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No SHC Meeting for June

Letting everyone know that there will NOT be a Statewide Homeless Council Meeting on June 11, 2019.

SHC will meet again, as scheduled, on July 9th, 2019. Information about the location and other details will be posted here – stay tuned!

Public Input Sessions for the Maine 2020 Consolidated Plan at June RHC Meetings

MaineHousing will be holding a series of meetings with interested organizations and individuals throughout the summer.  The purpose of the meetings is twofold.  1. We are preparing the 5-year consolidated plan required by HUD in order to continue receiving federal funding,  2. More importantly, given this is MaineHousing’s 50th anniversary, we are asking for input into a more comprehensive State of Housing assessment.  Therefore, our consultation process with interested organizations is more extensive than we have had in the past.

To hear from a wide range of interests, we will be scheduling opportunities for discussion in 6 areas: 

  • homelessness,
  • affordability,
  • community development,
  • low income/special needs consumers,
  • protected class members/fair housing, and
  • housing quality. 

Interested individuals/organizations will be invited to one or more of the discussions; and in some cases, we will have more than one meeting.

At the initial discussions MaineHousing will share needs and market analysis data and listen to input relative to the discussion area.  There will be a later opportunity for interested parties to share input on HUD-funded programs and allocations.

Locations/Times of 2020 Consolidated Plan Public Input Sessions on Homelessness:

Lauren Bustard will be facilitating the following sessions for people interested in the area of homelessness:

Region One Homeless Council – Wednesday June 26th from 1-2:00 at 196 Lancaster St. in Portland

Region Two Homeless Council – Friday June 14th from 10-11:00 at MaineHousing in Augusta

Region Three Homeless Council – Wednesday June 12th from 12-1:00 in Bangor (location TBD)

Lauren will also be sending out an email to ‘interested parties’ about the sessions within the next couple of weeks.

She’ll be attending the July meetings of the MCOC and SHC to share our initial thoughts on how we will utilize ESG and FedHOME monies to receive feedback from the groups.

Reminder: MCOC 5-16-19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at several locations throughout the state and via GoToMeeting. Please note, we are no longer using Tandberg or the Library Tandberg sites.

You may join others at one of the designated meeting locations, or connect from your computer, table or smartphone using the link in the agenda. There is also a call in only option. (You may use your computer audio, or call in by phone – please do not do both as is creates audio feedback.)

Please see the Agenda for more details. Other materials that will be reviewed or discussed at the meeting are also linked, below.

SHC Reminder 5-14-19

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 9:30-12:30 at the Maine Department Of Corrections office, 25 Tyson Drive in Augusta.  Please see the attached information Packet for more details.

Please note that for the first half hour we will have a discussion with Commissioners Lambrew and Liberty about OUD deaths upon discharge from correctional facilities.  We will move from that into a fine tuning of the DOC Blueprint with Commissioner Liberty and Sheriff Kevin Joyce.  Brief reports will follow at 10:40.

Minutes here are from March. Draft minutes from the April meeting will be sent separately to SHC members for review.

Webinar May 21: Housing as a Foundation for Good Health

Register today for our next webinar to explore the connection between housing and health. You’ll hear how NeighborWorks America is focusing on partnerships to strengthen affordable housing opportunities, and how Chelsea, MA, a 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner, is implementing a comprehensive housing strategy to address homelessness and housing in their community.

REGISTER

Housing as a Foundation for Good Health Tuesday, May 21 at 3 p.m. ET

MCOC Meeting 5-16-19

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting NEXT Week on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at several locations & via GoToMeeting.

Additional information and materials will be posted early next week.

Lead Safe Housing Rule Amendment Trainings – Boston – August 7, 2019

Resources and assistance to support HUD’s community partners Home Programs Resources Training Save the Date: Lead Safe Housing Rule Amendment Trainings – Summer 2019

Do you know how the amendment in the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) affects your work as a public housing agency (PHA), grantee, or assisted housing owner? HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is pleased to announce the 2019 Lead Safe Housing Rule Amendment Trainings coming to a HUD Office near you. Stay tuned for a registration email!
These free 3-hour trainings will help you review federal lead regulations and discuss the LSHR Amendment for pre-1978 housing. Presenters will provide a step-by-step explanation of how PHAs, grantees, and owners respond to cases of elevated blood lead levels in children less than 6 years old living in a federally assisted housing unit.
For more information about these trainings, please see below.
Location Dates:
Seattle, WA June 26, 2019
Philadelphia, PA June 26, 2019
Buffalo, NY July 10, 2019
Chicago, IL July 18, 2019
Kansas City, KS July 23, 2019
Denver, CO July 24, 2019
Boston, MA August 7, 2019
San Francisco, CA August 13, 2019
Fort Worth, TX August 15, 2019
San Antonio, TX August 21, 2019
Atlanta, GA August 22, 2019

Note:
• Two sessions of this training will be offered at each location. Each session will be geared towards a distinct audience.
• HUD will continue to reassess the training schedule based on demand.
Additional deliveries may be added to locations with a high demand.
• If you cannot attend an in-person training, you will be able to participate in this training as a webinar in late Summer/early Fall 2019.
Training Objectives
This training will provide:
• A review on rules and requirements concerning lead safe work practices
• A description and discussion on the scope, requirements, and key definitions of the LSHR amendment
• An overview of available resources

Training Structure & Who Should Attend?
Each location will offer two sessions, each geared towards a distinct audience.
• AM Session: LSHR Amendment Training for HUD Funded Recipients Who
Administer Tenant-Based Assistance is intended for PHAs, grantees, and
owners involved with Tenant-Based Assistance (TBA) rental programs. Relevant TBA programs include:
• Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
• Continuum of Care (CoC)
• HOME Program
• Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
• Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG)
• Programs using Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)
• Shelter Plus Care Program
• Supportive Housing Program

PM Session: LSHR Amendment Training for Conventional Public Housing
and Project-Based Assistance Programs is intended for PHAs, grantees, and
owners involved with administering conventional public housing and Project-Based Assistance (PBA) rental programs. Relevant PBA programs include:
• Continuum of Care (CoC)
• Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
• Programs using Project-Based Vouchers
• Shelter Plus Care Program
• Supportive Housing Program

If you have questions as to which session is best for you, please contact us at *protected email*.
Registration Information:
Due to the limited availability of training seats, organizations will be limited to 2 staff members from each organization. Additional staff will be waitlisted and permitted to register as space is available. Homeowners and HUD staff will be waitlisted and permitted to attend if the training does not reach capacity.
Training Point of Contact:
HUD Exchange Trainings | *protected email*

MCOC Updates!!!

  1. Please join us in congratulating Norm Maze of Shalom House who was elected as the newest MCOC Tri-Chair at our April 19th meeting!
  2. Please remember to email brief Committee Updates, new Agenda items, or any other materials or information to all 3 Chairs & Scott prior to our next full meeting on May 16th.
  3. At our April meeting MCOC voted to approve sending Letters of Support to all applicants for RHYA Street Outreach and for HVRP Grants. If your agency is seeking funding from one of these sources, please contact the Chairs and request a Letter of Support.