RFP for CoC Renewals and New Projects

The CoC has released its Request for Proposals for renewal CoC projects and for proposed new projects–including a portion of the competition that is only for programs that will serve survivors of domestic violence. The RFP is available here:

Springfield-Hampden CoC Competition RFP FY18

Applications are due by August 15, 2018, 4 pm.

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FY18 CoC NOFA is out

HUD has released the FY18 NOFA. The CoC expects to release a Request for Proposals for renewal and new projects on July 6, 2018, with responses due August 17.

This year’s competition includes a new DV Bonus as well as a regular Bonus, so start thinking about new projects. Here are details:

DV Bonus

HUD has made $5 million available for new projects which will provide housing and services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Although firm numbers are not yet out, the CoC expects that it will be able to apply for approximately $360,000 in this category, which will be for a one-year grant. These projects may be operated by a DV provider or a non-DV provider expanding services to serve this population. The project can be an expansion of an existing project. The CoC can submit one application for each of the three components:

  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing
  • Coordinated Entry for DV survivors

Bonus

Again, grant amounts are not finalized, but the CoC expects to be able to apply for $217,000  for a new bonus project. This amount could be increased if the CoC reallocates from any existing projects. Different from past years, the Bonus project may be any of the following components:

  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Joint Transitional Housing-Rapid Rehousing
  • Coordinated Entry
  • HMIS (can only be applied for by the HMIS lead)

Stay tuned to this space…when the RFP is released it will be posted here.

CoC Board of Directors Meeting

The CoC Board of Directors will meet June 8, 2018, 9-11 am, at the office of the Mental Health Association, 995 Worthington St., Springfield. This is an open meeting – anyone may attend.

Agenda:

  • Review of Minutes of the Feb. 2, 2018 Board Meeting
  • Report of Western Mass Network to End Homelessness – Pam Schwartz
    • Resource Fair – June 14, 9-12, HCC
    • State budget
  • CoC Reports
    • 2018 Point-in-Time Count Report  2018 Point-in-Time Count
    • Hurricane-displaced households – Kathryn Buckley Brawner and Lauren Voyer
    • System Performance Measures
    • Built for Zero
  • Prioritization and Planning for Upcoming Funding
    • Funding priorities for FY18 grant application
    • Use of ‘surplus’ funds from UFA grant for FY18
  • Other news
    • Coordinated Entry
    • Youth grant application and participation in youth coordinated entry learning session

RFPs released for ESG and HOPWA programs

The City of Springfield has released two requests for proposals:

  1. The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program provides funds to nonprofit agencies for homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, and emergency shelter. The City seeks providers for these services for the program year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. ESG funds are provided to the City of Springfield to assist people who live or work in the City.
  2. The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program provides funds to nonprofit agencies for homelessness prevention and housing assistance for people who are HIV positive. These funds are to serve persons in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The RFP seeks providers for these services for the program year July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019, with an expectation of two one-year renewals of initial contracts. The City does not expect to issue another HOPWA RFP until 2021.

RFPs are available at the Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield. Applications are due by noon on March 2, 2018.

 

Board of Directors Meeting: Feb. 2, 2018, 1-3 pm

The Board of Directors will meet Friday, Feb. 2, 1-3 pm at the Springfield Municipal Operations Center – conference room, 70 Tapley St., Springfield. The meeting is open.

The meeting agenda:

  1. Minutes. Review of the 11-17-2017 meeting minutes.
  2. Statewide Data Sharing.
    • Presentation and discussion: We will be joined by Linn Torto and Emily Cooper (both from the state) and Ryan Burger (HUD technical assistance) to answer our questions and discuss this project, which we talked about at our November meeting.
    • ACTION ITEM: We will vote at this meeting about whether our CoC will participate in the data-sharing initiative.
  3. Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures.
    • Update on Warehouse and CAS
    • ACTION ITEM: We will vote on Changes to Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures*
  4. Updates.
    • 2017 CoC Competition
    • Network funding
    • Cold weather response
    • Update re people displaced by 2017 hurricanes

* Summary of key changes to Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures:

  • Rapid rehousing assistance – household maximum income increased from 30% AMI to 50% AMI.
  • Rapid rehousing short-term (3 month assistance) provided to individuals/youth with VISPDAT score 0-7; rapid rehousing medium-term (12 month assistance) provided to individuals/youth with 90 days in shelter and VISPDAT score of 4-7.
  • Timing of VISPDAT assessment: can be done at any time, but, at a minimum, should be completed:
    • Unsheltered – upon first contact
    • Veterans and youth – within 15 days of shelter entry
    • Sheltered individuals – within 30 days of shelter entry
    • Families – upon reaching chronic status
  • Policies and procedures incorporate standards for prioritization previously approved by Board of Directors

 

Springfield releases RFP for second round of ESG funding

The City of Springfield has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a second round of funding for the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. This funding round makes available a total of $40,825.16 to be used for the current program year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) for two types of projects:

  1. homelessness prevention for tenants with disabilities; and
  2. rapid rehousing for youth age 18-24.

The RFP may be accessed online using the links below. Responses are due no later than December 20, 2017 at noon.

ESG RFP 2017 – second funding round

ESG Application 2017 – second funding round

ESG Budget Pages 2017