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FY 2014 CoC Program Funding Process Competition is Now Open

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The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Funds in the FY 2013 - FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition (FY 2014 CoC Program Funding Notice) has been posted to FY 2013 – FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. The FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing and FY 2014 Project Applications are now available in e-snaps.

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2014 at 7:59:59 PM Eastern Time

The FY 2014 CoC Program funding process is administered under the CoC Program interim rule and covers the application and award process for FY 2014 CoC Program funds.
 
All applicants should read the FY 2014 CoC Program Funding Notice in its entirety prior to beginning the application process.
 
As stated in the FY 2014 CoC Registration Notice and the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice, CoCs with an approved FY 2014 CoC Registration that failed to include an eligible project on the CoC’s FY 2014 Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) during the FY 2014 CoC Registration process have the opportunity to amend their FY 2014 GIW to make those changes. Any changes to the FY 2014 GIW after CoC Registration must be approved by the local HUD CPD field office, in consultation with HUD Headquarters, within 7 days after the publication of this notice, the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice. The due date for any changes to the FY 2014 GIW is September 22, 2014, 5:00 pm your local time. Detailed information can be found in Section I.2.d. of the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice.
 
HUD will post the final Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) and ARD less 2 percent per CoC as quickly as possible after the grace period for changes ends on September 22, 2014. As stated in the FY 2014 CoC Program Funding Notice, HUD will not consider any additional changes to the Grant Inventory Worksheets or ARD after the 7 day grace period.
 
The e-snaps system is not compatible with Internet Explorer 10 or 11. Contact the HUD Exchange e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) if you need assistance in accessing and completing the application.

Electronic Application in e-snaps

The FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing and the Project Applications are only available via the SNAPS online grants management system, e-snaps. Only those Collaborative Applicants with a HUD-approved FY 2014 CoC Registration will have access to the FY 2014 CoC Priority Listing for the FY 2014 CoC Program funding process. The application submission deadline is Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:59:59 PM, Eastern Time.

NOTE: The www.grants.gov application process is not applicable to the CoC Program.

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2014 CoC Program funding process is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders.

HUD will communicate via listserv messages:

  • Due date reminders
  • Availability of webcasts
  • Important updates or additional information regarding the FY 2014 CoC Program funding process

If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/ to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the ONLY form of communication used to notify everyone of updates, changes, impending deadlines, etc.

Resources

HUD strongly encourages Collaborative Applicants, project applicants, project subrecipients, and other CoC stakeholders to review the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice, FY 2013 – FY 2014 CoC Program Competition NOFA, FY 2013 General Section NOFA, and General Section Technical Correction to ensure proper consideration of all application requirements.

Webcast

HUD will release a pre-recorded webcast that highlights key changes in the FY 2014 CoC Funding Notice requirements that will be available in the Webcast Archives page on HUD’s website. A listserv message will be sent as soon as this broadcast is posted and available for viewing.

Application Resources on HUD Exchange

The following Project Application and CoC Priority Listing resources associated with the FY 2014 CoC Program Competition are available on the CoC Program Competition: e-snaps Resources page on the HUD Exchange website:

Project Application Detailed Instructions

  • New Project Applications
  • Renewal Project Applications
  • CoC Planning Project Application
  • UFA Costs Application

Project Application Instructional Guides

  • New Project Applications
  • Renewal Project Applications
  • Performance Measures
  • Budgets
  • CoC Planning Project Application
  • UFA Costs Application

CoC Priority Listing Detailed Instructions

The following resources associated with the FY 2014 CoC Program Competition are available on the FY 2013 – FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange website:

  • FY 2014 CoC Ranking Tool
  • FY 2014 Chronic Homelessness (CH) Prioritization Template

Coming Soon

CoC Priority Listing Instructional Guide – will be available on or after Friday, September 19, 2014

  • Project Application FAQs – will be available the week of September 22, 2014
  • CoC Priority Listing FAQs – will be available the week of September 22, 2014

Questions

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select "e-snaps" from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program Interim Rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question(AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The AAQ accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.

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National Call In Week for McKinney: September 8-12

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Categories: Advocacy News |Budget and Taxes |Advocacy & Field Mobilization

Congress will return to session for a few weeks in September, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness needs help making sure that $2.406 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2015 is a high priority.
 
The Alliance is hosting a National Call In Week from September 8-12 to blitz congressional offices with calls about the importance of providing a $301 million increase to McKinney (to $2.406 billion, the amount requested by the Administration). These funds would help us to meet the Administration’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016 and make significant reductions among other populations.
 
Please call your Members’ offices and urge them to contact the Chair or Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and tell them that providing $2.406 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2015 is a high priority.
 
Here’s What You Can Do:
1. Call your Members of Congress!

2. Tell the staff person to urge their boss to contact the Chair or Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and tell them that providing $2.406 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2015 is a high priority.

3. Customize and forward this sample action alert around to your partners and networks, and encourage them to participate in this Call In Week too!

More information:

  •  We cannot emphasize enough how important this final push to grant the Administration’s request of $2.406 billion for McKinney is. If the House or Senate’s proposed funding levels ($2.105 billion and $2.145 billion, respectively) become law, we will be facing more cuts or no new funds to our homeless assistance systems.
  •  In contrast, the $2.406 billion proposed in the President’s Budget Proposal would help to get the necessary 37,000 rent subsidies on the table to meet the Administration’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Without this increase, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to meet this goal. As such, if there is one program you make an advocacy push for in the upcoming months, it is timely that it be for McKinney.

