How to Help DV Survivors in Your Homeless/Housing Programs
Wednesday, October 6, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Case managers and other staff working in homeless/housing programs are keenly aware that domestic violence (DV) is a factor in many of the households they serve, and that sometimes they must respond, intervene, and offer resources. This training is designed to provide tools and information for homeless/housing program staff to assist them with working safely and effectively with survivors. Featuring speakers from the National Alliance for Safe Housing as well as the Western Massachusetts region’s own DV programs, topics include local resources, DV dynamics, how a survivor’s risk analysis factors into decisions about staying or separating, and how staff can navigate their responsibilities to both members of the household with increased safety as the goal. Presenters will also offer tips on partnering with DV advocates and agencies and invite discussion about how collaboration between the two provider sectors can be enhanced.
Addressing Survivor Safety and Confidentiality Within Coordinated Entry Systems
Tuesday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Survivors of domestic and sexual violence often seek assistance from the homeless system and Coordinated Entry (CE) staff are often the first service providers they come into contact with. This webinar is designed to introduce some basic concepts and best practices related to discussing safety with survivors participating in CE. How CE staff can assess for domestic violence using newly designed models that center survivor agency will be discussed, along with insights on how to support survivors in determining their housing needs and best practice models for partnering with DV agencies and maintaining VAWA compliance.
The Springfield-Hampden County Continuum of Care has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewal, expansion and new projects. Allowable project types for this competition are: Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Rapid Rehousing (RRH), Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing (TH-RRH) and Coordinated Entry (CE).
Applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 15, 2021. A Bidders’ Conference will be held via Zoom on September 29, 2021 at 10 am.
The Springfield-Hampden County Continuum of Care (CoC) has issued a Request for Proposals seeking one or more applicants to provide medium-term (up to 2 years) rapid rehousing for homeless youth and young adults (YYAs).
The RFP seeks one or more agencies to provide a total of 30 units of rapid rehousing, to be staffed with a total of four case managers. The grant is for an initial two-year term and has a budget of $1,061,159; it will be renewable on an annual basis after the initial term.
The CoC has spent the last year creating a coordinated community plan to prevent and end YYA homelessness. This project will be one of four new coordinated programs created through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP). The other programs are:
Coordinated Entry and Navigation Project – CHD Safety Zone and Gandara Center
Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing (11 units) – Gandara Center
Permanent Supportive Housing (8 units) – Mental Health Association
Proposals are due July 7, 2020 by 4 pm. Please contact Gerry McCafferty at email@example.com for more information.
The CoC has released the Request for Proposals for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. The RFP makes available $2,304,742 for the two-year grant period July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022, with eligibility for annual renewals following the initial grant term.
Applicants must attend a mandatory training and bidders’ conference March 16, 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Proposals are due April 15, 2020.