Upcoming trainings: domestic violence and homelessness

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.

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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.

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Sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness.

FY2021 CoC Competition: Request for Proposals

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.

YHDP Funding Availability – 2nd Round

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 gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com for more information.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: YHDP Bidders’ Conference to be Held ONLINE

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC’s YHDP training and bidders’ conference, scheduled for Monday, March 16, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, will now be held online.

At the scheduled time, go online and click:  https://tacinc.adobeconnect.com/springfieldyhdp/

The conference audio line is 877-223-6370; Pin: 7203878959.

This training and bidders’ conference is required for any agency that will submit a response to the YHDP Request for Proposals issued March 2, 2020.

Funding Availability: Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP)

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.

The RFP packet is available here.

CoC Board of Directors Meeting – 12/6, 9 am

The CoC Board of Directors is meeting tomorrow, December 6, 9 – 11 am, at the Union Station 2nd floor conference room, 55 Frank B. Murray St., Springfield.

Our agenda:

  1. Review minutes of the September 27, 2019 Board meeting
  2.  Brief Updates/News
    • Progress on Veteran and Chronic Homelessness
    • Participation in Built for Zero/Institute for Healthcare Improvement strategy session (and waiting to identify next steps)
    • 413Cares
    • Shelter news –FOH-Sheriff partnership; Brighter Futures Youth Shelter
    • New program: Womanshelter’s Coordinated Entry Project
    • News from the Western Mass Network to End Homelessness
  3.  Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP)
    • Summary of Planning Process, Stakeholder Planning Group, Youth Action Board
    • Items for Review and Approval:
      • Vision & guiding principles
      • Decision-making structure
    • Action Item: Approval of submission of draft (due by 12/29) – For a preview, you can look at pages 11-14 of the attached powerpoint. But you don’t need to!—we will go over during the meeting.

CoC Board of Directors Meeting

The CoC’s Quarterly Board meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, September 27, 2019, 9-11 am, at Springfield’s Union Station, 2nd floor conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting agenda:

  1. Review minutes of the June 21, 2019 Board meeting
  2. CoC Competition – Application summary. To view the draft application, go to: https://springfieldhampdencoc.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/fy19-coc-application-for-public-review-and-comment/ Action Item: Vote to authorize application submission.
  3. CoC-ESG Written Standards – Action Item: Vote on proposed amandment to CoC-ESG Written Standards 9 24 2019 (see proposed new language on page 4 in red)
  4. Launch of DV Coordinated Entry Project
  5. Youth Homelessness
    • Big news! Selected as a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) site!
    • Foster Care/Homelessness project

FY19 CoC Application for Public Review and Comment

The CoC’s FY19 application is due to HUD on September 30, 2019. The full application is posted here for public review and comment. Please direct any comments to gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com.

CoC Application:

Project applications, in ranked order:

  1. HMIS  $61,992
  2. DV Coordinated Entry $230,263
  3. CSO-FOH Coordinated Assessment $243,000
  4. Viability Next Step $529,169
  5. CHD Family PSH $575,592
  6. RVCC CoC Program $310,661
  7. VOC Scattered Site Family Supportive Housing $127,271
  8. MHA Consolidated S+C $641,696
  9. Catholic Charities RRH $445,652
  10. CSO-FOH PSH $241,806
  11. Gandara SHINE RRH $385,379
  12. Way Finders Turning Point $65,112
  13. SMOC Bowdoin Tranquility $61,373
  14. MHA PSH Expansion $100,381
  15. YWCA DV RRH $377,989

Projects 1-11 are rnked in Tier 1. Projects 12-15 are ranked in Tier 2.

Unranked projects: