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  1. Ask construction labor unions to teach trade skills to inner city youth in cities such as detroit and Baltimore and fund coop communities

    Offer career trade Training thru union apprenticeship programs with the intention to allow worker participants to invest in their communities on the projects they participate in in a cooperative fashion.

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      0 comments  ·  community planning & development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Breaking destructive cycles

      First let me say that I can’t honestly relate to the plight of the inner-city people so I might be way off base. I just think what I would be like today if I had grown up there, probably no different than those that are forced to.
      I’ve had an idea that’s been floating around in my head for about 10 years that I’d like to share. The plan has 2 segments; Education and housing.

      Education
      It looks as if the inner city schools are declining and falling further behind every year. Part of this is the decaying infrastructure and…

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        1 comment  ·  community planning & development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Rapid Rehousing and Housing First

        Rapid Rehousing and Housing First are principles and priorities which have many positive attributes.  With reasonably funded programs based on these principles, it is possible for many individuals and families to more quickly from the experience of homelessness, to housing stability. 

        When these principles are imposed as the only approach for which any reasonable level of funding is available, the result is the creation of dependencies and people with no desire to gain self-sufficiency. 

        It is important that the implementation of programs to serve our homeless neighbors always include the elements of goal setting, accountability and self-improvement.  The number of…

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        • CREATING AN AFTER-SCHOOL ROOM TO HELP KIDS IN DIFFICULTY. UNFORTUNATELY IN YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN, YOU DID NOT MENTION ANY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

          LOW INCOME FAMILIES MOSTLY GET LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH KIDS IN NEEDS FOR HELP AFTER SCHOOL TO TO DO HOMEWORKS OR HAVE EXPLANATIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY SEEN IN CLASS. AN AFTER-CHOOL ROOM WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT WITH YOUNG TUTORS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A TEACHER, TO HELP THESE KIDS. IT CAN BE A 3-4 ROOMS IN ONE WITH FOUR DIFFERENT TUTORS UNDER THE SAME SUPERVISION. IT'S EASY AND IT'S WORKING OUTSIDE AND INSIDE USA.

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          • Coordinated Entry for Homeless Programs - Illusion rather than solution.

            Coordinated Entry is a good concept, much like rapid rehousing. Without in the absence of a supply of housing that is actually affordable, it just becomes a waiting list, containing only a tiny representation of the people in need of housing.

            When a good idea is implemented in a manner that it becomes the solely funded and required means of serving our homeless neighbors, the “good” declines rapidly.  The combined factors of ineffective screening and a lack of responsiveness (either by choice or limited opportunity) by those on the coordinated entry list, results in significant delays in housing - along with…

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            • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

              HMIS could be a vital component for ensuring that our neighbors receive the support that they need in overcoming barriers to gaining self-sufficiency and permanent housing.  In the most simple terms, HMIS collects information concerning the provision of government funded services to neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.  As with all such data collection systems, HMIS continues to grow in terms of the complexity and intrusiveness of required data.  Although neighbors receiving services can opt out of providing data, agencies are penalized if too many people exercise their rights.  Privacy issues aside, HMIS represents a massive sinkhole of resources that could…

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              • Collaboration Between CPD Support Personnel

                Hold a monthly meeting between CPD support personnel to share knowledge, ideas, and resources with one another. Meetings can be geared towards current or upcoming CPD processes or tasks.

                As a CPD Program Assistant, I feel I am constantly looking for ways to better support the Reps, FA, and our Director in their daily functions. Although I've found many ways of doing this, I wouldn't mind sharing them or hearing about how other support staff do certain functions.
                Most of the collaboration meetings in CPD amongst all the field offices revolve around the functions of the Reps on up the…

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                  0 comments  ·  community planning & development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create Short Form Applications/Reports for Grantees with a threshold for smaller communities

                  Grantees with CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA are required to submit a five-year Consolidated Plan with annual planning updates. Continuum of Care Grantees submit new Action Plans for renewals annually. Many of our grantees have limited administrative funds (based on the thresholds of 7-20%) that can be used up by the time they submit their plans. All are also required to complete an annual performance report .

                  If grantees were able to submit a "short form application" when funded at (say) $250,000 or less for Formula and $25,000 or less for Competitive) that limits the amount of information required annually,…

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                    0 comments  ·  community planning & development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • For the CPD SNAPS office - eliminate the GIW. It's arduous and duplicative for HUD Staff, Continuums and Grantees.

                    SNAPS - please do away with the GIW. HEARTH funds are competitive so having grantees, Field & HQ staff spend significant time on this task in advance of the competition is repetitive and it lacks apparent value. We ask CoCs to complete applications each year, including for renewals. HUD can project the costs of renewals so the prior calculation does appear critical. If the grantees forget a renewal project, then they lose the project - that's the competition. The spreadsheet has taken on a life of its own and takes entirely too much energy & time from a very busy…

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                      7 comments  ·  community planning & development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Sorry that it has been a long time since hearing from Switchboard on this. As you know, HUD will be moving into a new and exciting strategic direction. With that comes changes in policies, processes and procedures. Switchboard is no different. We are moving all ideas from the Coming 20xx queues to Under Review. These ideas will be evaluated with fresh eyes. Please be patient as we are managing all of ideas with our new vetting process. We will provide feedback to you as soon as possible.

                    • Eliminate quarterly filing of the FFR (SF-425) for most CDBG grantees

                      HUD currently requires that CDBG grantees file an SF-425, Federal Financial Report on a quarterly basis. As per the CPD Monitoring Handbook, this requirement is found in 24 CFR 570.502(a)(15). The same information required in this report, however, is found in, or can be gleaned from, IDIS. This is just one example. There may be other areas within CPD where the filing of paper reports has become redundant to the technological advances offered in, or by, various information systems.

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                        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  community planning & development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Let the CPD Field Office Staff help in the review of SHP Renewals

                        Involve CPD FO staff (including Reps) in the initial review of Exhibit 2 renewal applications. Involving FO staff in the review of the applications will reduce duplication of effort, improve timeframes for executing grant agreements, reduce costs associated with the initial review process since HUD tends to hire contractors to do this review.

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                          3 comments  ·  community planning & development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Sorry that it has been a long time since hearing from Switchboard on this. As you know, HUD will be moving into a new and exciting strategic direction. With that comes changes in policies, processes and procedures. Switchboard is no different. We are moving all ideas from the Coming 20xx queues to Under Review. These ideas will be evaluated with fresh eyes. Please be patient as we are managing all of ideas with our new vetting process. We will provide feedback to you as soon as possible.

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