to 46,874 in 2016.

In the city there were 34,189 with no permanent roof over their heads, the report said, compared to 28,464 the year before.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said there was "no sugarcoating the bad news".

"It's impossible to wrap your head around the numbers," he told reporters, adding that soaring rents and the city's high cost of living were partly to blame.

"We can't let rents double every year," he told reporters.

Average rents in Los Angeles County have increased by 32% since 2000 while average household incomes for people renting have fallen by 3% when adjusted for inflation, according to the California Housing Partnership.

It says those on the lowest incomes are spending 70% of their income on rent, leaving little for food and other needs.

The county needs to build more than 550,000 affordable rental homes for low-income households, the LAHSA says.

Los Angeles recently approved new measures to raise $1.2bn (£932m) in bonds to build 10,000 new units of housing for homeless people. There are also plans to raise about $3.5bn over 10 years to pay for other homelessness projects.