3 County CoC

Three County CoC seeking new lead agency – RFI due by Nov. 30

Hilltown Community Development Corporation has acted as the Collaborative Applicant for the Three County CoC serving Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire Counties for the last 6 years. Due to a number of factors, Hilltown will discontinue its role as the CoC’s Collaborative Applicant as of June 30, 2019.

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks to gather information and qualifications of any party or entity interested in taking over the role of the Three County CoC, with planning and coordination for said transition beginning in mid-January 2019.   We ask for responses to the RFI to be submitted by the end of November.

In addition, our Annual Meeting on Dec 5th at 10am at the Hilltown CDC offices will serve as a forum for provider and community input on the transition process.

Please feel free to circulate both the RFI and the meeting notice to those working to end homelessness in our region.

Please email your Responses or any questions to Kate Bavelock at kateb@hilltowncdc.org.

 

Three County CoC Competition Guidelines: Deadline 8/17

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has released the Continuum of Care (CoC) FY 2018 Notice of Funding Announcement (NOFA). 

Acting as the Collaborative Applicant for the Three County Continuum of Care (MA-507), Hilltown CDC will coordinate the submission of the Three County Continuum of Care Consolidated Application to HUD due Thursday, September 18, 2018 by 8:00pm. The Consolidated Application can include three types of projects: renewals of current projects, new project requests to reallocate existing funds, or bonus projects for new funds.

Applications are due to the Collaborative Applicant via the e-snaps web based system by Friday, August 17, 2018 by 5:00 pm eastern time to allow the Three County CoC Board to review, evaluate and rank in priority before the September 18 submission to HUD.

Of note this year is $745,034 of funds available for reallocation – a unique opportunity for our area to fund projects serving priority homeless populations strategically.

Attached please find:

Three County CoC Data Updates

Please see below this data report from Andrea Miller, Data Director for the Three County Continuum of Care:
Below are updates regarding our Point in Time Count and Housing Inventory Count:
1. Hurricane Maria Evacuees: We were finally able to gather some information on a majority, but not all, of the families who fled Hurricane Maria and were housed locally through FEMA/MEMA vouchers.  As a result we added 73 persons to our PIT Count. 
Interestingly, HUD guidance specifies that, when assessing a CoCs performance in reducing or ending homelessness, they take into consideration the impact of natural disasters, and don’t penalize the CoC increases to PIT Counts that result.
2. PIT Trends Dashboard: The 5 year trend dashboard that I distributed at the Board Meeting has been updated and is attached here.
3. PIT Wiki Page: I’ve updated our Annual Point in Time Count page at the Wiki with 2018 information.  This includes the 5 year trend report as well as our annual Community Point in Time Count interactive report.  You may customize this report for one or more communities and download it as a PDF using the download icon.
One last update…
4. HMIS Annual Report:  We submit our HMIS Annual Performance Report to HUD at the end of April, and I summarize much of the reported data in a brief annual report – also featuring highlights that occurred throughout the year.  The HMIS Annual Report is posted to the Wiki on the CoC Info page as well as attached here.

Western MA Seasonal Shelter Report

The 3 County CoC has prepared its 1st Annual Seasonal Shelter Report! The report includes information about the number of guests by location and region, the number of guests who could be categorized as priority populations, the demographics of guests, and the reasons why folks had to enter shelter. Let us know if have comments or suggestions about the report.