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.

FY18 CoC Application Available for Review

The Springfield-Hampden County FY18 Continuum of Care Application is available for review. The application will be discussed at the September 14, 2018 CoC Board of Directors meeting, which is open to the public. The Board of Directors will meet 9-11 am at the Springfield Municipal Operations Center, 70 Tapley St, Springfield.

Click the links below to review the Application:

The application will be submitted to HUD on September 18, 2018.

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 gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com.

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