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Upcoming Webinar: CoC Program - Leasing vs. Rental Assistance: Determining How to Classify Your Project on the GIW - Sept. 4 and 6, 2012 - 3:30pm EDT

August 29, 2012 Print ShareThis

The purpose of this message is to respond to additional questions submitted by recipients and field offices regarding grantees’ decisions to transition former SHP projects from leasing to rental assistance based on guidance released August 21, 2012.  This message also provides an opportunity to register for a webinar, titled CoC Program – Leasing vs. Rental Assistance: Determining How to Classify Your Project on the GIW, during which HUD will also address questions submitted by recipients and field offices about leasing and rental assistance. 

As background, it is important to note that the intended purpose of allowing a transition from leasing to rental assistance at this time was to allow those SHP projects truly operating as rental assistance – and that may have been out of compliance with the SHP regulation – the chance to “fix” what they are doing to become compliant. 

 HUD has received numerous questions in the Help Desk and through Field Offices about leasing and rental assistance.  Many situations described in these questions are complex and describe circumstances that do not fall neatly into either leasing or rental assistance. In our review of questions coming in to the Help Desk, it became clear to us that who holds the lease cannot be the sole test to determine whether a project should be leasing or rental assistance. 
 
Over the past week, HUD has prioritized creating more detailed guidance to help grantees determine whether their project should transition from requesting leasing to requesting rental assistance. This afternoon, HUD posted a series of FAQs on the HUD HRE that are intended to help recipients do exactly this. Questions that are answered in this series of FAQs include:

  • In the FY 2012 CoC Program competition, can a nonprofit apply for rental assistance in a renewal project?
  • I am an SHP grantee considering transitioning from leasing to rental assistance in the FY 2012 CoC Program Competition. What are the characteristics of rental assistance that I should consider when making this decision?
  • I am an SHP grantee that currently has leasing and operating line items. All of my leasing dollars are used to lease scattered site units and the operating costs support those units. I am planning to transition from leasing to rental assistance in the FY 2012 CoC Program Competition. Can I still request operating costs in addition to the rental assistance costs?

It is important to note that HUD is not forcing grantees to move from leasing to rental assistance.  However, recipients should be aware that they must become compliant with the regulatory requirements for either leasing or rental assistance going forward. HUD does not anticipate that recipients and subrecipients of renewal projects will be immediately compliant with the CoC Program requirements, but recognizes that it will occur through attrition as the lease terms end for current participants.  
 
To find the answers to these questions, as well as many more, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on the HUD HRE and select “2012 e-snaps CoC Registration” as your topic and "Completing the GIW" as your subtopic
 
After reviewing these questions and the related webinar, if you think you made a change on your project that you should not have, and want to withdraw the change, please contact your CoC and the CoC can work with you to accurately record the correct information.  If the CoC has already submitted the GIW to the local HUD Field Office, then the CoC should request that the GIW be returned to them for revision.
 
We appreciate your continued patience.  

If you have additional questions, submit policy questions about implementing the CoC Program to the CoC Program Virtual Help Desk. Technical questions about the CoC Competition in e-snaps should be submitted to the e-snaps CoC Competition Virtual Help Desk.

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Registration for Webinars on September 4th and 6th 

The Ready, SET, Go! webinar series provides comprehensive information for Continuums of Care (CoCs), HMIS administrators, grantees, project sponsors and other stakeholders on a variety of topics. This message lists upcoming webinars.

CoC Program – Leasing vs. Rental Assistance: Determining How to Classify Your Project on the GIW
September 4, 2012 
3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

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This webinar will review recently published Facts and Questions (FAQs) intended to help current Supportive Housing Program (SHP) grantees determine whether they should apply for leasing or rental assistance funds in the FY 2012 CoC Competition.  This webinar is intended for current SHP grantees considering transitioning from leasing to rental assistance as well as CoC leadership. 

This same webinar will be rebroadcast.

CoC Program – Leasing vs. Rental Assistance: Determining How to Classify Your Project on the GIW
September 6, 2012
3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT
 
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These webinars are limited to 1,000 participants and do not have prerequisites.

HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPs) sponsors the Ready, SET, Go! webinar series. HUD makes these webinar presentations and accompanying materials available on the Homelessness Resource Exchange (HRE).
 

 

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