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 PA_CoC@hotmail.com and the RHAB chairs (kstucke@stairwaysbh.org tknouse@fccaa.org lathompson@mckeancountypa.org and afeltenb@co.butler.pa.us) 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 PA_CoC@hotmail.com and DMA will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Posted in Northwest RHAB, Southwest RHAB, Western COC, Western COC Board.