Whew, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. My boss is kindly working with me to develop a plan to decrease my hours to 30 per week, so I can devote more time to school. Currently, the plan is that I will take over the donor database management work of an employee who is leaving, teach grant writing to another employee who will move into my office with me, and eventually, once she is comfortable with the grant writing and contract processing duties, I’ll be more of a subsidiary grant writer, at least until I get a job in the library field. This should allow me more flexible hours, but I suspect it’s going to take me about a year to train the new grant writer. I don’t know when my shorter hours will kick in, but hopefully by the end of May.
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to learn the database management job and assist with some special events work on top of all my usual grant writing and contract processing. The database work isn’t hard, but doing the work of two people is tiring. The good news is I’m taking a week of vacation from work to write final papers and catch up on reading assignments. The not-so-good news is that when I get back to work on April 28th, I will have only two weeks to write our annual Emergency Shelter Grant and Community Development Block Grant applications if I’m going to be able to submit them to divisional and territorial headquarters for approval before submission to the City of Tulsa. …which is kind of required.
Plus the training for the new online application process for submission of U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development Supportive Housing grants should be starting soon. HUD promised training sessions in April, but we’re rapidly running out of April. I just hope the government isn’t still writing code for the submission portal. When Tulsa has 1.5 million housing dollars on the line, you want the submission process to be smooth. You want the submission portal to not crash on you at the last minute. Well, one day at a time.
As the grant writer for a local nonprofit which provides homeless services, I participate in Continuum of Care (CoC) meetings, in which the majority of area homeless service providers meet monthly and collaborate to improve homeless services. Plus, seven or eight of us submit the HUD Supportive Housing grant to the City of Tulsa each year, which is then organized and submitted by The City of Tulsa to HUD.
We’ve been struggling with a bit of a knowledge management problem recently, as the City of Tulsa employee who has traditionally prepared Tulsa’s submission to HUD resigned last fall. Typically, HUD submissions are made in April or May, but luckily, the new online submission process has delayed the submission schedule this year, because the City of Tulsa has only found us a replacement CoC liason in the last couple weeks. I don’t envy the new CoC liason as she struggles to pick up the responsibilities of her predecessor. She has a lot to learn in a short amount of time, definitions of chronic homelessness, the hold harmless clause, the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), and the manadatory exclusion of domestic violence victims’ data from HMIS…
I can’t believe the City of Tulsa left us hanging for so long. If HUD had been on schedule–which, granted, it never is–Tulsa could have lost a lot of money, and a lot people would have been out on the streets instead of working towards self-sufficiency in supportive housing programs.
I guess that’s enough ranting for now.
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