- Strategies on implementing quality emergency transfer plans
- Methods on improving quick, low barrier access to safe housing options for survivors
- Partnerships with victim services providers and domestic violence coalitions that can assist in implementing housing protections for survivors
Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Western PA Continuum of Care (PA-601)
In accordance with HUD’s requirement that the FY2018 Continuum of Care Consolidated Application be available for public review and comment 48 hours prior to the submission deadline of September 18, 2018 at 7:59pm EST, please find the below listed documents to be submitted to HUD on behalf of the Western PA Continuum of Care (PA-601).
This posting consists of:
- CoC Application, including documentation of objective ranking and selection process, final version of the completed CoC Consolidated Application, and attachments to the CoC Consolidated Application.
- Project Priority Listing, including reallocation forms, all project applications that were accepted and ranked, and rejected projects.
Please send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday, September 18.
DRAFT Submission Documents, posted 9/16/18:
- FY2018 CoC Application PA-601: Completed CoC Consolidated Application, DRAFT 9/16/18
- FY2018 CoC Application PA-601: Attachments to the CoC Consolidated Application, DRAFT 9/16/18
- FY2018 Project Priority Listing PA-601, DRAFT 9/16/18
FY2018 CoC Final Ranking, which includes new & renewal projects
You can find more information on the FY2018 Western CoC (PA-601) NOFA here.
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.
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.
- Click here to access the RFP for DV Rapid Re-Housing
- Click here to access the Application for DV Rapid Re-Housing
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.
The Western PA CoC is seeking an Applicant Organization (CoC Agent) who will submit the Home4Good application on behalf of the CoC. The organization fulfilling this role should be invested in ending homelessness in Western PA and willing to assist the CoC to advance the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
Attached you will find the following relevant documents that will provide more information:
- Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Home4Good Applicant Organization
- RFQ Response Form for Home4Good Applicant Organization
For additional information about the Home4Good program, visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/ and click on Home4Good Homeless Initiative.
|The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. Additional resources are available on the e-snaps page on the HUD Exchange.
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT
The electronic application e-snaps will be available on or after Thursday, June 28, 2018. In the meantime, HUD strongly encourages CoCs, Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, and stakeholders to:
Additionally, HUD will post the FY 2018 Estimated Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) Report to the HUD Exchange on or after Thursday, June 28, 2018 that will include the amounts a CoC may apply for: CoC planning, Bonus, and Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus. This report will also provide the Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) and the estimated ARD for each CoC.
What’s New for the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition
The list below highlights some important information regarding new concepts CoCs should consider while planning for the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive and additional details are in the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA. A full list of new, changed, and highlighted information is on the HUD Exchange and can also be found on the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page.
All information related to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.
If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them so that they may register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.
If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox please contact email@example.com. Please be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.
If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2018 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT.
All Grantees with Open Contracts in the designated programs must submit the required forms whether or not you have activity covered by the report. Forms may be marked with “No
Activity” if no action was conducted during the reporting period. Failure to do so may constitute a lack of capacity to administer future programs and corrective action will be required.
The document is broken out in the following layout,
The Western CoC Coordinated Entry Committee has sent a memo to both General and Domestic Violence Assessment Centers addressing assessment procedural issues that have come to their attention. The General Assessment Center Memo clarifies that the assessment centers follow an open door policy indicating that assessments will be conducted at any time during normal business hours. This means that if a client shows up at the center, the assessment is done at that time as opposed to having them make an appointment to come back at a later time. Additionally, assessment centers were requiring that clients provide all documentation at the time of assessment or else they would be be assessed. This does not follow our protocols and procedures as no documentation is necessary at time of assessment.
The memo addressing the Domestic Violence Shelters clarifies confusion that was occurring around the assessment process. Going forward, only the households CURRENTLY fleeing Domestic Violence receive the additional 30 points to their assessment scores. Additionally, assistance should be offered when a client indicates that they remain, after several months to years, hiding from their abuser. Confidentiality would really come to play in this instance and would require the assessment center to keep them off of the HMIS system. Another important point of the memo is that an assessment can be completed over the phone.
|In a continued effort to encourage Continuums of Care (CoCs) and providers to implement and strengthen Housing First approaches, HUD has recently published Housing First Implementation Resources. As communities are implementing the Housing First Approach in their homeless crisis response systems, they sometimes struggle with transitioning the approach from a set of guiding principles to policy and procedures in their projects. This set of resources can assist communities and agencies in implementing Housing First in their projects. Regardless of project type, the Housing First approach can be utilized to reduce barriers to access for project participants and to maintain project participation.
The resources are separated into the following categories:
View the CoC Responsibilities and Duties toolkit to access the Housing First Implementation Resources and other resources related to CoC governance and structure, including the Housing First Assessment Tool which was recently released to assist providers and CoCs in documenting how closely their projects align to the Housing First model.
|The 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) count is just around the corner. There are several resources available on HUD’s PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page, including the Notice for the 2018 HIC and PIT count.
This year HUD updated the 2018 Housing Inventory Count (HIC) and PIT count to include “those who are currently experiencing homelessness because they are fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking” — as opposed to reporting on survivors who have ever experienced those circumstances. HUD updated its model surveys to help communities know what questions to ask to fulfill HUD’s required data points.
With this change, HUD is striving to more accurately capture whether a survivor’s primary cause of current homelessness is due to fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This change in guidance is intended to improve accuracy in the count of individuals and families currently experiencing domestic violence and who qualify as homeless as a result of:
HUD is excited to announce that it released a new page focused on counting survivors of domestic violence (DV) in the PIT count. Given how close we are to the count, these resources focus primarily on the importance on partnering with DV providers in the count process and provide some best practices on actions that can be taken on the night of the count to try to accurately collect data on survivors of domestic violence. HUD intends to provide more guidance in the future that focuses on how to better partner with DV stakeholders in the months leading up to the count.
These resources are intended to improve our ability to understand the intersection between domestic violence and homelessness and help us better serve survivors. In the context of the PIT count and other data collection, it is critical to strike the balance between collecting accurate data and ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of people experiencing homelessness, especially with regard to their domestic violence experience. These new resources are intended to help guide communities to striking that balance.
If you have questions about the 2018 HIC and PIT count or counting survivors of domestic violence in the PIT count, please submit them to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the HUD Exchange AAQ portal, select “HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.