Per the requirements outlined in the 2015 CoC NOFA,
This post is to inform all project applicants whether their application has been accepted or rejected by the CoC and the ranking on the CoC Priority Listing, within 15 days of the application deadline.
The link above is the document which lists all projects, by rank order, that will be submitted to HUD with the 2015 CoC Consolidated Application. All renewal applications that were submitted to the CoC were reviewed, approved and ranked. This includes 85 renewal projects and 7 new projects – one SSO to support the operation of the Eastern PA Coordinated Entry System, two Permanent Supportive Housing projects for chronically homeless, and four Rapid Re-housing projects.
The Eastern PA CoC is soliciting Notices of Intent for a new Coordinated Entry System to be funded through Reallocation in the FY2015 CoC Application. At this time, it has not been determined whether funds will be made available through reallocation, however, the CoC needs to identify interested agencies so that an application can be submitted in a timely manner in the event that funds become available.
If your agency is interested in submitting a new project application for the implementation of a Coordination Entry System for the Eastern PA CoC, please complete the Notice of Intent and e-mail it to email@example.com by Noon October 26, 2015.
The allowable funding Line Items for this grant are Supportive Services and Admin (up to 10%). The costs may be allocated, as appropriate, to the following allowable eligible costs:
- Assessment of Service Needs
- Assistance with Moving Costs
- Case Management
- Child Care
- Education Services
- Employment Assistance
- Housing/Counseling Services
- Legal Services
- Life Skills
- Mental Health Services
- Outpatient Health Services
- Outreach Services
- Substance Abuse Treatment Services
- Utility Deposits
- Operating Cost* Applicants may only include Operating Costs (maintenance, repair, building security, furniture, utilities, and equipment) in the Supportive Services budget if the costs are for the facility used to operate the coordinated entry (e.g., access points and assessment locations).
The Eastern PA CoC’s Coordinated Entry Task Force has been meeting since April 2015 to develop a Strategic Plan for Coordinated Entry. This plan will be presented at the October 19, 2015 CoC meeting. It is expected that the implementation of the System will begin as a pilot in two locations within the CoC (to be determined).
The organization selected to apply to HUD for these funds will be part of a larger initiative to implement the pilots and eventually a CoC-wide Coordinated Entry System. To effectively carry out this role, the Applicant must have an existing presence and relationships throughout the CoC’s geographic area; statewide presence is preferred. Responsibilities will be divided among the HUD Applicant, partners/subcontractors, Task Force, and Technical Assistance providers, as indicated below.
Roles/ Responsibilities, Coordinated Entry System (CES) Pilot
HUD Applicant (to become CES Project Manager)
- Submit application to HUD
- Enter into agreement with HUD
- Draw down funds through LOCCS
- Administer Coordinated Entry System (CES) – (monitor, manage partners/subcontractor(s) who will be conducting the project)
- Issue progress report to HUD at the conclusion of the one year grant
- Assist with identifying, securing and distributing match/leveraging
- Operate the CES call center
- Respond to phone calls
- Conduct assessment using VI-SPDAT
- Make referrals
- Enter data in PA-HMIS
- Operate the physical CES entry points
- Assist with identification of funding
Continuum CES Task Force
- CES pilot project oversight
- Monitor project performance, in collaboration with Governing Board and HUD Applicant
- Identification of sources of CoC match funding
Technical Assistance Providers
- Operations planning, strategy consulting
- Facilitating CES Task Force
- Support in identification of funding
- Grant coordination and HUD compliance
- SPDAT Training (OrgCode)
- HMIS support (DCED)
The link above is the documentation for a solicitation for new projects to be submitted in the FY2015 CoC application for the Eastern PA CoC .
If you submitted a Notice of Intent in an earlier solicitation and are still interested, please complete the attached Preliminary Application as some of the requirements have changed based on the NOFA and the needs of the CoC.
Your Preliminary Application is due by Noon October 16.
Diana T. Myers and Associates, Inc.
Governor Wolf Challenges Pennsylvania Communities to Significantly Reduce Veteran Homelessness in 100 Days
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, along with officials from the Pennsylvania Departments of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), Labor and Industry (L&I), Community and Economic Development (DCED) and Human Services (DHS), today challenged all commonwealth agencies and communities to reduce veteran homelessness by 40 percent in the last 100 days of 2015. The challenge, which kicks off on September 22, means that 550 veterans will achieve housing stability by the end of the year.
This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) establishes the funding criteria for the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. HUD is making available approximately $1.89 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 for the CoC Program. The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Applicants should review and follow the steps as outlined in the NOFA to ensure that applications are complete and submitted timely.
The deadline for submitting applications to HUD for the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition is November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM Eastern.
