Scholarship Opportunity for the Homes Within Reach Conference October 29-31.

We are pleased to announce the PA Department of Community and Economic Development will be providing scholarships to the Homes Within Reach Conference to members working for organizations and agencies that serve the PA CoC Balance of State counties working to prevent and end homelessness. The Balance of State covers 53 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. This includes 33 counties that are part of the Eastern PA CoC and 20 counties in the Western PA CoC. Click here to see counties included.

Apply today for a scholarship to join over 850 housing professionals as we network with our peers and learn the latest news in best practices in the housing industry.

Please click here to access the application.

Once approved we will forward you the registration link. The deadline for consideration is Friday, September 7th.

Visit our updated HWR conference website for complete program information and to learn more.

Special Homelessness Session Highlights:

• Homelessness Affinity Day Lunch focuses on the future of Coordinated Entry
• Homelessness Affinity Day Dinner discusses adopting new models of emergency shelter and transitional housing.
• Workshops include: Engaging Youth, Eviction Prevention, Collaborations between Behavioral Health and Housing, Re-entry Initiatives for the Justice Involved, Housing First, and more…

Please feel free to call the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania at 215-576-7044 if you have any questions.

Penn State University Releases New Report on Homelessness in Pennsylvania

Penn State University has released a new report on highlights and trends on homelessness throughout the Commonwealth in the 2017 PIT Count for each Continuum of Care (CoC). The data shows that Pennsylvania’s homeless population has decreased over the past five years. The latest Point-in-Time (PIT) count suggests a homeless population of just over 14,000 people in Pennsylvania. You can view the full report here which is includes interactive maps featuring data on each of Pennsylvania’s CoC Regions.

Full report: Homelessness in the Commonwealth

Additionally, the University has put together a new tool and resource for those working with homelessness. The “Homeless Shelters and Services in PA” web-based map application features an extensive list of shelters throughout the state by the population served as well as county government and other services that can connect homeless individuals or caseworkers to a nearby resource. While it is definitely an incomplete list of services, it is a start to help connect the entire Commonwealth to services.

Map Link: Homelessness Resource Map

Eastern PA CoC Announces the Availability of Funding to Better Serve Domestic Violence Survivors

The Eastern PA CoC is announcing that $1,218,944 of funding is available to better serve survivors of domestic violence. This funding is available through two RFPs – (1) to provide Rapid Re-Housing assistance to DV survivors, and (2) to support the creation of a DV Coordinated Entry Specialist positions. These RFPs and applications are available below and on the Eastern CoC 2018 NOFA webpage.

RFP for DV Rapid Re-Housing:  Per HUD’s DV Bonus guidelines, the CoC is only eligible to apply for one DV Rapid Re-Housing (DV RRH) project.  As such, the Eastern PA CoC has partnered with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), who will serve as the Project Applicant.  Together, the CoC and PCADV are jointly soliciting applications, evaluating applications and selecting agencies interested in providing DV RRH assistance in their community.

RFP for DV Coordinated Entry Specialist:  The Eastern PA CoC is looking to partner with a Victim Service Provider, located within the CoC’s geographic area, who will employ a Domestic Violence Specialist to work within the Coordinated Entry System (CES) – Connect to Home – and further the CoC’s efforts to implement policies, procedures, and practices that better meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Responses to either of these RFPs are due by Close of Business on August 20, 2018.  The CoC will inform organizations responding to this RFP if their project was selected by August 31.  

Please help the CoC reach stakeholders in your community by forwarding this email to organizations that may be interested in applying for funding through the Eastern PA CoC.  Thank you!

The Western PA CoC Announces Availability of Funding to Continue Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence

The CoC will be applying for $912,136 of DV Bonus funding to support three new projects – (1) Rapid Re-Housing assistance to DV survivors, (2) TH/RRH Joint Component, (3) Coordinated Entry grant to support the work of DV Assessment Centers.  RFPs and applications are available on the Western PA CoC’s NOFA page.

RFP for DV Rapid Re-Housing:  Per HUD’s DV Bonus guidelines, the CoC is only eligible to apply for one DV Rapid Re-Housing (DV RRH) project.  As such, the Western PA CoC has partnered with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), who will serve as the Project Applicant.  Together, the CoC and PCADV are jointly soliciting applications, evaluating applications and selecting agencies interested in providing DV RRH assistance in their community.

RFP for TH/RRH Joint Component:  Existing Transitional Housing providers with experience serving DV survivors are invited to respond to this RFP.  The TH/RRH Joint Component model is described within the RFP and has proven to be a successful model to assist DV survivors to safely and successfully obtain permanent housing.

CE for DV:  Rather than issuing a third RFP, DV Assessment Centers will be contacted directly to submit a budget to support their work.

Responses for either of these RFPs are due by Close of Business on August 20, 2018.  The CoC will inform organizations responding to this RFP if their project was selected by August 31.  See RFPs for additional instructions.

Eastern PA Continuum of Care (CoC) FY2018 Request for Proposals – New Permanent Housing Project

The Eastern PA CoC is soliciting Preliminary Applications from agencies interested in applying for new Permanent Supportive Housing Projects serving Chronically Homeless Individuals/Families or new Rapid Re-Housing projects.  

The projects selected through this RFP will be submitted to HUD as part of the Eastern PA CoC’s FY2018 Continuum of Care Application.  For more details on this project, please review the attached RFP.

The attached Preliminary Application is due by Close of Business on August 10, 2018.  The CoC will inform organizations responding to this RFP if their project was selected by August 23.

Over the next week, the CoC will be releasing two additional RFPs.  These additional RFPs will be for projects designed to expand the CoC’s capacity to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing a housing crisis.  Specifically, one RFP will be for a “Domestic Violence Coordinated Entry System Specialist”.  The second RFP will be seeking for Rapid Re-Housing projects dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence.  Stay tuned!

FY2018 Eastern PA CoC RFP for New Permanent Housing Projects

FY2018 Eastern PA CoC Preliminary Application for New Permanent Housing Projects-distributed 8-1-18