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Hampshire County Housing Agency Sought to Manage New Housing

Hampshire County Friends of the Homeless issued this Request for Letters of Intent.  Please read below:

Request for non-binding Letters of Intent

Background

The Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals is starting to plan for its next purchase of a house for homeless individuals. Our first was purchased in 2008; this Florence location houses six previously homeless individuals, some of whom have serious mental illness. The second was purchased in 2011, is in downtown Northampton, and houses six individuals who were homeless and are in recovery from substance abuse. In both cases the houses were bought, necessary repairs made, and fully furnished; and then deeded over to a service agency to own and manage as agreed upon. The new house should be approximately the same size and capacity, and probably consist of two or more units like the others. We expect to purchase the house sometime in 2016-2017. Based on potential funding restrictions the house will need to be located in Northampton.

Information needed

The Friends are assessing the needs of other homeless populations in Hampshire County, including identifying unmet needs and/or gaps in a service continuum for these populations in order to determine who can best be served by our project, at this time; and to identify a partner agency or agencies for this house. We are requesting exploratory, non-binding letters of intent from potential partners. We are interested in:

  • What homeless populations a prospective partner is interested in serving with this project (e.g., general; formerly incarcerated; unaccompanied youth; etc.)
  • What you see as the unmet need, e.g. quantity of target population, and existing services for them, at this time.
  • How the proposed project aligns with HUD priorities and with the regional goal to end homelessness
  • The agency’s experience working with this population or populations, especially in a housing situation.
  • The agency’s experience owning & managing housing properties.
  • The agency’s financial ability to manage & maintain the property.
  • The agency’s commitment to provide ongoing supportive services to the residents as needed

Procedures

Letters should be submitted by July 15, 2015 to the address above, or by email to Rick Hart at rshart3@verizon.net . Please include a contact name and information. Questions should be directed to Rick Hart by email, or to him by phone at 413-320-1886. Also, if agencies are not prepared to partner on this project, but would like to share information or feedback, that is welcome.

EFSP Funds Available in Hampshire County; 4/29 application deadline

An announcement from United Way of Hampshire County:

Local agencies that provide emergency food, shelter, rental or utility assistance in Hampshire County Massachusetts are invited to apply for federal funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).  EFSP is a public/private partnership that disburses federal funds to local nonprofit organizations through a competitive process overseen by a local volunteer board. United Way of Hampshire County acts as administrator for the county.

Hampshire County funding levels for the upcoming EFSP Phase 32 are unknown at this time. In the most recent phase, approximately $17,000 in funding was distributed to agencies in Hampshire County. Overall, program funding levels for the region are expected to be similar to last year. Due to the limited funding available, please be aware that agencies meeting all of the application criteria may not receive their funding request.

Click here for the eligibility information sheet which includes important program guidelines and details.

Applications are DUE Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and must be submitted online.

The link address is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EFSPHampshirePhase32

Supplemental materials should be emailed to Info@UnitedWayHampshireCounty.org.

The minimum funding request is $500.00. The EFSP National Board has set the per diem fixed rate allowance for Mass Shelter at $12.50 and the per meal allowance fixed rate for Served Meals at $2.00.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Victoria Lucadello, 413-584-3962 x100

VLucadello@UnitedWayHampshireCounty.org

New Veteran Information/Outreach Flyers Available

The Network’s Veterans Committee has been hard at work producing accessible information to inform veterans of available resources and to assist non-veteran housing providers with information to ascertain veteran status.  Please find below:

Are you eligible for Chapter 115 Veterans Benefits?

Veteran Intake Questionnaire and Access to Veteran Resources

Spanish translations will be posted as soon as available.  And these resources will also be permanently available on the “Need Help?” page of our website.

Special thanks to Steve Connor of the Northampton Veterans Services Office and Sue White of the VA Medical Center for their assistance in producing this information.

 

Affordable Housing Opportunity in the Hilltowns

Hilltown Community Development Corporation is now accepting applications for an affordable housing lottery.  Apartments are located in Haydenville, Williamsburg, and Chesterfield, and include all newly renovated and affordable studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom sized units.  There are mobility and sensory adapted units available.  Income restrictions apply; this is an equal housing opportunity.  Units will become available between July 1, 2015-Feb. 2016.  Applications can be mailed or emailed, or found at local town offices and libraries.  Tenants will be chosen through a lottery in June 2015.  The application deadline is Friday, May 8, 2015.

Please contact Teri at 413-296-4536 x110 or TeriR@HilltownCDC.org for more information, or visitwww.HilltownCDC.org for an application.