The system performance measures are a critical component to assist communities to best serve persons experiencing homelessness. As this data becomes more available and the data quality increases it will become more important in HUD’s annual Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. HUD expects communities to be aware of their performance and to be striving to improve. In the coming weeks, CoCs will submit their system performance measures via HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX). HUD anticipates opening this sometime in June and will send a listserv when the opening and closing dates are established.
The HUD Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) is pleased to announce the release of two new complementary tools: Coordination and Collaboration for CoCs and Con Plan Jurisdictions Guide and Video for Continuum of Care (CoC) and Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) Jurisdictions, including those with and without Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) allocations.
The guidebook and video:
- Provide an overview of the consultation requirements.
- Identify ways that CoC and Con Plan Jurisdictions (including ESG recipients) can effectively collaborate.
- Discuss the benefits of collaboration.
- Assist key stakeholders in understanding why and with whom they should collaborate.
To explore these new tools and other related CoC resources, please visit the CoC Toolkit – Responsibilities and Duties.
What is the Western PA Continuum of Care (CoC)?
The mission of the Western PA Continuum of Care is to end and prevent homelessness through a coordinated community-based process of identifying needs and building an open and integrated system of housing and services that addresses those needs.
Who should attend?
Everyone interested in working to prevent and end homelessness. This includes affordable housing providers, landlords, service providers, employers, law enforcement, health care, clergy, philanthropists, and concerned citizens.
Please join us for a series of webinars for the Eastern & Western PA Balance of State Continuums of Care
FEBRUARY – MAY webinars will focus on HUD requirements of CoC-funded projects.
- Webinars are open to all members and participants in the Eastern & Western PA Continuums of Care.
- *CoC-funded organizations are required to participate in the 4 webinars being conducted from February through May, either during the “live” webinar or by accessing the recorded webinar to be made available online shortly after each webinar.
The JUNE webinar will focus on the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) program. SOAR is considered to be a best practice for increasing access to disability income benefits.
REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR EACH WEBINAR. (Registration link forthcoming.)
Attached is a copy of the agenda for the Western CoC Governing Board meeting set for tomorrow, January 12, 2016 beginning at 10:00am.
Renewal Review & Ranking Documents
The below listed documents provide the 2015 Western PA CoC renewal review documents and scoring to be used for ranking of renewal projects.
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 66 renewal projects and 12 new projects – one SSO to support the operation of the Western PA Coordinated Entry System, five Permanent Supportive Housing projects for chronically homeless, and six Rapid Re-housing projects. These new projects were selected as part of the CoC’s new project solicitation process https://pennsylvaniacoc.org/new-project-solicitations-for-western-pa-coc/.
Rating and Review Procedure
The below link provides a description of the review, ranking, and tiering procedure for both renewal and new projects.
The below link provides a description of the reallocation process.
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 66 renewal projects and 12 new projects – one SSO to support the operation of the Western PA Coordinated Entry System, five Permanent Supportive Housing projects for chronically homeless, and six Rapid Re-housing projects.
The following three(3) solicitation for new projects to be submitted as part of the Western Pa CoC Application to HUD:
- New Bonus Project: this is for agencies interested in submitting a new project application that will serve an entire Region. It can be for Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless or Rapid Rehousing as described in the solicitation.
- Reallocation Project: this is for agencies that have chosen to terminate their current SSO or Transitional Housing grant or that have been asked to do so by the CoC. The new application can be for Permanent Supportive housing for Chronically Homeless or Rapid Rehousing as described in the solicitation.
- Coordinated Entry Project: this is for an agency interested in applying to implement a Coordinated Entry system for the entire Western PA CoC. The agency must be located in the NW Region because the funding for this activity is being made available by the NW RHAB.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, complete the appropriate Preliminary Application/Notice of Intent and e-mail it to PA_CoC@hotmail.com no later than Noon October 21.
Western PA CoC Co Chairs
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.