The City of Springfield has been allocated $305,439 in federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for FY14. These funds are to be used for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing, and top provide some support for existing emergency shelters.
The City has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking providers to operate ESG programs. Applications for program funds are due May 12, 2014, by 2:00 pm, at the Office of Housing. For more information, view the RFP:
The Hampden County CoC is meeting tomorrow, April 4, 2014, 11:30 am – noon, at the Mental Health Association, 995 Worthington Street, Springfield. This is a combined general membership and Board of Directors meeting. The agenda follows:
- Welcome and Introductions
- Review & approve minutes from January 24, 2014 meeting
- Outcomes Reports
- Point-in-Time Count
- Draft report on Returns to Homelessness
- CoC Performance
- 2014 Priority/Strategic Items
- Increased PSH and RRH
- Access to Employment, Medicaid/Medicare and SSI/SSDI
- Coordinated assessment and improved targeting
- Unified Funding Agency (UFA) status
- Board of Directors Leadership and Membership
A first look at our regional Point In Time Count data reveals that:
- Street homelessness among individuals continued to decline.
- Homelessness among sheltered individuals remained relatively stable.
- Family homelessness increased; almost 60% of homeless families in Western MA were staying in DHCD-funded hotels/motels.
Download the Regional PIT Preliminary Report for an overview of 2014 data. In the coming weeks we will be issuing more detailed reports, including data related to chronic homeless status and veteran status; 3- and 5-year trends; and community snapshots.
The Hampden County CoC has submitted its FY2013 Application to HUD.
The Application’s two-parts are available here, and will remain available posted on the Network’s CoC Corner – Hampden County CoC.
This is such an enormous team effort each year–thanks to everyone who got us to the point of hitting the ‘Submit’ button!