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

VAWA Housing Protections; Implementation Considerations for ESG and CoC Programs Webinar

Please join HUD and CSH to discuss implementation considerations for HUD’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Final Rule in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs with two CoCs – Louisiana Balance of State and Austin/Travis County. The VAWA Final Rule expands housing protections for survivors of domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in CoC and ESG projects. The rule was created to help ensure all individuals have access to a safe home without the fear of violence and to reduce the risk of homelessness among survivors.
Learn more about:
  • Strategies on implementing quality emergency transfer plans
  • Methods on improving quick, low barrier access to safe housing options for survivors
  • Partnerships with victim services providers and domestic violence coalitions that can assist in implementing housing protections for survivors
The webinar will provide strategies for quality implementation of the VAWA Final Rule, specifically targeted to recipients of ESG and CoC funds.
VAWA Housing Protections – Implementation Considerations for ESG and CoC Programs Webinar
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM EDT

Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509)

Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509)
In accordance with HUD’s requirement that the FY2018 Continuum of Care Consolidated Application be available for public review and comment 48 hours prior to the submission deadline of September 18, 2018 at 7:59pm EST, please find the below listed documents to be submitted to HUD on behalf of the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509).

This posting consists of:
1) CoC Application, including documentation of objective ranking and selection process, final version of the completed CoC Consolidated Application, and attachments to the CoC Consolidated Application.
2) Project Priority Listing, including reallocation forms, all project applications that were accepted and ranked, and rejected projects.

Please send any comments to easterncoc@pennsylvaniacoc.org by noon on Tuesday, September 18.

DRAFT Submission Documents, posted 9/16/18:

• FY2018 CoC Application PA-509: PA-509: Completed CoC Consolidated Application
• FY2018 CoC Application PA-509: PA-509: Completed CoC Consolidated Application Attachments
• FY2018 Project PA-509 Project Priority Listing

FY2018 CoC Final Ranking, which includes new & renewal projects:

Final Ranking, distributed 9/14/18
FY2018 Eastern PA CoC Renewal Ranking Calculator – FINAL

 

 

You can find more information on the FY2018 Eastern CoC (PA-509) NOFA here.

Scholarship Opportunity for the Homes Within Reach Conference October 29-31.

We are pleased to announce the PA Department of Community and Economic Development will be providing scholarships to the Homes Within Reach Conference to members working for organizations and agencies that serve the PA CoC Balance of State counties working to prevent and end homelessness. The Balance of State covers 53 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. This includes 33 counties that are part of the Eastern PA CoC and 20 counties in the Western PA CoC. Click here to see counties included.

Apply today for a scholarship to join over 850 housing professionals as we network with our peers and learn the latest news in best practices in the housing industry.

Please click here to access the application.

Once approved we will forward you the registration link. The deadline for consideration is Friday, September 7th.

Visit our updated HWR conference website for complete program information and to learn more.

Special Homelessness Session Highlights:

• Homelessness Affinity Day Lunch focuses on the future of Coordinated Entry
• Homelessness Affinity Day Dinner discusses adopting new models of emergency shelter and transitional housing.
• Workshops include: Engaging Youth, Eviction Prevention, Collaborations between Behavioral Health and Housing, Re-entry Initiatives for the Justice Involved, Housing First, and more…

Please feel free to call the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania at 215-576-7044 if you have any questions.

Eastern PA Continuum of Care (CoC) FY2018 Request for Proposals – New Permanent Housing Project

The Eastern PA CoC is soliciting Preliminary Applications from agencies interested in applying for new Permanent Supportive Housing Projects serving Chronically Homeless Individuals/Families or new Rapid Re-Housing projects.  

The projects selected through this RFP will be submitted to HUD as part of the Eastern PA CoC’s FY2018 Continuum of Care Application.  For more details on this project, please review the attached RFP.

The attached Preliminary Application is due by Close of Business on August 10, 2018.  The CoC will inform organizations responding to this RFP if their project was selected by August 23.

Over the next week, the CoC will be releasing two additional RFPs.  These additional RFPs will be for projects designed to expand the CoC’s capacity to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing a housing crisis.  Specifically, one RFP will be for a “Domestic Violence Coordinated Entry System Specialist”.  The second RFP will be seeking for Rapid Re-Housing projects dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence.  Stay tuned!

