CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of March 5, 2018, 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.
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HUD Job Opportunity: Special Needs Assistance Specialist, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS)

This position is in the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS).
CPD seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons. The primary means toward this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations. SNAPS assists with programs to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
This position includes the following responsibilities:
  • Develop policy recommendations for SNAPS
  • Develop regulations, handbooks, notices or memoranda to promulgate policy
  • Research and conduct analyses of the causes of homelessness, and the relationship of national welfare policy and poverty programs to homelessness and makes appropriate recommendations
  • Solicit input from grantees, applicants, providers and all levels of government to develop policy recommendations responsive to resolution of the homelessness problem
  • Identify technical assistance needs of grantees and providers and then develop and prepare for promulgation such assistance
  • Review policy from other offices in HUD or other Federal agencies that affect people experiencing homelessness and make appropriate recommendations
Close Date: March 13, 2018
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Download the 2017 SOAR Outcomes Issue Brief Today

Plus SOAR resources to help you spring ahead!
Plus SOAR resources to help you spring ahead!
SOAR eNewsletters

Announcing the 2017 SOAR Outcomes!

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is excited to release the 2017 National SOAR Outcomes for SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 2017. Over the last 12 years, the SOAR process has been used to assist more than 40,311 people who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness gain access to Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit programs.
Curious about the 2017 highlights of the outcomes summary? In 2017, decisions on SOAR‐assisted initial applications were received in an average of 96 days with an allowance rate of 64 percent. Decisions on SOAR‐assisted appeals were received in an average of 186 days with an allowance rate of 52 percent.
On February 27, 2018 the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center hosted a webinar to release the 2017 SOAR outcomes and highlight incredible success stories from around the country. The webinar recording and slides are now available for download.
Read the full SOAR 2017 Outcomes Issue Brief on our website and view the outcomes infographic! Thank you for helping to make the SOAR Outcomes such a success each year. Keep SOARing!
Birmingham, Alabama Leadership Academy

Birmingham, Alabama Leadership Academy

From February 6-8, 2018, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center facilitated a SOAR Leadership Academy in Birmingham, Alabama. Pamela Heine, Amanda Starkey, Suzy Sodergren, and Dazara Ware facilitated the training. There were 32 participants representing 24 states and the District of Columbia (AL, AZ, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, MD, MS, MT, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI). Throughout the 3 days of training, there was enthusiastic participation and commitment to SOAR, a testament to the participants' dedication to use SOAR to achieve their goals of ending homelessness in their communities. Congratulations to our new graduates! We are excited to see you SOAR! 

SOAR Job Postings


The County of Santa Barbara, California is hiring a Homeless Assistance Program Manager. This is an important leadership position, which will administer Santa Barbara County's homeless programs by monitoring and evaluating program compliance with policies established by the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive's Office, and the local Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care.
Learn more about this position, including how to apply, on the SOAR website!

Spring Ahead on Your SSI/SSDI Applications with SOAR Tools

Looking to do some spring cleaning and enhance your SOAR applications? Check out these great resources from the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center!
  • SSA and DDS Collaboration Guide: Learn how you can develop and sustain long-lasting relationships with SSA and DDS
  • SOAR Resource Library: Trying to find a particular SSA Form? Want to enhance your Medical Summary Report? Look no further than the SOAR Resource Library, where there are hundreds of resources waiting for you!
  • SOAR Webinars: Did you miss one of our recent (or long-past) webinars? We catalog all of our webinars so you can easily download the webinar slides, view the recordings, and view any and all supplemental materials! 

Sharing Our Success


Congratulations to SOAR case manager Lisa Calloway from Loup City, Nebraska!  She recently worked with a Veteran to apply for Social Security disability benefits using the SOAR process. The Veteran was approved for SSDI in 122 days and DDS found him disabled since 2010, resulting in over $100,000 in back payments!  Lisa explained that this gentleman had been experiencing homelessness for nearly 7 years, but never saw himself as such; instead, he preferred to say that he was "living independently."  Despite living in an abandoned trailer without electricity or running water, he took great care of his many cats and was a very proud man.  Prior to his benefits being approved, he was housed through the local Housing Authority and is now living there full time. With the help of SOAR and his family, he now has a permanent home, is able to pay rent, and has a car so he can get to and from his appointments and visit his cats whenever he wants.  Lisa said "it was such an honor to work with this gentleman and I feel so grateful that I could give a little back to a Veteran who selflessly gave to me." What a wonderful success story—keep SOARing Lisa!


