ACEH Weekly Digest: 8/4/2021

ACEH Weekly Digest

Institute for Community Alliances (ICA) Updates

AKHMIS Data Entry Training Process

This roadmap is designed for supervisors, to help explain the training process for data entry end users. If you have questions about any of these steps, please email the Help Desk at akhmis@icalliances.org

Community Solutions Updates

An Urban Institute study examines the community-wide impacts of four Built for Zero communities that have reached functional zero.

The research looks at the value of achieving functional zero, a milestone indicating that communities in Built for Zero have ended homelessness for a population.

The study details benefits across the entire community, including the impact on individuals both within and outside the target population; the homelessness response system; and other systems (like health care, criminal legal, and emergency systems).

Read Key Findings

Outreach Updates

The next mobile vaccination clinic with Visit Healthcare is this Friday, August 6th at Peratrovich Park from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Outreach staff will be assisting on the ground as vaccines are administered.
 
Reminder: The next Outreach Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 4th at 10 AM.

Please reach out with any questions or comments: jrutz@aceh.org 907-312-9478

Join for a conversation with experts on homelessness, moderated by Lori Townsend with Alaska Public Media, where they will discuss what effective response and prevention should look like in Anchorage and take questions from the public.

Panelists include:

  • Jasmine Boyle, Executive Director of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Michelle Brown, Senior Fellow of the Rasmuson Foundation
  • Dr. Sharon Chamard, Faculty at the UAA Justice Center
  • Dr. John Morris, Homeless Coordinator for Mayor Bronson
  • Meg Zaletel, Chair of the Anchorage Assembly Committee on Housing and Homelessness

Questions for the panelists can be submitted before the event at rep.ivy.spohnholz@akleg.gov, or day-of for those attending in-person.

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

CDC Announces Eviction Moratorium Through October 3!

The CDC announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will issue a limited eviction moratorium – starting today through October 3 – for renters living in communities experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases!

The announcement also comes one day after the Biden administration announced additional steps it will take to protect renters and prevent evictions during the pandemic, including those recommended by NLIHC and the National Housing Law Project.

The new moratorium:

  • Covers all renters living in communities experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, an estimated 90% of all renters; and
  • Protects renters for up to two months, through October 3.


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

Education Department Distributes Remainder of ARP-HCY

All 50 states received the second round of the American Rescue Plan’s Homeless Children and Youth funding in time for the new school year.

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Tool to Help People Claim Child Tax Credits

Many families experiencing homelessness must register to receive this benefit. There’s a tool for that.

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Recent Economic Impact Payments Go to Harder-to-Reach

More than half went to people who the IRS previously lacked enough information for, which includes those experiencing homelessness.

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National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Updates

 

President Biden Announces Immediate Steps to Protect Renters from Eviction; Still More Needed

The Biden administration issued a statement outlining additional steps it will take to protect renters and prevent evictions during the pandemic.

In its statement, the Biden administration committed to several actions, including those recommended by NLIHC and the National Housing Law Project to:
Direct federal agencies to consider all legal authorities to stop evictions;
Encourage states and localities to establish or extend their own eviction moratoriums;
Call on courts to stop eviction proceedings until renters and landlords first apply for ERA;
Direct federal housing agencies to ensure federally supported landlords apply for ERA rather than evict renters; and
Ensure federal funds can be used to support eviction prevention efforts by courts, legal aid, and housing counselors.

Read Statement

Congresswoman Cori Bush Introduces “Unhoused Bill of Rights”

Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) on July 28 introduced the “Unhoused Bill of Rights,” a federal resolution calling on Congress to end the homelessness crisis by 2025. The resolution urges the federal government to declare the homelessness crisis a life-threatening public health emergency and provides a comprehensive list of more than 30 recommendations to guarantee housing, health care, and livable wages for unhoused people. Those recommendations include universal rental assistance and funding the national Housing Trust Fund at $40 billion annually, two of NLIHC’s HoUSed campaign’s policy priorities. This is the first federal resolution that affirms the civil and human rights of unhoused individuals and communities.

Read more of this article here

Senator Smith Introduces Bill to Study Connection between Historical Racist Discrimination and Current Disparities in Housing

Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced on July 29 the “Mapping Housing Discrimination Act” to examine the connection between historical racial discrimination and current racial disparities in housing. If enacted, the bill would create a grant program for academic institutions to study the history of racially restrictive covenants – which were used as tools of discrimination to keep Black families and other households of color from moving into all-white neighborhoods –to better understand their scope and legacy. The bill would create a national, public database at HUD of historical housing discrimination patterns in property records and support local governments’ efforts to digitize local property records.

Read more of this article here

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Updates

HMIS Data Standards Updates

HUD has released the FY 2022 Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Data Standards, which includes – but is not limited to – updates to the Universal, Common, Federal Partner, and Coordinated Entry Data Elements. ICA is reviewing the guidance from HUD and the AKHMIS software vendor to prepare for this update, which will go live on October 1, 2021. Training sessions and materials will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Click here to explore the HUD Exchange 2022 Data Standards page

FY 2021 HOME Match Reductions Published

The FY 2021 HOME Match Reductions list has been published and includes match reductions granted for FY 2021 due to fiscal distress, severe fiscal distress, Presidential disaster declarations, and reductions requested by HOME Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These match reductions were made available to affected states and local jurisdictions through CPD Memo: Availability of Waivers and Suspensions of the HOME Program Requirements in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, dated April 10, 2020. For those PJs with fiscal distress and Presidential disaster match reductions, the PJ may take the higher match reduction for the current fiscal year. PJs that requested a match reduction under the COVID-19 waiver received 100 percent reduction of their match liabilities for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Note: Since match reductions due to major Presidential disaster declarations are requested by PJs and granted by field offices at any time during the fiscal year, this list will be updated as needed.The FY 2021 HOME Match Reductions list has been published and includes match reductions granted for FY 2021 due to fiscal distress, severe fiscal distress, Presidential disaster declarations, and reductions requested by HOME Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These match reductions were made available to affected states and local jurisdictions through CPD Memo: Availability of Waivers and Suspensions of the HOME Program Requirements in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, dated April 10, 2020. For those PJs with fiscal distress and Presidential disaster match reductions, the PJ may take the higher match reduction for the current fiscal year. PJs that requested a match reduction under the COVID-19 waiver received 100 percent reduction of their match liabilities for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Note: Since match reductions due to major Presidential disaster declarations are requested by PJs and granted by field offices at any time during the fiscal year, this list will be updated as needed.

2021-2022 EDA-ARPA Funding Opportunities Now Available

On Friday, July 23, 2021, EDA published six separate Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) soliciting applications for its ARPA funds. In order to help facilitate participation in these programs, EDA will begin hosting a series of webinar presentations for EDA grantees and partners beginning August 2, 2021. Webinar registration information is available on EDA’s ARPA home page. Please see the following list for additional information on each individual program.

View the Funding Opportunities

National Council of Nonprofits Updates

Understanding (and Securing) New COVID Relief Funds

Don’t Miss Out on Once-In-a-Generation Opportunity for Support

How can your nonprofit access some of the $350 billion that Congress recently allocated for state, local, and Tribal governments to help “households, small businesses, and nonprofits” recover from the pandemic? What types of activities and costs are eligible for funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)? How can nonprofits make sure governments know how important it is to invest in the work of charitable nonprofits in their communities?

 

The answers to these and many other questions will be provided in a free national webinar: Investing ARPA Funds in the Work of Charitable Nonprofits | Promoting Nonprofit-Government Partnerships on Tuesday, August 10, 3:00 – 4:15 pm Eastern.

Register Now

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

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