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DIGEST

 
 
A Bimonthly Mailing List & News Digest
April – May 2016
 
 
DIGEST OVERVIEW
 

HUD Guidance | CoC Program Competition New Resources | Announcements

Highlights:

HUD Guidance:

CoC Program Competition Updates:

New Resources:

Announcements:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Guidance Available: Information Sharing Between the VA and CoCs for Community Coordination and Master List Use

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HUD announced new guidance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides VA staff with the legal authority to share information necessary to coordinate referrals and services with community partners. This is a follow up to the VA’s guidance on its HMIS “read only” and “direct data access” for VA staff that was published August 31, 2015.

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View the news posting and the resource, Veterans Administration Privacy Guidance on Authority to Make Disclosures to Community Partners, for more information.

 

Updated Memorandum: Use of HOPWA Grant Funds for Participation at the 2016 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS

HUD issued a memorandum to CPD Field Office Directors and HOPWA formula and competitive grantees on the use of HOPWA grant funds to pay for the cost of grantee or project sponsor staff attending the conference taking place in Minneapolis, MN, on May 26-29, 2016.

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View the news posting for more information.

 

New Changes to HUD CoC and ESG Program Implementation

HUD announced new changes in the implementation of the CoC and ESG programs, specifically to help providers operate the programs more effectively and with less administrative burden. Changes include the following:

  • Nonprofit organizations have permanent authority to administer rental assistance awarded through the CoC Program.
  • Program income can be counted as match for FY 2015 and FY 2016 CoC Program awards.
  • Updated environmental review requirements, including the following:
    • Tenant-based leasing projects are no longer subject to Section 58.5.
    • Only one Exempt/CENST form needs to be filled out per project.
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View the news posting for more information about the new changes to HUD CoC and ESG Program Implementation.

 

SNAPS In Focus: Ending Veteran Homelessness and What it Means for Zero: 2016 Communities

In this SNAPS In Focus message, Ann Oliva, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, described how HUD has been able to celebrate victory with 23 communities and 2 states that were able to meet the Federal criteria and benchmarks associated with what it means to end veteran homelessness locally. She also congratulated the four communities participating in the Zero: 2016 initiative that have met the Federal criteria and benchmarks as well as the definition of “functional zero.”

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View the news posting for more information. View more SNAPS In Focus Messages.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Preparing for the HUD System Performance Measures

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HUD provided guidance to communities regarding how to prepare for submitting system performance measures in HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX). HUD also provided steps that Continuums of Care (CoCs) and HMIS Leads can take to prepare for submitting the system performance measures in the coming weeks.
 

HUD developed a training on the measures, entitled “Preparing for HUD’s System Performance Measures.” The same training was offered during three distinct dates/times from June 7 to 9, 2016.
 

HUD anticipates this opening by mid-June and will send a listserv when the opening and closing dates are established. If you are not yet subscribed to the HUD Exchange mailing list please visit the HUD Exchange mailing list subscription page.

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View the news posting for more information about HUD’s announcement and view the System Performance Measures page for resources and guidance.

 

HUD Published Updated Consolidated Plan Resources

HUD announced updated Consolidated Plan resources, including the Consolidated Plan in IDIS Desk Guide and Consolidated Plan Quick Guides.

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View the news posting, the Consolidated Plan in IDIS Desk Guide, and the Consolidate Plan Quick Guides for more information.

 

Income Calculator Updated with FY 2016 Income Limits

HUD updated the Community Planning and Development (CPD) Income Eligibility Calculator to incorporate FY 2016 CPD Income Limits for all programs.
 

In addition, as of April 7, 2016 the CPD Income Eligibility Calculator has been expanded to include the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program.

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View the news postings about the inclusion of the FY 2016 CPD Income Limits, including the FY 2016 HOME Program Income Limits, and ESG program in the CPD Income Eligibility Calculator for more information.

 

HUD Launched Improved Online Tool to Facilitate Consultation with Indian Tribes About HUD-Assisted Development

HUD has completed a new update of the Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT 2.1), a database of tribal contact information and geographic areas of interest. TDAT 2.1 was developed by the Office of Environment and Energy's Environmental Planning Division (EPD) to assist users with Section 106 compliance and tribal consultation.

