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.

Eastern PA Coordinated Entry for Housing & Homeless Services Planning Survey

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:

Thank you,

Kathi Krablin

Chair, Coordinated Entry Task Force

PA Eastern Continuum of Care Governing Board

The Eastern 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 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 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:
    • 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.


Print Version of Notice

Eastern COC General Meeting Information

The Eastern COC General Meeting will be held on Monday, April 20 from 11:00am until 2:00pm at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa. The meeting will be held at the Professional Development Center (1067 Hagan Way, Williamsport, PA 17701).

The agenda can be found here. For those not able to be in attendance, a call-in option is available. To access the call-in, dial 1-877-668-4493, access code 646 954 006.

The PowerPoint for the COC 101 session can be found here.

Fourth Quarter HOPWA Performance Profiles Now Available

HUD has posted HOPWA Performance Profiles ( for the fourth quarter of the Program Year 2013 – 2014. HUD has also posted revised performance profiles for Quarters 1, 2, and 3 of Program Year 2013 – 2014.

HOPWA performance profiles are generated for all agencies receiving HOPWA formula or competitive grants. Performance Profiles are available at the national level and by individual grantee. In particular, the reports provide a grant summary, a beneficiary summary, outcomes data, and output data for activity types (housing assistance, housing development, supportive services, housing information services, and administration and management services).

Note – Data collection and validation actions are pending with some reports. Profiles with no data mean that the grantee has yet to submit their performance report.

Organizations Serving Bank Communities in the Northeast Funded

The Santander Bank Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Priority is given to requests benefiting low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. In 2015, the Foundation will focus its grantmaking in the following areas: homelessness and affordable housing; nutrition, hunger, and health; K-12 education in low- and moderate-income communities; financial stability for low- and moderate-income people; and neighborhood revitalization. The application deadlines are March 6, June 5, and September 18, 2015. The online application process will be available this month. Visit Santander Bank’s website ( for more information.