Category Archives: Continuum of Care


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.

Hampden County: Don’t leave money on the table!

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC currently has out a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking one or more NEW projects for the FY16 competition.

The CoC is eligible for bonus funds of $182,406 plus one grantee expects to turn back $23,988, making available $206,394 annually in new funds to house homeless households.

The deadline for providers to submit an application for a NEW CoC project for the FY16 competition (with an expected start time of summer 2017) is this Friday, August 12.  In order to submit an application for a new project, providers must request that I set up an application in esnaps. As of today, NO providers have requested that a new application be set up.

 As we have seen from our work in creating a by-name list, we have many chronically homeless individuals waiting for housing–at least 60! The available dollars can pay for both housing and services for this population. While there is a 25% match requirement, this can be provided in-kind, or you can use Medicaid reimbursable dollars to provide services to this population.  I would also urge providers to contact DMH or DPH to discuss any ideas/sources they may have to use as match.

In this last week, I urge you to consider proposing a new PSH project for chronically homeless individuals. You may also apply for PSH for chronic families, or RRH for individuals, families, or youth.


Western MA Seasonal Shelter Report

The 3 County CoC has prepared its 1st Annual Seasonal Shelter Report! The report includes information about the number of guests by location and region, the number of guests who could be categorized as priority populations, the demographics of guests, and the reasons why folks had to enter shelter. Let us know if have comments or suggestions about the report.

Springfield-Hampden CoC RFP seeking New Project Sponsor for Existing Project

The Springfield-Hampden Continuum of Care has issued an RFP for New Project Sponsor for Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Families. The RFP seeks a new operator for an existing project that provides permanent supportive housing to eight families who have been chronically homeless.

There will be a bidders conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11 am. Applications are due August 5, 2016, at 4 pm, at the Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield. Please see the RFP for additional information about this funding opportunity.

[Note: this announcement is also posted at the Springfield-Hampden County CoC website. It’s being double-posted here in case not everyone has moved to that site and subscribed.]

Springfield-Hampden CoC Request for Proposals for FY16 Competition: Seeking New and Renewal Projects

The Springfield-Hampden Continuum of Care has released the FY16 Request for Proposals for New and Renewal CoC Projects.

The CoC will hold a bidders conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10 am at the City of Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield. Completed applications are due by August 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Please see the RFP for complete instructions.

[Note: this announcement is also posted at the Springfield-Hampden County CoC website. It’s being double-posted here in case not everyone has moved to that site and subscribed.]


Visit the Springfield-Hampden County CoC at our new site!

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC has established a new website/blog to serve as our local communication hub. It’s very basic at the moment, but it will be further developed in the coming weeks and months. If you are part of the Springfield-Hampden County CoC, please subscribe, so that you will stay current on news and announcements.

To subscribe, go to the site, click the words Follow This Blog, and provide your email address.

Thanks. I’m looking forward to talking with you there!

Springfield-Hampden CoC: Seeking comments on DRAFT FY16 CoC Competition Scoring, Ranking & Selection Process

To the Springfield-Hampden County CoC–

The FY16 CoC program competition will open next Monday, July 18, with the issuance of an Request for Proposals. Prior to the competition opening, the CoC must agree to the framework and decision-making process for the competition. The CoC Board of Directors will meet this Friday, July 15, at 9:00 am, to review and approve competition guidance.

Please see the DRAFT CoC Application Selection and Ranking Process 2016 providing the framework for the competition. It is based on last year’s guidance, with some changes to reflect new items (or deleted items) in this year’s HUD Notice of Funding Availability.

The CoC is taking comments on the proposed framework. Please email comments to Gerry McCafferty no later than 8 am on Friday, July 15. You may also attend the Board meeting, which will take place July 15, 2016, 9:00 am, at the Springfield Municipal Operations Center, 70 Tapley Street, Springfield.