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 & 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org until 4:30 p.m. on October 9, 2014.
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:
- Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families; or
- 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.