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View the news posting and the new TDAT 2.1 on HUD’s website for more information.

 

Understanding HOPWA Access to Care and Support Outcomes

The Office of HIV/AIDS Housing published a new guide for HOPWA grantees on completing the Access to Care and Support Outcomes section of the APR and CAPER. The guide is intended to help HOPWA grantees and project sponsors understand the purpose of the Access to Care and Support Outcomes, how to collect and compile outcomes data, as well as how to accurately complete the outcomes portion of the APR and CAPER.

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View the guide, Understanding HOPWA Access to Care and Support Outcomes, and its supporting materials for more information.

 

New Resources Available: The Coordination and Collaboration for CoCs and Con Plan Jurisdictions Guide and Video

The HUD SNAPS Office announced a new guide and video for coordination and collaboration among CoCs and Con Plan Jurisdictions.

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View the new resources and news posting for more information.

 

CoC Program Grant and Project Administration Requirements Online Training Module

This online training module, released April 19, 2016, ensures that recipients and subrecipients understand the primary responsibilities in administering a CoC Program project. The module includes a summary of information about the requirements established for recipients and subrecipients in the CoC Program interim rule.

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View the training page to access the training module.

 

NAEH Released the Rapid Re-Housing Know-How Series

HUD announced a series of resources from the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) for rapid re-housing (RRH) providers. Resources focus on how to implement the three core components of rapid re-housing: housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. Through the series NAEH will share blog posts, webinars, best practices, and tools from communities who are successfully implementing the model, and more.

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For more information view the Rapid Re-Housing Know-How Series page on NAEH’s website and HUD’s announcement.

 

2015 Continuum of Care Maps Published

The 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Maps are now available on the HUD Exchange. These maps depict the geographic boundaries for HUD's CoC areas by year. To find a 2015 CoC Map visit the HUD Exchange About Grantees page.

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View the news posting for more information.

 

Updated Quarter Four HOPWA Performance Profiles Published

Updated Quarter 4 HOPWA Performance Profiles for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014-2015 are now available on the HUD Exchange. The Performance Profiles provide a grant summary of beneficiary outcomes data and output data for activity types, including housing assistance, housing development, supportive services, housing information services, and administration and management services.

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View the news posting for more information.

 

Webinar Recordings

Family Options Study Webinar

In this webinar, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research discussed HUD’s Family Options Study, a multi-site random assignment experiment designed to study the impact of various housing and services interventions for homeless families with children. This presentation focused on the short-term outcomes of families including housing stability; family preservation; adult well-being; child well-being; and self-sufficiency outcomes. This webinar was held on May 17, 2016.

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View the event page to access information about the audio recording and supplemental materials.

 

Housing + Employment Works Webinar: Building System Capacity to Employ People Experiencing Homelessness

This webinar, held on April 21, 2016, provided an overview of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the importance of collaborating with your local Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

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View the recorded webinar and the Housing + Employment Works Webinar Series page for more information.

 

Housing Access and Stability with SOAR Webinar

This webinar, held on April 7, 2016, introduced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) latest issue brief "Housing Access and Stability with SOAR. Participants heard from providers who have successfully integrated SOAR and Housing First.

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View the recorded webinar and supplemental materials on SOAR Works page for more information.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HUD Sought Feedback for Measuring HOPWA Unmet Need

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The Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) was seeking grantee and stakeholder feedback on a new formula to measure the estimated number of people eligible for, but not participating in, the HOPWA program. This measurement will be referred to as “unmet need.”

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View the news posting for more information.

 

May 19th was Hepatitis Testing Day!

HUD announced that May 19, 2016 was Hepatitis Testing Day and provided links to several resources developed by the CDC to help raise awareness and link people into testing for viral hepatitis.

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View the news posting for more information.

 

Deadline for Submitting 2016 HIC and PIT Count Data: May 2, 2016

HUD reminded all CoCs that the deadline for submitting all HIC and PIT count data in HDX was Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.

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View the news posting for more information.

 

Upcoming Training and Events
Be sure to check the HUD Exchange Training Calendar page and News page for the latest training and event announcements.

System Performances Measures around Employment and Income Maximization

August 18, 2016
 

In this webinar, the fourth in the Housing + Employment Works Webinar Series, communities discuss how they are measuring employment outcomes and the benefits to the CoC.
 

