New this year is a paperless proposal submission process
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding for this RFP is being provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund. The total PHARE funding available this year is $39.6 million.
PHARE receives its funding from a number of sources. These include the impact fee levied on natural gas companies, a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax, and money from the National Housing Trust Fund. Funding is available for housing initiatives in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PHFA is charged with administering the allocation of PHARE dollars.
“The success of the PHARE program to date has been grounded in the decision to let local governments and organizations determine where the greatest need and opportunity is for affordable housing investments,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., PHFA executive director and CEO. “That’s why it’s so critical in this RFP that we hear from local groups who know firsthand what’s happening in their communities and how best to respond. We need their input to make the best use of these housing dollars.”
New this year for PHARE is an application process that can be completed entirely online, eliminating the need for paper submissions and simplifying the process for applicants and the evaluation staff. The RFP is located on PHFA’s website at www.phfa.org, and the application is accessible at https://phare.phfa.org/. Applications are due to PHFA no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.
PHFA is planning two informational webinars for groups interested in applying for PHARE funds. Both webinars will cover the same information. Webinar dates and times are:
Sept. 20 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Oct. 4 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Interested groups are encouraged to watch the PHARE webpage for links to be posted for webinar registration. The PHARE webpage is available on the PHFA website at www.phfa.org; click on the PHARE link at the bottom of the page under “Resources.” Questions may also be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA via email at email@example.com or by phone at 717.780.1867.
The PHARE fund has been allocating money for local housing initiatives since 2012. These funds have resulted in significant benefits that include:
- 5,796 individuals and families have received rental or utility assistance
- 1,772 homes have been rehabilitated and preserved for continued use
- 1,240 new rental units have been created
- 112 new single-family homes have been constructed
- 353 future home sites have been prepared through site acquisition and demolition
- 160 homeowners are receiving purchase assistance
- PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $470 million investment in housing in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $13.9 billion of funding for more than 173,000 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 134,507 rental units, and saved the homes of more than 49,400 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.
Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Western PA Continuum of Care (PA-601)
In accordance with HUD’s requirement that the FY2018 Continuum of Care Consolidated Application be available for public review and comment 48 hours prior to the submission deadline of September 18, 2018 at 7:59pm EST, please find the below listed documents to be submitted to HUD on behalf of the Western PA Continuum of Care (PA-601).
This posting consists of:
- CoC Application, including documentation of objective ranking and selection process, final version of the completed CoC Consolidated Application, and attachments to the CoC Consolidated Application.
- Project Priority Listing, including reallocation forms, all project applications that were accepted and ranked, and rejected projects.
Please send any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday, September 18.
DRAFT Submission Documents, posted 9/16/18:
- FY2018 CoC Application PA-601: Completed CoC Consolidated Application, DRAFT 9/16/18
- FY2018 CoC Application PA-601: Attachments to the CoC Consolidated Application, DRAFT 9/16/18
- FY2018 Project Priority Listing PA-601, DRAFT 9/16/18
FY2018 CoC Final Ranking, which includes new & renewal projects
You can find more information on the FY2018 Western CoC (PA-601) NOFA here.
Public Posting of FY2018 CoC Application for the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509)
In accordance with HUD’s requirement that the FY2018 Continuum of Care Consolidated Application be available for public review and comment 48 hours prior to the submission deadline of September 18, 2018 at 7:59pm EST, please find the below listed documents to be submitted to HUD on behalf of the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (PA-509).
This posting consists of:
1) CoC Application, including documentation of objective ranking and selection process, final version of the completed CoC Consolidated Application, and attachments to the CoC Consolidated Application.
2) Project Priority Listing, including reallocation forms, all project applications that were accepted and ranked, and rejected projects.
Please send any comments to email@example.com by noon on Tuesday, September 18.
DRAFT Submission Documents, posted 9/16/18:
• FY2018 CoC Application PA-509: PA-509: Completed CoC Consolidated Application
• FY2018 CoC Application PA-509: PA-509: Completed CoC Consolidated Application Attachments
• FY2018 Project PA-509 Project Priority Listing
FY2018 CoC Final Ranking, which includes new & renewal projects:
You can find more information on the FY2018 Eastern CoC (PA-509) NOFA here.
We are pleased to announce the PA Department of Community and Economic Development will be providing scholarships to the Homes Within Reach Conference 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 over 850 housing professionals as we network with our peers and learn the latest news in best practices in the housing industry.
