CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of November 1, 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)
Expenditures (all recipients): within 24 months from the date HUD signs the grant agreement.
Grantees with additional questions should contact their local field office.
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

SOAR Newsletter: The Federal Edition

Plus recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Plus recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November e-News

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

November 11-19, 2017
Communities around the country will be hosting Awareness Week events from November 11 to 19 that are designed to promote education, action, and awareness about hunger and homelessness. To find volunteer opportunities in your area, or to obtain resources to plan your own community event, visit the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week website. The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center would love to feature Awareness Week events that highlight our SOAR partners on the SOAR Voices page! To highlight your Awareness Week activities, send your submission to soar@prainc.com
Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is open from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Do not miss this important period to have yourself, your family members, or your clients enrolled in a health insurance plan for 2018. Preview the 2018 plans, register for HealthCare.gov if it is your first year signing up, or log in now to make your selection if you have used the Marketplace before.
The enrollment period is shorter this year, so individuals are encouraged to not delay in signing up for 2018 healthcare coverage!
The Social Security Administration announced that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018.
The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To see an overview of how the COLA will impact SOAR beneficiaries, the SOAR TA Center has compiled a 2018 SSA Benefits Information resource sheet, which outlines the changes in SSI, Substantial Gainful Activity, Work Incentives, Social Security Quarters, Medicare Costs, Medicare Savings Programs, and Threshold Amounts for Disabled SSI Beneficiaries.

Social Security Guidance on Providing Written Evidence

In October, SSA released a Social Security Ruling that helps clarify the roles and responsibilities of disability examiners, applicants, and appointed representatives in developing and submitting evidence for SSI and SSDI applications and appeals. This guidance continues to emphasize the appointed representative's key role in providing written evidence and following a code of conduct in assisting applicants, consistent with critical components in the SOAR model. We encourage you to review this information and reach out to your SOAR TA Center Liaison if you have any questions!
Collecting medical evidence is a key component of the SOAR model. Check out the Collecting Medical Evidence article on the SOAR Online Course for a refresher on the five steps for collecting medical evidence. 
my Social Security is proud to welcome a new wage reporting application to its suite of services! Now, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries and their representative payees can report wage information electronically. However, they must still contact an office to report when they've started working.
This application makes it easier and faster for SSDI beneficiaries and their representative payees to report wages to Social Security. Beneficiaries can avoid visiting a field office to report their wages in person and they can print a receipt of their report.
Wage reporting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will remain the same, although the new functionality using my Social Security will be made available for SSI recipients, deemors, and their representative payees in a future release.
To learn about the SSA Work Incentives that exist for both SSI and SSDI, check out the SOAR TA Center's overview article, which covers work activity during an application and work incentives available to individuals when they are receiving disability benefits. 

SOAR Leadership Academies

The SOAR TA Center is now accepting applications for all Leadership Academies. Visit the SOARWorks website for more information. Leadership Academies are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and all participants must be approved by their SOAR State Team Lead. All interested participants must complete a Leadership Academy application and submit it for approval. Contact your SOAR TA Center Liaison with any questions.
  • December 5-7, 2017 in San Francisco, California (Registration is now open!)
  • February 6-8, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama
  • April 24-26, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts
November 9, 2017; 1:00 p.m. ET
The next SOARing Over Lunch Conference Call will take place Thursday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET! The SOAR TA Center hosts this series of informal monthly calls designed to help support SOAR efforts across the country. Participants can log in to ask about any SOAR-related question they may have.

Recent Stories from the SOAR Voices Blog

SOAR Works Ohio
Inclusion Drives Innovation
WWAARC Certificate
November 9, 2017; 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join the Defense Centers of Excellence for the Understanding Psychological Health Conditions Resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Patients with TBIs may also experience psychological health concerns including post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. Because symptoms of TBI and psychological health problems can be similar, knowing when to refer a patient to another provider is important for effective treatment. The goal of this webinar is to highlight psychological health conditions associated with TBI and the roles of other health care providers.
Application deadline: November 30, 2017
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is currently offering technical assistance to local health departments on including people with disabilities in public health practice. NACCHO welcomes technical assistance requests about the inclusion of people with disabilities in all health department programs and activities, including emergency preparedness and health promotion. Applications take about 10 minutes to complete and are reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications are due by November 30, 2017. 
This is a state-by-state list of foundation funders who are currently providing funding for homeless services. These are leads that can be used by programs in their search for funding opportunities. Programs should become familiar with these foundations and should sign up for their alerts and e-news to be in the loop about upcoming opportunities from these funders. The list is not exhaustive as these are members of an organization, but it does provide some valuable insight about some of the opportunities available.
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Register for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week


Register for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week®


Prevention partners are once again invited to participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This week-long health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction from scientists and other experts.
Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 22–28, 2018, and help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. It's easy to get involved!
Register your event and receive support from NIDA staff to plan a successful activity. NIDA staff can help you order free science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations. Get your event nationally recognized by adding it to the official 2018 map of activities for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.
Already planning to host an event?
Register Your Event
Also, check out NIDA's one-stop shop for teachers for information and resources to use with your students. Visit teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers to learn more!
For more information, contact drugfacts@nida.nih.gov.

Follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook by searching #NIDAteens.

Time for Trickle *Up* Housing

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
In This Issue: Fair and Transformative Disaster Recovery ● The Renters Movement Is Back! ● Neighbors Help Public Housing Get Healthy ● Trickle Up Housing ● Also: Jobs Events ● Opportunity ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● More
John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
At Texas Housers, we’ve confronted a series of natural disasters over the past decade that forced us to develop new approaches for our housing advocacy. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we find ourselves back at it. Here are seven lessons we have learned:
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
There’s a lot of talk about how homes will “filter down.” The argument goes that building new luxury housing will allow the wealthiest people to move into new housing, and (if the supply outstrips demand), eventually what had been high-end housing will command less money and will “filter down” to be affordable to lower income levels. But here’s the thing we don’t talk about enough:
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Malcolm Torrejón Chu, Right To The City Alliance
In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, community organizations and new autonomous tenant union groups have been rebuilding the housing justice movement block by block. In 2017, they are racking up significant victories that enhance renter protections, invest in community control of housing, and secure . . .
Jessica Tokunaga and Jessica Wolin, Health Equity Institute, and Lyn-Tise Jones, Urban Services YMCA
Many public housing residents feel that there is stigma associated with accessing certain services, such as mental health support and case management, and as a result they stay away. Services may also present logistical barriers, like inflexible hours or lack of childcare, or there can be a perceived lack of cultural competence on the part of providers. Peer-to-peer strategies attempt to bridge social divides while providing opportunities for residents to . . .
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:00 p.m. EST ● Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant CommunitiesPresented by America Walks. Attendees will expand their knowledge of community development, learn from those working to address challenges in the field, and develop strategies for public, private, and civic neighborhood leaders to work together to support new patterns of growth.
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City of Atlanta Extends Application Deadline for Innovative Affordable Housing Design Competition ● The competition, domestiCITY, seeks innovative proposals on how to balance the financial and spatial challenges of development in heavily populated and increasingly urbanized areas with the social and economic needs of existing and future communities. Intent to submit deadline is November 14th. For the complete timeline and more info, click here
You Said It!

Unfortunately, landlords can refuse to accept rental assistance in most areas. This will slow the movement of . . . —Jerry Rioux, more

Section 8 is a bear in my county as well; voucher holders can’t find rentals that are within the very low FMR limit and so . . . —Carolyn Malanowski, more

Basing FMRs and voucher payment standards [on smaller geographical areas] can actually help reduce rents and housing instability among unassisted renters in low income/low rent areas who have been having to pay inflated rents just to compete with voucher holders for units. In Baltimore at least, landlords tend to . . . —Barbara Samuels, more
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Executive Director
Our ideal candidate is a professional leader with financial and business expertise who is able to work in a diverse environment. He or she will have experience in real estate development or mortgage lending, and extensive success in grant writing and fund procurement. The ED must . . . Read Full Listing
Project Manager
Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union is seeking an individual with a passion for social change and inclusion to amplify our efforts to extend our mission and impact to Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Leading a diverse and multi-disciplinary project team, the PM will . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director
The Hopi Credit Association is a certified Native CDFI on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. The ED directs overall operations and assures financial soundness and professional delivery of products and services in line with our Mission to provide loans for Hopi members in home construction, business, and . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Project Manager
Home City Development seeks a Senior Real Estate Project Manager to develop affordable housing and neighborhood improvement projects in Springfield and the surrounding Western Massachusetts communities. This person will work closely with staff to complete new projects, continue to . . . Read Full Listing
Director—International Shelter Initiatives
Habitat for Humanity seeks a talented individual for this highly collaborative and globally-focused position. The person in this role will provide a high level of technical expertise in the design and implementation of shelter and technology programs and initiatives, as well as technical funding and . . . Read Full Listing
Community Organizer
The person in this role will work with National Housing Trust and partner organization colleagues to organize residents, affordable housing owners, and stakeholders in select states and congressional districts where NHT owns affordable housing supported by project-based Section 8 rental housing assistance and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits . . . Read Full Listing
Director of New Projects
This senior-level leadership position drives new housing development with a focus on supportive housing. Working with the Executive Director, the person in this role will help position Beacon Interfaith as a thought leader in supportive housing in Minnesota and nationally . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director
The National NeighborWorks Association seeks a strategic ED with superior relationship-building skills to further NNA’s work with a diverse network of NeighborWorks organizations, NeighborWorks America, and key national policymakers to promote the community development field . . . Read Full Listing
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