CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports Posted

The CPD Funding Matrix and Dashboard Reports, as of August 1, 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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SOAR August E-News

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Outcomes Reminder!

Did you meet the deadline for Fiscal Year 2018 SOAR outcomes reporting? It's not too late! Contact your SOAR State Team Lead TODAY if you have outcomes from SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications with decisions between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Sharing Our Successes


Missouri's SOAR Billing Code Success


Bary Kramer from the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) wrote in to share great news from the Truman Medical Centers (TMC), which has successfully billed over $10,000 this past fiscal year for completing Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications using the SOAR model! Community health centers that are designated as Administrative Agents are able to use billing codes developed by the Missouri DMH when providing SOAR assistance.
From Bary: "This is a helpful tool in offsetting the cost of assisting clients through the SOAR process. At the end of the day, the SOAR process is helpful not only to the consumers [in establishing] SSI and SSDI benefits, but [to] all of our agencies that rely on clients having Medicaid and Social Security benefits to help pay for services. Hopefully in the coming year we will see other Administrative Agents being able to use this tool to assist them in providing this valuable service to their clients and communities. Again, congratulations to TMC."

A Mother and Son SOAR to Safe Housing


Janet Lupher of Life Management Center in Bonifay, Florida wrote in to share this success story:
"Jordan* was experiencing homelessness and was trying to stay at his mother's home surreptitiously. She lived in public housing and was not allowed to have anyone living with her. Jordan and his mother were evicted [once] the housing authority found he was living there.
Jordan was 24 years old and had no work history. His mental health diagnosis was attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual development disorder. It was difficult to get him in for SOAR, psychiatric, and medication management appointments as he had a phone that had no service unless he was at a fast food restaurant or the library. It was imperative to get a communication strategy in place to create a successful SOAR application. Jordan generally minimized his difficulties and presented to others that his life was "Great!" Getting past records and ensuring current mental health treatment and records were key in getting a favorable decision.
Jordan received a favorable decision and selected his mother as his payee. Life Management Center assisted them in getting safe housing and some furnishings so they would no longer be experiencing homelessness. They are frequently walking in the community and report they are functioning very well. They relayed they feel confident they will be able to maintain their current housing and stated they are 'content.'"

Finding Family and SOAR Support in Michigan


Christopher Wooding, Community Resource Coordinator of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi wrote in to share this success story:
"One of the greatest success stories that I had was an individual who was nomadic and came back to Michigan from Iowa looking for family. This person needed assistance, which we were able to provide in securing benefits for them. They actually qualified for SSDI rather than SSI once we figured out the right Social Security number. Tracking down the correct information was quite challenging, but I was able to find an old employer who had the correct information. This took some detective work, but the SOAR training I received helped me identify how to find information from an area where the person might have some memory issues."
*Please note, SOAR Success Story submissions have been edited for space and clarity. Beneficiary names have been changed to protect their anonymity.
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Reminder! Submit Your Feedback on the New VA Income and Benefits Calculator!


As we announced on July 20, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a new tool for Social Security disability beneficiaries, which helps demonstrate how income from employment and/or VA disability benefits will affect SSI and SSDI. Read our announcement of the new resource and submit your feedback to us! We can't wait to hear how you are using this new tool to help SSI/SSDI beneficiaries explore employment! 

SOAR Job Postings


Illinois


Lake County Coalition for the Homeless is hiring a full-time VISTA based in Libertyville, Illinois. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to facilitate collaborations with service providers throughout the county on the local SOAR initiative.
Learn more about this posting on the SOARWorks website. Do you have a job posting you would like to share with the SOAR community? Submit it to the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center!

Events


SOARing Over Lunch Conference Calls


August 21, 2018; 1:00 p.m. ET
The next SOARing Over Lunch Conference Call will take place August 21 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 join to ask about any SOAR-related question they may have. 
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Federal Updates


SSA Revises Rules of Conduct for Representatives


Effective August 1, SSA revised the rules of conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives and updated the procedures used when bringing charges against a representative for violating these rules and standards. These changes are intended to further clarify representatives' existing responsibilities in their conduct with SSA and ensure that the rules of conduct and standards of responsibility are clearer as a whole and directly address a broader range of inappropriate conduct. View the updated rules

Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness


The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) released an updated Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which focuses on identifying and describing essential federal strategies that will help states, communities, and public and private partners build effective, lasting systems that will be able to respond quickly and efficiently when housing instability and homelessness occur.
Increasing access to Social Security disability benefits is a key feature of the revised plan, specifically in terms of incorporating referrals for SSI/SSDI assistance into coordinated entry systems, connecting those in permanent supportive housing with SSI/SSDI, and preventing a return to homelessness by improving access to income supports, such as disability benefits and employment. 

HUD Awards $43 Million to Help End Youth Homelessness


To help end youth homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $43 million to 11 local communities, including 5 rural areas, through its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). This program supports a wide range of housing interventions, including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes. Learn more about incorporating SOAR into YHDP on the SOARWorks website
National Wellness Week

Partner Updates


National Wellness Week 2018


Mark your calendars! SAMHSA's next National Wellness Week (NWW) will be from September 16-22, 2018. NWW is an annual health observance dedicated to help promote prevention and wellness for people with mental and/or substance use disorders.
Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country engage in activities from hosting 5K walks/runs to coordinating health fairs, organizing conferences, and dialoguing on social media to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

New for 2018! NWW Social Media Toolkit


Get ready to kick off National Wellness Week by promoting wellness and the importance of "Connecting All Aspects of Behavioral Health" with a NWW Social Media Toolkit developed by SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness (PAW). In this toolkit, you will find suggested social media copy and links that you can promote via your own social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. This quick-guide will help you leverage social media to #ShareWellness.
PAW has also created Snapchat filters for your use during NWW. The filters are available as .PNG files that you can upload to Snapchat and use as geofilters throughout the week—Snap away! Join PAW and highlight one of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness each day.
Download the Snapchat Filters: Share Wellness | Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Homefront: CSH Becomes Member of Federal Home Loan Bank NY





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CSH, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), today announced it has joined the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) cooperative. Read the full announcement by clicking here.
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New IDIS FAQs Added to the HUD Exchange

Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available on the HUD Exchange. FAQs provide guidance on commonly asked questions.
View the FAQs on the IDIS FAQs page.
The newly added FAQs address:
  • How to set up optimal internet browser settings for using IDIS
  • How to turn off the compatibility mode in Internet Explorer version 10 or 11 to access the MicroStrategy toolbar
  • How to add/edit subfunds
  • How to add/edit HEARTH-ESG (HESG) activity funding
  • How to edit HESG voucher revisions
  • How to access Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) reports in IDIS
If you have a question that is not answered by the existing FAQs, please submit your question through the HUD Exchange Ask a Question (AAQ) portal. On Step 2 of the question submission process, select "IDIS: Integrated Disbursement and Information System" in the "My question is related to" drop down list, and then select the related program to which your question belongs.
The IDIS resource pages provide guidance, tools, and webinars to assist grantees in using IDIS.
         
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