2022 OHC, CPD, and FPM Virtual Conference

Serving Communities
Through Housing Counseling

Conference Overview

HUD’s Offices of Housing Counseling (OHC), Community Planning and Development (CPD), and Field Policy and Management (FPM) sponsored a virtual conference for housing counselors and CPD grantees to collaborate to best serve clients. This conference was held from Tuesday, May 10, 2022, to Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

This conference was intended for Housing Counseling Agencies (HCAs) and CPD grantees. During the conference, attendees:

  • Became knowledgeable about the myriad of HUD programs
  • Understood the roles of HCAs in supporting homeless, rental, and homebuyer programs
  • Learned about building relationships among these programs on a local and state level

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Day One

Rural home

Opening with OHC, CPD, and FPM DASs

Brief remarks from HUD on the purpose of the conference and a review of the day's agenda

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People in a meeting

Creating Linkages in Community Planning

Overview of FPM and the important role they serve in HUD Field Offices across the country

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Three people in a counseling meeting

What CPD Grantees Need to Know about Housing Counseling

Provided CPD grantees with an overview of HUD’s Housing Counseling program

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Person putting food and supplies in a car

Building Capacity Within Community Development & Disaster Programs

Outlined the CDBG program and the nexus with housing counseling eligible activities for this program

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Day Two

Exterior of apartment

Including Housing Counseling in Affordable Housing Programs

Outlined the HOME program and the nexus with housing counseling eligible activities for this program

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Providing Housing Counseling in Homeless & Service Enriched Housing

Outlined the CoC and ESG programs and the nexus with housing counseling eligible activities for these programs

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Ribbon cutting ceremony

Celebrating Partnerships in Housing Counseling

Overview of best practices in all CPD programs with housing counseling programs

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Closing and Lessons Learned

Closing remarks, a summary of the lessons learned, and how OHC will continue exploring partnerships with FPM and CPD

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Opening with OHC, CPD, and FPM DASs

Tuesday, May 10, 2022: 12:00 – 12:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

The conference opened with brief remarks from HUD on the purpose of this conference, the importance of HUD's Housing Counseling program, cross-collaboration with FPM and the value of partnerships with CPD program participants, and a review of the day's agenda.

Speakers:

  • Lopa P. Kolluri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, HUD's Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
  • Kevin Bush, Deputy Assistant Secretary, CPD
  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OHC
  • Olivia Healey, Community Development Specialist, ICF

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Creating Linkages in Community Planning

Tuesday, May 10, 2022: 12:30 – 1:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

The conference continued with FPM's description of the important role they serve in HUD Field Offices across the country. Participants also gained an understanding of how CPD programs generally function and how planning and public participation is implemented.

Speakers:

  • Kimberly Danna, Illinois Field Office Director, FPM
  • Heather Dillashaw, Manager, ICF
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF

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What CPD Grantees Need to Know about Housing Counseling

Tuesday, May 10, 2022: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

This session was aimed to serve the CPD grantees in attendance and provide them with an overview of HUD’s Housing Counseling program.

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Williams, Deputy Director, OHC
  • Karen Hoskins, Lead Housing Counseling Consultant, ICF
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF

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Building Capacity Within Community Development and Disaster Programs

Tuesday, May 10, 2022: 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

This session covered the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the nexus with housing counseling eligible activities for this foundational program and amid COVID-19 with special allocation under the CDBG CARES Act (CDBG-CV). Further, this session covered the difference of the CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program and how those allocations function post disaster event, including how HCAs can partner to support recovery.

Speakers:

  • Liney Marcela Vargas, Community Planning and Development Specialist, HUD
  • Olivia Healey, Community Development Specialist, ICF
  • Calvin Johnson, Senior Director, ICF
  • Clair Murata Weatherby, Lead Housing Counseling Specialist, ICF

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Including Housing Counseling in Affordable Housing Programs

Wednesday, May 11, 2022: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

This session covered the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and the nexus with housing counseling eligible activities for this foundational program and amid COVID-19 with special allocation under the American Rescue Plan Act (HOME-ARP). Further this session briefly touched upon the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) program.

Speakers:

  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF
  • Carrie Kronberg, Director, ICF
  • Virginia Sardone, Director, HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP)

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Providing Housing Counseling in Homeless and Service Enriched Housing

Wednesday, May 11, 2022: 1:30 – 2:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

This session covered the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs and the nexus with housing counseling eligible activities for these foundational service-enriched programs and amid COVID-19 with special allocation under the ESG CARES Act (ESG-CV). Further this session briefly touched upon the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program.

Speakers:

  • Mike Lindsay, Director, ICF
  • Heather Dillashaw, Manager, ICF
  • Rita Harcrow, HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH)
  • Norman Suchar, Director, HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS)

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Celebrating Partnerships in Housing Counseling

Wednesday, May 11, 2022: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

This session covered the best practices in all CPD programs with housing counseling programs.

Speakers:

  • Karen Hoskins, Lead Housing Counseling Consultant, ICF
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF
  • Claire Louis, Director Community Housing, Northern Virginia (VA) Family Service
  • Michaelsean Adams, Programs Manager of Homeless Services, Northern VA Family Service
  • Bill Lord, Assistant Director of Community Programs, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
  • Jayna Johnson, Homebuyer Education Manager, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
  • Lindy Turner, Executive Director, Clinch-Powell RC&D Council, Inc.
  • Yvonne Bartley, Executive/Program Director, Multi-Cultural Development Center

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Closing and Lessons Learned

Wednesday, May 11, 2022: 4:00 – 4:30 PM EDT

Session Description

Speakers and Materials

This final session of the 2022 Serving Communities through Housing Counseling Conference featured closing remarks and a summary of the lessons learned from this conference, and how OHC will continue exploring partnerships with FPM and CPD in the coming fiscal year.

Speakers:

  • Jemine Bryon, Deputy Assistant Secretary, SNAPS
  • Michele Perez, Assistant Deputy Secretary, FPM
  • David Berenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OHC
  • Shawna LaRue Moraille, Director, ICF

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