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

Home4Good Applicant Organization (CoC Agent) – Western PA CoC

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:

Interested organizations must their submit their response by July 13 at 12 noon to westernpacoc@gmail.com.  Any questions about this RFQ should also be directed to westernpacoc@gmail.com.

For additional information about the Home4Good program, visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/ and click on Home4Good Homeless Initiative.

Home4Good Applicant Organization – Eastern PA CoC

The Eastern PA CoC is seeking an Applicant Organization who will submit the Home4Good application on behalf of the CoC. The organization fulfilling this role should be invested in ending homelessness in Eastern 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:

Interested organizations must their submit their response by July 13 at 12 noon to easternpacoc@gmail.com.  Any questions about this RFQ should also be directed to easternpacoc@gmail.com.

For additional information about the Home4Good program, visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/ and click on Home4Good Homeless Initiative.

 

The FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

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:

  • Carefully and thoroughly read the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA to understand the information; and
  • Begin to plan local competitions based on the information, new and changed, from the previous Competition, provided in the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA.

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.

  • Transition Grants. Project applicants can transition their project(s) from one CoC Program Component to another during the CoC Program Competition using the funds to wind down the previous project while ramping up the new project. (Section II.B.2).
  • Domestic Violence Bonus. CoCs can apply for up to 10 percent of their PPRN or a minimum of $50,000, whichever is greater, or a maximum of $5 million, whichever is less, to create up to three DV Bonus Projects to serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. (Section II.B.3). CoCs may create up to one of each of the following project types:
    • Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH;
    • Joint Transitional Housing (TH) and Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH) component project; and
    • Supportive Services Only-Coordinated Entry (SSO-CE).
  • Consolidated Project. Eligible renewal project applicants will have the ability to consolidate two or more (limit of four) eligible renewal projects into one project application during the application process. (Section II.B.4).
  • CoC Merger. CoCs that merged between the FY 2016 CoC Program Registration and FY 2018 CoC Program Registration process are eligible for merger bonus points. (Section II.B.5).

Listserv Communications

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 info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info 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.

Questions

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.

DCED Federal Program Reporting Schedule

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.

Federal Program Reporting Schedule

The document is broken out in the following layout,

Monthly Reports

Quarterly Reports

Semi-Annual Reports

Biennial Reports

Annual Reports

Western Coordinated Entry Committee’s Memo to General and DV Assessment Centers

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.

To view the full memo, please reference them here: Memo – General Assessment Centers 6-1-18 and Memo- DV Assessment Centers 6-1-18

“Home4Good”, Federal Home Loan Bank’s $4.5M Initiative to Assist Ending Homelessness

The Federal Home Loan Bank Pittsburgh has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout the State of Pennsylvania in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency. The $4.5 Million initiative, labeled "Home4Good" will provide much needed funding for homelessness projects that prevent homelessness, solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness, and address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth.

The highlight of this grant is that the eligible uses for the funding are very flexible unlike other State or Federal resources that may have tighter regulations. This will allow for organizations fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources cant cover such as transportation assistance, recovery support, and employment assistance.

To be considered for funding, a service organization must submit a proposal to their Continuum of Care (CoC) using the Home4Good Application. The CoC will review and summarize the project submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and needs in the community. A packet of ranked proposals will be submitted to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review and will select the awarded recipients. It is important to note that if a CoC wishes to apply for this funding they will need to have a FHLB Pittsbugh Member Institution as a Co-applicant.

To learn more about this initiative, FHLB Pittsburgh will be hosting two informational webinars on June 21 (10 a.m.) and July 9 (2 p.m.). If you are interested in joining, please contact Bryce Maretzki at PHFA at bmaretzki@phfa.org.

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