View the calendar event page to learn about the event. Note that webinar registration is not yet available.

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View the Housing + Employment Works Webinar Series page for more information about additional webinars in this series. You may also view the recordings from the first webinar: A Discussion of WIOA, Rapid Rehousing, and Rapid Job Placement, and the second webinar: Building System Capacity to Employ People Experiencing Homelessness.

 

2016 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium Ready for Zero: Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Housing and Recovery

September 28 - 30, 2016 | Tulsa, Oklahoma
 

The 2016 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium focuses on exploring housing, clinical, and recovery supports, along with innovative solutions to homelessness.
 

This national conference is a unique opportunity to meet and connect with other like-minded attendees who are inspired to transform the lives of people impacted by mental illness and homelessness through innovative and sustainable programs and tools.

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To learn more about this event and participate view the 2016 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium webpage.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


FY 2016 CoC Program Competition:

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The FY 2016 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. The FY 2016 CoC Program Competition opened on June 28, 2016 and will close September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.

HUD will announce when the e-snaps is available on the
FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange and via the HUD Exchange mailing list for the CoC Program.
 

CoC Competition Focus Messages

Leading up to the publication of the FY 2016 NOFA, HUD will publish CoC Competition Focus messages that explain HUD’s policy priorities for the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition and link to key resources to help CoCs and project applicants implement these priorities:

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For more information, view the FY 2016 CoC Program NOFA and HUD’s announcement of the opening of the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition.

 

FY 2015 CoC Program Competition Awards and Debrief:

FY 2015 CoC Program Competition - Funding Announcement for Tier 2
 

On May 2, 2016 HUD announced the award of $355 million in CoC grants to more than 1,200 local homeless housing and service programs across the United States.
 

The competition to award FY 2015 CoC Program grants was the most competitive ever, both locally and nationally. This is consistent with HUD’s policy goals as well as Congressional direction to stringently review performance, increase competition for CoCs, and not simply fund renewals in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition.
 

HUD strongly encouraged local applicants to prioritize their funding request very carefully, using a mix of performance data and local needs. In addition, applicants were encouraged to submit projects that were based on research-driven approaches and supported the nation’s goals to prevent and end homelessness. As a result, local CoCs reallocated a combined $124 million in renewal funding from lower performing projects in order to apply for new housing projects. These new projects will provide permanent supportive housing (PSH) and rapid re-housing (RRH) solutions for those experiencing homelessness.
 

View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding.

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View the news posting on the HUD Exchange and HUD’s press release for more information.

 

SNAPS In Focus: FY 2015 CoC Program Competition Recap

In this SNAPS In Focus message, SNAPS Director Norm Suchar reflected on the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition, explained the competition results, and described some of the factors and policy decisions that informed the FY 2015 Competition.
 

With regard to initial outcomes of the FY 2015 Competition, HUD’s early estimates of the changes in projects that it funded nationally are as follows:

  • Funding for permanent supportive housing projects increased by approximately $165 million to $1.41 billion. Of this, approximately $115 million represents 7,500 additional permanent supportive housing units, and the rest is a result of increases needed to keep up with rising housing costs.
     
  • Funding for rapid re-housing projects doubled to $197 million. We estimate that this funding will serve approximately 30,000 more households experiencing homelessness than if there had been no increase.
     
  • Funding for transitional housing projects declined by $155 million to $171 million. As a result, CoC Program-funded transitional housing will serve approximately 15,000 fewer households than the previous year.
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For more information, view this SNAPS In Focus message and HUD’s announcement of resources available to CoCs and providers regarding next steps for projects that were not renewed in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition. View more SNAPS In Focus Messages.

 

FY 2015 CoC Competition Debrief

HUD delivered regional debrief calls from May 23 to 25, 2016 for the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition. These calls summarized the results of the FY 2015 awards, shared information on the areas CoCs generally did or did not perform well, and provided suggestions for improvements for the FY 2016 application.

Participants learned:

  • Results of the FY 2015 awards
  • How CoC Need Amounts were determined
  • How tiers were established
  • Reallocation options that were available for FY 2015
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View a recording of the FY 2015 CoC Competition Debrief on the HUD Exchange.

 
 
 
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