Register Today: Overview of New HTF e-Con Planning Suite Screens Webinar - March 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM EDT

The Office of Community and Planning Development (CPD) is holding a question and answer webinar for all State and Entitlement grantees to review the new Housing Trust Fund (HTF) screens in the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan templates, and demonstrate how users should complete the corresponding screens. During this session, trainers will review how to integrate HTF elements into the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans templates in the eCon Planning Suite.
Throughout the presentation, participants will be able to submit questions to HUD technical assistance providers regarding the integration of the HTF into the eCon Planning Suite.

Participants will learn how to:
  • Utilize the new HTF screens in the eCon Planning Suite
  • Integrate HTF elements into the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan

Webinar Schedule

Webinar Title Date and Time Registration Link
Overview of New HTF e-Con Planning Suite Screens Webinar March 20, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT
Register Now
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is open to all State and Entitlement grantees who will be either be a recipient or subrecipient of HTF program funds.

Training Point of Contact

TJ Winfield | 240-582-3607 | econplan.training@cloudburstgroup.com

Registering for the Overview of New HTF e-Con Planning Suite Screens Webinar

Access the registration page below and then select Register Now on the right side of the page.
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  2. Click Log In (at the upper right).
  3. Click Create an Account.
  4. Fill out the form, and click the Create Account button.
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NHSDC Spring 2018 in Pittsburgh: Preliminary Agenda is HERE!




NHSDC


Good News! Preliminary Agenda is Here! 

You've been asking, and we are delivering - here's a sample of approved sessions that will be showcased at the NHSDC Spring 2018 conference. 
  • HUD’s Vision for Data: Understanding and Measuring the SNAPS Data TA Strategy (2 parts)
  • Local Uses of System Performance Measurement Data
  • Using LSA Data to Dig Deep Into Your System’s Performance
  • Sharing Data across Systems to Prevent and End Youth and Family Homelessness
  • Social Determinants of Health: Creating a Multi-Agency Coordinated Care Hub for Homeless Adults
  • Promising Data Practices in Coordinated Entry Implementations – A Round Table Discussion
  • Let’s Open Up: About Data Management in a Shared Environment
  • Using Data Integration and Pay for Success to Advance Supportive Housing for Vulnerable Populations
  • Day Shelters and Data: Answer to Understanding and Ending Homelessness
  • HMIS 101 for New HMIS Leads & System Administrators
  • Victim Service Providers and Comparable Databases
  • Telling our Story: Tips for Choosing and Presenting Data for Decision-Making and Advocacy
  • Measuring the Impact of Natural Disasters on the Homeless System
  • A Practical Take on Improving HMIS Data Analysis and Evaluating Cross-Systems Data
  • BigBurgh.com: Sucesses and Challenges in building an online resource for individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Use Performance Data to Right-Size a Homeless System and Reach Functional Zero For All Populations
  • When CE Best Practices Don’t Work: Setting up CE in regions with closed and fragmented data systems
  • Vendor Contracts 101
...and MORE! Please stay tuned for our conference agenda and schedule to be released in late March.

Registration is Filling Up!

The spots for the Spring Conference are going fast. Act quickly by registering here, and don't forget to book your hotel room at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh. The conference rate is a reasonable $159 per night. Please use this link or call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) to book your room. We usually sell out so advise reserving your room early!

In the past, NHSDC conferences have been HUD-approved, which means that HMIS funds awarded under the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs could be used to attend. NHSDC anticipates that our Spring 2018 Conference in Pittsburgh will also be HUD-approved. Once HUD issues the official notice of approval through their listserv NHSDC will post it on our website.

Important note: As in prior years, even if the Spring 2018 conference is HUD-approved, projects without funds designated for HMIS cannot use funds from other budget line items (e.g., project admin funds) to attend this event.


About the National Human Services Data Consortium

The NHSDC provides information, assistance, peer education, and lifelong learning to its membership and other interested parties in the articulation, planning, implementation, and continuous operation of technology initiatives to collect, aggregate, analyze, and present information regarding the provision of human services.

