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Zero: 2016 – What does zero look like?

The Hampden County CoC will be deciding on September 19 if we will be part of the Zero: 2016 campaign.

The Zero: 2016 campaign is the national initiative to meet key milestones in ending homelessness:

  • Zero veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, and
  • Zero chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

We all know that homelessness is not static, and that there are new people experiencing housing crisis and becoming homeless all the time.  So what does zero homelessness mean?

The folks at Community Solutions (creators of the Zero: 2016 campaign have provided the answer. New guidelines released today help communities understand what it means to get to zero.  Read the guidelines for more, but here’s the quick answer: the community is housing as many or more of the target population each month–on an ongoing basis–as the number of that population is counted on the night of the point-in-time count. So, if our community is housing 22 veterans a month and we count 17 on the night of the point-in-time count, we’ve reached zero.  For people in the target population who become homeless, this would mean that, in general, they would be housed within the first month of becoming homeless.

Tomorrow (9/10) at 3:30 pm, Community Solutions will host a final Q & A about the campaign and the metrics for reaching zero.  Anyone interested can register for the webinar here.



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.