New Resources & Schedule for the 2018 Longitudinal Systems Analysis Report (formerly AHAR)

Beginning on October 31, 2018 communities can upload their official Longitudinal Systems Analysis (LSA) data for use in the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress via the new Homelessness Data Exchange, Version 2.0 (HDX 2.0). All Continuums of Care (CoCs) may participate in the LSA, regardless of their Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) bed coverage rate. While HMIS bed coverage will continue to be an important factor, usability will be judged principally on data quality and completeness.

The LSA will use data from our HMIS. Data quality will continue to be addressed through our Data quality clean up process. We will be sending out instruction for this process to all HMIS users.

To help communities better understand the differences between past AHAR data submissions and the new LSA data submission cycle, HUD has released two new resources:

  • From AHAR to LSA: Understanding the FY18 Changes: This brief document includes an easy to follow table that highlights the key changes between the LSA and the former AHAR process.
  • Overview of the LSA Submission Process: The goal of this document is to make the new data collection and cleaning process as clear as possible for CoCs so they can be adequately prepared for the 2018 data submission cycle. It covers key milestone of the process, available support to CoCs throughout the process, and the overall submission and cleaning timeline.

The anticipated summary of the 2018 LSA submission cycle’s schedule is below:

  • October 22, 2018: PA HMIS Program Data Clean-up Begins
  • October 31, 2018: HDX 2.0 opens for official LSA submissions
  • November 16, 2018: PA HMIS Program Data should be finalized by close of business.
  • November 9, 2018: Test LSA upload deadline
  • November 30, 2018: Official LSA submission deadline

As the LSA data collection and cleaning kick-off date approaches, additional community resources and guidance will be announced through the HUD Exchange mailing list and linked to from the LSA Tools and Guidance homepage.

If you have questions pertaining to the LSA or HDX 2.0, please submit your questions through the PA HMIS Help Desk .

PHFA issues RFP for local housing initiatives to request funding

New this year is a paperless proposal submission process

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding for this RFP is being provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund. The total PHARE funding available this year is $39.6 million.

PHARE receives its funding from a number of sources. These include the impact fee levied on natural gas companies, a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax, and money from the National Housing Trust Fund. Funding is available for housing initiatives in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PHFA is charged with administering the allocation of PHARE dollars.

“The success of the PHARE program to date has been grounded in the decision to let local governments and organizations determine where the greatest need and opportunity is for affordable housing investments,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., PHFA executive director and CEO. “That’s why it’s so critical in this RFP that we hear from local groups who know firsthand what’s happening in their communities and how best to respond. We need their input to make the best use of these housing dollars.”

New this year for PHARE is an application process that can be completed entirely online, eliminating the need for paper submissions and simplifying the process for applicants and the evaluation staff. The RFP is located on PHFA’s website at www.phfa.org, and the application is accessible at https://phare.phfa.org/. Applications are due to PHFA no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

PHFA is planning two informational webinars for groups interested in applying for PHARE funds. Both webinars will cover the same information. Webinar dates and times are:


Sept. 20
– 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 4 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested groups are encouraged to watch the PHARE webpage for links to be posted for webinar registration. The PHARE webpage is available on the PHFA website at www.phfa.org; click on the PHARE link at the bottom of the page under “Resources.” Questions may also be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA via email at bmaretzki@phfa.org or by phone at 717.780.1867.

The PHARE fund has been allocating money for local housing initiatives since 2012. These funds have resulted in significant benefits that include:

  • 5,796 individuals and families have received rental or utility assistance
  • 1,772 homes have been rehabilitated and preserved for continued use
  • 1,240 new rental units have been created
  • 112 new single-family homes have been constructed
  • 353 future home sites have been prepared through site acquisition and demolition
  • 160 homeowners are receiving purchase assistance
  • PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $470 million investment in housing in Pennsylvania

About PHFA

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $13.9 billion of funding for more than 173,000 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 134,507 rental units, and saved the homes of more than 49,400 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.

Media contact:

Scott Elliott

selliott@phfa.org

717-649-6522 (cell)

Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Western PA Continuum of Care (PA-601)

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 westerncoc@pennsylvaniacoc.org by noon on Tuesday, September 18.

DRAFT Submission Documents, posted 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.

Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509)

Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509)
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 Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509).

This posting consists of:
1) 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.
2) Project Priority Listing, including reallocation forms, all project applications that were accepted and ranked, and rejected projects.

Please send any comments to easterncoc@pennsylvaniacoc.org by noon on Tuesday, September 18.

DRAFT Submission Documents, posted 9/16/18:

• FY2018 CoC Application PA-509: PA-509: Completed CoC Consolidated Application
• FY2018 CoC Application PA-509: PA-509: Completed CoC Consolidated Application Attachments
• FY2018 Project PA-509 Project Priority Listing

FY2018 CoC Final Ranking, which includes new & renewal projects:

Final Ranking, distributed 9/14/18
FY2018 Eastern PA CoC Renewal Ranking Calculator – FINAL

 

 

You can find more information on the FY2018 Eastern CoC (PA-509) NOFA here.

PHFA Issues PHARE RFP to Fund Local Housing Initiatives

Please see the article below that was shared by the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA) regarding their Pennslyvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund:

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding for this RFP is being provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund. The total PHARE funding available this year is $39.6 million.

PHARE receives its funding from a number of sources. These include the impact fee levied on natural gas companies, a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax, and money from the National Housing Trust Fund. Funding is available for housing initiatives in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PHFA is charged with administering the allocation of PHARE dollars.

“The success of the PHARE program to date has been grounded in the decision to let local governments and organizations determine where the greatest need and opportunity is for affordable housing investments,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., PHFA executive director and CEO. “That’s why it’s so critical in this RFP that we hear from local groups who know firsthand what’s happening in their communities and how best to respond. We need their input to make the best use of these housing dollars.”

New this year for PHARE is an application process that can be completed entirely online, eliminating the need for paper submissions and simplifying the process for applicants and the evaluation staff. The RFP is located on PHFA’s website at www.phfa.org, and the application is accessible at https://phare.phfa.org/. Applications are due to PHFA no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.
PHFA is planning two informational webinars for groups interested in applying for PHARE funds. Both webinars will cover the same information. Webinar dates and times are:

Sept. 20 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 4 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested groups are encouraged to watch the PHARE webpage for links to be posted for webinar registration. The PHARE webpage is available on the PHFA website at www.phfa.org; click on the PHARE link at the bottom of the page under “Resources.” Questions may also be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA via email at bmaretzki@phfa.org or by phone at 717.780.1867.

The PHARE fund has been allocating money for local housing initiatives since 2012. These funds have resulted in significant benefits that include:
• 5,796 individuals and families have received rental or utility assistance
• 1,772 homes have been rehabilitated and preserved for continued use
• 1,240 new rental units have been created
• 112 new single-family homes have been constructed
• 353 future home sites have been prepared through site acquisition and demolition
• 160 homeowners are receiving purchase assistance
• PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $470 million investment in housing in Pennsylvania

About PHFA
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $13.9 billion of funding for more than 173,000 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 134,507 rental units, and saved the homes of more than 49,400 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.

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