FY2018 Eastern PA CoC RFP for New Permanent Housing Projects

FY2018 Eastern PA CoC Preliminary Application for New Permanent Housing Projects-distributed 8-1-18

The FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. Additional resources are available on the e-snaps page on the HUD Exchange.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT

The electronic application e-snaps will be available on or after Thursday, June 28, 2018. In the meantime, HUD strongly encourages CoCs, Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, and stakeholders to:

  • Carefully and thoroughly read the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA to understand the information; and
  • Begin to plan local competitions based on the information, new and changed, from the previous Competition, provided in the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA.

Additionally, HUD will post the FY 2018 Estimated Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) Report to the HUD Exchange on or after Thursday, June 28, 2018 that will include the amounts a CoC may apply for: CoC planning, Bonus, and Domestic Violence (DV) Bonus. This report will also provide the Preliminary Pro Rata Need (PPRN) and the estimated ARD for each CoC.

What’s New for the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition

The list below highlights some important information regarding new concepts CoCs should consider while planning for the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition. This list is not exhaustive and additional details are in the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition NOFA. A full list of new, changed, and highlighted information is on the HUD Exchange and can also be found on the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability page.

  • Transition Grants. Project applicants can transition their project(s) from one CoC Program Component to another during the CoC Program Competition using the funds to wind down the previous project while ramping up the new project. (Section II.B.2).
  • Domestic Violence Bonus. CoCs can apply for up to 10 percent of their PPRN or a minimum of $50,000, whichever is greater, or a maximum of $5 million, whichever is less, to create up to three DV Bonus Projects to serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. (Section II.B.3). CoCs may create up to one of each of the following project types:
    • Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH;
    • Joint Transitional Housing (TH) and Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing (PH-RRH) component project; and
    • Supportive Services Only-Coordinated Entry (SSO-CE).
  • Consolidated Project. Eligible renewal project applicants will have the ability to consolidate two or more (limit of four) eligible renewal projects into one project application during the application process. (Section II.B.4).
  • CoC Merger. CoCs that merged between the FY 2016 CoC Program Registration and FY 2018 CoC Program Registration process are eligible for merger bonus points. (Section II.B.5).

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2018 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.

If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them so that they may register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.

If you have questions related to subscribing to the HUD Exchange mailing list or have issues receiving listserv messages in your inbox please contact info@hudexchange.info. Please be sure to add news@hudexchange.info and info@hudexchange.info to your contact list or safe senders list. This ensures that messages from the HUD Exchange go to your inbox and are not filtered to your spam or junk folder.

Questions

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program AAQ portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The AAQ portal accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2018 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT.

DCED Federal Program Reporting Schedule

All Grantees with Open Contracts in the designated programs must submit the required forms whether or not you have activity covered by the report. Forms may be marked with “No
Activity” if no action was conducted during the reporting period. Failure to do so may constitute a lack of capacity to administer future programs and corrective action will be required.

Federal Program Reporting Schedule

The document is broken out in the following layout,

Monthly Reports

Quarterly Reports

Semi-Annual Reports

Biennial Reports

Annual Reports

Housing First Implementation Resources Now Available

In a continued effort to encourage Continuums of Care (CoCs) and providers to implement and strengthen Housing First approaches, HUD has recently published Housing First Implementation Resources. As communities are implementing the Housing First Approach in their homeless crisis response systems, they sometimes struggle with transitioning the approach from a set of guiding principles to policy and procedures in their projects. This set of resources can assist communities and agencies in implementing Housing First in their projects. Regardless of project type, the Housing First approach can be utilized to reduce barriers to access for project participants and to maintain project participation.

The resources are separated into the following categories:

  • Housing First Implementation
  • Working with Project Participants in a Housing First Approach
  • Housing First in Specific Project Types
  • Trauma-Informed Care

View the CoC Responsibilities and Duties toolkit to access the Housing First Implementation Resources and other resources related to CoC governance and structure, including the Housing First Assessment Tool which was recently released to assist providers and CoCs in documenting how closely their projects align to the Housing First model.