Category Archives: Continuum of Care

image_pdfimage_print

Three County CoC seeking new lead agency – RFI due by Nov. 30

Hilltown Community Development Corporation has acted as the Collaborative Applicant for the Three County CoC serving Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire Counties for the last 6 years. Due to a number of factors, Hilltown will discontinue its role as the CoC’s Collaborative Applicant as of June 30, 2019.

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks to gather information and qualifications of any party or entity interested in taking over the role of the Three County CoC, with planning and coordination for said transition beginning in mid-January 2019.   We ask for responses to the RFI to be submitted by the end of November.

In addition, our Annual Meeting on Dec 5th at 10am at the Hilltown CDC offices will serve as a forum for provider and community input on the transition process.

Please feel free to circulate both the RFI and the meeting notice to those working to end homelessness in our region.

Please email your Responses or any questions to Kate Bavelock at kateb@hilltowncdc.org.

 

Racial Disparities and Homelessness – CoC Reports

The Hampden County and Three County CoC’s  issued reports on Racial Disparities and Homelessness, per HUD’s request. Please take the time to review this important information. The Network Committees will also provide additional opportunities to discuss the findings.

Hampden County CoC Race and Ethnicity Analysis

Three County CoC Race and Ethnicity Analysis

Three County CoC Competition Guidelines: Deadline 8/17

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the Continuum of Care (CoC) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFA). 

Acting as the Collaborative Applicant for the Three County Continuum of Care (MA-507), Hilltown CDC will coordinate the submission of the Three County Continuum of Care Consolidated Application to HUD due Thursday, September 18, 2018 by 8:00pm. The Consolidated Application can include three types of projects: renewals of current projects, new project requests to reallocate existing funds, or bonus projects for new funds.

Applications are due to the Collaborative Applicant via the e-snaps web based system by Friday, August 17, 2018 by 5:00 pm eastern time to allow the Three County CoC Board to review, evaluate and rank in priority before the September 18 submission to HUD.

Of note this year is $745,034 of funds available for reallocation – a unique opportunity for our area to fund projects serving priority homeless populations strategically.

Attached please find:

Three County CoC Data Updates

Please see below this data report from Andrea Miller, Data Director for the Three County Continuum of Care:
Below are updates regarding our Point in Time Count and Housing Inventory Count:
1. Hurricane Maria Evacuees: We were finally able to gather some information on a majority, but not all, of the families who fled Hurricane Maria and were housed locally through FEMA/MEMA vouchers.  As a result we added 73 persons to our PIT Count. 
Interestingly, HUD guidance specifies that, when assessing a CoCs performance in reducing or ending homelessness, they take into consideration the impact of natural disasters, and don’t penalize the CoC increases to PIT Counts that result.
2. PIT Trends Dashboard: The 5 year trend dashboard that I distributed at the Board Meeting has been updated and is attached here.
3. PIT Wiki Page: I’ve updated our Annual Point in Time Count page at the Wiki with 2018 information.  This includes the 5 year trend report as well as our annual Community Point in Time Count interactive report.  You may customize this report for one or more communities and download it as a PDF using the download icon.
One last update…
4. HMIS Annual Report:  We submit our HMIS Annual Performance Report to HUD at the end of April, and I summarize much of the reported data in a brief annual report – also featuring highlights that occurred throughout the year.  The HMIS Annual Report is posted to the Wiki on the CoC Info page as well as attached here.

Springfield-Hampden County CoC FY2016 Application Available for Public Comment

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC has released its draft FY2016 Application for public comment. There are two parts to the application, each of which may be viewed by clicking on the link:

The public may comment on the application in writing, by sending an email to Gerry McCafferty, or in person by attending the CoC Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will take place Friday, September 9, 2016, at UMass-Springfield, Room 004, Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, Springfield.

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC will vote to approve (or require amendments) to the application at the Annual Meeting, so written comments should be submitted prior to the meeting in order to be considered by the full CoC.

Springfield-Hampden County CoC Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Meeting

Please join us!

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting will take place Friday, September 9, 9 – 11 am, at the UMass Center Springfield, located at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd floor, Springfield.

Agenda items include:

  • Annual report
  • Vote on Board of Directors
  • Review of CoC Governance Charter
  • Vote to approve FY2016 Application

A full agenda, with all materials for review will be made available early next week.

The CoC Annual meeting is for all CoC members and is open to the public. The CoC welcomes new members. If you are interested in being a part of the CoC, please come to the Annual Meeting or contact Gerry McCafferty.

Springfield/Hampden Police -Provider Meeting – 8/18/16

From the Hampden County CoC blog (all are welcome):

The Springfield community has a monthly meeting regarding unsheltered chronically homeless individuals. The meeting brings together police, hospital staff, the crisis team, outreach workers, homeless service providers, the Department of Mental Health and others to coordinate efforts.

This month, there are a few speakers which may be of interest to housing navigation and housing support workers. Please feel free to join if you are interested. The agenda includes:

  1. Dr. Rob Roose, Providence Health: Accessing detox for unsheltered individuals, the role of medication-assisted treatment for opiate-addicted homeless individuals
  2. Julie Schwager, CHD: Community-Based Flexible Supports, CHD Day Treatment Programs
  3. Monique Loizzo, DMH: Referrals and eligibility for DMH

The meeting takes place this Thursday, August 18, noon to 1:30 pm, at Mercy Medical Center, Memorial House auditorium. Lunch is provided.