CoC Competition – Q&A #4

Please see the attached Q&A regarding the FY2018 CoC competition:

RFP Q&A #4 August 12, 2018


CoC Competition – Notice of Reallocation Funds Available – $154,321

This notice is informing applicants in the Springfield-Hampden County CoC FY2018 Competition that, in addition to Bonus funds and DV competition funds available, there are also reallocation funds newly available.

The program Way Finders Rapid Rehousing had notified the CoC that it is not applying for renewal. As you may recall, the CoC issued an RFP for a provider to take over this program. No provider responded to the RFP. This program is now scheduled to end June 30, 2019, and the funds may be reallocated to a new program.

The amount of funds freed up for reallocation is $154,321. All new projects will be considered for reallocation funds – including funds submitted as bonus or DV projects.

CoC competition applications are due August 15, 2018 at 4 pm.

CoC RFP seeking partners for Homeless Youth Program

The City of Springfield, on behalf of the Springfield-Hampden County Continuum of Care, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking partners to provide Core Services and Winter Response an part of an application for state funds to operate a Homeless Youth Program in Hampden County.

Use the links below to access the RFP and Addendum No. 1 to the RFP. Responses are due August 29, 2018, and the CoC will hold a bidders’ conference on August 17, 20018, 10 am at the Springfield Municipal Operations Center, 70 Tapley St., Springfield.

CoC Competition Q & As

There have been two sets of Q&As for the CoC Competition. The first was based onĀ  written questions received and was sent to anyone with an open esnaps application. The second is being released today based on questions asked at the bidders conference on August 1, 2018.

Both sets are linked below. The sets, along with the RFP, are also posted at the top of the materials on the CoC tab on this page. The CoC will continue to take and respond to written questions. Send them to

RFP Q&A #1 July 26, 2018

RFP Q&A #2 August 3, 2018


CoC Competition Bidders’ Conference; Seeking Applicants for Bonus Funds

REMINDER: The FY2018 CoC Competition bidders’ conference is scheduled for tomorrow, August 1, 2018, 10 am at the Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield.

The bidders’ conference is optional, but is strongly recommended for applicants for new projects. Renewal applicants are also welcome, if they wish to attend.

There has been very limited interest in the Bonus Project. If you have a new idea or have the capacity to expand an existing program, please consider submitting an application.


Race Equity in Homelessness


There’s been some interesting new work on race equity in homelessness.

In March 2018, Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC), a project of the Center for Social Innovation, released the results of a research study in six communities. The study found that blacks and Native Americans were overrepresented in the homeless population as compared to the general population, and thatĀ this is not attributable only to the overrepresentation of these groups among people living in deep poverty (at or below 50% of the Federal poverty level). The level of homelessness among these populations exceeded the proportions of the populations living in deep poverty.

Take a look at the study here.

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC has volunteered to be part of a Built for Zero pilot project to work with other communities and a guide to review our own data and strategize about how to respond to what the data is showing us. The pilot will be for a few months, and will consist of regular phone calls and some data analysis. The first call is August 9, 2-3 pm.

If you have the interest and time to participate in this project, please email me at Keep in mind that I am looking for one or two committed people who have time and energy to devote to this.