Our conferences highlight the good work that you and your community are doing to leverage data in the fight to end homelessness. All communities employ different strategies and creative means to tackle the social services issues.
 

We look forward to seeing you in April!

Using IDIS Online for the ESG Program – Updated Resource Posted

HUD has posted an updated version of Using IDIS Online for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program on the HUD Exchange. The manual assumes that readers have basic knowledge of how to navigate the system.
ESG Program recipients use the Integrated Disbursement and Information System Online (IDIS) to draw program funds. This manual provides step-by-step instructions along with corresponding screenshots to assist users with routine functions, including:
  • Setting up projects, activities, and the administration subfund;
  • Funding activities and drawing down funds;
  • Completing activities in IDIS;
  • Using MicroStrategy reports developed for ESG; and
  • Navigating between eCon Planning Suite and IDIS project and activity set-up processes.
This update replaces all previous versions, the most recent of which is titled Using IDIS Online for the Emergency Solutions Grants Program (last updated September 2012). This revised version:
  • Updates Section 6.1 to include information on grant based accounting;
  • Updates Section 8.2 with instructions for revising vouchers;
  • Adds new guidance on ESG reports: PR92 and PR93; and
  • Incorporates 11.15 system release updates for IDIS.

Questions

If you have questions about the ESG Program or IDIS, please submit them through the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select “ESG” or “IDIS” in the “My question is related to” dropdown.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

2018 NCHV Annual Conference Call for Abstracts, NCHV Seeks Input for VA

2018 NCHV Annual Conference - Save the Date, Call for Abstracts
May 30 - June 1 in Washington, D.C.
The 2018 NCHV Annual Conference will take place May 30 through June 1 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The theme for this year's Conference is "Progress. Practice. Perseverance."
Our collective progress in ending homelessness among veterans in each of our communities across the United States has been remarkable over the past eight years. This year, as we convene together in our nation's capital, we will focus on continuing that progress. To do so, we must continue to put proven strategies and policies into practice. And, we must also persevere to ensure that ending veteran homelessness remains the urgent priority that it has been over these past years.
Mark your calendars for May 30 - June 1, and stay tuned for more details including registration info in the coming weeks.
If you are interested in being a presenter at the 2018 NCHV Annual Conference, we are now accepting session abstracts. All submissions must be received by March 2. Click here to fill out an abstract submission form

NCHV Seeks Your Input for VA Homeless Programs
Make your voice heard in shaping Department's future efforts for homeless veterans 
Following months of back-and-forth over the VA’s funding of the HUD-VASH program, VA Secretary David Shulkin has committed to soliciting stakeholder feedback over the future of the VA’s homeless programs. NCHV is taking this opportunity to present the Secretary with a wide-ranging policy document that will include a comprehensive set of recommendations from service providers. As part of this effort, we are seeking member input through an online survey. Participation is greatly appreciated, and will directly shape our recommendation document – and hopefully, VA’s path forward.
Click here to complete the brief survey. The deadline for responses is COB Feb. 23, don't miss your chance to shape the conversation!

Register Today: Best Practices for the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan in the eCon Planning Suite

The Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) is holding a question and answer (Q&A) webinar for all State and Entitlement grantees on best practices for successful set up of the Action Plan in the eCon Planning Suite. It will review the process, timing, and steps required to complete amendments.
The webinar will include demonstrations of amending the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan in Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and creating a new Annual Action Plan (AAP) by using the Copy function. 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.
Participants will learn:
  • Best practices for setting up the 2018 AAP
  • How to amend Consolidated Plans and Action Plans in the eCon Planning Suite

Webinar Schedule

Webinar Title Date and Time Registration Link
Best Practices for the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan in the eCon Planning Suite March 7, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
Register Now
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is relevant for anyone who is or will be preparing an amendment to the Consolidated Plan/Action Plan or who has questions on how to set up the 2018 Action Plan. The Q&A will provide valuable opportunities to learn how to properly set up Consolidated Plans and Action Plans in the eCon Planning Suite and troubleshoot issues.

