Category Archives: News

Provide input on the VI-SPDAT!

We’ve all been talking about the VI-SPDAT, and in some of those conversations, I have heard ideas for how it can be improved.  If you have been piloting the VI-SPDAT and you have ideas, now is your time to make suggestions!

The developer of the VI-SPDAT is updating it, and is seeking user input. Click here to give your feedback and make suggestions.

HUD Announces Next Round of Continuum of Care Awards

HUD has announced CoC awards for remaining remaining Tier 1 projects and Tier 2 projects. In Western Mass, the following new or converted programs have been funded:

Hampden County CoC

  • HAP – Turning Point
  • HAP – Rapid Rehousing and Rapid Rehousing 2

Three County CoC

  • GHM Veteran’s Community Leeds PSH
  • Paradise Pond Apartments
  • Three County PSH
  • Village Center SHP


Employment Opportunity: City of Springfield Office of Housing

The City of Springfield is hiring a Senior Program Manager in its Office of Housing.  The Senior Program Manager, a permanent full-time employee, will work with the following federal grant programs: Continuum of Care, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  Duties will include contracting and grant management of 20-30 subrecipient grants; strategic planning for homeless and special needs housing programs; preparation of grant applications and reporting; and review of data reports produced by an in-house data management coordinator and an external data analyst.

The Senior Program Manager will work under the supervion of the Director of Housing, and will be part of a team which includes another Senior Project Manager and the HMIS Coordinator.

A succesful candidate must be a resident of the City of Springfield or move into the City within 6 months of hire.

The job listing can be accessed here.

Using Data to Predict Family Homelessness

Interesting article on Co.Exist: Facing a Homelessness Crisis, New York City Pinpoints Vulnerable Families by Mining Eviction Filings.

Among homeless families, about one in three first enter the shelter system after experiencing an eviction. But for the few hundred prevention and outreach staff at the NYC Department of Homeless Services, reaching these families before they show up at a shelter is like trying to find a needle in a haystack–only 5% of the some 200,000 eviction notices filed in New York each year cause families to become homeless.

The model is still being tested, but SumAll Foundation CEO Stefan Heeke says he’s excited about the impact of the work. “We can confidently say that we are in a position to make that prediction,” he says. “The idea is to create an application–literally a map–where we can basically point out the hotspots or the buildings or even the addresses where eviction filings are happening and which are likely to result in homelessness.”

Right now, he says, they’re working on developing a dashboard that DHS staff will be able to use to help plan their day. That might involve social workers visiting a building and leaving information about legal services, housing programs, and other services that might keep the family in a home.