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!

 

Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Help Homeless Families and Promote Affordable Housing

Harrisburg, PA — Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced more than $5 million in funding to help homeless families and promote homelessness prevention across the commonwealth. The funding is provided from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.

This funding comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the Western Pennsylvania Continuum of Care (Western PA CoC) has effectively ended homelessness for veterans in 20 counties.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to ending homelessness across the commonwealth, and in order to achieve that mission, it’s all hands on deck, using all of the resources, funding, and tools at our disposal,” said Sec. Davin. “The funding made available through the ESG program is a critical asset that will impact individuals throughout Pennsylvania, providing a safe haven for those at risk and improving affected communities.”

The ESG funding falls into four categories: rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, and emergency shelter. Rapid rehousing helps individuals and families who are homeless, fleeing violence, or living in a home not suitable for human habitation. Homelessness prevention helps families who are currently housed but may be in jeopardy of losing their housing. Street outreach connects unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter and/or health services. Emergency shelter funding supports costs associated with operating an emergency shelter and renovations.

The $5,473,378 in ESG funding was approved for:
• Beaver County $36,225
• Blair County $150,000
• Bradford County $142,449
• Bucks County $184,448
• Butler County $246,923
• CAP of Cambria County $177,601
• Center for Community Action $120,000
• Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. $154,502
• City of Philadelphia $359,441
• City of Pittsburgh $250,000
• Clinton County $177,601
• Dauphin County $77,812
• Franklin County $200,000
• Indiana County $153,307
• Lawrence County* $1,592,780
• Lehigh County $309,507
• McKean County $196,341
• Monroe County $157,691
• Montgomery County $186,750
• Schuylkill County $200,000
• Transitions of PA $150,000
• Union-Snyder Community Action Agency $100,000
• Wayne County $150,000

NOTE: Lawrence County will distribute funding to a 16-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.

For more information, 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, 717.783.1132

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PHFA issues RFP for local groups to request funding for housing initiatives

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding for this RFP is being provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund. The total PHARE funding available this year exceeds $54 million.

 

PHARE receives its funding from a number of sources. These include the impact fee levied on natural gas drilling companies, a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax, and money from the National Housing Trust Fund. Funding is available for housing initiatives in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PHFA is charged with administering the allocation of PHARE dollars.

 

“Now in its seventh year, it’s been gratifying to see the many ways this funding has been put to work expanding affordable housing options across the state,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., PHFA executive director and CEO. “We’re grateful to Governor Wolf and the General Assembly for their continued support of the PHARE program that lets us address local housing needs.”

 

PHARE applications can be completed entirely online, eliminating the need for paper submissions and simplifying the process for applicants. The RFP is located on PHFA’s website at www.phfa.org, and the application is accessible at https://phare.phfa.org/. Applications are due to PHFA no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.

PHFA is planning two informational webinars for groups interested in applying for PHARE funds. Both webinars will cover the same information. Webinar dates and times are:

Sept. 25 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 2 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Interested groups are encouraged to watch the PHARE webpage for links to be posted for webinar registration. The PHARE webpage is available on the PHFA website at www.phfa.org; click on the PHARE link at the bottom of the page under “Resources.” Questions also may be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA via email at bmaretzki@phfa.org or by phone at 717.780.1867.

 

The PHARE fund has been allocating money for local housing initiatives since 2012. These funds have resulted in significant benefits that include:

  • 6,137  individuals and families have received rental or utility assistance
  • 1,972 homes have been rehabilitated and preserved for continued use
  • 1,848 new rental units have been created
  • 147 new single-family homes have been constructed
  • 377 future home sites have been prepared through site acquisition and demolition
  • 182 homeowners are receiving purchase assistance
  • PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $564 million investment in housing in Pennsylvania

 

About PHFA

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $14.3 billion of funding for more than 176,600 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 136,215 rental units, distributed more than $109.2 million to support local housing initiatives, and saved the homes of nearly 50,000 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.

 

Media contact:

Scott Elliott

selliott@phfa.org

717-649-6522 (cell)

Open Position – HMIS Administrator

The HMIS Administrator position at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has been posted for applicants to begin applying. You can find the position posting here. The deadline for applications is July 8, 2019.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Provides support for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, and Consolidated Plan; coordination of and planning for homeless-related programs; and, supplemental monitoring for federal programs administered by the Center. Coordinates with and manages the contracts of IT personnel, contractors and staff in the development and upgrading of the HMIS system.
Full position description can be found here.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY
A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration or a related field; or An equivalent combination of experience and training.

Preferred Qualifications:
Associate’s Degree or higher in the field of public and/or business administration, communications, or management.
Strong skill-set and demonstrated experience analyzing data and/or utilizing a data management system.
Please feel free to share this position within your network!

2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Webinar

The DCED Homelessness Team will be hosting a webinar on the 2019 ESG Application on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. We encourage all municipalities and service providers who may be interested in administering the grant to attend. The webinar will cover the basic requirements of the application and will include all of the changes in this year’s application that were recommended by the ESG Workgroup. Please see the webinar information below to register for this event.

Topic: Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) FY2019 Application Webinar
Host: DCED PAHMIS Staff
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Session Number: Not Available
Registration password: This session does not require a registration password.

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To register for this training session
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Go to https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t7938b3536ff00d4f1e303fb81d1d78cf and register.

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t9f77bd530276121a72d8a4a6d8093294

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For assistance
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You can contact DCED PAHMIS Staff at:
dweathingt@pa.gov
1-717-720-7304