Training Point of Contact

TJ Winfield | 240-582-3607 | econplan.training@cloudburstgroup.com

Registering for the Best Practices for the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan in the eCon Planning Suite

Access the registration page 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.
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  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.

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The President released his budget proposal last week. Learn what you can do about it.

webinar: The President’s Budget Proposal and What You Can Do About It
Last week, the President released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. This Thursday, February 22, the Alliance is hosting a webinar to review what's in it, what it means for ending homelessness, and how advocates can get involved.
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The President's FY 2019 budget includes a laundry list of policies and cuts that would be detrimental to homeless assistance programs. While we know that this proposal won’t make it through Congress in its current form, it does give us insight into the Administration’s policy priorities, and which programs may be under threat.

Join us this Thursday to learn what the Alliance has in store to protect these programs in the next year, and how your advocacy can help us.
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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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Bringing "Zombies" Back to Life

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
In this Issue: The Displacement Crisis of Immigrant-Owned Small Businesses Aligning Health Systems With Community DevelopmentBringing “Zombies” Back to LifeAlso: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Industry News +
Shelter Shorts

Gentrification's Off the Hook | Double Housing Discrimination | Medical Care for the Homeless | It's Still Expensive to be Poor | A Robust Economy Lifts "Some” Boats | More...
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Lena Afridi, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development 
New York City’s small businesses, like small businesses in cities across the nation, are in the midst of a displacement crisis. And among the most affected are long-operating small businesses, especially those owned and operated by immigrants and people of color in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The mechanisms around their displacement are… Read Full Article
Katharine Greider, journalist and author
Since the collapse of the housing market after the Great Recession, thousands of properties stuck in foreclosure limbo—also called zombie properties—have been left vacant and deteriorating in towns and cities across New York state. With the owner of record long gone and the bank showing little progress toward taking possession, the burden of maintaining these semi-foreclosed properties has often fallen on strapped municipal governments. Recently… Read Full Article
Kevin Barnett, Public Health Institute
Hospitals and health systems can’t solve societal challenges alone. The time has come to move these partnerships from small-scale transactions to a full-scale transformation… Read Full Article
Industry News
Global Land Alliance has launched the Center for Community Land Trust Innovation, an outgrowth of Roots & Branches, an online archive developed by John Emmeus Davis and Greg Rosenberg to track the origins and evolution of community land trusts in the United States. The Center will track the history and current research on CLTs and foster new ways of conceptualizing, structuring, and applying the CLT model that go beyond the provision of housing, in particular, to support the world’s one billion people who live in informal settlements on lands they neither own nor control.
Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander, director of the Ford Foundation Creativity and Free Expression program, has been appointed president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation beginning in March. She succeeds Earl Lewis. Alexander, an accomplished poet, was commissioned by President Obama to compose and deliver the poem "Praise Song for the Day" at the 2009 inauguration. She is the author of The Light of the World, and former chair of the African American Studies department at Yale University.
Remy De La Peza
Rémy De La Peza is now director of national initiatives at Root and Rebound, a re-entry advocacy center in Oakland, CA dedicated to increasing access to justice and opportunity for people in re-entry from prison and jail. Shelterforce spoke with De La Peza during her tenure as director of planning & policy counsel at the Little Tokyo Service Center. She has also served as policy advisor for public land use at Auckland Council in New Zealand.
Events

TODAY! Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. EST How Cities and Anchor Institutions Can Work Together to Improve Health and Wellbeing in Their Communities The National League of Cities hosts this web forum, which will consider factors such as "access to affordable, healthy housing, transportation, good jobs, and quality education" to achieve this goal.
Request for Comments

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Extends Deadline for Request for Input on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Score Requirements Input should be submitted electronically or via mail by March 30, 2018. FHFA is seeking input on all aspects of a potential change from the current Classic FICO requirement, including feedback on the operational and competition considerations of continuing to use a single credit score model or allowing the use of more than one credit score model.

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