By the end of March 2020, it was clear COVID-19 was spreading rapidly throughout the country. People experiencing homelessness, who tend to have higher rates of chronic illness, were at higher risk of contracting serious illnesses due to COVID-19 as many live in high-capacity, large barrack-style shelters or outside without regular access to sanitation facilities [...]
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt most face-to-face professional trainings, many organizations are now acknowledging that they must view remote learning as more than a temporary measure. For them, and for those organizations that had long considered transitioning to remote methods of delivering training content, this is a good time to assess current remote [...]
The latest photo essay focuses on Lyman Terrace in the historic town of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Built in 1939, Lyman Terrace is one of the oldest public housing projects in the country, located in downtown Holyoke just one block from City Hall.
As a mission-driven organization, Cloudburst has always been and remains committed to addressing issues that advance social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and ensure that the needs of low-income and vulnerable populations are accounted for in our work. We seek to enhance the quality of life of others and renew our commitment to create spaces for [...]
Last week, two members of the Cloudburst team traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to interview fair housing practitioners and experts for a video we're developing to celebrate the relaunch of HUD's National Fair Housing Academy (NFHTA) in April. This video will highlight the history of fair housing and how it has changed over time; the importance [...]
On Tuesday, October 1st, the USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) congratulated Cloudburst as one of four small businesses that were awarded a Small Business Applied Research contract co-created with the Cambodia Mission. Cloudburst, along with PartnersGlobal and the DevLab at Duke University, will implement an innovative Randomized Control Trial (RCT) to test [...]
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s office extended a congratulatory visit to celebrate Cloudburst’s continued partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the recent announcement of a $12 million Community Compass Technical Assistance Award. Managed by HUD’s Technical Assistance Division, Community Compass is HUD’s integrated technical assistance and capacity building initiative to help [...]
USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance works globally to conduct research and develop initiatives and programming for local partners to demonstrate the value of democracy, advance policy changes in support of democratic governance systems, and strengthen democratic institutions and human rights. Cloudburst is working with USAID in several DRG center focus countries to support these goals.
In 2016, Congress passed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act and modernized the way that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributes funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. As part of a national HUD technical assistance initiative, Cloudburst is currently working with thirteen HOPWA formula grantees as they adapt these HOPWA Modernization changes.
Strengthening land tenure and property rights (LTPR) is central to ending extreme poverty, reducing hunger, and promoting resilient societies. Cloudburst was recently awarded the Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights II (STARR II) IDIQ, where we will continue to provide critical technical assistance to help USAID address LTPR challenges and secure the legitimate land rights for millions around the world.