Request for Proposals: Eastern Pennsylvania Continuum of Care Connect to Home Coordinated Entry System Pocono Regional Manager

The Eastern Pennsylvania Continuum of Care’s Coordinated Entry Committee is requesting proposals from public, nonprofit and private sector organizations to employ, supervise and manage a 1.0 FTE Connect to Home CES Pocono Regional Manager for its housing crisis response system.

Download the RFPSubmissions due Friday, July 19, 2019 at 5:00pm

About Connect To Home
Connect To Home: Coordinated Entry System of Eastern PA (CES) coordinates and manages access, assessment, prioritization and referral to housing and services for any person(s) experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness in the following counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming.

Participation in CES is required for all projects funded by HUD Continuum of Care or Emergency Solutions Grants (including those administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) and strongly encouraged for all other housing and service providers in order to ensure equitable and coordinated access for all.

Open Position – HMIS Administrator

The HMIS Administrator position at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has been posted for applicants to begin applying. You can find the position posting here. The deadline for applications is July 8, 2019.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Provides support for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, and Consolidated Plan; coordination of and planning for homeless-related programs; and, supplemental monitoring for federal programs administered by the Center. Coordinates with and manages the contracts of IT personnel, contractors and staff in the development and upgrading of the HMIS system.
Full position description can be found here.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY
A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration or a related field; or An equivalent combination of experience and training.

Preferred Qualifications:
Associate’s Degree or higher in the field of public and/or business administration, communications, or management.
Strong skill-set and demonstrated experience analyzing data and/or utilizing a data management system.
Please feel free to share this position within your network!

The Western PA CoC’s Youth Action Board is Recruiting Members

The Western PA CoC’s Governing Board has agreed to allocate funds to create a Youth Action Board that will be comprised of youth ages 16-24 who have current or past lived experience in their 20 county region. The youth will build their board, advocate for programming, and help to monitor youth programs. They will be paired with a mentor, receive training, and be paid for their work serving on the board.

Please use the documents below which can be used to recruit youth! Their participation in the CoC is critical in understanding youth homelessness and to create a continuum that meets the needs of youth.

Youth Action Board – About the CoC

Youth ActionBoard Job Description

Youth Action Board Guidelines

PHFA Announces New Housing Policy Fellowship

HARRISBURG – With the goal of funding critical research and promoting leadership development, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today announced the creation of a new Housing Policy Fellowship.

The fellowship will fund a maximum of 12 months of research and study on a pressing housing or community development topic. With a monthly stipend of $1,000, the maximum funding available will be $12,000. The financial support can be for a variety of activities supporting the approved research, including interviews with experts, securing resources and study materials, travel for attending relevant conferences and more.

This fellowship is intended to benefit the housing field by underwriting research on subjects that currently present housing or community development challenges. A secondary benefit of the fellowship will be its investment in an individual to promote their growth as a housing leader. The fellowship will produce documented findings that will be publicly available for everyone’s benefit.

“If we are satisfied with the results from this fellowship, we envision this becoming an annual occurrence that can help the housing field in a number of ways,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson. “Of course, the research findings will be of most interest initially. But we think the financial support for budding leaders in the housing field will provide long-term benefits, as well.”

The fellowship application is available on the agency’s website at www.PHFA.org; look under the “News” tab in the upper-left corner of the homepage, and then scroll down to “Housing Policy News.” All legal residents of the state over the age of 18 are eligible to apply, excluding PHFA staff and board members. All applications will be reviewed by PHFA staff according to the fellowship criteria, which are outlined in the application.
The fellowship application deadline is 3 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA at 717.780.1867 or bmaretzki@phfa.org.

2019 Emergency Solutions Grant Request for Proposal Released

The 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Request for Proposal (RFP) has been released as of April 1, 2019. You can find the guidelines for the applications on DCED’s website here. DCED anticipates an award total of $5.5 million to award potential applicants.

Some important dates to consider for interested applicants:

2019 ESG Invoicing Webinar: April 9, 2019 from 1:30-2:30pm
Intent to Apply Deadline: April 15, 2019
Application opens for submission on May 31, 2019 and closes on June 14, 2019

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 ESG application, please contact Stacy Hawthorne at shawthorne@pa.gov.

