CNN Hometown Heroes: Empower4Life


Hello All,


At the BCCH annual meeting we mentioned one of our volunteers, Jennifer Cox who works with the children in a few of the homeless shelters, was nominated for CNN Hometown Heroes. Her organization is Empower4life and below are two clips from her CNN debut.   The children are from Eastside Family Shelter.


I will follow-up on how to vote when time.   The winner of this will receive a cash prize to go towards their very important work. 


https://www.facebook.com/CNNHeroes/videos/10155126189237489/
More than 100,000 kids in the U.S. live in homeless shelters. CNN Hero Jennifer Cox is there to help. Meet Jennifer and learn about her Empower4Life & #CNNHeroes at CNNHeroes.com




http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/health/cnn-hero-jennifer-cox-empower4life/index.html
CNN Hero Jennifer Cox started Empower4Life to provide health education, fitness activities and nutritious food to children living in Baltimore-area homeless shelters.

DOL-VETS Announces $36 Million in HVRP Grant Awards

DOL-VETS Announces $43.3 Million in HVRP Grant Awards
Grants to help more than 21,000 veterans overcome homelessness, obtain employment
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Labor announced the award of $43.3 million in Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program grants. The grants will help an estimated 21,000 veterans successfully reintegrate into the competitive workforce. The grants will fund a variety of services to assist homeless veterans in their return to the labor force including occupational, classroom, and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance. 
To view a full list of 2017 award recipients, click here. 
Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations.

Many HVRP grant recipients' awards will also include funding to allow them to target specific at-risk veteran populations. The Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program provides funding for services to expedite the reintegration of incarcerated or recently incarcerated veterans who are at risk for homeless into the labor force. The Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program provides funding for services to expedite the reintegration of homeless female veterans and veterans with families into the labor force.

Grantees in the HVRP program network coordinate their efforts with various local, state and federal social service providers. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor's unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans, visit www.dol.gov/vets/.

Coordinated Entry Guidebook Now Available

HUD has published a Coordinated Entry Guidebook, focusing on the four core elements of Access, Assessment, Prioritization, and Referral. The Guidebook covers basic requirements and advanced considerations for each core element.
This Guidebook is intended to be a comprehensive tool for CoCs that are designing and implementing coordinated entry. The Guidebook also is intended for CoCs that have already made significant progress in planning coordinated entry, as well as those that have already implemented it. CoCs should use the Guidebook as a reference to ensure their coordinated entry process complies with all of HUD’s requirements.
For more resources related to Coordinated Entry, view the CoC Responsibilities and Duties toolkit.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Training Reminder to Responsible Entities Conducting Environmental Reviews

HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy recommends that Responsible Entity staff involved in environmental reviews attend regular training on HUD environmental reviews that is provided by HUD's field environmental officers or sponsored by HUD. Environmental review training is offered by HUD in all regions annually free of charge. HUD has not provided approved training content on environmental reviews to technical assistance providers apart from training sponsored by HUD’s Office of Native American Programs. Therefore, the quality or accuracy of the training provided by privately operating entities cannot be guaranteed.
To find out when environmental training is available in each region, contact the local HUD field environmental officer. For those who cannot attend training, the Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) teaches grantees how to understand and address all aspects of the environmental review process required for all HUD-assisted projects. This set of self-paced online learning modules can be completed in any order. Each module includes its own learning assessment and opportunity for obtaining a certificate of completion. In addition to WISER, the Environmental Review resource pages provide guidance, tools, and webinars on complying with environmental laws and authorities when conducting the environmental review.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of June 12, 2017, have been posted to HUD Exchange.
These reports provide funding information for each city and state that receive CPD program funds, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
Reports detail the size of each grant received over the past several years, as well as the total amount of funds currently available to be spent on affordable housing and community and economic development activities.
CPD Funding Matrix Note: Based on the requirement that a grantee uses the adjusted ratio for determining its compliance with the CDBG timeliness standard of having no more than 1.5 times its annual allocation in its adjusted line of credit balance 60 days prior to the end of its current program year, HUD is in the process of updating the CDBG recapture risk column in the CPD Funding Matrix report, revised calculation is pending. In the meantime, a grantee wanting to know how much CDBG funding it may have at risk of recapture can do the following simple calculation:
{Adjusted line of credit (LOC) balance [LOC + program income + revolving loan fund balance(s)]} – {Annual allocation for current program year x 1.5} = Amount of potential reduction in next year’s grant (not to exceed actual grant amount)
Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Congress needs to hear from you! Join our Call-In Day on June 22 to protect Medicaid.



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Advocacy update: On June 22, your call can protect medicaid!
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Senators are drafting legislation similar to the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) , and hoping to hold a vote on this health care reform bill as early as the 4th of July.  The House bill cuts over $800 billion to Medicaid, and would leave 23 million more people without health insurance.

These cuts would be devastating to communities battling homelessness, but your voice can help stop them! It will only take 3 Senators to reject these cuts, and your calls can make the difference. To ensure Congress hears your voice, we are organizing a National Call-In Day next Thursday, June 22.

We need as many people to call as possible, so grab your friends, mobilize your networks with our quick Call-In Guide, and be ready to call next Thursday!
 
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About Us

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.
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The Alliance is online: on Facebook, on Twitter, on our blog, and on our website! Join the Alliance's online community, and stay up-to-date with homelessness and housing information.
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www.endhomelessness.org

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Visit the Center for Capacity Building to learn more about the ways the Center can help your community end homelessness.
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