NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY — $275 MILLION IN LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION GRANTS!

This NOFA is offering preference points for Opportunity Zones or Promise Zones. Of the more than $275 million, Approximately $38 million of the amount listed is available for the Healthy Homes Supplemental funding and is available only to applicants who are awarded an LHR grant. HUD expects to make approximately 70 awards from the funds available under this NOFA. For more info about the Lead Hazard Reduction grant program, click here.

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENTS: HUD’s OLHCHH will be presenting an interactive Webinar on Wednesday, August 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The Webinar will provide an overview of the HUD FY2020 Lead Hazard Reduction NOFA and general information on the application process to potential applicants. There will be a Questions and Answers segment. To register for the 2020 Lead Hazard Reduction NOFA Webinar, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A second interactive Webinar covering the 2020 Healthy Homes Production for Tribal Housing NOFA will be hosted on Thursday, August 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. To register for this Webinar which will also include a Questions and Answers segment, click here.

For all questions pertaining to these NOFAs and Webinars, please contact Yolanda.Brown@hud.gov.

Although lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that about 24 million homes built before then still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing. At higher levels, lead can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma, convulsions and even death.

We are very excited about this opportunity to expand our efforts to create lead safe and healthy homes in your community. We encourage you to apply.

Wolf Administration Awards Nearly $19 Million for Homelessness Assistance and Prevention

Harrisburg, PA — Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced nearly $19 million in funding awards to assist in mitigating the impacts of the coronavirus on homeless families and individuals and to prevent future homelessness across the commonwealth.
The Wolf Administration, through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), is awarding the first of two allocations of Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act (ESG-CV) funding provided through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act supplemental appropriation.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected housing opportunities, safety, and reliability for thousands of Pennsylvanians. As we begin to recover our economy, we must also ensure that our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians and those at greatest risk of losing their homes and housing stability are able to recover as well,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our homeless providers and partners are working tirelessly in their communities to end and prevent homelessness, and these distributions will drive direct support and assistance to counties in need across the state.”
The CARES Act provided for two allocations of homeless assistance funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus. Sixty-three percent of funds awarded are targeted to address homelessness prevention, 22 percent to rapidly house those who are homeless and 8.4 percent to provide emergency shelter services and street outreach. The balance of funds awarded address data collection and administration needs.
A total of $18,973,829 in ESG-CV funding was approved for the following recipients representing awards in 52 counties:
Adams County Commissioners – $340,732
Armstrong County Commissioners – $457,515
Beaver County Commissioners – $49,820
Berks County Commissioners – $300,000
Blair County Community Action Program* – $1,385,373
Bucks County Commissioners – $996,400
Butler County Commissioners – $1,546,519
Center for Community Action* – $312,700
Central Susquehanna Opportunities* – $566,424
Centre County Commissioners – $341,549
Chester County Department of Community Development – $498,200
Clinton County Housing Coalition* – $192,565
Community Action Partnership of Cambria County* – $318,678
Cumberland County Commissioners* – $79,500
Dauphin County Commissioners – $628,633
Domestic Violence Services of SWPA* – $403,711
Franklin County Commissioners – $480,526
Indiana County Commissioners – $99,640
Lawrence County Social Services* – $3,355,362
Lehigh County Commissioners – $305,004
McKean County Commissioners – $150,148
Mercer County Commissioners – $351,477
Monroe County Commissioners* – $381,761
Montgomery County Commissioners – $498,200
Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services – $4,176,301
Schuylkill County Commissioners – $448,335
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency* – $131,440
Wayne County Commissioners – $177,316
*Asterisks note a regional grant.
Blair County Community Action Program will distribute funding to Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.
Center for Community Action will distribute funding to Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, Mifflin, and Juniata counties.
Central Susquehanna Opportunities will distribute funding to Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland counties.
Clinton County Housing Coalition will distribute funding to Clinton, Lycoming, and Tioga counties.
Community Action Partnership of Cambria County will distribute funding to Cambria and Somerset counties.
Cumberland County Commissioners will distribute funding to Cumberland and Perry counties.
Domestic Violence Services of SWPA will distribute funding to Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties.
Lawrence County Social Services will distribute funding to Beaver, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clarion, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Potter, Venango, and Warren counties.
Monroe County Commissioners will distribute funding to Monroe and Pike counties.
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will distribute funding to Union and Snyder counties.
Applications were accepted from general-purpose units of local government, including cities, boroughs, townships, towns, counties, home rule municipalities, and communities that desire to apply “on behalf of” other municipalities. Local governments may apply “on behalf of” nonprofit organizations. Non-profit organizations can apply only for a regional project as long as it demonstrates a regional need and would serve multiple counties.
To learn more about the ESG-CV funding, click here.

