April Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) Newsletter

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Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) Newsletter

April 2016

Consolidated Homeless Grant Fiscal 101 Training

Are your fiscal staff confused about budget categories, administrative caps, the “45%?”

Register today for our upcoming webinar to ensure your organization understands our fiscal policies and procedures, including invoicing, budget caps, revisions, budget categories, and allowable expenses.

FREE Webinar
Thursday, May 2, 10 – 11:30 am

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Rapid Re-Housing

When should you end rapid re-housing assistance?

Determining the right time to end assistance with a client is one of the hardest decisions a service provider must make. Ben Noll from Friendship Place will present on tools and strategies providers can use to help prepare both themselves and consumers for the transition away from financial and/or case management assistance during an National Alliance to End Homelessness webinar.

FREE Webinar: Closing a Case: Knowing When to End Rapid Re-Housing Assistance
Wednesday, April 27, 11 a.m.

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Providing clients information on the Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Act

The Consolidated Homeless Grant guidelines (section 7.3) requires lead/subgrantees provide information on the Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RCW 59.18) to households receiving rent assistance. Grantees may also create their own materials to hand out to households. You can find a copy of what Clark County uses on our website under grant materials. http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Documents/Landlord-Tenant_Clark%20County.docx

Information on the Landlord Tenant Act can be shared by providing a hardcopy or link to the document “Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington State” on the Commerce website: http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Documents/Tenants%20Rights%20and%20Responsibilities.pdf

Additional information on tenant rights can be found at http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/issues/housing/tenants-rights

Criminal background bans and the Fair Housing Act

On April 4, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released guidelines stating that bans on individuals with criminal backgrounds by housing providers and in real-estate related transactions may violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Such bans have a disproportionate impact on African-Americans and other minorities overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) leads and subgrantees need to be aware that all state and federally funding housing providers must abide by the Fair Housing Act. Blanket bans on criminal history and other eligibility criteria that have intended or unintended discriminatory impacts may be in violation of the FHA and can lead to penalties and legal ramifications against landlords and other housing providers. Please contact your CHG program manager if you have questions. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=HUD_OGCGuidAppFHAStandCR.pdf

A National Public Radio article describes the new guidelines and the disparate impact of criminal records bans in housing: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/04/472878724/denying-housing-over-criminal-record-may-be-discrimination-feds-say

Data Sets Available

2016 Area Median Income (AMI) available

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the estimated median family incomes (MFIs) and income limits for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Make sure to update your eligibility forms and targeted prevention screening with current income limits.

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Registration is now open for new HMIS Training

The HMIS Training Catalog is now updated with many training opportunities in March and early April. These trainings are either webinar based or located in Olympia at the Department of Commerce. All HMIS users must take new software training before they can start using the new HMIS software, Clarity. All new users must take both the “HMIS New User” and “HMIS New Software” trainings offered back-to-back, in-person, or as one complete webinar.

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Washington State Homeless Conference, May 11 – 12

The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is excited to announce that registration for the annual Conference on Ending Homelessness is now open. The conference will take place May 11 - 12, 2016 at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Wash. As the largest annual convening of homelessness stakeholders in Washington State, it will bring together over 600 people regionally and from neighboring states. This year's program will offer a wide diversity of direct service and advocacy skill-building trainings, networking opportunities, and opportunities to discuss ways we can collectively continue to strengthen our state's movement to ensure all people have access to safe, healthy, and affordable homes.

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Pre-Conference Supportive Housing Services Medicaid Training May 10
In addition to the Conference on Ending Homelessness, two additional trainings will take place the day before the conference begins on May 10. We will be offering a Pre-Conference Supportive Housing Services Medicaid benefit training for permanent supportive housing providers and those interested in using this new, targeted Medicaid benefit. We will also be offering an Emerging Advocates Program advocacy training for people with direct experience of housing instability/homelessness.

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