Child Tax Credit Payments

Weekly Digests

ACEH Weekly Digest for 7/21/2021 

Please reach out to communications@aceh.org if you have questions, suggestions or resources you would like to share in the weekly digest.

Outreach Updates

The next mobile vaccination clinic with Visit Healthcare is TBD as vaccination and testing clinics are currently on hold.

Reminder: The next Outreach Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 21st at 10 AM.

Alaska Homeless
Management Information System (HMIS) Updates

Alaska’s software vendor WellSky has scheduled AKHMIS downtime beginning tonight, Wednesday, July 21 at 8:00 pm AKST. WellSky estimates that the Alaska HMIS ServicePoint site will be down for about 4 hours while database maintenance takes place. We understand that for HMIS-participating organizations across Alaska this may be an inconvenience.

Thank you for your patience while this necessary maintenance takes place! If you need assistance, please reach out to the AKHMIS Help Desk.

Homeless Prevention and Response System Advisory Council Meeting

7/22/2021 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

To access the meeting, please use the information below:

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ACEH is governed by a Board of Directors who oversee financial stewardship and the long-term vision of the coalition. The Homeless Prevention & Response System Advisory Council connects homeless service provider needs and issues to ACEH strategy. The Advisory Council is also a forum for ACEH members to learn about what is happening in the homelessness response and share their thoughts and opinions.

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Child Tax Credits Begin


The first round of monthly Child Tax Credit payments were distributed this week. Eligible families can use this online tool to register for these important payments.

Learn About the Child Tax Credit

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Updates


Senate Democrats Advance $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Package Along with Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Democratic leaders in the Senate reached an agreement on July 13 to pursue a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that would be able to pass the chamber without Republican support. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced a deadline of July 21 for Senate Democrats to agree to move forward with a budget resolution with reconciliation instructions, the first step in enacting the reconciliation package. 

Read more of this article here

Urban Institute Calls for Equitable Redevelopment of Public Housing, Repeal of Faircloth Amendment

Urban Institute released a new paper on June 23 highlighting the country’s public housing redevelopment needs. Decades of insufficient federal funding and weak oversight have left public housing developments in poor condition, exposing residents to risks that threaten their health and well-being, a plight exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more of this article here

Out of Reach – NLIHC Releases Out of Reach 2021

NLIHC released Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing 2021 on July 14. The annual report highlights the mismatch between wages people earn and the price of decent rental housing in every state, metropolitan area, and county in the U.S. The report calculates the “Housing Wage” a full-time worker must earn to afford a rental home without spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs. This year’s national Housing Wage is $24.90 per hour for a modest two-bedroom home at fair market rent and $20.40 per hour for a modest one-bedroom rental home. Out of Reach 2021 finds that in no state, metropolitan area, or county can a full-time minimum-wage worker afford a modest two-bedroom rental home. 

Read more of this article here

U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Updates

Materials Posted: Undisbursed CDBG Funds at Risk of Cancellation – FY 2014 Grants

Update: Materials are now posted on the Undisbursed CDBG Funds at Risk of Cancellation – FY 2014 Grants webinar page.

Section 3 New Rule Guidance for CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT Grantees Video Available

This video reviews the Section 3 New Rule requirements and is applicable to Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grantees. The information in this video is based on the Section 3 Final Rule which was published on September 29, 2020, and a companion notice, entitled Section 3 Benchmarks for Creating Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very Low-Income Persons and Eligible Businesses, (85 FR 60907) (“Benchmark Notice”), which outlines the numeric goals for compliance with the new Section 3 requirements. The Final Rule became effective on November 30, 2020 and is codified at 24 CFR part 75.

View the Section 3 New Rule Guidance for CDBG-DR and CDBG-MIT Grantees Video 

HOME Consortia Builder – Updated Resource Posted

An updated version of the HOME Consortia Builder – A Tool to Estimate Funding is now available on the HUD Exchange. The tool uses U.S. Census and HOME data to calculate an estimate of the amount of HOME funds that a potential consortium might qualify for under the HOME formula.

Formula factors include:

  • Incidence of poverty
  • Supply of substandard rental housing
  • Relative inadequacy of housing supply
  • Cost of producing housing
  • Number of low-income families in rental housing units likely to need rehabilitation
  • Fiscal incapacity to carry out housing activities without federal assistance

View the HOME Consortia Builder

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Updates

Deadline to Know

There are less than two weeks left to apply for the FY 2019/2020 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

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Council Discusses Eviction Prevention, American Rescue Plan, and Federal Strategic Plan

White House leaders participated in first meeting led by HUD Secretary Fudge.

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New Funds for Homeless Students

States and school districts can now apply for round two of the American Rescue Plan’s Homeless Children and Youth Fund.

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Case Conferencing and Coordinated Entry (CE) Training

If you have any questions about these meetings or are interested in coordinated entry access point training for you or your team, please contact Mac Lyons at: mlyons@aceh.org

What is CE? CE is a triage process to connect individuals experiencing homelessness to necessary resources. It is a federally mandated program that recognizes communities rarely have enough resources. There are three main goals of CE: prioritize the most vulnerable, streamline the experience for providers and unsheltered people, and provide data to inform decisions regarding the structure of and need for services.

View the updated CE Access Points list on our website.

If you have thoughts or suggestions, we want to hear from you. Please let us know what you think. Email us at communications@aceh.org 

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