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FY2014 CoC Competition: Hampden CoC Ranking and Selections

The Hampden County CoC has completed its ranking and selection process for the FY2014 competition.  The projects to be included in the FY2014 application are the following:

Tier 1

  1. HMIS, $29,732
  2. HMIS Expansion, $32,360
  3. HAP Rapid Rehousing, $32,577
  4. HAP Rapid Rehousing 2, $106,324
  5. HAP Turning Point PSH, $57,270
  6. VOC Family Scattered Site, $133,047
  7. WHA Domus Reed House, $36,960
  8. FOH Worthington House Campus, $22,679
  9. MHA S+C 48, $465,470
  10. MLKFS Project Permanence, $142,431
  11. RVCC HIV/AIDS Residential Support, $173,656
  12. MHA Leahy House, $97,847
  13. RVCC S+C 7, $68,399
  14. Gandara SHINE, $189,235
  15. HRU Next Step, $281,784
  16. Open Pantry Tranquility House, $38,854
  17. SMOC Bowdoin Street, $21,594
  18. HRU New PSH, $105,163
  19. MHA Safe Havens, $98,536
  20. MHA Annie’s House, $223,317

Tier 2

  1. Catholic Charities Rapid Rehousing, $48,107

Bonus Project

  1. CHD Family Support Housing (conditional award), $530,189 (3 year grant)

Projects were scored and ranked in order.  The lowest ranking project had its budget reduced to enable it to fit into the maximum allowable grant for Tier 2; because the amount of the grant was reduced, it was also changed from a 2-year grant to a 1-year grant.  The second-lowest scoring project was slightly reduced in order to fit the entire grant into Tier 1.  There was only one applicant for the Bonus Project.  While that project was selected for inclusion in the application, it will need to meet conditions regarding selection of housing stock in order to be included in the submittal to HUD.

These projects include 26 new units of PSH for chronically homeless individuals, 10 new units of PSH for chronically homeless families, and 7 new units of rapid rehousing for homeless families not eligible for Massachusetts EA shelter benefits.

Overall, the new and renewal projects provide PSH for 216 chronically homeless households, 8 units of transitional housing for homeless youth, and 17 units of rapid rehousing for families.

Congratulations to all the successful applicants.

Update on Family Homelessness in Mass, PLUS What Would You Do To Improve the System?

Yesterday, DHCD met with family shelter providers from across the state to give updates and talk about solutions.  Homes for Families has posted an excellent summary of the meeting. Check out the blog post, and note that Homes for Families is seeking you ideas and recommendations for improving both prevention and the shelter system.

Successful Housing First training

Thank you to all organizers, presenters and attendees at our Housing First training on October 16.  We heard great stuff about our local successes, advice for improving our work, and inspiration from Connecticut and Portland, Oregon.  Over the next weeks, we’ll post presentations from the training, as well as a survey seeking your ideas about future training events the Network and CoCs can bring to our region.

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HUD’s Ann Oliva on Youth Homelessness

HUD’s Ann Oliva, Director of the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, sent this message out today about youth homelessness:

This is one of the most important In Focus messages I think I will send out this year – on a topic that is both critical to our progress on ending homelessness and one that touches most of us on a deeply personal level. That makes for passionate discussion and action on the topic. Hopefully this message helps to clarify where we are and what we are doing on youth homelessness as we look towards the goal of ending the disgrace of youth homelessness by 2020.

As a nation, we should be doing much more to end youth homelessness. Youth have unique developmental needs and our approach to youth homelessness has to do a better job taking these into account. Here at HUD, we are working with our federal partners to improve the federal response to youth homelessness, but we still have much more work to do. I want to take a moment to address some specific questions and concerns we have received and highlight some of our efforts to end youth homelessness. Continue reading