Grants/Resources/Training & Opportunities – December 28, 2017 UPDATE

RESOURCES: 

Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER)

The Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) teaches grantees how to understand and address all aspects of the environmental review process required for all HUD-assisted projects. This set of self-paced online learning modules can be completed in any order. Each module includes its own learning assessment and opportunity for obtaining a certificate of completion. https://www.hudexchange.info/trainings/wiser/ 12/23/2018

 

HUD Research Partnerships

Do you have an idea for a research project that aligns with HUD’s Research Roadmap?  Funding is available for unsolicited research partnerships with universities, philanthropic organizations, and other federal or state agencies through noncompetitive cooperative agreements.  Proposals may be submitted at any time and will be evaluated as they are received.  https://www.huduser.gov/portal/oup/research_partnerships.html  12/23/2017

 

Questions and Answers from Grants.gov’s Townhall Webinar

On December 5th and 7th Grants.gov held town hall-style webinars so that users could have their questions answered about Grants.gov Workspace and the upcoming retirement of the Legacy PDF application method.  This site includes a summary as well as the full video recording of the webinar: https://blog.grants.gov/2017/12/12/questions-and-answers-from-grants-govs-town-hall-webinars/ 12/23/2017

 

Programs of HUD Guidebook Updated

The newest edition of Programs of HUD is now available.  The resource guide is a comprehensive summary of all agency’s grant, regulatory and mortgage insurance programs along with the corresponding statutory and regulatory authorities. This is a great resource for HUD staff and HUD external partners.  https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Main/documents/HUDPrograms2017.pdf  12/23/2017

 

Debt in America: An Interactive Map

Credit can be a lifeline, and a bridge to education and homeownership; but debt can burden families and communities, and exacerbates wealth inequality.  How does your community compare? https://apps.urban.org/features/debt-interactive-map/ 12/23/2017

 

HUD – Homeowners’ Guide to Success – What to do if you can’t pay your mortgage

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the Homeowners Guide to Success as part of a public-private partnership between federal agencies and industry partners. The guide provides homeowners with information on the critical first steps to take if they are at risk of missing a mortgage payment or facing foreclosure. The guide covers the importance of contacting your servicer early in the process.  The guide also discusses the value of HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. The assistance HUD-approved housing counseling agencies offer at no cost to consumers, helps borrowers obtain independent, knowledgeable information and avoid scams.  https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Housing/documents/RevUpdHmownSuc121518fnl.pdf 12/23/2018

 

TRAINING/SEMINARS:

The Power of Relationships-Workplace Mentoring with Youth

URL: https://www.workforcegps.org/events/2017/11/10/09/03/The-Power-of-Relationships-Workplace-Mentoring-with-Youth

January 9, 2018 from 2-2:30pm ET.

This webinar highlights how top U.S. businesses collaborate with the public and nonprofit sectors to connect youth to transformative mentoring relationships within their communities. We will discuss how local programs can make the case for offering mentoring to youth, and outline the values gained by the business and its employees. 

 

Making the Connection: Homelessness and the Opioid Crisis

URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2863781775860079875

January 11, 2018 11-12:30 PM ET

Opioid use disorders (OUD) are particularly hard on homeless populations, where prevalence of mental health conditions and substance misuse is high, and health care access is often limited. This webinar examines how resources for opioid abuse can be leveraged for people experiencing homelessness.  Federal and local officials will discuss what is happening around the country to address the crisis, with a highlight on a successful housing program for people with OUD.  There will also be a discussion about advocacy and how service providers can connect with state agencies to elevate homelessness to the forefront of the opioid crisis.

 

National Stormwater Calculator Update

URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5929804033268092674

January 31, 2018 from 2-3pm. 

EPA developed the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) to help support local, state, and national stormwater management objectives and regulatory efforts to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention using green infrastructure practices as low impact development controls. It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners. It can be used for any location within the United States, including Puerto Rico. This webinar will provide potential and example applications, and will present the new cost module and mobile web application version that can be used on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

 

STAKEHOLDER INPUT REQUESTED:

Advance Notice of HUD EnVision Center Demonstration Comment Solicitation

URL: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-12/pdf/2017-26684.pdf

Deadline: February 12, 2018

HUD solicits comment on a demonstration designed to test the effectiveness of collaborative efforts by government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to accelerate economic mobility of low-income households in communities that include HUD-assisted housing through EnVision Centers, centralized hubs for supportive services focusing on the four pillars of Economic Empowerment, Educational Advancement, Health and Wellness, and Character and Leadership. Approximately 10 communities, selected from across the country, are anticipated to participate in the demonstration. The purpose of the demonstration is to explore the

potential of a new service-delivery mechanism to provide HUD-assisted households the ability to benefit from life-changing opportunities that the advancement of the four pillars affords.

 

NEWS ARTICLES – May hold Local Engagement Opportunities: