Hampden County CoC

Springfield-Hampden CoC Request for Proposals for FY16 Competition: Seeking New and Renewal Projects

The Springfield-Hampden Continuum of Care has released the FY16 Request for Proposals for New and Renewal CoC Projects.

The CoC will hold a bidders conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10 am at the City of Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield. Completed applications are due by August 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Please see the RFP for complete instructions.

[Note: this announcement is also posted at the Springfield-Hampden County CoC website. It’s being double-posted here in case not everyone has moved to that site and subscribed.]


Visit the Springfield-Hampden County CoC at our new site!

The Springfield-Hampden County CoC has established a new website/blog to serve as our local communication hub. It’s very basic at the moment, but it will be further developed in the coming weeks and months. If you are part of the Springfield-Hampden County CoC, please subscribe, so that you will stay current on news and announcements.

To subscribe, go to the site, click the words Follow This Blog, and provide your email address.

Thanks. I’m looking forward to talking with you there!

Springfield-Hampden CoC: Seeking comments on DRAFT FY16 CoC Competition Scoring, Ranking & Selection Process

To the Springfield-Hampden County CoC–

The FY16 CoC program competition will open next Monday, July 18, with the issuance of an Request for Proposals. Prior to the competition opening, the CoC must agree to the framework and decision-making process for the competition. The CoC Board of Directors will meet this Friday, July 15, at 9:00 am, to review and approve competition guidance.

Please see the DRAFT CoC Application Selection and Ranking Process 2016 providing the framework for the competition. It is based on last year’s guidance, with some changes to reflect new items (or deleted items) in this year’s HUD Notice of Funding Availability.

The CoC is taking comments on the proposed framework. Please email comments to Gerry McCafferty no later than 8 am on Friday, July 15. You may also attend the Board meeting, which will take place July 15, 2016, 9:00 am, at the Springfield Municipal Operations Center, 70 Tapley Street, Springfield.


Springfield-Hampden CoC is #readyforzero

Springfield-Hampden CoC members are in the midst of a 2-day Action Camp, led by out Zero 2016 partners (from WA, ME NY and Boston). We’re making great progress on improving our by-name list and fully embracing and launching coordinated entry. What a great team!

work session

CoC group

Hampden County planning for the 2016 Massachusetts Youth Count

A planning group met this week to map out our strategy for the 2016 Massachusetts Youth Count, which will take place during the first two weeks of May. Our next meeting will take place Wednesday, April 20, 10 am at PACE, 91 School St., Springfield.  Please join if you want to participate in planning for the count.  Westfield folks are connecting separately, led by Ann Lentini and Peter Miller.

There will be three parts to our strategy:

  1. Magnet events, advertised by posters and flyers

Schools, providers, and others will direct youth to go to events where they will receive food, gift cards, and connections to resources; youth will be asked to complete survey at event. Events will be scheduled at:

  • Gandara Family Resource Center (18 Gaucher St. Springfield, MA, 01109) – event to attract high school students
  • STCC – event at lunch time, to attract STCC students
  • Gandara Youth Development Center (306 Race St, Holyoke, MA 01040) – event to attract high school students
  • HCC – event at lunch time, on the campus, to attract HCC students
  • Westfield – TBD 
  1. Community/service providers asking youth to complete surveys

Agencies that may encounter youth and young adults who are unstably housed will be asked to request that those youth complete surveys, and will be given gift cards as incentives for youth. We are building out our contact lists for this part of the strategy–you can help by checking your town and letting us know who we are missing: Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, West Springfield, and Westfield. (Provide contact info to Gerry McCafferty).

  1. Outreach to youth at bus station, malls, library, places open 24 hours, etc. by volunteers and paid youth ambassadors

A combination of agency staff, volunteers and youth ambassadors will outreach to youth at locations where they would be expected to be. We expect that we will identify youth ambassadors through Gandara Shine, Roca, and other agencies, and they will be paid for their work.

Please contact Gerry McCafferty for more information.

Springfield/Hampden County Funding Opportunities for Homeless Service Providers

There are several open funding opportunities for Springfield-Hampden County providers, as described below.

Opportunities Related to the EOHHS RFR

The Springfield-Hampden County Continuum of Care, through its fiscal agency the City of Springfield, has released two Requests for Proposals, seeking organizations to carry out homelessness prevention/rapid rehousing activities. The CoC’s funding of these activities is contingent on the CoC being awarded funds in response to its application to the Commonwealth’s recent RFR. The CoC RFPs were released Feb. 8, 2016, and responses are due back to the City of Springfield Office of Procurement March 4, 2016 by 2 pm.

  1. Administration of Flexible Funds for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing  The CoC seeks one to three experienced agencies to administer flexible funds for homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing. The agencies will serve as a pass-through for these funds, and there is no funding available for staff. Agencies will receive 5% of funds awarded for administrative costs related to administration of the program, Agencies must have a plan to cover/provide intake for the flexible funds in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Springfield, as well as for victims of domestic violence–this can be done through partnerships with other agencies that will serve as Intake Agencies.
  2. Homeless Youth Initiative The CoC seeks one to three experienced agencies to operate housing stabilization, homelessness diversion and rapid rehousing for youth aged 18-24. The specific activities the CoC seeks are: employment of a Youth Stabilization Specialist; administration of flexible funds to prevent youth homelessness; operation of a Kinship Care program; employment of a Youth Rehousing Specialist, and operation of a rapid rehousing program for youth.

Springfield Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The City of Springfield has released a Request for Proposals seeking providers to operate activities under the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. Eligible activities include homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, outreach services and operating support for existing emergency shelter. ESG funds are provided to the City to serve Springfield residents. This RFP was released February 1, 2016 and responses are due back to the Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield, on March 1, 2016 by noon. The RFP may be picked up in the City of Springfield Office of Housing, or may be obtained by email by a request to Gerry McCafferty.


Springfield Emergency Solutions Grant RFP available 2/1/2016

The City of Springfield has released a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program for the program year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Springfield ESG funds must be used to assist persons residing or working in the City of Springfield.

The RFPs and required forms are available at the Office of Housing, 1600 East Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA 01103. Applications are due back to the City of Springfield Office of Housing no later than noon on March 1, 2016.


Springfield/Hampden County CoC FY15 Application

The Springfield/Hampden County CoC FY15 Application is available for public review. There are two parts to the application, which are available here:

The Springfield/Hampden County CoC will meet this Thursday November 19, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. at the Mental Health Association, 995 Worthington St., Springfield, for a final review and approval of the application.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put this together!