HUD TA Resource – Landlord Engagement

Private market landlords, property managers, owners, and public housing authorities are responding to the same conditions impacting housing crisis response systems nationwide. As everyone faces new or changing conditions and uncertain futures, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) recipients in partnership with Continuums of Care (CoCs) should prioritize working with landlords and property owners to house people experiencing homelessness. A proactive, affirmative landlord engagement system is one of the most efficient means of increasing the supply of available rental units in your community.
The Landlord Engagement: Reset your community’s critical partnerships document details how to start a landlord engagement system, keys to a dedicated organization(s) which can manage the system, and communication, recruitment, and retention planning and action steps.
ESG and CoC providers should also work within their organizations to improve landlord engagement in the time of COVID-19. This document highlights tips for building and sustaining relationships with landlords, and includes actions and examples for how to incentivize landlord participation in housing programs, perform contactless lease ups, and provide consistent services.
These documents should be utilized by providers and community leaders to build top down consistency across housing programs and their interactions with landlords. They include numerous links to existing tools and examples from other communities to improve and invest in landlord engagement. For more landlord engagement resources, including a spotlight on Miami-Dade County, please view this page.

Wolf Administration: More Than $5 Million (ESG FY20) in Funding for Homelessness Assistance, Promoting Affordable Housing

Harrisburg, PA — Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced more than $5 million in funding is available for assisting homeless families in finding housing and combatting homelessness across the commonwealth. The funding is provided through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.
“The Wolf Administration is committed to combatting homelessness and providing reliable, safe, and affordable housing options to residents across Pennsylvania, and the ESG funding plays a major role in this effort,” said Sec. Davin. “This funding provides critical and necessary resources and assistance to communities striving to find resolution for homeless residents and support homelessness prevention programs.”
The 2020 ESG funding eligibility falls into six categories: rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, emergency shelter, homeless management information systems (HMIS), and administration. Rapid rehousing helps individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, fleeing violence, or living in a home not suitable for human habitation to swiftly move to stable housing. Homelessness prevention resources help families or individuals who are currently housed but may be in jeopardy of losing their homes with rental assistance and case management resources. Street outreach connects unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter and/or health services. Emergency shelter funding supports costs associated with essential services, operating expenses, and renovations necessary to provide emergency shelter.
It is authorized by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as amended by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009.
Priority for funding is given to applicants representing areas of the commonwealth that do not already receive a direct allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
A total of $5,480,359 in ESG funding was approved for the following counties:
Allegheny County – $176,375
Armstrong County – $191,938
Beaver County – $31,125
Blair County – $282,589
Bucks County – $114,125
Butler County – $60,383
CAP of Cambria* – $166,000
Carbon County – $55,000
Center for Community Action* – $153,550
Central Susquehanna Opportunity* – $321,781
Clinton County* – $302,950
Cumberland County – $128,650
Dauphin County – $103,750
Franklin County – $176,375
Indiana County – $105,618
Lawrence County* – $1,720,417
Lehigh County* – $207,500
McKean County – $180,525
Mercer County – $150,438
Monroe County* – $295,688
Montgomery County – $119,313
Schuylkill County – $268,713
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency* – $66,400
Wayne County – $101,156
Asterisks note a regional grant.
CAP of Cambria will distribute funding to Blair and Cambria counties.
Center for Community Action will distribute funding to Bedford, Fulton, Huntington, Mifflin, and Juniata counties.
Central Susquehanna Opportunities will distribute funding to Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland counties.
Clinton County will distribute funding to Bradford, Clinton and Lycoming counties.
Lawrence County will distribute funding to a 20-county area, including Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clarion, Crawford, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren counties.
Lehigh County will distribute funding to Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Monroe County will distribute funding to Monroe and Pike counties.
Union-Snyder CAA will distribute funding to Union and Snyder counties.
For more information about the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
MEDIA CONTACT:
Casey Smith, DCED, casesmith@pa.gov

Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES Act (ESG-CV)

The Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED), has received notice of the award of the first allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant program funds appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – ESG-CV funds. DCED will administer an appropriation of $19,920,655 based on the HUD federal fiscal year 2020 formula distribution.

DCED’s priority for the use of these ESG funds will be to assist homeless providers and communities prepare for, prevent the spread of and respond to the coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus. DCED will award ESG CARES funding to support applicants who will work to end or prevent homelessness quickly and as efficiently as possible for all vulnerable populations.

The Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES (ESG-CV) Application and Guidelines are available for review at https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-cares-act-esg-cv/.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Electronic Single Application (ESA) – opens today, April 23, 2020, and will close at 4:00pm on Monday, June 1, 2020. No application submitted after this time will be considered for funding. Competitive applications for funding will only be accepted through the DCED Electronic Single Application. All required addenda must be submitted with the application through ESA.

