Public Posting of FY2015 CoC Application for the Western PA Continuum of Care (PA-601)  

In accordance with HUD’s requirement that the FY2015 application for Continuum of Care funds be available for public review and comment 48 hours prior to the submission deadline of November 20, 2015, 7:59 p.m. eastern time, please find the below Consolidated Application for the Western PA Continuum of Care (PA-601). 
This posting consists of (1) CoC Application and (2) Project Priority Listing. 
FINAL Submission Documents

2015 Western PA CoC – Final project ranking

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.

Western PA CoC – 2015 Project Ranking – FINAL

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.

New Project Solicitations for Western PA CoC

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.

2015 CoC New Bonus Project Solicitation – West – FINAL-2

  • 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.

2015 CoC Reallocation Project Solicitation – West – FINAL-2

  • 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.

2015 CoC Coordinated Entry Solicitation -West – FINAL

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, complete the appropriate Preliminary Application/Notice of Intent and e-mail it to no later than Noon October 21.

Western PA CoC Co Chairs

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.

Western PA Continuum of Care General Meeting


Western PA Continuum of Care

General Meeting

Thursday, October 1
1pm to 3:30pm


Park Inn by Radisson
45 Holiday Inn Rd.
Clarion, PA 16214

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.

Oct 1 2015 flyer

If you are unable to attend in person, please use the following to call into the general meeting.

Topic: Western PA Continuum of Care – General Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Session number: 641 894 565
Session password: WCoC@15

To join the session by phone
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada):1-877-668-4493
Call-in toll number (US/Canada):1-650-479-3208
Global call-in numbers:
Show toll-free dialing restrictions:
Access code: 641 894 565
For assistance
You can contact David Weathington at:

To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

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

The Western PA CoC is soliciting Notices of Intent to apply for NEW projects to be submitted as part of the 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Application.

We are currently awaiting the release of the FY2015 Notice of Availability of Funds (NOFA). We expect this to occur in late June/early July, 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 and/or individuals; and
  • Coordinated Entry, the CoC will entertain applications for Coordinated Entry covering the entire CoC

Who are considered eligible as Chronically Homeless?

An individual or family with a disabling condition (Head of Household) 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.

What is Coordinated Entry?

A Coordinated Entry system means a centralized or coordinated process designed to coordinate program participant intake, assessment and provision of referrals. A centralized or coordinated assessment system covers the geographic area, is easily accessed by individuals and families seeking housing or services, is well advertised and includes a comprehensive and standardized assessment tool.

How can funding be used?

Both Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Households and Rapid Rehousing are considered permanent housing programs. The funding can include Rental Assistance/Leasing, Supportive Services and Administration. Projects can serve a single county or multiple counties. Allowable expenses for Coordinated Entry will be determined upon release of the NOFA. In 2012, the last time funds were available for this purpose, funds could be used for “operating a centralized or coordinated assessment system”.

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 June 19, 2015, send an e-mail to and the RHAB chairs ( and indicating your interest in submitting an application for these funds as follows:

In the Subject: Western 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 Rehousing for Homeless Families with Children and/or individuals or
    • Coordinated Entry
  • Need for the type of project proposed in the geographic area to be served. This should include data from the 2015 Point in Time Survey (county level data attached) as well as other information that indicates the need for this project.
  • Your experience performing the proposed activity
  • Contact information:
    • Name
    • 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 and DMA will get back to you as quickly as possible.