City of Springfield Request for Proposals – FY22 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

The City of Springfield Office of Housing has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking applications from nonprofit organizations to provide services for people experiencing homelessness. The program funds projects that provide: 1) Street Outreach; 2) Emergency Shelter; 3) Homelessness Prevention; and 4) Rapid Rehousing.

Click for the RFP and application.

The deadline for proposal submission is no later than noon on March 8, 2022.


FY21 CoC Application

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC Board of Directors has approved our FY21 CoC Program Application for submission to HUD. Use the links below to access the full CoC Application, the Project Priority List, and all project applications.

CoC Application

Project Applications

  1. HMIS
  2. CSO-FOH Coordinated Assessment Project
  3. DV Coordinated Entry Project
  4. VOC Family Supportive Housing
  5. MHA Permanent Supportive Housing
  6. Gandara Shine Rapid Rehousing
  7. MHA Chestnut Street PSH
  8. Way Finders Turning Point
  9. CHD Family Supportive Housing
  10. CSO-FOH Permanent Supportive Housing
  11. RVCC CoC Program
  12. Viability Next Step
  13. Catholic Charities Rapid Rehousing
  14. YWCA-Alianza DV TH-RRH
  15. VOC Family Supportive Housing Expansion
  16. Catholic Charities Rapid Rehousing Expansion

CoC Annual Meeting + Board of Directors Meeting

The CoC’s Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, November 12, 9-10:30 am, on Zoom. The Annual Meeting is combined with a Board of Directors meeting.

Please join us! The meeting is open to anyone interested in the Hampden County response to homelessness in our community.

Register at and we will send you the Zoom link for the meeting.


  • Year in Review: Accomplishments and Pandemic Lessons
  • Focus on Racial Equity
  • CoC Business: Election of Officers, Approval of FY2021 CoC Application to HUD, Review of Governance Charter

FY21 CoC Competition: Project Selection and Ranking

The CoC Review and Ranking Committee has completed its work. The following projects have been selected to be included in our CoC application to HUD for funding:

Tier 1  
2.CSO-FOH Coordinated Entry$243,000
3.DV Coordinated Entry$230,263
4.VOC Family PSH$133,367
5.MHA CoC PSH$778,027
6.Gandara RRH$385,828
7.MHA Chestnut St $119,790
8.Way Finders Turning Point$67,809
9.CHD Family PSH$594,035
10.CSO FOH PSH$251,329
11.RVCC CoC Program$324,797
12.Viability Next Step$539,633
13.Catholic Charities RRH$408,130
Tier 2  
14.YWCA TH-RRH$721,631
15.VOC Family PSH Expansion$77,761
16.Catholic Charities RRH Expansion$191,482

In addition, HUD is automatically renewing all YHDP projects.

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.

Register here:

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.

Register here:

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 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:

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.