Wolf Administration Awards $15 Million in Housing Grants to Help Individuals Battling Opioid Use Disorder

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Human Services (DHS) have awarded $15 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants for a new program to provide case management and housing support services for Pennsylvanians with an opioid use disorder (OUD). The pilot programs will support innovative practices that increase access to support services for individuals with OUD, keep people engaged in treatment and recovery, and help prevent overdose-related deaths.

“With these grant announcements we are taking an important step in removing a barrier to recovery and independence for those suffering from opioid use disorder,” Gov. Wolf said. “As we continue to battle this health crisis, being able to address housing as a means to get people into treatment and on the road to recovery is a key component.”

First announced in October, the program will direct the $15 million through 16 grant agreements that will assist urban and rural counties throughout the commonwealth. The pilot programs will assist individuals as they become and remain engaged in evidence-based treatment programs and will provide individuals with support services such as pre-tenancy and tenancy education services to maintain stable housing.

The counties selected for pilot programs under the request for applications were identified via a formula that equally considered the rate of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD) and rate of overdose-related deaths in a county. The selected grant recipient are:

Awardee Counties Served
Allegheny Department of Human Services Allegheny
Armstrong County Community Action Agency Armstrong
Blair County Community Action Program Blair
Center for Community Resources Butler
Commission on Economic Opportunity Luzerne
Community Counseling Center for Mercer County Mercer
Connect, Inc. Greene, Washington
Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health Delaware
Family Health Council of Central PA Dauphin
Fayette County Community Action Agency Fayette
Juniata Valley Tri-County Drug & Alcohol Abuse Commission Mifflin
Lawrence County Drug & Alcohol Commission Lawrence
Lehigh Conference on Churches Lehigh
Northern Tier Community Action Corporation Cameron
Philadelphia Single County Authority Philadelphia
The Wright Center for Community Health Lackawanna, Luzerne

“We know that each individual seeking treatment is just that – an individual,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “They each have different situations and circumstances hindering their recovery. In order to truly combat this crisis, we must build capacity to support individuals by providing necessary, supportive wrap around services like stable housing and case management.”

“The conditions in which a person lives play a substantial role in a person’s health. When a person experiences homelessness in addition to a substance use disorder, the lack of a secure home is often a barrier to staying engaged with treatment and recovery, if they are able to access treatment at all,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “These programs will soon assist people with housing access and stability and will help more people stay engaged in treatment and reach recovery.”

SAMHSA has distinguished four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. This project aims to support two components of the dimensions – Home and Purpose. By giving an individual a stable, safe place to focus on their recovery, paired with the independence and self-worth that housing provides, an individual’s overall health and wellbeing is greatly improved.

Housing instability, combined with unmet basic needs, makes the road to recovery and independence extremely challenging. According to national data, about one in five people experiencing homelessness has a chronic substance use disorder. This aligns with information gathered from Pennsylvania’s 45 state-sponsored OUD Centers of Excellence, a majority of which identify housing as a major barrier for their clients.

The grants are made possible by the $55.9 million SAMHSA grant secured to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Additional initiatives included in the grant are focused on expanding services to pregnant women and veterans affected by OUD, developing the treatment and recovery workforce, and strengthening criminal justice and law enforcement initiatives with a focus on reentrant supports.

Find more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid crisis here.

MEDIA CONTACT:    J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116

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2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Webinar

The DCED Homelessness Team will be hosting a webinar on the 2019 ESG Application on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. We encourage all municipalities and service providers who may be interested in administering the grant to attend. The webinar will cover the basic requirements of the application and will include all of the changes in this year’s application that were recommended by the ESG Workgroup. Please see the webinar information below to register for this event.

Topic: Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) FY2019 Application Webinar
Host: DCED PAHMIS Staff
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Session Number: Not Available
Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

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To register for this training session
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Go to https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t7938b3536ff00d4f1e303fb81d1d78cf and register.

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t9f77bd530276121a72d8a4a6d8093294

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For assistance
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You can contact DCED PAHMIS Staff at:
dweathingt@pa.gov
1-717-720-7304