The FY 2017 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT

The electronic application in e-snaps will be available on or after next Tuesday, July 18, 2017. HUD strongly encourages CoCs, Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, and stakeholders to:
  • Carefully and thoroughly read the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA to understand the information; and
     
  • Begin to plan local competitions based on information, new and changed from the previous Competition, provided in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA.
Additionally, so that CoCs know their maximum award amounts, including amounts for planning and Permanent Housing Bonus, HUD has posted the Estimated Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) Report that includes each CoC’s Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN), estimated ARD, CoC Planning, and Permanent Housing Bonus amounts.

What’s New and Special Considerations for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition

The list below highlights some important information about what has changed, what is new, and special considerations that CoCs should make while planning for the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive and additional details are located in the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA. A full list of new, changed, and highlighted information can be found on the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page.
  • Tier 1 is 94 percent of the CoC’s ARD amount.
     
  • The amount available for the Permanent Housing Bonus is 6 percent of the CoC’s Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN).
     
  • Renewal project applicants may submit their renewal project applications with no changes. We strongly encourage you wait to access e-snaps to complete your renewal project application until the FY 2017 Renewal Project Application Detailed Instructions are posted on the HUD Exchange so you can determine if you want to take advantage of this new function.
     
  • HUD has made several changes to the eligibility requirements for permanent housing, permanent supportive housing, and rapid rehousing. Applicants should carefully read the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA regarding these changes.
     
  • Most of the mandatory HUD form attachments have been moved to e-snaps as fillable forms that only require a checkbox certification with the project applicant’s authorized representative information. The only HUD required form that remains an attachment is the HUD-2991, Certification of Consistency with the Consolidated Plan, and it must be attached by the Collaborative Applicant to the FY 2017 CoC Priority Listing.
     
  • Tier 2 project-level scoring has been revised to include only three criteria – CoC Application score, ranked position of the project application in Tier 2, and the project application’s commitment to Housing First. The type of project has been removed as a Tier 2 scoring criteria.
     
  • System Performance Measurement information will be largely scored on data submitted by the CoC to the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX), although CoCs will be required to attach the FY 2017 Competition Report to their CoC Application in e-snaps.
     
  • The local ranking process continues to be crucial to making the CoC Program as effective as possible. CoCs should use objective, performance-based criteria to rate projects and should consider both the need to serve particular populations of people experiencing homelessness (for example, survivors of domestic violence, youth, and persons with substance use disorders) and the effectiveness of their projects in reducing homelessness.
     
  • All applicants must have a current HUD-approved Code of Conduct. Most organizations’ Codes of Conduct were removed from HUD’s website in early 2017, as they did not meet the requirements of 2 CFR part 200, and the organizations were notified by another HUD office that a new Code of Conduct must be submitted. Be sure to review the Code of Conduct for HUD Grant Programs page on HUD’s website to ensure your organization is listed which means you have submitted an approved Code of Conduct. If you do not see your organization on the list, be sure to attach a current and complete Code of Conduct to your Project Applicant Profile in e-snaps.

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.
If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.
If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox, please contact info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.

Questions

During the competition, it is critical that questions are submitted to the correct Ask A Question (AAQ) portal.
Questions pertaining to the CoC Program Competition should be submitted to the e-snaps portal. These questions include e-snaps technical issues; questions about the NOFA, CoC Application, CoC Priority Listings, or Project Applications; and questions about grant awards, agreements, or amendments.
To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down 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, please submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2017 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT.
         
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CSBG Annual Report Training "Save the Date"


Good Afternoon,

Please save the date Thursday, September 7, 2017. The training will focus on Modules 2-4 of the CSBG Annual Report. The training will provide guidance on the collection of agency level data and are based on the State CSBG Reporting Period. Data collection for the full CSBG Annual Report starts in FY18. This means agency data collection for Modules 2-4 will start based on the State CSBG Reporting Period, (October 2017-September 2018). The first complete submission of the CSBG Annual Report is due March 31, 2019.

We strongly encourage your staff to participate who are responsible for completing CSBG Information Survey. More details will be provided soon.

