“Home4Good”, Federal Home Loan Bank’s $4.5M Initiative to Assist Ending Homelessness

The Federal Home Loan Bank Pittsburgh has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout the State of Pennsylvania in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency. The $4.5 Million initiative, labeled "Home4Good" will provide much needed funding for homelessness projects that prevent homelessness, solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness, and address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth.

The highlight of this grant is that the eligible uses for the funding are very flexible unlike other State or Federal resources that may have tighter regulations. This will allow for organizations fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources cant cover such as transportation assistance, recovery support, and employment assistance.

To be considered for funding, a service organization must submit a proposal to their Continuum of Care (CoC) using the Home4Good Application. The CoC will review and summarize the project submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and needs in the community. A packet of ranked proposals will be submitted to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review and will select the awarded recipients. It is important to note that if a CoC wishes to apply for this funding they will need to have a FHLB Pittsbugh Member Institution as a Co-applicant.

To learn more about this initiative, FHLB Pittsburgh will be hosting two informational webinars on June 21 (10 a.m.) and July 9 (2 p.m.). If you are interested in joining, please contact Bryce Maretzki at PHFA at bmaretzki@phfa.org.

Home4Good Flyer

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.

HUD Announces Tentative 2018 Schedule for AFFH Regional Trainings

HUD is excited to announce the tentative schedule and locations for 2018 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Regional Trainings. This robust training curriculum provides HUD program participants (grantees and public housing agencies) with a comprehensive overview of the AFFH final rule and the requirements for preparing an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The following key topics will be covered:

  • What is AFFH and why is it important
  • How do I implement the AFFH final rule
  • What is AFH and how do I prepare it
  • Community participation requirements and how to engage the public in this process
  • How to use the AFFH Data and Mapping Tool (AFFH-T) to analyze data and maps
  • Understanding and prioritizing contributing factors
  • How to develop measurable and meaningful fair housing goals in the AFH

The training is intended for HUD program participants that are required to prepare and submit an AFH to HUD under the AFFH final rule. Attendees may prepare an AFH on their own or collaborate with other program participants to prepare a joint or regional AFH submission. Program participants may choose which training they attend and which staff should attend (maximum of two staff per program participant). Please be advised that consultants and/or contractors should not be sent to this training in lieu of staff from the program participant that is responsible for submitting an AFH to HUD.

Please note that these locations and dates are subject to change based on venue availability. Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you register for the training through the HUD Exchange and are approved to attend by the registrar (Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board). HUD is not responsible for penalties incurred due to cancelled travel arrangements.

Registration will open six weeks prior to the training date and may be completed via the 2018 AFFH Regional Trainings page. If you have any questions regarding the trainings, please contact Eliseo Lopez (800-321-0911 X110 or affh@ifhmb.com).

Pennsylvania’s Free Electronic Housing Locator Service

Pennsylvania has made readily available a free electronic housing locator service at www.PAhousingsearch.com that matches those who need housing with the housing they need. This resource provides the following features:

  • FREE searching and listing of rental housing and program-related homes for sale
  • Detailed listings that can include pictures, maps, eligibility requirements (if applicable), and information about nearby amenities such as hospitals and schools
  • Simple and detailed search options that are easy to use
  • Helpful tools, including an affordability calculator, rental checklist, and information about renters’ rights and responsibilities
  • 24/7 access online and support from a toll-free, bilingual call center, available at 1-877-428-8844, Mon – Fri, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm EST.
  • Housing information that is updated daily to keep it relevant
  • A resource for families displaced during times of disaster

This is an excellent resource to use as we continue to find homes for the homeless in Pennsylvania. In our 2018 ESG application, DCED made housing locator services a targeted activity with the desired outcome that services should include: assessment, arranging, coordinating, housing stability pan development; with an emphasis on acting as a liaison to secure and maintain housing; employment; a connection to mainstream resources and services; coordination with other providers; monitoring of progress; and advocating on behalf of the client.

Click here to view the brochure that was developed to promote this service. This service is presented by these funding partners; PHFA, PA Department of Human Services, PA Department of Community and Economic Development, PA Emergency Management Agency, PAHMA, and PennDel AHMA.

