VA Releases NOFA for Renewal of Current GPD Special Needs Grants


VA Releases NOFA for Renewal of Current GPD Special Needs Grants
Applications due June 22 by 4 p.m. ET
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the availability of one-year renewal funding for the 12 currently operational fiscal year (FY) 2018 VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program Special Need Grant recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to submit renewal applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue to deliver services to the homeless Special Need Veteran population.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a currently operational FY 2018 VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Special Need Grant recipient with or without a collaborative VA Special Need partner. If the applicant was not funded under the VA Homeless Providers GPD Program NOFA published in the Federal Register on Dec. 23, 2016, 81 FR 94487–94494, they will be deemed ineligible for an award under this NOFA as the applicant must have an operational VA Homeless Providers GPD grant on Oct. 1, 2018, in order to receive Special Need funding.
An original completed signed and dated renewal application for assistance under VA’s GPD Program and associated documents, must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 22, 2018.
To view the full NOFA, click here.

HUD Publishes FY 2018 Rent Limits for HOME and HTF

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the FY 2018 Rent Limits for HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Housing Trust Fund (HTF).
All updated limits are effective as of June 1, 2018. They are available on the HUD Exchange at the links below:
Please direct any comments or questions to info@hudexchange.info.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

Enough Money for Public Housing? Radical.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
In this Issue: California’s Endless Housing “Crisis” ● Why Don’t People Who Get Rental Assistance Get a Job? ● The Power of Community to Segregate or Liberate ● Why Tenants Should Be Given the Opportunity to Purchase Their Buildings ● Enough Money for Public Housing? Radical. ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Industry News + 
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Not that long ago, sufficient federal support to deal with public housing’s capital backlog was as inconceivable as a resurgence in interest in rent control. Well, times are changing. Read Full Article

A: More than half are elderly or disabled. Of the rest, most of them do have a job! Having a job doesn’t necessarily mean you can afford a place to live. See Infographic
Shelterforce Staff
Tracking SNAP Recipients Is a Bad Idea | Including Anti-Racism Practices in the Housing First Model | An Asylum-Seeker Game? | Mick, Can We Rate You? | More… Read Full Article
Craig Saddlemire, Raise-Op Housing Cooperative
When organizing for social justice, “community control” is often upheld as a goal in and of itself. However, we must recognize that the existence of a community of people is not inherently liberating, equitable, or progressive, and that… Read Full Article
C.R. Mills, writer
The widespread hand-wringing over California’s housing “crisis” obscures two crucial facts about housing in the state. Read Full Article
Zach Murray, Oakland Community Land Trust
Unlike so many owners who are quickly selling their properties to the highest bidder amidst rising real estate values, an East Oakland landlord was intent on giving the existing tenants a fair shot to purchase the property. This is how they were able to make an offer… Read Full Article
Events

Wednesday, May 16, 2 p.m. EDT | Preserving Affordable Homeownership Opportunities: Part I | Communities across the country are trying to create policies that do more with less, balance individual benefits with community benefits, and make a dent in their local affordable housing needs. Join the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board and Grounded Solutions Network in this webinar, which will discuss making the case for permanently affordable homeownership and to share how you can adopt and customize these models to fit your community’s needs. Grounded Solutions Network's 2018 E-Learning Series is presented in partnership with Citi Community Development.
Thursday, May 17, 2 p.m. EDT | Cross Sector Collaborations: The Power of Partnership in Driving Community Change | Webinar participants will learn about the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC), a three-year, $90 million initiative to amplify locally driven efforts to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to equitable, healthy opportunities for everyone. The webinar will feature SPARCC’s national team members focused on data, research, capital, and communications—Enterprise, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Federal Reserve—and will include a deep dive on SPARCC’s work in Atlanta. Webinar presented by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
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Industry News
Stockton Williams NCSHA
The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) has Appointed Stockton Williams as Executive Director | Williams comes to NCSHA from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he served as executive vice president of content and executive director of the Terwilliger Center for Housing. Before joining ULI, Williams was managing principal of HR&A Advisors’ Washington, D.C. office. He previously served as senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. He has also held senior leadership positions at Enterprise Community Partners, Living Cities, NCSHA, and with an affordable housing developer.
You Said It!

The late Zane Yost, an architect from Connecticut, once commented to me, “You know, a lot of zoning is arranged so rich people pay nothing for housing.” He recited the simple, inconvenient truth: in many cases, exclusivity generates appreciation in home values that will be higher than… —Peter Werwath, more

In Columbus, OH, the perception is that low-income areas are very high in renters, who don't pay property taxes and are very transient, so local politicians are not interested in their voice at all. —Jen Mankin, via Facebook

I guess Mr. Lord has never heard of equity lines of credit or reverse mortgages. —Jerry Rioux

Jerry… Debt is not profit. Debt is almost the opposite of profit. Not only have I heard of the things you mention, apparently I understand what they are better than you. —Thomas Lord

Okay, Tom. Debt is not income, but you can spend it just the same when you’re sitting on over a million dollars in equity. At the beginning of your rant, you said… —Jerry Rioux, more

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