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OPM nonprofit grant program for capital expenditure RFA pending

It is anticipated that by March 31, 2015, the Office of Policy and Management will be issuing a formal Request for Applications (RFA) for the Nonprofit Grant Program. This is an informal announcement and is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute a Request for Applications.

This program supports capital projects such as construction, renovation, the purchase of vehicles, and acquisition of property for nonprofit organizations that receive funds from the State to provide direct health and human services to State agency clients.

  • Up to $12.5 million of the funds for this application round may be reserved for applications seeking NGP funding between $1,000,000 and $3,000,000 per project; however, a minimum of 25% in additional matching funds will be required for these projects. These matching funds may not include other state funds or provider non-cash in-kind contributions. More details regarding the match will be included in the RFA.
  • For the remaining funds, grant awards will be limited to $1.0 million for any award or nonprofit provider per application round.
  • $35,000 minimum cost per project. The official notification will be issued on the OPM and DAS websites.

Make sure that you are registered to receive daily emails from the DAS procurement website: http://das.ct.gov/cr1.aspx?page=161

CHEFA releases two grant program RFPs for nonprofit organizations

The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) recently released two Requests for Proposals for IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations with cultural, childcare, education, food insecurity, and/or healthcare facilities and programs:

  • CHEFA’s Nonprofit Grant Program – a pool of $1.25 million available, grants may range from $5,000 to $75,000
  • Targeted Investment Program – a pool of $500,000, grants may range from $100,000 to $500,000 More information about these grant programs, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, can be accessed from their website: https://www.chefa.com/philanthropy.

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Snow Reschedules Annual Count Of Connecticut’s Homeless

The severe winter weather has forced organizers to push back the annual count of Connecticut’s homeless population to February 18.

Blizzard conditions  and difficult travel the week of the original Point-in-Time Count date, January 28, forced rescheduling of the count — an essential part of state's campaign to end Veteran homelessness by 2015 and chronic homelessness (long-term homelessness of people who are disabled) by 2016.

“The safety of the providers and volunteers who do the count is paramount," said Lisa Tepper Bates, Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness, the count’s organizer.  “Now that ending Veteran and chronic homelessness is within reach, all of us working on this campaign look forward to having solid numbers and data to gauge progress.”

People with and without shelter will be counted by volunteers, who will visit about 150 facilities that provide either emergency shelter or transitional housing, as well as canvassing streets and parks.

Unlike previous years, volunteers will collect information for a second database containing the names of people experiencing homelessness and their specific housing, medical and employment assistance needs.

This by-name registry will be an essential tool to ending homelessness because it allows service providers to target the right kind of assistance to the right person.

“Working one person at a time, and securing the right housing for each person, we can end chronic homelessness,”  Bates said. “This information  sounds basic — but the innovation of creating these shared community-wide databases of each person’s needs has tremendous power to accelerate our efforts.”

Most volunteers will work from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18. In some regions, they will work 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. on February 19. If you are interested in volunteering in a region, please email Jackie Janosko at jjanosko@cceh.org for more information. Opportunities are available statewide, please indicate where you would like to volunteer and we can match you to the area closest to you. Volunteers will be paired with experienced local providers and seasoned volunteers. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old or 16-17 years old accompanied by an adult.

Connecticut is one of only six states selected to lead Zero: 2016, the national campaign to end both Veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016, Bates added.

CCEH is also spearheading the first-in-the-nation count of Connecticut’s homeless youth this year, and launched be homeful, a campaign to end family homelessness.

Some results from the January 29, 2014 Point-In-Time Count, which was a sheltered count:

• 3,571 people were in emergency shelters and similar facilities – nearly level with the count of sheltered homeless in 2013.

• 221 total veterans were counted – a 17 percent decrease in the sheltered veteran population compared to 2013, and a 38 percent decrease since 2009.

• Emergency Shelters showed a 4 percent increase in persons sheltered compared to 2013.

• 458 families were counted in emergency shelters – an increase of 4.5 percent from 2013.

• 780 children under the age of 18 were homeless – representing 22 percent of all persons counted.

• 14 percent of the total sheltered adults reported domestic violence as a contributing factor to their homelessness.

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CCEH Action Alert: Upcoming Legislative Hearings

There are important legislative hearings coming up Feb. 3 and 5 and we need help making sure our representatives in Hartford know our position on this proposed bills.