Disabled and Low-Income Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program; Solicitation of Comments on Program Design

Agency: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD.
Action: Advance notice and request for comments.
Summary: This notice announces HUD's intention to develop a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Disabled and Low-Income Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program, which was authorized by the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 and funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The NOFA will announce the availability of up to $5.7 million to be competitively awarded through grants of up to $1 million each. The NOFA will also establish the applicable program requirements and selection criteria. HUD is seeking input from interested parties and stakeholders to inform its development of the Program so that the funds are used efficiently and fulfill the statutory purpose of addressing the housing needs of veterans who have disabilities and/or are low-income. This notice is not a solicitation of applications for the Program.
Comments Due Date: September 11, 2017.
Addresses: Electronic responses are preferred and should be addressed to: rhed@hud.gov.
Written comments may also be submitted to the Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh St. SW., Room 7240, Washington, DC 20410.
For Further Information Contact:
Sylvia Y. Purvis
Senior Community Planning and Development Specialist
Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7240
Washington, DC 20410–7000
Telephone 1–877–787–2526 (this is a toll-free number) or
1–202–708–2290 (this is not a toll-free number).
Persons with speech or hearing impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Service at 1–800–877–8339.
         
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Register Today: Setting Up and Completing a CAPER in the eCon Planning Suite - August 2, 2017

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a Question and Answer Webinar for all State and Entitlement grantees that develop a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)/PER in the eCon Planning Suite. The webinar will review key tips and participants will be able to ask questions regarding the using the eCon Planning Suite to develop a CAPER.
This webinar will focus on the process and requirements for setting up and completing a CAPER/PER in the eCon Planning Suite template in Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), using the Con Plan Goals and Accomplishments Report and troubleshooting common issues in the eCon Planning Suite.
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.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is relevant for anyone who prepares the CAPER/PER in the eCon Planning Suite. The Q&A will provide a valuable opportunity to learn how to properly set up and complete a CAPER/PER in the eCon Planning Suite and troubleshoot issues.

Schedule of Training Delivery

Webinar Title Date and Time Registration Link
Setting Up and Completing a CAPER in the eCon Planning Suite August 2, 2017

1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT
Register Now

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required.

Training Point of Contact

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

Registering for the Setting Up and Completing a CAPER in the eCon Planning Suite Webinar

Access the registration page using one of the links listed 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 (www.hudexchange.info).
  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 a 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 a 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.

Additional Instructions

To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Trainings.
         
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Reserved your room? Hotel Block Closes July 17 & Early Bird Rate to Save $100 Ends Tomorrow!


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One last reminder...don't miss out! 
We're now just weeks away from seeing you in New Orleans for the 2017 Mediware Customer Conference! We have two very important deadlines approaching...the early bird rate which saves you $100 for registration ends at Midnight on July 15, and the hotel room block will close THIS Monday, July 17. After that date, we cannot guarantee the special Mediware rate, nor a hotel room. Follow this link to reserve your room today! 
We hope you've had a chance to review the agenda and see the product and customer-led sessions we've designed just for you! In addition to sessions on ServicePoint, QlikSense and Spero, we have 8 sessions being presented by your peers! Plus, we're continuing our face-to-face customer support lab, giving you the chance to meet one-on-one with our support team.
To see the full agenda, including session descriptions click here.
Don't miss out on saving $100! All you have to do is register by Midnight on July 15.
Our team can't wait to see you in New Orleans!

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Headlines: SAMHSA Report Shows Usage of Non-Medical Pain Relievers Across the Nation


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SAMHSA Report Shows the Usage of Non-Medical Pain Relievers Across the Nation

A new SAMHSA report indicates that 4.31 percent of people aged 12 or older in the United States used prescription pain relievers nonmedically in the past year. Research has found that the vast majority of people who take prescription pain relievers do not misuse them; however, their misuse is second only to marijuana use as the nation's most prevalent illicit drug problem.

New Reports Released on the State of Quality Assurance Practices in the Behavioral Health Workforce

Two new SAMHSA data reports were unveiled on the state of quality assurance practices related to the workforce in substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities. The quality assurance practices include continuing education requirements for staff, regularly scheduled case review with a supervisor, and case review by an appointed quality review committee.

New Report Shows Trends in Substance Use Disorders Among Adults Aged 18 or Older

A new short report, based on data from SAMHSA's annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, highlights the number of American adults with substance use disorders in the past year and trends in substance use disorders between 2002 and 2014. Reducing substance use disorders and related problems among adults is critical for mental and physical health, safety, and quality of life.

Events

July 19, 2017

State Solutions in Workforce Webinar: Massachusetts Careers of Substance Website

This webinar, hosted quarterly, will highlight current innovations in developing the addiction and mental health workforce in the state of Massachusetts. This is the fourth webinar in an ongoing series.
August 16, 2017

SAMHSA's 2017 Voice Awards

Register now to attend the 2017 Voice Awards event in person at Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 16, or register to watch the live event webcast. Help honor people in recovery and their family members who are community champions seeking to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and addictions. The Voice Awards also recognize television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is real and possible.

Reminder: 2017 Basically CDBG for Entitlement Grantees - Milwaukee, WI - July 25-27, 2017

Registration Extended through July 14, 2017 for Milwaukee, WI - Register Today!

This training provides answers to common Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) questions and highlights HUD's interpretation of key policy issues. Participants will learn:
  • CDBG National Objectives & Eligible Activities
  • Program Administration & Financial Management
  • Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Performance Measurement & Reporting/Recordkeeping
  • CDBG-Disaster Recovery (DR) eligible activities and requirements
This is a 3-day training, and includes a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises.

Who Should Attend?

This training is intended for all Entitlement grantees. Please note that each grantee is limited initially to one (1) staff member.

Schedule of Training Deliveries

Title Date and Time Registration Link
Basically CDBG for Entitlement
Grantees - Seattle, WA
July 11-13, 2017
8:00 AM-5:30 PM PDT
Registration Closed
Basically CDBG for Entitlement
Grantees - Milwaukee, WI
July 25-27, 2017
8:00 AM-5:30 PM CDT
Register Now
Basically CDBG for Entitlement
Grantees - Philadelphia, PA
August 22-24, 2017
8:00 AM-5:30 PM EDT
Register Now

Additional Information

Please note that final enrollment confirmations will not be sent out until approximately one week after the registration closes. We cannot provide waitlist status until we receive and process all requests. Please hold on making any nonrefundable travel plans until you receive an official confirmation that you have secured a seat in the course. HUD cannot be responsible for penalties incurred due to cancelled arrangements.
To accommodate high demand for this training – registrants from grantees that have sent a representative to a Basically CDBG training in the last year will be waitlisted. After each grantee’s first registrant, additional CDBG staff will be waitlisted and will only be permitted to register if the training does not reach capacity. Due to the limited availability of training seats, for-profit corporations, consultants, and consulting firms are not permitted to register for Basically CDBG classes. CDBG grant administrators may be permitted to attend on a case by case basis.
Registration for the Milwaukee, WI training closes on July 14, 2017. HUD will review the registration list within approximately one week and send out confirmations and notifications of waitlist status.

Training Point of Contact

Tina Dudley | 202-649-3918 | tdudley@enterprisecommunity.org

Registering for the 2017 Basically CDBG for Entitlement Grantees - Milwaukee, WI

Access the registration page using one of the links listed 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 (www.hudexchange.info).
  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 a 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 a 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.

Additional Instructions

To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Trainings.
         
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SNAPS In Focus: The New Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing Component

In the Registration Notice for the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, we announced that communities could apply for a new type of project that combines the activities of a transitional housing project with those of a rapid re-housing project. We will provide more details about this joint component project when the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is published, but in the meantime I want to explain the purpose of the joint component project and how we will expect these projects to operate.
Joint component projects are not intended to replace transitional housing projects that have been reallocated or lost funding in recent years. Instead, they provide a new way to meet some of the pressing challenges that communities are facing. They provide a safe place for people to stay – crisis housing – with financial assistance and wrap around supportive services determined by program participants to help them move to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Stays in the crisis housing portion of these projects should be brief and without preconditions, and participants should quickly move to permanent housing. These projects can help address several needs:
  • In communities where there are large numbers of people living in unsheltered locations, including encampments, joint component projects can reduce unsheltered homelessness by providing temporary, low-barrier housing to individuals and families while helping them quickly move to permanent housing.
     
