Category Archives: Continuum of Care

Q & As about the Hampden County CoC FY2014 Funding Competition

New content has been posted on the Hampden County  FY2014 Continuum of Care Funding Competition page. Click to see Notes from the October 1, 2014 Bidders’ Conference.

A second Bidders’ Conference will be held October 3, 2014 10 am at the Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield.  Questions may also be submitted in writing to until 4:30 p.m. on October 9, 2014.


SECOND NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY! Hampden County Continuum of Care

Last week, the Hampden County CoC opened a funding competition seeking proposals for a single project, with a budget of up to $530,189, to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families.

Today, the CoC is opening a second competition, which seeks new projects in two categories:

  1. Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families; or
  2. Rapid rehousing for homeless families with children.

In this competition, new projects and renewal projects will compete to be included in the application that the CoC submits to HUD.  While the CoC had originally decided to only allow renewal applicants this year, an existing renewal has dropped out, which means that the CoC will not be able to apply for its full grant unless it identifies new project(s) to include in the application.  The CoC’s general application has scored very high, so it is expected that the CoC will receive funding for submitted projects.  New projects should expect a start date in spring 2015.

Due to HUD timeframes, the competition period is very short: applications are due October 14, 2014, by 4:00 p.m.

There are now two scheduled bidders’ conferences (both optional):

  • Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 10 am
  • Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, 10 am

Both will be held at the City of Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield.

All information related to the competitions is posted on the FY2014 CoC Competition page, which is updated regularly.

Housing First Training SOLD OUT!

The Network’s Housing First training, scheduled for October 16, 2014 at Holyoke Community College, has reached full capacity at 150 people.

If you wanted to go and have missed out, you can still go to the registration page and provide your information for the waitlist.  While we do not know if any spots will open up, this will give us information about how many people are interested in this training, which will let us know if we should try to offer it again.  We’ll keep your name on file for future trainings.

Thanks for all the interest!

3 County CoC Competition Applicant Guidance

The 3-County Continuum has released its CoC 2014 applicant guidance, with important information for renewal and reallocation projects, as well as announcement of a competition for $241,296 in Permanent Supportive Housing Bonus funds for projects that will serve chronically homeless individuals or families.

All existing 3-County CoC grantees, and any organizations interested in creating new programs that provide permanent supportive housing should review the guidance.  The deadline for the 3- County competition is Friday, October 17, 2014.