FY17 COC NOFA - MD Code of Conduct


If not on the Code of Conduct 2017 List, attach Code of Conduct to your Project Applicant Profile. Many were removed from the List due to noncompliance with 2 CFR 200.318(c)(1)

Federal regulations (2 CFR part 200) and HUD's Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for discretionary funds require non-Federal entities receiving Federal assistance awards, excluding States, to develop and maintain written standards/codes of conduct covering conflicts of interest and governing the actions of its employees engaged in the selection, award and administration of contracts. No employee, officer, or agent may participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by a Federal award if he or she has a real or apparent conflict of interest (2 CFR 200.318(c)(1)). HUD grantees are required to submit their code of conduct to HUD.
Codes of Conduct must:
  1. Be written covered by a letter on company letterhead that provides the name and title of the responsible official, mailing address, business telephone number and email address;
  2. Prohibit real and apparent conflicts of interest that may arise among officers, employees or agents, or any member of his or her immediate family, his or her partner or an organization that employs any of the indicated parties;
  3. If applicable, the standards must also cover organizational conflicts of interest;
  4. Prohibit the solicitation and acceptance by employees, of gifts or gratuities in excess of minimum value; and
  5. Provide for administrative and disciplinary actions to be applied for violations of such standards.
Failure to provide a copy of the organizations Code of Conduct and/or notify HUD of potential conflicts of interest may prevent applicants from receiving HUD funds.
HUD is comprehensively refreshing and streamlining the library. All paper files over six years old have been deleted so many organizations that have been on the list will need to resubmit an updated document. Select the state in which your organization is located, to see if HUD has your organization's Code of Conduct statement on file.

If your organization is not listed on the Code of Conduct 2017 List, please forward an electronic copy of the Code of Conduct statement to askGMO@hud.gov. The email should contain:
  1. Organization DUNS#
  2. Organization Legal Business Name (from SAM.gov)
  3. Complete mailing address
  4. Name, title, email and phone# for the person with executive authority.
  5. Electronic codes of conduct statement (searchable documents preferred)





Ann M. Schenning
Senior CPD Representative
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
10 South Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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SNAPS In Focus: Improving our Crisis Response System

Two years ago, we started seeing signs in our data that progress on ending chronic homelessness was slowing, and unsheltered homelessness was rising in many communities. In 2016, for the first time since 2010, we reported an increase nationally in unsheltered homelessness – largely driven by low vacancy rates and high costs for rental housing in major cities across the country. Along with these alarming signs, we are hearing from you – our community partners and experts – about struggles addressing encampments; increased opioid use, misuse, and overdoses; and increased demand for shelter.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) hosted a convening to learn more about what is working and what gaps need to be filled with regard to emergency shelter across the country. While this was a good start, we have heard from you that we need more discussion and better tools to improve crisis response systems to more efficiently and effectively help people exit unsheltered homelessness and put them on quick paths to permanent and stable housing. Today’s In Focus message kicks off a series of messages we will release about improving our crisis response systems. We plan to address the following topics:
  • Implementing an effective street outreach strategy that is not only designed to engage people experiencing unsheltered homelessness – including those living in encampments – but to connect them directly to resources that can assist them to obtain permanent housing;
     
  • Right-sizing shelter and crisis housing resources to meet the need, designed with low-barriers to entry and to connect people to permanent housing as quickly as possible;
     
  • Working with institutions and systems of care like child welfare, hospitals, detox centers, and juvenile and criminal justice on in-reach strategies and discharge planning practices that prevent homelessness;
     
  • Implementing diversion strategies to help people identify immediate alternate housing arrangements and preventing homelessness whenever possible; and
     