  • In some communities, there is a lack of safe crisis housing for people fleeing domestic violence to access while they are searching for a safe, permanent place to reside. Joint component projects can provide survivors with safe and supportive temporary housing and connect them to safe, permanent housing and continued services as soon as they are ready.
     
  • Youth have high rates of unsheltered homelessness. The joint component provides a tool to develop projects specially tailored to meet their unique developmental needs and help them move quickly into permanent housing with available supportive services to help them maintain that housing.
When determining whether to apply for joint component projects, CoCs, applicants, and other stakeholders should consider the needs of populations within their communities that would best be served by this type of project and design their projects accordingly. This means thinking about the length of assistance, the types of wraparound services that will be needed, and whether these resources will be applied for as part of the CoC Program-funded portion of the project or whether a mainstream resource will need to be leveraged.
At a minimum, joint component projects should:
  • Use a Housing First approach with client-driven service models and a focus on helping people move to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Participants cannot be required to participate in treatment or services to receive assistance.
     
  • Have low-barriers to entry and accommodate people with possessions, partners, pets, or other needs.
     
  • Incorporate client-choice by helping participants find permanent housing based on their unique strengths, needs, preferences, and financial resources. Participants will choose when they are ready to exit the crisis housing portion of the project and move to permanent housing, with providers assisting participants with this move.
     
  • Provide or connect participants to resources that help them improve their safety and well-being and achieve their goals.
     
  • Target and prioritize people experiencing homelessness with higher needs and who are most vulnerable.
A joint-component project may not be a good fit for all communities. Before applying, communities need to assess whether a joint component project is the best use of resources and will best meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in their community. Here are some additional factors to consider:
  • Communities with high rates of unsheltered homelessness and where stays in shelter and other forms of crisis housing are usually brief would likely benefit from adding a joint component project to their system. In communities where shelter, crisis housing, and transitional housing stays are long, increasing rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing resources may be more effective ways to increase capacity.
     
  • Communities with no emergency shelter or crisis housing options available for people fleeing domestic violence should consider a joint component project. However, where there are already shelters or crisis housing projects serving survivors, communities should assess whether lowering the barriers in those existing projects and adding rapid re-housing would better meet survivors’ needs and be a better use of resources.
     
  • Communities with transitional housing projects, particularly those that are not able to provide their participants with financial resources to obtain permanent housing, should consider whether reallocating funds from those projects to a joint component project would better meet the needs of the people the project is intended to serve.
When designed well, a joint component project should help improve system performance. Communities should establish performance benchmarks appropriate for a project’s target population and encourage them to prioritize people with high needs, especially those who are unsheltered, have experienced long or multiple episodes of homelessness, have higher barriers to exiting homelessness, and are more likely to be victims of violence or harm. Some questions to consider when developing performance expectations are:
  • How quickly will participants move into permanent housing?
     
  • How well will the project accommodate people with a variety of needs, including different household configurations, service needs, or pets?
     
  • How well will the project connect people to valuable community resources, such as education, health care, and employment?
We are always looking for ways to better help communities end homelessness. Permanent housing and Housing First approaches have helped reduce homelessness across the country, and we are utilizing these approaches to combat the rising rates of unsheltered homelessness in many communities. However, in many communities there is a still a lack of crisis housing. We believe that the joint component project, when implemented thoughtfully, can fill this gap and will be an effective tool to ending homelessness.
Here are some additional resources that will help in planning and implementing joint component projects:
Lastly, I want to express how inspired I am by the tremendous work that you are doing to end homelessness in your communities every day. My colleagues and I at HUD appreciate the feedback you provide about our programs, and I hope you will continue to tell us about your challenges, ideas, and successes.
Norm Suchar
Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
         
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