Please click here to access the application.
Once approved we will forward you the registration link. The deadline for consideration is Friday, September 7th.
Visit our updated HWR conference website for complete program information and to learn more.
Special Homelessness Session Highlights:
• Homelessness Affinity Day Lunch focuses on the future of Coordinated Entry
• Homelessness Affinity Day Dinner discusses adopting new models of emergency shelter and transitional housing.
• Workshops include: Engaging Youth, Eviction Prevention, Collaborations between Behavioral Health and Housing, Re-entry Initiatives for the Justice Involved, Housing First, and more…
Please feel free to call the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania at 215-576-7044 if you have any questions.
Penn State University has released a new report on highlights and trends on homelessness throughout the Commonwealth in the 2017 PIT Count for each Continuum of Care (CoC). The data shows that Pennsylvania’s homeless population has decreased over the past five years. The latest Point-in-Time (PIT) count suggests a homeless population of just over 14,000 people in Pennsylvania. You can view the full report here which is includes interactive maps featuring data on each of Pennsylvania’s CoC Regions.
Additionally, the University has put together a new tool and resource for those working with homelessness. The “Homeless Shelters and Services in PA” web-based map application features an extensive list of shelters throughout the state by the population served as well as county government and other services that can connect homeless individuals or caseworkers to a nearby resource. While it is definitely an incomplete list of services, it is a start to help connect the entire Commonwealth to services.
The Eastern PA CoC is announcing that $1,218,944 of funding is available to better serve survivors of domestic violence. This funding is available through two RFPs – (1) to provide Rapid Re-Housing assistance to DV survivors, and (2) to support the creation of a DV Coordinated Entry Specialist positions. These RFPs and applications are available below and on the Eastern CoC 2018 NOFA webpage.
The CoC will be applying for $912,136 of DV Bonus funding to support three new projects – (1) Rapid Re-Housing assistance to DV survivors, (2) TH/RRH Joint Component, (3) Coordinated Entry grant to support the work of DV Assessment Centers. RFPs and applications are available on the Western PA CoC’s NOFA page.
RFP for DV Rapid Re-Housing: Per HUD’s DV Bonus guidelines, the CoC is only eligible to apply for one DV Rapid Re-Housing (DV RRH) project. As such, the Western PA CoC has partnered with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV), who will serve as the Project Applicant. Together, the CoC and PCADV are jointly soliciting applications, evaluating applications and selecting agencies interested in providing DV RRH assistance in their community.
- Click here to access the RFP for DV Rapid Re-Housing
- Click here to access the Application for DV Rapid Re-Housing
RFP for TH/RRH Joint Component: Existing Transitional Housing providers with experience serving DV survivors are invited to respond to this RFP. The TH/RRH Joint Component model is described within the RFP and has proven to be a successful model to assist DV survivors to safely and successfully obtain permanent housing.
CE for DV: Rather than issuing a third RFP, DV Assessment Centers will be contacted directly to submit a budget to support their work.
Responses for either of these RFPs are due by Close of Business on August 20, 2018. The CoC will inform organizations responding to this RFP if their project was selected by August 31. See RFPs for additional instructions.
The Eastern PA CoC is soliciting Preliminary Applications from agencies interested in applying for new Permanent Supportive Housing Projects serving Chronically Homeless Individuals/Families or new Rapid Re-Housing projects.
The projects selected through this RFP will be submitted to HUD as part of the Eastern PA CoC’s FY2018 Continuum of Care Application. For more details on this project, please review the attached RFP.
The attached Preliminary Application is due by Close of Business on August 10, 2018. The CoC will inform organizations responding to this RFP if their project was selected by August 23.
Over the next week, the CoC will be releasing two additional RFPs. These additional RFPs will be for projects designed to expand the CoC’s capacity to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing a housing crisis. Specifically, one RFP will be for a “Domestic Violence Coordinated Entry System Specialist”. The second RFP will be seeking for Rapid Re-Housing projects dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence. Stay tuned!
The Western PA CoC is seeking an Applicant Organization (CoC Agent) who will submit the Home4Good application on behalf of the CoC. The organization fulfilling this role should be invested in ending homelessness in Western PA and willing to assist the CoC to advance the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
Attached you will find the following relevant documents that will provide more information:
- Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Home4Good Applicant Organization
- RFQ Response Form for Home4Good Applicant Organization
For additional information about the Home4Good program, visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/ and click on Home4Good Homeless Initiative.