FY2018 CoC Competition Awards

HUD has released the FY2018 CoC Competition Awards. These are for grants that will start July 1, 2019.  All existing programs has been renewed, and we have been awarded two new grants. Here are our FY2018 grants:


  • Catholic Charities RRH, $465,652
  • CHD Family PSH, $362,647
  • CSO-FOH Coordinated Assessment, $250,000
  • CSO-FOH PSH, $246,806
  • Gandara SHINE RRH, $415,760
  • MHA Consolidated S+C, $645,696
  • RVCC CoC Program, $316,661
  • SMOC – Bowdoin/Tranquility Home, $65,373
  • Viability Next Step, $531,169
  • VOC Scattered Site Family Supportive Housing, $131,271
  • Way Finders Turning Point, $65,112

New Projects

  • CHD PSH Family Expansion, $222,945
  • DV Coordinated Entry (YWCA and Womanshelter), $288,263

Also, funds to operate the CoC

  • HMIS, $61,992
  • CoC Planning Project, $119,619
  • UFA Costs Project, $79,745

Our total grant is $4,218,711, an 11% increase over our FY17 grant.


Upcoming BFZ Learning Session: Will you be part of our team?

The next Built for Zero Learning Session will take place March 27-28 in Atlanta.  Our CoC will sent a team of up to six people who will be leaders in our next steps toward ending chronic and veteran homelessness. The individuals who attend will need to commit to leading an improvement project for the CoC during the months April-June, and to working as a team with the other people who attend from our community.

Do you want to be one of the team, or do you have a staff person to recommend? If yes, please email gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com by January 23.

Board of Directors meeting 12/7, 9-11 am

The Continuum of Care Board of Directors will meet this Friday, December 7, 9-11 am at the Springfield Municipal Operations Center conference room, 70 Tapley Street, Springfield. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda:


Training: Working with Transgender Individuals – Oct. 15

This is a reminder that next Monday, Oct. 15, 2-3:30, the Springfield-Hampden County CoC is hosting a training on working with transgender individuals.

 Please join us! We’ll be at the Barney Carriage House in Forest Park (in Springfield). Enter Forest Park from the south entrance, and follow signs to the Carriage House.

 Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rev-louis-mitchell-transgender-issues-for-homeless-service-providers-tickets-50149184561



Minutes of 9/14/2018 Board Meeting; Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Homeless Services

The Board of Directors met yesterday. Click to review Minutes from the September 14, 2018 Board meeting.

A key topic of the Board meeting was the recently-completed CoC report on Race-Ethnic Disparities in Homeless Services. This analysis begins by noting that homelessness disproportionately impacts people of color, and that this impact is not explained by higher poverty rates–especially for African-Americans.  The report then looks at outcomes within our homeless system, exploring whether there are disparities based on race and ethnicity. Click on the report title above for more information.


CoC Board Meeting Sept. 14, 9-11 am; Open to the Public

The CoC Board of Directors will meet:

Friday, Sept. 14, 9 -11 am, at the Springfield Municipal Operations Center – 70 Tapley St., Springfield

The meeting is open to the public.


The CoC’s Annual Meeting (including election of Board members) will take place at the December meeting, tentatively scheduled for December 7, 2018.