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FY2014 CoC Competition: Hampden CoC Ranking and Selections

The Hampden County CoC has completed its ranking and selection process for the FY2014 competition.  The projects to be included in the FY2014 application are the following:

Tier 1

  1. HMIS, $29,732
  2. HMIS Expansion, $32,360
  3. HAP Rapid Rehousing, $32,577
  4. HAP Rapid Rehousing 2, $106,324
  5. HAP Turning Point PSH, $57,270
  6. VOC Family Scattered Site, $133,047
  7. WHA Domus Reed House, $36,960
  8. FOH Worthington House Campus, $22,679
  9. MHA S+C 48, $465,470
  10. MLKFS Project Permanence, $142,431
  11. RVCC HIV/AIDS Residential Support, $173,656
  12. MHA Leahy House, $97,847
  13. RVCC S+C 7, $68,399
  14. Gandara SHINE, $189,235
  15. HRU Next Step, $281,784
  16. Open Pantry Tranquility House, $38,854
  17. SMOC Bowdoin Street, $21,594
  18. HRU New PSH, $105,163
  19. MHA Safe Havens, $98,536
  20. MHA Annie’s House, $223,317

Tier 2

  1. Catholic Charities Rapid Rehousing, $48,107

Bonus Project

  1. CHD Family Support Housing (conditional award), $530,189 (3 year grant)

Projects were scored and ranked in order.  The lowest ranking project had its budget reduced to enable it to fit into the maximum allowable grant for Tier 2; because the amount of the grant was reduced, it was also changed from a 2-year grant to a 1-year grant.  The second-lowest scoring project was slightly reduced in order to fit the entire grant into Tier 1.  There was only one applicant for the Bonus Project.  While that project was selected for inclusion in the application, it will need to meet conditions regarding selection of housing stock in order to be included in the submittal to HUD.

These projects include 26 new units of PSH for chronically homeless individuals, 10 new units of PSH for chronically homeless families, and 7 new units of rapid rehousing for homeless families not eligible for Massachusetts EA shelter benefits.

Overall, the new and renewal projects provide PSH for 216 chronically homeless households, 8 units of transitional housing for homeless youth, and 17 units of rapid rehousing for families.

Congratulations to all the successful applicants.

Hampden County CoC Competition Update: amount of funds available

More than one potential applicant has asked how much money is available in this regular (not bonus) CoC competition round.  The most accurate answer is that, since this is a fully open competition, applicants can compete for any amount up to the full amount of our grant ($2,504,506).

But what many applicants want to know is how much is available if every existing renewal program that seeks funding is renewed with full budgets.  This question usually cannot be answered at the beginning of the competition, because each program is assessing whether to apply and how much to apply for.

The information is now clearer for the Hampden County CoC.  Two transitional housing projects have decided not to seek renewal funding, and one rental assistance project is seeking less than its full allowed renewal budget.  As a result of these changes, the CoC knows that there is a minimum of $205,314 available for new projects.  As a reminder, the eligible categories for new projects are:

  • permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families; and
  • rapid rehousing for homeless families who are in emergency shelter or unsheltered.

Applications are due October 14, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.  See the Hampden County FY2014 CoC Funding Competition page for more information.

More Q & Aa about the Hampden County CoC FY2014 Funding Competition

More Q & As have been added to this resource, including materials from the Oct. 3 bidders’ conference and anawers to questions submitted in writing.

Potential applicants should visit the revised Q & As.  As a reminder, the Hampden County CoC FY2014 compeition page is regularly adding new resources for the compeitition.

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 gmccafferty@springfieldcityhall.com until 4:30 p.m. on October 9, 2014.