Please contact Stacy Hawthorne at shawthorne@pa.gov if you need assistance.

Eastern PA CoC’s Statement Related to Operating Procedures and COVID-19

The Eastern PA CoC’s Governing Board conducted a teleconference meeting yesterday and are providing the below guidance and resources.

1) No face-to-face CoC-related meetings should occur before May 1st.  Any official meetings of the CoC must be conducted via teleconference or video conference.

2) The CoC’s next General Membership is scheduled to occur April 20th.  This meeting will be conducted as a virtual online meeting with an abbreviated agenda, which will include an opportunity for attendees to converse with one another about their community/ program response to the Coronavirus.

3) In order to share information about resources and current practices, facilitate conversation, etc., a new COVID-19 Workplace page has been established.  Please direct your COVID-19 questions and ideas to this page.  We will be sharing ideas that we have heard from the PA Balance of State CoCs, emergency responses being implemented by CoCs from around the country, new resources made available by HUD and other funders, etc.

  • If you already have a Workplace account and would like to join the COVID-19 Response group, please click this link https://fb.me/g/13n6F2KzE/NEwJHMZC
  • If you do not already have a Workplace account and would like to join the CoC’s online community to receive critical news related to the CoC and COVID-19, please send an email to Brendan Auman at breauman@pa.gov that indicates our name, email, and county that you work in to be added.

We know this is a stressful time for everyone and hope that the new Workplace page provides us with an opportunity to support each other as we learn to navigate through our new reality.  Please join the conversation and stay safe.

Eastern PA CoC Governance Charter Updates Open for Comment through April 6, 2020 at 5pm

HUD’s CoC Interim Rule, under section § 578.7 Responsibilities of the Continuum of Care, requires the CoC to annually update the CoC’s Governance Charter.

The Governance Committee has reviewed and updated the Charter and is publishing the draft version to the CoC for review and comment. You can view the proposed draft charter here.

Please review the document and send any comments, questions, or concerns to the CoC’s email address at easterncoc@pennsylvaniacoc.org by April 6, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The final vote to approve the Charter will take place at our next General Membership meeting which is currently scheduled to take place on April 20, 2020. Please note that the CoC’s Governing Board will be meeting on March 19th to determine if this meeting will be postponed or only occur via teleconference. More information will be provided as details are finalized

Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers Webinar Update: Materials Posted and Upcoming Office Hours

HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) apologizes for the technical difficulties and cancellation of the Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners webinar scheduled for March 10, 2020. Due to the high volume of interest, the 75-minute presentation has been recorded and can be accessed on the HUD Exchange training page.

There will be a live question and answer session with presenters in the very near future. Please review the webinar content before this question and answer session and pay attention to this listserv for additional information.

Additional Resources

  • Visit the Infectious Disease Prevention & Response page to access technical assistance materials from HUD as well as guidance issued from HUD’s federal partners dedicated to preparing for and responding to infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
  • HUD is also available to provide technical assistance to our homeless assistance providers who need support in preventing or responding to the spread of infectious disease. Submit your questions to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. In Step 2 of the question submission process, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list and write “Health Preparedness and Response” in the subject line.

2020 Emergency Solutions Grant

The 2020 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Application and Guidelines are available for review at https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-esg/.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

2020 Pre-Application Webinar – February 27, 2020 at 10:00am. This webinar will cover the basics of the grant, new changes to the application process, and information on the new Keystone Logon process. You can register for the webinar here.

Electronic Single Application (ESA) – opens today, FEBRUARY 18, 2020, and will close at 5:00pm Friday MARCH 27, 2020.  No application submitted after this time will be considered for funding.

Please contact Stacy Hawthorne at shawthorne@pa.gov if you need assistance.

Eastern PA CoC Home4Good Awards

The Eastern PA CoC was awarded $494,287 in new projects, plus $24,714 in flexible administrative funding to be distributed at the discretion of the Governing Board for a total of $519,001.

Projects funded include:

  • Valley Youth House Committee / The Synergy Project – Allentown – $70,000
  • Clinton County Housing Coalition / Eastern PA CoC Coordinator – $30,000
  • Pocono Mountains United Way / RHAB Homeless Prevention/Diversion – $100,000
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) / Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) Pilot – $94,737
  • Lehigh Valley Regional Advisory Board / Lehigh Conference of Churches / Diversion / Prevention Program – $125,000
  • PA Interfaith Community Programs / Homeless Diversion Adams County – $74,550
  • In addition, the CoC was awarded $24,714 in flexible administrative funding to be distributed at the discretion of the Governing Board.

To view the press release from FHLB-Pittsburgh and PHFA, click here. Thank you to FHLB-Pittsburgh & PHFA and congratulations to all projects selected!