Category Archives: Continuum of Care

Springfield/Hampden County Funding Opportunities for Homeless Service Providers

There are several open funding opportunities for Springfield-Hampden County providers, as described below.

Opportunities Related to the EOHHS RFR

The Springfield-Hampden County Continuum of Care, through its fiscal agency the City of Springfield, has released two Requests for Proposals, seeking organizations to carry out homelessness prevention/rapid rehousing activities. The CoC’s funding of these activities is contingent on the CoC being awarded funds in response to its application to the Commonwealth’s recent RFR. The CoC RFPs were released Feb. 8, 2016, and responses are due back to the City of Springfield Office of Procurement March 4, 2016 by 2 pm.

  1. Administration of Flexible Funds for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing  The CoC seeks one to three experienced agencies to administer flexible funds for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing. The agencies will serve as a pass-through for these funds, and there is no funding available for staff. Agencies will receive 5% of funds awarded for administrative costs related to administration of the program, Agencies must have a plan to cover/provide intake for the flexible funds in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Springfield, as well as for victims of domestic violence–this can be done through partnerships with other agencies that will serve as Intake Agencies.
  2. Homeless Youth Initiative The CoC seeks one to three experienced agencies to operate housing stabilization, homelessness diversion and rapid rehousing for youth aged 18-24. The specific activities the CoC seeks are: employment of a Youth Stabilization Specialist; administration of flexible funds to prevent youth homelessness; operation of a Kinship Care program; employment of a Youth Rehousing Specialist, and operation of a rapid rehousing program for youth.

Springfield Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The City of Springfield has released a Request for Proposals seeking providers to operate activities under the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. Eligible activities include homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, outreach services and operating support for existing emergency shelter. ESG funds are provided to the City to serve Springfield residents. This RFP was released February 1, 2016 and responses are due back to the Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield, on March 1, 2016 by noon. The RFP may be picked up in the City of Springfield Office of Housing, or may be obtained by email by a request to Gerry McCafferty.


Springfield Emergency Solutions Grant RFP available 2/1/2016

The City of Springfield has released a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program for the program year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Springfield ESG funds must be used to assist persons residing or working in the City of Springfield.

The RFPs and required forms are available at the Office of Housing, 1600 East Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA 01103. Applications are due back to the City of Springfield Office of Housing no later than noon on March 1, 2016.


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2016 Point In Time Count

The annual Point-in-Time Count of persons who are homeless will occur throughout the region on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016. Guidance, tips, and forms have been posted by our CoCs at the PIT 2016 page. This year’s Count will use the new definition of chronic homelessness just published in the Chronic Homeless Final Rule. For more information visit the PIT 2016 page or contact your CoC lead!

WEBINAR: Defining “Chronically Homeless” Final Rule

On December 4th, HUD released the Final Rule on Defining “Chronically Homeless.” The definition goes into effect on January 4, 2016 and HUD expects all providers operating Permanent Supportive Housing dedicated or prioritized to individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness to use this definition for all new persons admitted to the program after January 15, 2016.

HUD is presenting a webinar to help all communities and stakeholders understand the new definition and associated recordkeeping requirements and to provide an opportunity to ask questions. Webinar participants will learn about the following:

  • A history of the definition of chronically homeless and the rationale for the changes implemented in the Final Rule,
  • The final definition of chronically homeless, including a highlight of the major changes, and
  • Associated recordkeeping requirements for the documentation of chronic homelessness.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is intended for CoC leadership, CoC Program recipients, and any other stakeholders in HUD Regions 1 and 2 that wish to learn about the new definition.

Presenters: Marcy Thompson and Brett Gagnon (HUD)

Resource Advisors: Lindsey Barranco, Kat Freeman, and Dan Fox (The Cloudburst Group)