Consolidated Plan Guides, Tools, and Training

Training manuals and videos, guides, and tools, and other resources related to the eCon Planning Suite, Consolidated Plan data sources, and archived resources are provided to support planning, management and implementation of HUD grant programs.

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Consolidated Plan Template in IDIS

The Consolidated Plan template in IDIS facilitates the planning process by making critical data on housing and community development needs readily accessible to grantees in the format required by HUD. By providing detailed and timely demographic, housing affordability, and economic data, the template frees up time formerly spent searching out and compiling data to allow grantees to focus on understanding the data, further boosting the process beyond simple compliance with reporting and budgeting requirements. Moreover, by providing a standard format for all the required Consolidated Plan elements, HUD is providing clear guidance on when requirements will be met.

Guides and Tools

Consolidated Plan in IDIS Desk Guide

This manual provides instructions on how to use the Consolidated Plan Template in IDIS Online.

Date Published: April 2016

Consolidated Plan Quick Guides

These quick guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to undertake a specific task within the eCon Plan Suite.

Date Published: April 2016

Troubleshooting Guide: Consolidated Plan Template in IDIS

This table presents troubleshooting tips to address common issues or errors grantees face when using the Consolidated Plan Template in IDIS.

Date Published: January 2016

eCon Planning Suite Citizen Participation and Consultation Toolkit

This toolkit provides strategies for grantees that would like to review and assess existing citizen participation and consultation practices and also provides tools to plan future outreach activities.

Date Published: April 2014

FAQs

Housing Trust Fund eCon Planning Suite FAQs

This document contains frequently asked questions regarding HTF and the eCon Planning Suite.

Date Published: July 2016

eCon Planning Suite FAQs - General

This document contains frequently asked questions regarding the eCon Planning Suite.

Date Published: January 2015

Trainings

eCon Planning Suite Overview Webinars

These webinars provide an overview of the eCon Planning Suite.

eCon Planning Suite e-Tutorials

These e-tutorials demonstrate the functionality and components of the eCon Planning Suite.

eCon Planning Suite In-Person Trainings

View training material from in-person trainings and upcoming trainings.

Consolidated Planning Toolkits

Maximizing Investments Toolkit

The Maximizing Investments Toolkit includes tools and guidance to help grantees identify local housing and community development needs and determine how to use available resources most effectively to address those needs. The tools are intended to help grantees navigate the process of setting goals for their investments and identify ways to maximize the positive impacts of these investments. In essence, the Toolkit helps answer this question: With high demand and limited funds, how can grantees make a real difference? Making well-informed and strategic choices is the first step.

Date Published: May 2016

eCon Planning Suite Citizen Participation and Consultation Toolkit

This toolkit provides strategies for grantees that would like to review and assess existing citizen participation and consultation practices and also provides tools to plan future outreach activities.

Date Published: April 2014

CPD Maps

CPD Maps is an online data mapping tool for place-based planning. Grantees and the public can use CPD Maps to analyze and compare housing and economic conditions across their jurisdictions. The CPD Maps tool is publicly available, giving all community stakeholders access to the same data. The Consolidated Plan template allows grantees to insert maps and data tables from CPD Maps with ease, throughout their plan.

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CPD Maps Desk Guide

This desk huide includes step-by-step instructions describing how to use CPD Maps to display data and create maps that will aid the development of the grantee's Consolidated Plan.

Date Published: February 2016

Guide to the Data-Driven Planning Toolkit in CPD Maps

This guide explains how to set up and use the Data-Driven Planning Toolkit effectively to interpret a broad range of data and apply it to the Consolidated Plan process.

Date Published: April 2014

CPD Maps Glossary

This glossary describes features of, and the data sources included in, CPD Maps.

Date Published: May 2012

Data Sources

Consolidated Planning Data Sources

This web page contains a list of the data sources that may be helpful to grantees during the consolidated planning process.

Date Published: October 2012

Mapping Services Data

HUD has provided HUD-based data available for download and use by practitioners, researchers and the public in a variety of mapping services.

Date Published: December 2012

Certifications and SF 424

The Consolidated Plan regulations require grantees to complete and submit the SF-424 (the standard face sheet for federal applications and pre-applications), as well as the appropriate certifications (state or non-state).

HUD Form SF-424

Date Published: April 2014

Archived Consolidated Plan Guidance Resources

Archived Guidelines for Preparing Consolidated Plan and Performance Report

This archive contains a collection of Consolidated Plan resources provided by HUD prior to the May 2012 release of the eCon Planning Suite.

Date Published: May 2012

Archived Guidance on the CPMP Tool

This archive contains guidance eon the CPMP Tool. HUD allowed grantees with Consolidated Plans submitted before November 15, 2012 to prepare and submit Annual Action Plans in the same format they previously used until their next Consolidated Plan is due.

Date Published: May 2012