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

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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.

Home4Good Flyer

Housing First Implementation Resources Now Available

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:

  • Housing First Implementation
  • Working with Project Participants in a Housing First Approach
  • Housing First in Specific Project Types
  • Trauma-Informed Care

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.

New Resources on Counting Survivors of Domestic Violence in the Point-In-Time (PIT) Count

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:

  1. Fleeing, or attempting to flee;
  2. Having no other residence; and
  3. Lacking the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.

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.

HUD.GOV Announcement: HUD AWARDS RECORD $2 BILLION TO THOUSANDS OF LOCAL HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS ACROSS U.S.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a record $2 billion to support more than 7,300 local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide critically needed support to local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. For more information please review January 11, 2018 – Press Release .

Pennsylvaina award total is $102, 583,484. Of this total, this includes 16 Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicants and 519 total projects.

For the Balance of State CoC,

PA-509 was awarded: $11,926,872 (78 total projects)

PA-601 was awarded: $9,424,572 (74 total projects)

For a list of projects go to Fiscal Year 2017 CoC Competition Homeless Assistance Award Report .

HUD Announces Tentative 2018 Schedule for AFFH Regional Trainings

HUD is excited to announce the tentative schedule and locations for 2018 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Regional Trainings. This robust training curriculum provides HUD program participants (grantees and public housing agencies) with a comprehensive overview of the AFFH final rule and the requirements for preparing an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The following key topics will be covered:

  • What is AFFH and why is it important
  • How do I implement the AFFH final rule
  • What is AFH and how do I prepare it
  • Community participation requirements and how to engage the public in this process
  • How to use the AFFH Data and Mapping Tool (AFFH-T) to analyze data and maps
  • Understanding and prioritizing contributing factors
  • How to develop measurable and meaningful fair housing goals in the AFH

The training is intended for HUD program participants that are required to prepare and submit an AFH to HUD under the AFFH final rule. Attendees may prepare an AFH on their own or collaborate with other program participants to prepare a joint or regional AFH submission. Program participants may choose which training they attend and which staff should attend (maximum of two staff per program participant). Please be advised that consultants and/or contractors should not be sent to this training in lieu of staff from the program participant that is responsible for submitting an AFH to HUD.

Please note that these locations and dates are subject to change based on venue availability. Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you register for the training through the HUD Exchange and are approved to attend by the registrar (Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board). HUD is not responsible for penalties incurred due to cancelled travel arrangements.

Registration will open six weeks prior to the training date and may be completed via the 2018 AFFH Regional Trainings page. If you have any questions regarding the trainings, please contact Eliseo Lopez (800-321-0911 X110 or affh@ifhmb.com).