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About Community Compass and HUD Exchange

What is Community Compass?

Community Compass is HUD’s integrated approach to technical assistance and capacity building activities. It builds on OneCPD from prior years, and OneCPD Plus from FY13. OneCPD pioneered a comprehensive demand-response, flexible model for delivering technical assistance to HUD customers. Community Compass builds on that concept, expanding it to program areas at HUD beyond CPD. The name Community Compass comes from the idea that the goal of HUD’s technical assistance and capacity-building is to help customers navigate challenges associated with HUD funding and programs and points them in the right direction to best serve their communities.

Community Compass brings together technical assistance investments from across HUD program offices, including but not limited to the Office of Community Planning and Development, the Office of Housing, and the Office of Public and Indian Housing.

The following are the eligible Community Compass TA activities:

  • Comprehensive Needs Assessments to determine the nature and scope of TA and/or capacity building needed. Needs assessments involve the use of multiple types of information collection and analysis to develop custom analytics, to quantify the impact of community and economic development engagements, to improve foreclosure response analysis, and to identify local market conditions so that program resources may be better targeted and leveraged.
  • Direct TA and Capacity Building in one-on-one settings with grantee staff through in-person and remote communications. Direct TA engagements are prioritized based on need and categorized depending on the extent of the TA.
  • Development of Tools and Products to assist HUD grant recipients and other program partners to understand complex program statutes and regulations as well as other program requirements. The tools and products take several forms such as web-based training and model documents.
  • Self-Directed and Group Learning Sessions increase the capacity and close competency gaps of participants by enabling them with the necessary program knowledge and skill sets needed to administer and manage HUD programs.These sessions include:
    • In-person and remote learning opportunities
    • Problem Solving Clinics
    • Policy academies
    • Learning Communities/Peer-to-Peer Networking
  • Knowledge Management for the development, operation, maintenance, and/or hosting of websites to support the technical assistance, capacity building, and training needs of HUD’s customers.
  • Data Reporting, Analysis and Management which includes assistance analyzing data to
    better understand the impact of program, policy, and reporting changes on grantees, trends in grantee performance, and grantee technical assistance needs, as well as assisting grantees with using and reporting data.
  • NAHASDA Allocation Formula Administration and Negotiated Rulemaking Support for administration of the Indian Housing Block Grant Allocation Formula and related formula negotiated rulemaking, as eligible TA activities under NAHASDA TA, including administration of the allocation formula, assistance with formula determinations,
    census challenges, notification letters, data correction and reports, as well as consultation assistance to the Department for all negotiated rulemaking with Indian tribes.

What is HUD Exchange?

The HUD Exchange website provides a one-stop shop for resources, updates, and information related to all HUD programs.

If you have a technical issue with the website, have feedback, or need help finding a resource or information on the website, please contact us.

Technical or policy questions related to HUD programs and systems on the HUD Exchange website may be submitted to Ask A Question.


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