- FY 2015 CoC Program NOFA (PDF)
We are pleased to announce the Department of Community and Economic Development will provide a limited number of partial scholarships to members working for agencies that serve the PA CoC Balance of State counties working to end and prevent 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 partial scholarship to join nearly 900 housing professionals as we network with our peers and learn the latest news in best practices in the housing industry. We again open the conference with affinity lunches followed by a day full of sessions and then finalize it with affinity dinners.
Once approved we will forward the registration link. The deadline for consideration is Friday, October 16th.
Visit our Homes Within Reach Conference site for complete program information.
SAVE THE DATE
Eastern PA Continuum of Care
Monday, October 19, 2015
475 Camelback Road
Tannersville, PA 18372
Who should attend?
Current CoC Members AND anyone else interested in working to end and prevent homelessness. This includes affordable housing providers, landlords, service providers, employers, law enforcement, healthcare, clergy, philanthropists and concerned citizens.
Help us end and prevent homelessness in Eastern Pennsylvania. Please take a few minutes to share your ideas and opinions with us about how to improve the housing crisis response system in our community for families and individuals experiencing or at imminent risk for homelessness.
And please feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues, peers and clients. We would like to get as many responses as possible, and want representation from as many sectors as possible (anyone with an interest in addressing the needs of the homeless), including: governmental, public or private entities involved in providing support services or housing; faith based organizations; the business community; educational institutions; health care organizations; and members or representatives of the target populations being served by support services and housing agencies.
To take the survey, please copy and paste or click the following link in your web browser:
The survey will remain open until July 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 pm.
The PA Eastern Continuum of Care (CoC) is developing a strategic plan for the coordinated entry of all housing and homeless services in its thirty-three county service region. The planning process is made possible through the generous support of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Capacity for Change, LLC, a public interest strategy firm, is providing consulting and design services to the CoC and its five Regional Homeless Advisory Boards (RHABs).
By centralizing intake and program admissions decisions, a coordinated entry process makes it more likely that families and individuals will be served by the right intervention more quickly. In a coordinated system, each system entry point (“front door”) uses the same assessment tool and makes decisions on which programs people are referred to based on a comprehensive understanding of each program’s specific requirements, target population, and available beds and services.
If you have any questions or difficulty taking the survey, please contact us here:
Chair, Coordinated Entry Task Force
PA Eastern Continuum of Care Governing Board
We are currently awaiting the release of the FY2015 Notice of Availability of Funds (NOFA). We expect this to occur late May/early June, with applications due later in the summer. At this time, we do not know if there will be funding available for new projects but want to provide adequate time for potential grantees to plan.
Based on available information, eligible program types will be limited to:
- Permanent Supportive Housing Projects serving Chronically Homeless Individuals and/or Families; and
- Rapid Re-Housing for Homeless Families with Children.
Who are considered eligible as Chronically Homeless?
An individual or family with a disabling condition who has been either continuously homeless (on street or other unsheltered location, or in shelter) for one (1) or more years, or has at least four (4) episodes of homelessness in the past three (3) years.
What is Rapid Re-Housing?
Rapid Re-Housing is a model of housing assistance that is designed to assist the homeless, with or without disabilities, move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve stability in that housing. Rapid re-housing assistance is time-limited, individualized, and flexible. While Rapid Re-Housing can be used for any homeless person, preliminary evidence indicates that it can be particularly effective for households with children. Under the CoC, only programs targeted to families with children are eligible for funding.
How can funding be used?
Both of these are considered permanent housing programs. The funding will include Rental Assistance, Case Management and Administration. Projects can serve a single county or multiple counties.
Who is eligible to apply?
The applicant for these funds may be a non-profit, a unit of local government, or a Public Housing Authority.
What to do if you are interested in being considered for the submission of a 2015 New Project:
By noon Friday May 22, send an e-mail to PA_CoC@hotmail.com indicating your interest in submitting an application for these funds as follows:
In the Subject: Eastern PA CoC New Project
Provide the following information:
- Agency Name
- County(s) to be served
- Whether you are requesting funding for:
- Permanent Supportive Housing project to serve Chronically Homeless Individuals or Families or
- Rapid Rehousng for Homeless Families with Children
- Need for they type of project proposed in the geographic area to be served. This should include data from the 2014 Point in Time Survey (county level data attached) as well as other information that indicates the need for this project.
- Contact information:
- Phone number
- E-mail address
What is the next step?
Additional information, including funding availability, HUD priorities, and CoC priorities will be provided after the release of the NOFA.
If I have questions about this who should I contact?
Send an e-mail to PA_CoC@hotmail.com and DMA will get back to you as quickly as possible.