2015 CoC New Project Solicitation – Eastern PA FINAL

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.


Training-Connecting Early Intervention (EI) to Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers who are Experiencing Homelessness



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The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) will be hosting a training on Connecting Early Intervention (EI) to Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers who are Experiencing Homelessness. Additionally, advocates have asked for resources for administrators, staff, and families, accessing programs through OCDEL, overview/discussion on child developmental milestones, basics of early intervention, the impact of homelessness on child development, and an overview of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).  These trainings are offered to staff working in shelters and transitional living, school district liaisons, property managers, EI staff, and early childhood staff. Please feel free to forward this information to additional people that would be interested in these trainings.

The attached flyer has additional information about registration and meeting dates and locations. There is no cost for the trainings.

If the schedule for upcoming trainings need to be changed we will send out a notice with the new information.

Governor’s Office releases Proclamation to End Veteran Homelessness

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.

Released Documentation

09-22-15 GOV – Challenge to End Vets Homelessness


FY 2015 CoC Program NOFA


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.

DCED Scholarships Available for COC Balance of State Communities

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.

Eastern PA Continuum of Care General Meeting


Eastern PA Continuum of Care

General Meeting

Monday, October 19, 2015


The Chateau Resort and Conference Center

475 Camelback Road
Tannersville, PA 18372

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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.

Request for Membership for the PA-509 Eastern Data Management Outcomes Committee

Request for Membership for the PA-509 Eastern Data Management Outcomes Committee

Current Chair: Madra L. Clay

Quarterly Meetings (Conference Call/ Webinar Style)

July 6, 2015

To whom it may concern:

The Data Management Outcomes Committee is reaching out to interested individuals who are active in the CoC and have a background with data analysis and have used the PA HMIS database for one of the following project types Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Permanent Housing (SHP, RRH, HCV), SSO (Outreach, 211, Coordinated Entry), Domestic Violence, and Veterans.  Two members are requested from each RHAB. Interested individuals will also be considered for the PA HMIS Governing Board who reports to the CoC Governing Board on CoC-level system performance measures.

The following areas will be analyzed at each meeting.

  • Review and Recommend PA HMIS Governance Charter and appendices to the CoC Governing Board for Continuum adoption;
  • CoC program performance (data quality, housing stability, income stability, utilization of program usage);
  • Analysis of barriers and gaps in resources and services within the Continuum;
  • Best practice research for HMIS implementation on cross-sector collaboration;
  • Best practice research for setup and reporting on Coordinated Entry in HMIS;
  • Analysis of Point-In-Time Methodology.

Members of this committee will serve a minimum of one year although participation time may be extended. If you are interested in membership for the committee please send an email to David Weathington, PA HMIS Administrator at .

Thank you for your consideration.

Register Today To Shape The Future of Coordinated Entry in Eastern PA

You are invited to attend one of our half-day Eastern PA Coordinated Entry Planning Summits in August. To register, please copy and paste or click the following link in your web browser:

The Eastern Pennsylvania Continuum of Care (CoC) is developing a strategic plan for the coordinated entry for 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.

The agenda for both Summits is identical. Attendees will participate in creative conversations and planning activities to help design a coordinated entry system that is consumer-driven, effective and financially sustainable. In order to allow as many voices as possible to help shape the plan for coordinated entry, you may register for one Summit but not both.

Please register for whichever date and location work best for you, regardless of whether you live or work closer to Allentown or Harrisburg.  And please extend the invitation to others who may have an interest — especially consumers or individuals who have had past experience with homelessness.


Kathi Krablin, Chair

Eastern CoC Coordinated Entry Work Group

PIT Count 2015 for Eastern and Western CoCs

2015-PIT-Count-PosterThe Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a point-in-time inventory of provider programs within a Continuum of Care that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless, categorized by five Program Types: Emergency Shelter; Transitional Housing; Rapid Re-housing; Safe Haven; and Permanent Supportive Housing.

The 2015 PIT count took place on Wednesday, January 28 of those individuals and households who were unsheltered Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The shelter count is conducted by each individual program while the unsheltered count is conducted by a county coordinator.

For more information on the PIT count, visit the Housing and Urban Development website at Resources for the regional PIT count in Eastern and Western PA can be found at

HUD Announces Issuance of the ESG Notice for Additional Public Comment on the Interim Rule

Reposted from the HUD Exchange:

HUD is announcing the issuance of the ESG Notice for additional public comment on the interim rule, entitled: Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program; Solicitation of Comment on Specific Issues.”

This is the second time HUD is opening the ESG interim rule for public comment, before issuing the final rule. The first comment period for the interim rule ended on February 3, 2012. HUD has carefully reviewed all comments received in response to the interim rule through the first comment period. However, because recipients and subrecipients have now had more experience implementing the interim rule, HUD recognizes that they may have additional input and comments for HUD to consider in its development of the ESG final rule. HUD greatly appreciates and values the feedback that commenters provide—and especially seeks feedback that draws on their experience with the interim rule. Therefore, HUD is issuing this Notice to re-open the public comment period for an additional 60 days. The comment period will close on Monday, August 3, 2015.

HUD requests that commenters not resubmit any comments already submitted in the first public comment period unless they provide new information or insights based on research or experience with the program as HUD will consider comments from both comment periods when drafting the Final Rule.

The instructions for submitting comments are outlined in the beginning of the Notice. Please review this section carefully; note that all comments must be submitted in the manner outlined in the Notice in order for HUD to consider the comment. Do not submit questions or comments about the Notice to the Ask A Question help desk on HUD Exchange (AAQ) as the AAQ cannot answer questions about the Notice. If a requirement in the Notice is unclear, please submit that as a comment.

In this Notice, HUD is seeking additional feedback and comment on certain, limited provisions of the ESG interim rule. In many instances, HUD proposes specific language for comment. Many of the specific areas on which HUD has identified for additional comment are based on feedback HUD has received via the AAQ, at conferences, and in discussions with recipients, subrecipients, and other stakeholders. HUD has published an outline of the Notice, to provide an at-a-glance overview of the content to readers. Readers can use the outline to help them follow along and as a tool to organize the final comments that they will submit.

In general, as you are reading the Notice and considering comments to submit to HUD, HUD asks you to think about the following questions for each of the changes being considered:

  • How will it affect individuals and families who are homeless and at risk of homelessness, who this program is designed to serve?
  • Will it assist with ease of administering the program?
  • Will it help improve compliance with the regulation?
  • What effects could it have in your community – both positive and negative?

Finally, please note: this Notice does not establish any new requirements. The ESG interim rule is in effect until the ESG final rule is published. All of the proposed language and topics are presented only for consideration at this time.

HUD greatly appreciates your time and attention to providing helpful and constructive comments to improve the ESG program for the final rule.