VAWA Housing Protections; Implementation Considerations for ESG and CoC Programs Webinar

Please join HUD and CSH to discuss implementation considerations for HUD’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Final Rule in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs with two CoCs – Louisiana Balance of State and Austin/Travis County. The VAWA Final Rule expands housing protections for survivors of domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in CoC and ESG projects. The rule was created to help ensure all individuals have access to a safe home without the fear of violence and to reduce the risk of homelessness among survivors.
Learn more about:
  • 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
The webinar will provide strategies for quality implementation of the VAWA Final Rule, specifically targeted to recipients of ESG and CoC funds.
VAWA Housing Protections – Implementation Considerations for ESG and CoC Programs Webinar
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM EDT

Connect To Home Coordinated Entry System (CES) Featured in County News Magazine February 2019

The Eastern PA CoC is pleased to share that an article on Connect to Home: CES of Eastern Pennsylvania has been published in the February 2019 issue of the Pennsylvania County News magazine, the premier publication of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). The Pennsylvania County News serves as the mouthpiece for county and local government issues and provides education and information about counties to its 1,500 plus readers.

You may read the published article here.

One by One, Ending Homelessness in Western PA

Several months ago, the Western PA CoC began a process to create a name, tagline and logo for the CoC.  The CoC’s Governing Board met on Friday, February 1 and finalized the logo.  Today we are proud to announce the new CoC name, tagline and logo, as shown above.

Many CoC members submitted ideas, drawings, computer designs, etc.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

We are all lucky to work with a wonderful group of people who are working diligently to, One by One End Homelessness in Western PA!

Apply today for the True Colors Fellowship!

The True Colors Fellowship offers up to five young people ages 18-24 the unique opportunity to execute a six-month project that contributes to a more inclusive world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Throughout the experience, True Colors Fellows make lasting professional connections, gain hands-on organizing experience, and build their leadership skills.
Applications are open to LGBTQ-identified young people ages 18-24 with lived experiences of housing instability and/or homelessness. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2019.
Click here to learn more!

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.

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.