Technical Assistance & Training

icon-ex-techThe Cloudburst Group provides outcome-focused technical assistance and training. Through application of adult learning principles in training and capacity building focused technical assistance, our aim is to help improve the effectiveness of programs and services for socially and economically underserved persons. Relying on a needs-analysis approach to identification of challenges and barriers, our teams develop targeted action plans with short and long term objectives to best meet the needs of our clients and projects.

Cloudburst has provided training and technical assistance to support local, national, and international programs. Our efforts are primarily targeted at supporting grantee compliance with government programs and regulations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Center for Disease Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the United States Agency for International Development. We are experienced in providing training and technical assistance in housing and community development, environmental compliance, property rights, land tenure, natural resource management and governance, economic development, public and behavioral health.

Domestic Technical Assistance & Training

Cloudburst has provided technical assistance and training to thousands of cities, counties, states, and sub-recipients on HUD and local community development programs.

International Technical Assistance & Training

Cloudburst has trained nearly two thousand people globally on land rights and other cross-sector global development issues through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), webinars, and in-person trainings.

Two Upcoming FHA Multifamily Trainings

Chapter 5 Revisions to the Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide

This training instructs learners on the 2016 revisions to Chapter 5 – Architectural and Construction Analysis – of the HUD Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide. By the end of the course, learners will have practical knowledge of:

  • The characteristics, experience and certifications 3rd party due diligence needs assessors must have to assess multifamily dwellings;
  • Which construction activities are eligible for insured mortgage programs;
  • Required design services and documentation by construction activity and program for insured mortgage programs;
  • Required architectural standards and other criteria by construction activity and program for insured mortgage programs;
  • Required construction contracts and submittals by construction activity and program for insured mortgage programs;
  • Requirements for streamlined processing projects requiring professional design services; and
  • How to complete the New Reserve for Replacement (R4R) Schedule needed to determine a property’s IDRR, ADRR, and PUPA.

Learners can either attend live instructor-led webinars, or view pre-recorded videos of presentations detailing the revisions to Chapter 5 of the 2016 HUD MAP Guide. After the learning event has taken place, the learner will be prompted to take an online assessment. A passing score is required before one can earn this module’s certificate.

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Principles of Multifamily Energy Underwriting

This training instructs learners the Principles of Multifamily Energy Underwriting (as they relate to Green MIP reductions and the revised MAP Guide). By the end of the course, learners will have practical knowledge of:

  • The characteristics, experience and certifications 3rd party energy auditors must have to assess multifamily dwellings;
  • EPA Portfolio Manager®, the on-line software program chosen by HUD to provide benchmarking information on multifamily properties seeking federal insurance;
  • Properties eligible for the Green Building Certification;
  • The characteristics of an ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit;
  • How to evaluate a SEP score for properties within the 223(f) portfolio;
  • How to evaluate a SEDI score for properties within the following programs: Section 221(d)(4) or Level 2/3 223(f); and
  • The steps a property manager can take to improve a property’s energy savings as well as reduce utility consumption.

Learners will either attend live webinars, or view pre-recorded videos of presentations detailing how a property’s SEP and/or SEDI could positively affect its MIP score. After the learning event has taken place, the learner will be prompted to take an online assessment. A passing score is required before one can earn this module’s certificate.

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Cloudburst on Demand

Do you need more specialized, on demand assistance? Through Cloudburst on Demand, our Subject Matter Experts are available to you to assist on a variety of subjects or topics associated with HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs—ranging from neighborhood revitalization strategies to IDIS implementation to monitoring preparation.Learn More

HIV Prevention Gender Toolkit

Cloudburst is developing training materials that support gender-responsive HIV-Prevention strategies targeted to increase the understanding of how program planners, managers, […]