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Financial Assistance for Childcare Costs Available Through Children in Shelter

CCEH's Children in Shelter Childcare Assistance Fund is available to help support homeless families with childcare costs. Thanks to the generous support of the Department of Housing, the fund remains open and is continuing to accept new applications.

Children in Shelter is open to families living in emergency shelters (including domestic violence shelters) or enrolled in the CT Rapid Rehousing Program.  It may pay for childcare fees at a licensed facility or licensed individual provider for a child under the age of 6 and their eligible siblings, as well as transportation needs, such as bus passes or gas cards. CCEH is pleased to announce that later this month, Children in Shelter will be expanded to serve children up to the age of 12.  More details on this change coming soon!

CCEH recently heard from one of the homeless shelters accessing the program.  The case manager involved sent in this touching example of how Children in Shelter helped one of her families:

Kate is a single mother to a 7-month-old boy, living in the shelter until recently.  She came to the shelter because she had lost her job due to complications related to her pregnancy.  Prior to entering shelter, she was working as a Certified Nursing Aid (CNA) and had her own apartment.  Kate told shelter staff that she was anxious to return to work but could not afford childcare costs and had no friends or family who could help with babysitting.  Childcare was a significant barrier to her getting a job and leaving shelter.  The Shelter’s Employment Specialist referred her to the  Children in Shelter Program, which paid for childcare 5 days per week while she looked for a job and began working as a CNA again.  Rapid Rehousing concurrently helped her to move into her own apartment again.  

Kate informed shelter staff of how thankful she was with receiving assistance with day care costs. She said that without the Children in Shelter program, she wouldn’t have been able to obtain employment and been able to move into her own housing.  

Many thanks to Josephine for submitting this story!  For detailed information on eligibility, guidelines, application, program agreements, etc, please see the Children in Shelters page on CCEH's website.  Questions related to the program may be directed to Katie Kenney, Project Assistant, at kkenney@cceh.org or 860-721-7876, ext. 101.

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CT DOH To Hold Community Discussions on Cold Weather Protocols, ESG Funding

Consistent with HUD Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) funding requirements, the Connecticut Department of Housing plans to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for frontline homeless services, including emergency shelter.  This provides an opportunity to make this funding stream consistent with the functions required to meet HUD’s requirements for Coordinated Access, and to reinforce the good work of all your communities in making the ESG funding a better support for this process.  Prior to finalization of the RFP, Department of Housing representatives would like to meet with providers to discuss your thoughts about this opportunity, and to collect your suggestions.

At the same time, and based on feedback from shelters last year, the Department of Housing is actively exploring alternatives to the existing cold weather protocol to enable our system to effectively provide shelter for all those in need during extreme cold weather.  To help communities develop their thinking with regard to extreme cold weather in the context of Coordinated Access, CCEH has sent a survey to the points of contact for each Coordinated Access Network (CAN) with the request that each CAN provide a response by October 1.  The community discussions will allow providers an opportunity to voice thoughts around this process as well.

CCEH is coordinating three community discussions to allow for in-person exchange between providers and the Department of Housing on these important topics.  Executive Directors and/or Shelter Program Managers from across the state are welcome to attend any one of these events (attendance is not restricted according to provider location).

Dates, times, and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 4, 3-4:30 p.m., in New Haven at the United Way of Greater New Haven, 370 James St
  • Friday, September 5, 1-2:30 p.m., in Westport at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane
  • Monday, September 8, 3-4:30 p.m., in Hartford at South Church of Hartford, located at 277 Main Street (corner of Buckingham and Main).  Parking for South Church is available behind the building, off John Street. 

It is not necessary to RSVP for these sessions.  If you require further information, please contact Brenda Earle, Field Representative, Individual and Family Support Programs, Department of Housing at Brenda.Earle@ct.gov.

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New Haven’s 100-Day Challenge Isn’t Over

New Haven's recent 100-day challenge to reduce chronic homelessness by 75% is continuing beyond the original time frame.

The goal, carried out with the help of Rapid Results Institute, was to house 107 of people who've been homeless long-term in New Haven by the end of July. At a congressional hearing held Tuesday at United Way of Greater New Haven, organizers announced that thus far, they've housed 43 people, with additional 59 matched to housing.

Organizers found that the bulk of their 100 days was taken up creating a system that would streamline placement of people who are homeless. Most of the people were housed in the last month, said Leigh Shields Church, challenge team leader.

The hearing was held at the request of Sen. Chris Murphy, D-CT. Sen. Murphy was joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. Results were presented by Alison Cunningham, executive director of Columbus House and co-chair of the effort; Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and Shields Church. Volunteer were able to assess the needs of 687 individuals and families, and create a sustainable system that could be replicated across the state. They found that 69 people were older than 60, 215 had had three or more visits to emergency departments in the last six months, and 301 had a chronic health condition, mental health issues, and were dealing with substance abuse, all at once.

Some of the initiative's partners, in addition to Partnership for Strong Communities, include Columbus House, the New Haven Housing Authority, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, the Veterans Administration, the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

There will be a more formal presentation on September 17.

Reprinted with permission from Partnership for Strong Communities.

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