Training Series: Equal Access Rule & Serving Transgender Individuals

The CoC is providing a two-part training on the Equal Access Rule, which requires equal access to HUD-funded housing and shelter programs regardless of one’s gender identity or sexual orientation. The training is for homeless service providers in Hampden County.

Session 1 is for CoC-funded housing providers: Monday, Sept. 17, 3:30-4:30 pm – Springfield Municipal Operations Center conference room, 70 Tapley St., Springfield

  • The session will explain the rule and how it arises in the context of housing.
  • CoC-funded housing providers must send a minimum of one staff person to this training (Directors were provided this information by email in August.)
  • Others are welcome!

Click to register for Session 1.

Session 2 is for all CoC- and ESG-funded providers: Monday, Oct. 15, 2- 3:30 pm

  • The session will focus on providing services to people who are transgender
  • The presenter is Rev. Louis Mitchell, a nationally-recognized speaker, leader, and transgender man. Click his name for more info.
  • CoC- and ESG-funded providers must send a minimum of one staff person to this session.
  • Others are welcome!

Click to register for Session 2.

The session 2 location has not yet been set–please register so we know the size of venue needed. It will take place in Springfield. The Eventbrite announcement will be updated as soon as the location is set.





Great news! SHA awarded 28 Mainstream Vouchers (section 8 for non-elderly disabled)

NEW vouchers to provide permanent housing to additional 12,000 low-income disabled residents

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $98.5 million to 285 local public housing authorities across the country to provide permanent affordable housing to nearly 12,000 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities. See the local impact of the housing assistance announced today.

The housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; homeless; or at risk of becoming homeless.

“HUD is committed to making sure people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Working closely with our local partners, we help residents with disabilities live independently and fully enjoy the use of their homes.”

This program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting. The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community.

Seeking volunteers for Built for Zero Learning Session, Oct. 10-11 in Detroit

The next Built for Zero Learning Session will take place in Detroit October 10 and 11.

The focus is really turning toward using the time between sessions to carry out improvement projects. This Learning Session will share what other communities are doing to improve, and we will plan our own improvement projects.

To attend this conference on behalf of the CoC, you must commit to lead an improvement project during the period October through January/February. The improvement projects will be decided by the team, but will be focused on changing (improving!) our system’s response for veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness.

Are you in? If so, please send an email expressing your interest to

The CoC will pay travel, hotel, and meals for 2-6 people to attend.


CoC RFP seeking partners for Homeless Youth Program

The CoC issued a Request for Proposals seeking partners for the state’s Homeless Youth Program on August 6, 2018. Unfortunately, there was a technical issue with that procurement that barred the CoC from considering all proposals. To ensure that there is open competition for providers to be considered as partners with the CoC for this funding opportunity, the City is substituting a new RFP for this opportunity.

Request for Proposals for Homeless Youth Services August 31 2018

The CoC’s deadline with the state remains the same (September 10, 2018), so this RFP is open for a short time. Responses are due by September 5, 2018 at 4 pm. The substance of the RFP is the same as the previous bid. Respondents to the previous bid may resubmit the response they prepared for the previous bid for this new RFP opportunity. Entities that did not respond to the initial RFP are also welcome to apply.

The CoC will be in direct contact with all applicants who submitted bids for the initial procurement.



FY2018 CoC Competition: Announcement of Project Awards and Ranking

The CoC Application Committee has completed its work for the FY2018 competition. Thank you to committee members Alvina Brevard (DHCD), Karen Dean (Hampden County Sheriff’s Department), Alicia Zoeller (City of Holyoke), Pamela Schwartz (Western Mass Network to End Homelessness) and Gerry McCafferty (City of Springfield)!

The Committee has recommended full funding for all renewal projects, and has ranked all renewals ahead of newly proposed projects. Please note that one project did not apply for renewal–that project is Way Finder’s RRH project, which had been funded at $154,321. Existing participants in that program will leave through attrition over the next year, so the non-renewal will not result in displacement of households.

The CoC’s application will include two projects included as part of the DV Bonus: a DV-coordinated entry project, and DV-RRH project. The application will also include projects seeking regular Bonus funds: a PSH project for chronically homeless families, and a joint TH-RRH project for youth.

PROJECT RANKING – projects above the line are Tier 1; below the line are Tier 2

  1. HMIS, $61,992
  2. CSO-FOH Coordinated Entry, $250,000
  3. MHA Consolidated S+C, $611,652
  4. Viability Next Step, $517,129
  5. Catholic Charities RRH, $447,976
  6. CHD Family PSH, $347,761
  7. RVCC CoC Program, $303,485
  8. Way Finders Turning Point, $62,589
  9. SMOC Bowdoin-Tranquility, $63,926
  10. Gandara Shine RRH, $405,200
  11. CSO-FOH PSH Springfield, $237,613

  12. VOC Family PSH, $125,559
  13. DV Coordinated Entry (YWCA and Womanshelter), $246,987
  14. CHD Family PSH Expansion, $213,240
  15. Gandara Joint TH-RRH, $180,343
  16. YWCA DV RRH, $151,743

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.