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Emergency Solutions Grant Reporting
All agencies who receive Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding from Kentucky Housing Corporation are required to produce an annual report on all persons served during the reporting period. Agencies must submit their ESG CAPER reports from the Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), or a comparable database, by July 26, 2017
 
Once you run the report, save it into .pdf form and submit that report to the Housing Contract Administration (HCA) Help Desk . A separate report must be run for each program component funded with ESG money. The reports should be run for the reporting period July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2107.
KYHMIS Annual Documentation and Training To Avoid Deactivation 
Every year, all KYHMIS agencies complete the user documentation for KYHMIS. Each person that has a license in the KYHMIS System will need to complete the documentation. All BoS agencies will need to complete these documents and send them in through the HCA Help Desk. In the subject line, please include HMIS Annual Documentation. Agencies only need to send one help desk ticket with all user documentation attached. Each KYHMIS user will need to read and sign the 2017 KYHMIS External Policies and Procedures, as well as a 2017 Security Monitoring Form. You will only need one Security Monitoring Form per agency.

Individuals should watch the HMIS Security and Privacy Training before signing the 2017 Security Monitoring Form. During this time, KYHMIS staff encourages users to watch the HMIS Training Videos (HMIS 101 Training, HMIS 102 Training, and HMIS 103 Training; and the Recovery Kentucky Training Video for our Recovery agencies) as annual HMIS Training Refresher Courses. No homework is required with this refresher.

New this year, each user will be asked to watch the refresher courses at the same time to get every user on the same schedule. We understand that you may have recently watched these videos, but we ask that you watch them again for user consistency purposes. Please complete all training requirements, documentation, and submit to the HCA Help Desk by Monday, July 31, 2017.

If KYHMIS staff does not receive user documentation and/or is unable to confirm that the user has watched the refresher courses, we will deactivate the user from HMIS until they are able to do so. If you have any questions, please contact the HCA Help Desk
Public Comment Period

The 2017 Consolidated Annual Action Plan for Kentucky's Block Grant Housing Programs and the 2017 Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan are available for public comment through Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

The Consolidated Action Plan is the Commonwealth's application and distribution plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) Programs (HOME, ESG, CDBG, HTF, and HOPWA). Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Department for Local Government are the agencies responsible for submission of the plan to HUD.  The Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan is the Commonwealth's application and distribution plan specifically for Housing Trust Funds.  Kentucky Housing Corporation is the agency responsible for submission of the plan to HUD.

Kentucky has drafted the annual Consolidated Action Plan and the Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan and is receiving written comments to obtain public input. Written comments will be accepted and where applicable, will be incorporated into the document. The plans cover the time period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

The Draft 2017 Action Plan and the Draft 2017 Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan are available for review online at Kentucky Housing Corporation's (KHC) website, under Resources, Planning Documents, Consolidated Plan. Please send written comments to Doug Daniel, KHC, 1231 Louisville Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; or email DDaniel@kyhousing.org.

Edwin King and KHC Board Members Visit Capitol Hill Sharing Kentucky's Affordable Housing Success
Pictured _left to right_ is KHC_s newly appointed executive director_ Edwin King with Senator Mitch McConnell
Pictured (left to right) is KHC's newly appointed executive director, Edwin King with Senator Mitch McConnell
KHC's newly named executive director, Edwin King; along with recently named general counsel of KHC, Jeremy Ratliff; and KHC Board member, Gale Lively visited Capitol Hill to share Kentucky's affordable housing success and garner support for federal housing programs that provide safe, quality, affordable housing to Kentucky's low-income families.
 
Kentucky's affordable housing initiatives-continued investment in the Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance program and the federal tax-exempt bond program-were shared with Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Congressmen Hal Rogers, John Yarmuth, Brett Guthrie, and with staff from the offices of Congressman James Comer and Andy Barr.
 
"I am pleased with the engagement of our congressional delegates and their interest in the positive impact that the Low Income Housing Tax Credit has had on our state and their local communities," said King of his visit to Capitol Hill. "They understand that the credit is a valuable tool to incentivize private investment in Kentucky's housing and community infrastructure, which stimulates job creation and commercial support."
 
In recent years, there has been greater demand for a shorter supply of affordable rental housing, which has driven up costs of rents in the state. By 2020, it is estimated that over 49,000 apartment units in the state will be at risk of losing their affordability with devastating impacts on 49,000 families already struggling with economic hardship across the Commonwealth.
 
"Preserving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit is essential to reinvesting in aging properties to keep them affordable for our neighbors and families," said King.
 
Future meetings on Capitol Hill are being planned to include representation from nonprofits, developers, and other stakeholders to help legislators better understand affordable housing needs in Kentucky communities.

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