All posts by Norman Maze

Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs (HUD)

Please join the Resource Committee on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for a training on Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. 

This training will be held at MaineHousing, but also available via video at the following sites:

  • Community Health and Counseling Services, 42 Cedar St, Rm 304 in Bangor
  • Shalom House, 106 Gilman St. in Portland
  • Sunrise Economic Council, 7 Ames Way in Machias

On September 21, 2016, HUD published a final rule in the Federal Register entitled “Equal Access in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs.” Through this final rule, HUD ensures equal access to individuals in accordance with their gender identity in programs and shelter funded under programs administered by HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). This rule builds upon HUD’s February 2012 final rule entitled “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity” (2012 Equal Access Rule), which aimed to ensure that HUD’s housing programs would be open to all eligible individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. The final rule requires that recipients and subrecipients of CPD funding, as well as owners, operators, and managers of shelters, and other buildings and facilities and providers of services funded in whole or in part by any CPD program to grant equal access to such facilities, and other buildings and facilities, benefits, accommodations and services to individuals in accordance with the individual’s gender identity, and in a manner that affords equal access to the individual’s family.

See the attached flyer for more details.

Norm Maze

VAWA Presentation Slides

As promised, the slides from the Regions I & II Violence Against Women Act presentation are attached.

During the training, there was a question about domestic violence and mandatory reporting. The best course of action to take is to consult your supervisor to ensure that you follow your agency guidelines and/or professional requirements with regards to mandatory reporting.

Thank you for your participation in Maine CoC Resource Committee trainings!

Norm Maze, Resource Committee Co-Chair

REMINDER: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA and 2013 Re-authorization) Training this Wednesday, June 5 and Friday, June 14

Training will cover:

  • An overview of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the individual resource centers serving Maine and the services offered.
  • Violence Against Women Act overview: What is VAWA?  Who is protected?  What programs are impacted?
  • Review of housing protections for survivors and the responsibilities for housing providers.

Wednesday, June 5th
9:30 to 10:30 AM
Location: Shalom House, Inc.
106 Gilman Street, Portland
&
Friday, June 14th
9:00 to 10:00 AM
Location: MaineHousing
353 Water Street, Augusta

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA & 2013 Re-authorization) Training

Training will cover:

  • An overview of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the individual resource centers serving Maine and the services offered.
  • Violence Against Women Act overview: What is VAWA?  Who is protected?  What programs are impacted?
  • Review of housing protections for survivors and the responsibilities for housing providers.

Wednesday, June 5th
9:30 to 10:30 AM
Location: Shalom House, Inc.
106 Gilman Street, Portland
&
Friday, June 14th
9:00 to 10:00 AM
Location: MaineHousing
353 Water Street, Augusta

Resource Committee/Unsheltered PIT Count Debrief- February 7, 2019

The next meeting of the Resource Committee will be at Tri-County Mental Health Services in Lewiston from 1- 3pm on Thursday, February 7th. (The meeting may not go the full 2 hours.) This meeting will be a debrief of the recent efforts in completing the unsheltered PIT count throughout the state.  Anyone who is interested in discussing what worked well or the challenges in this year’s count is encouraged to participate even if you are not a member of the Resource Committee. This information will be used in the planning of next year’s count.  Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested.

Tri-County Mental Health Services

1155 Lisbon St.

Lewiston, ME

Call-in Number 1-515-739-1749

Pass code 916034#