 

National Alliance to End Homelessness – ESG Training Webinars

In case you missed it, the National Alliance to End Homelessness has posted ESG Learning Series Webinars that you can watch for free here. A link will also be posted to the Webinars tab under the ESG page. There are five video sessions posted that cover the following information:

  1. The Role of Emergency Shelter in a Crisis Response System
  2. Keys to Effective Low Barrier Emergency Shelters
  3. How to Transition Your Emergency Shelter to a Low Barrier and Housing Focused Shelter
  4. Which Rules are the Right Rules for Low Barrier Emergency Shelters?
  5. Rules and Safety in Low Barrier Shelters that Serve Single Adults

Each video ranges from about an hour to and hour and a half. If you’re interested in learning more about Emergency Shelter Resources, please feel free to watch.

Workplace by Facebook Roll-out Information

As you all know, Wiggio was to be shut down on Friday, November 17th but it appears that date has been pushed back to the 21st. Regardless, we will begin our transition to using the selected replacement – Workplace by Facebook starting today! I will be sending everyone in the CoCs an invitation to join the Workplace BoS Group so be sure to look for an email to sign up. If you don’t receive an invitation by Thursday afternoon, double check your spam folders to make sure it wasn’t filtered there. If you still aren’t having any luck please contact your RHAB Co-Chairs or Brendan Auman at breauman@pa.gov with your current contact information. We understand that some agencies may not have authorized internet access to Workplace so we have drafted a letter that will request you receive permission to use this new tool. Again, if you need this letter, please contact your Co-Chair or Brendan if you need an access request.

Additionally, we will be hosting live training webinars for Workplace on November 17th, 27th, and December 15th at 2PM to teach you more about what this new collaboration tool has to offer. Please review this Workplace by Facebook Webinar Training Schedule document with the training information including the links to register for the training that works best for you. If you cannot attend any of the training dates don’t worry as they will be recorded and posted to the Workplace and CoC website for future reference. A user guide was also developed to give you more material to review which will be posted to both websites.

There will be some hiccups as we move to Workplace full time but I expect for it to be an improvement from the Wiggio experience overall. This tool is designed for professionals to engage with each other, share ideas and information faster, and make communication simpler. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brendan.

HWR Scholarship Opportunities Sponsored by DCED for Balance of State Communities

We are pleased to announce the PA Department of Community and Economic Development will provide scholarships 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 nearly 800 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 finish with affinity dinners.

Please click here to access the application.

Once approved we will forward you the registration link. The deadline for consideration is Friday, October 27th.

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

Special Homelessness Session Highlights:

  • Homeless Affinity Day featuring a lunch panel on Coordinated Entry as well as dinner panel addressing Ending Family and Youth Homelessness
  • Workshop Sessions on Collaborations to Improve Outcomes for Homeless Youth, Housing First, Rapid Rehousing, Landlord Engagement, and more…

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

PA DCED HOME Application Kit Webinar

A webinar will be conducted by DCED’s HOME Program staff, specific to the new DCED HOME Application Kit, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1:30pm.

Grantees must register for this online webinar using the information provided below. The webinar is mandatory for any municipal applicant/grantee planning to apply to DCED for the next available round of DCED HOME funding.

Dates for the release of the HOME application kit, application submission deadlines and other HOME application requirements will be shared during this mandatory DCED HOME Application webinar.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your HOME Program Grant Manager.

Topic: HOME Application Kit Webinar
Host: DCED, Center for Community Development Operations
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 1:30pm EDT
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To register for the online event
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1. Go to https://copa.webex.com/copa/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb7eb86b9ee231887b208fb9c9b4d57c3

  1. Click “Register”.
  2. On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit”.Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.
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    For assistance
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    You can contact Jon Cherry at:
    jcherry@pa.gov

Centers for Community Development Operations and Compliance, Monitoring and Training
PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Commonwealth Keystone Building

400 North Street, 4th Floor | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Phone: 717-787-5327

dced.pa.gov | www.visitPA.com

2017 Emergency Solutions Grant Application is Now Closed as of 10/24/2017

The FY2017 PA DCED ESG Application is now closed. The application submission deadline was October 24, 2017.  For future grants, please visit the DCED website to apply @ https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-esg/

or click here to apply.  

The application webinar held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 will be made available shortly for review @ https://pennsylvaniacoc.org/esg under the webinar section.