  • Strategically targeting rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing resources and using them in conjunction with innovations in these other areas to house people as quickly as possible.
Many partners will have to work together to accomplish these goals, including homeless service providers, mainstream programs, faith-based organizations, affordable housing developers and providers, public and private funders, local businesses, and political leadership. It will involve a robust Coordinated Entry process to ensure that every community’s system is both responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness, can quickly connect people to permanent housing and needed services, and that resources are being used as efficiently as possible.
We at HUD and our federal partners are committed to working with communities to find real solutions and strategies to getting people off the street, even in challenging environments. We look forward to partnering with you, and we want to hear from communities about what is working and what isn’t so we can adjust our policies and funding strategies as needed. We will communicate ideas, strategies, and progress as we go, so that together we can connect people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing as quickly as possible.
Norm Suchar
Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
         
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NCHV Partners with Synchrony Financial to Better Assist Women Veterans with Children


NCHV Partners with Synchrony Financial to Better Assist Women Veterans with Children
Help today by providing input based on your experiences in your community
The current state of the field has shown us and our partners that we need better data and insight on the needs of vulnerable and high-risk families, especially female heads of household. We have some data around serving veterans in these groups, but even this data is limited.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has partnered with Synchrony Financial to assess the contributing factors to housing instability among women and women veterans with children and the barriers that can hinder their ability to find resolution to move their lives forward. The information you provide us will be extremely valuable and will be used to advocate for services to better serve women and women veterans with children experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified back to you will remain strictly confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission. At the end of the survey, you will be able to opt in or out of providing your contact information if you consent to survey providers contacting you at a later date if there is a need for follow-up information.
Please take a few moments to help us by completing the survey found here. Thank you for your time, and for all you do to help veterans in your community!

Lift Up Your Voice for the National Week of Action

 
make your voice heard: Join the National Housing Week of action
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Alliance’s successful Capitol Hill Day last week! For those looking to stay involved, or if you were unable to attend our conference this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to have your voice heard on ending homelessness. This week is the Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action, which has been organized along with our partners in the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding, and is a great opportunity to lift up your voice for your community.

How to Take Action:
 
  1. The next 48 hours will be critical to saving Medicaid, as the Senate plans to vote early this week on a healthcare bill that will strip hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicaid, and leave millions without health coverage. This would be devastating to communities battling homelessness, but your voice can help stop it. Use our tools to call your Senators, and tell them to protect Medicaid.
  2. Take part in one of the many events happening in communities across the country. These events have been organized with the help of the Our Homes, Our Voices campaign, and will help push for greater investments in affordable homes in your community. Check here to learn more about how to get involved.
  3. Join the Alliance and our partners in the National Tweetstorm on Wednesday, July 26th at 2 PM ET. You can learn more and get sample tweets to send here.

This week is an important opportunity to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, and together we can send a powerful message to Congress!
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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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Join Us

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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Need Technical Assistance?

Visit the Center for Capacity Building to learn more about the ways the Center can help your community end homelessness.
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A Message from Our Partners at the National Alliance for Safe Housing and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), in collaboration with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), and Collaborative Solutions, Inc (CS), also known as the Domestic Violence and Housing Consortium TA Team and other local, state, and national stakeholders, developed this Safe Housing Needs Assessment to gather input from victim service providers, community service providers, coalitions, and continuums of care (CoCs).
This assessment is the first of its kind aimed at simultaneously reaching the domestic and sexual violence field, as well as the homeless and housing field. The assessment seeks to identify specific barriers preventing collaboration across these fields, as well as promising practices. As a key stakeholder in this historic assessment, your participation will directly change the awareness, understanding, and collaboration that is essential in meeting the needs of the field. Your responses will determine the results to help provide organizations and communities with the tools, strategies, and support necessary to improve coordination between domestic violence/sexual assault service providers and homeless and housing service providers, so that survivors and their children can ultimately avoid homelessness and live free from violence.
The needs assessment should take 10-15 minutes. The assessment will close on August 4, 2017. It can be completed on your computer or mobile device. Begin the needs assessment.
Should you have any questions please contact Larisa Kofman, Director, NASH, at lkofman@dashdc.org or Christie Bevis, Director of Safe Housing Practices & Initiatives, NRCDV, at cbevis@nrcdv.org.
         
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