Melina Lasatar has joined the Texas Homeless Network (THN) as the new Texas SOAR Statewide VISTA member. Melina will coordinate SOAR while working as a VISTA for THN. Melina says that she is "looking forward to my service year with THN and contributing to the effectiveness of SOAR." Welcome, Melina!
Interested in adding a VISTA position to your SOAR program? Check out the SOAR issue brief, AmeriCorps and SOAR: An Opportunity for Sustainability!
Do you have a success story that you would like featured in a SOAR eNews? Use our new form (with easy-to-follow prompts!) to submit it to the SOAR TA Center!
Submit Your SOAR Success


SOARing Over Lunch Conference Calls

March 13, 2018; 1:00 p.m. ET
The next SOARing Over Lunch Conference Call will take place March 13 at 1:00 p.m. ET! The SAMHSA 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. 

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Federal Updates

VA Launches Concierge for Care Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the launch of Concierge for Care, a health-care enrollment initiative that connects with former service members shortly after they separate from the service. As part of Concierge for Care, VA staff members are personally contacting recently separated service members to answer questions, process their health-care enrollment applications over the phone and help schedule eligible Veterans' first VA medical appointment, if needed.

National Council for Disability Soliciting Public Comment on Policy Priorities for New Projects

The National Council for Disability (NCD) will host its next quarterly Council meeting on Thursday, March 8 in Washington, DC during which time it will discuss and decide its policy priorities for the next fiscal year. The Council wants to hear your thoughts regarding the slate of proposed projects under consideration. Please consider joining the meeting during public comment (by phone or in-person) or sending NCD an email ahead of the meeting, so the Council Members are aware of your votes before the vote. Comment submissions should be received by the close of business on Wednesday, March 7.

HTF Monthly Report Now Posted

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HUD is now posting the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Deadline Compliance Status Reports. These monthly reports assist grantees and HUD Field Offices in monitoring compliance with the 2-year commitment requirement of the HTF statute and the 5-year expenditure requirement of the HTF regulations. The current report is now posted on the HUD Exchange at the link below. You may also access it from the Housing Trust Fund Page under "HTF Program Reports."

HTF Monthly Report as of 02/28/2018 Now Available:
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Could gentrification improve DC schools?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
In this Issue: Housing Advocacy Needs Housing Voters Slow and Messy Partnerships Using Art to Create Community at a Clinic Could Gentrification Improve DC Schools?Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Industry News +
Shelter Shorts

Are Black Incarceration Rates Really Falling? | Clinics in Schools Remedy Absenteeism | Hispanic Homeownership Rate Increases | Uber is Causing Traffic Jams | "Adjustable" Houses | More...
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Kfir Mordechay, Pepperdine University
Neighborhoods undergoing gentrification usually benefit from new grocery stores and other retail within walking distance, better public transit connections, reduced crime, and perhaps most importantly, attention from local government. But does an influx of affluent residents and their children have a beneficial effect on local public schools? Read Full Article
Amanda Abrams, freelance journalist
There isn’t an exact science to forming partnerships between health and community development organizations. Here are some stories about that process and the patience it requires. Read Full Article
Michael Fogelberg, Homes for All Seniors Campaign
A significant opportunity exists across the country. A diverse constituency for greater public and private action to address housing hardships needs to be mobilized into political action, and the 2018 and 2020 election cycles present a significant opportunity to do so. Read Full Article
Sahra Noor, People’s Center Health Services, and Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts
Arts projects at a Minneapolis clinic created a natural connection between people who might not otherwise interact. The projects transformed the community clinic into a community hub: a home for creativity, collaboration, social connection, and joy. Read Full Article

March 22, 5 p.m. EDT Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) Symposium on Fair Housing Intersections This event will discuss cross-cutting issues in civil rights and the interplay among progressive federalism, advocacy, and the federal government in protecting and advancing social justice. Featuring former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, environmental justice leader Vernice Miller-Travis, Inclusive Communities Project President Demetria McCain, and other guests at PRRAC's office, 740 15th St. NW #300, Washington, D.C. Register early by emailing registration@prrac.org.
Industry News
Britnee Timberlake, founding executive director of the Essex Community Land Trust, New Jersey’s only active affordable housing land trust (launched by NHI/Shelterforce), was sworn in on Jan. 29 to represent the 4th legislative district in the NJ State General Assembly. Filling the seat vacated by Sheila Oliver, who took office as lieutenant governor, Timberlake will serve until November when she officially runs for the remainder of Oliver’s two-year term in a special election. In 2014, Timberlake took office as Essex County’s youngest freeholder and was chosen as freeholder president in 2015, becoming the state’s only African-American woman to be head of a freeholder board.
Prosperity Indiana Names Jessica Love Executive Director. Love has served in the role of associate executive director for Prosperity Indiana since 2013 and was previously the organization’s senior program manager. She has also served with the South Central Alabama Development Commission and was managing editor for The Selma Times-Journal. Love succeeds Prosperity Indiana's exiting director Andy Fraizer, who is leaving to become executive director for the Community Foundation of South Jersey.

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