Ending Youth Homelessness: SB 408 (An Act Concerning Youth Homelessness): Feb. 3
We need you to appear and tell legislators we support SB 408 (An Act Concerning Youth Homelessness) that aims to ameliorate homelessness among youth. Instructions to testify at the public hearing are below.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 3
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: 1B, Legislative Office Building Hartford (300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106)
Download talking points here.
 
Support for Elderly and Disabled Housing for people with disabilities: Feb. 3 
We need you to appear and tell legislators we oppose SB 170409 and HB 55836144, all of which serve to limit access to “elderly/disabled” housing for people with disabilities.  Instructions to testify at the public hearing are below.
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 3
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: 1B, Legislative Office Building Hartford (300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106)
Download talking points here.
Information for testifying on Feb. 3: Please direct all questions to Betty Gallo at Betty@GalloRobinson.com or to Kate Robinson at Kate@GalloRobinson.com. Sign-up for the hearing will begin 11 a.m. in Room 2700 of the LOB. Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to Committee staff by 12:30 p.m. in Room 2700 of the LOB. Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to HSGtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills. The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the agenda. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes of testimony. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement. Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information. As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.
 
Hearing on Affordable Housing: Feb. 5
We need you to appear and tell legislators about the important role affordable housing plays in ending homelessness. We oppose any bills raised to amend or outright appeal 8-30g (the Affordable Housing Appeals Process). We need to humanize the need for affordable housing throughout the state and remind legislators that it remains a vital tool to combat housing insecurity and homelessness.
Details of the hearing and the long list of bills proposed for review are available here.
Talking points will be available on Monday.  Instructions to testify at the public hearing are below.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: City Hall Aldermanic Chamber, Second Floor, 165 Church St., New Haven, CT 06511

Download talking points here.

If you need assistance testifying or more details please email David Fink at david@pschousing.org or Christina Rubenstein at christina@pschousing.org.
Information for testifying on Feb. 5: Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Aldermanic Chamber.  Please submit 35 copies of written testimony to Committee staff by 6 p.m. at the City Hall Aldermanic Chamber, Second Floor.  Testimony received after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing.  Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to HSGtestimony@cga.ct.gov.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.  Unofficial sign-up sheets have no standing with the Committee.  All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.
 
Please contact Sarah Fox at sfox@cceh.org with any questions or concerns.
 

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Webinar Feb. 5 on FY2016 McKinney Appropriations Campaign

A message from Julie Klein, Assistant to the President/Policy Outreach Associate, National Alliance to End Homelessness:

Dear McKinney Advocates,
 
The President is scheduled to release his FY 2016 Budget Proposal next Monday, February 2. The budget reflects the Administration’s funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and is meant to guide Congress as it continues to move through the appropriations process. The Alliance will host a webinar on Thursday, February 5 at 12 pm ET to review the Budget Proposal. During the webinar, presenters from the Alliance will review the federal budget process, analyze the Administration’s proposed funding levels for federal affordable housing and targeted homelessness programs, and provide information on this year’s McKinney Appropriations Campaign, which will be launched in conjunction with the webinar.
 
Click here to register for the February 5 webinar.
 
We will certainly have another uphill battle ahead of us this year, and are hopeful that the Administration will again demonstrate that they prioritize homeless assistance in the President’s Budget Proposal so that advocates can point to this support and use it as a baseline when reaching out to their congressional offices to advocate for increased McKinney funding.
 
Furthermore, the larger federal budget context will paint a grim picture for HUD programs this year, unless low budget caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 are raised through another large budget deal, and the President’s Budget proposal will give us a sense of the extent to which the Administration believes overall spending levels should be raised. Throughout the year, it will be important to advocate to increase federal funding caps (particularly for non-defense discretionary spending), in order to maximize the amount of funding available for programs that are most important to ending homelessness.
 
Join us for our President’s Budget Briefing as we launch our FY 2016 efforts to work with Congress to ensure that our federal government continues to serve and assist our nation’s most vulnerable people. Any efforts to spread the word about the webinar and this working group to your networks are much appreciated! 
 
 

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DOH:  2-1-1 is the “Front Door” but all in need should be able to access shelter

The Connecticut Department of Housing is fully committed to using 2-1-1 as the front door to accessing the Coordinated Access Networks (CANs).  Individuals and families seeking emergency shelter should continue to contact 2-1-1 in order to gain access the many resources of the CANs.  Of course, in a small number of cases, some individuals and families may not be able to call 2-1-1 in advance of seeking shelter.  No one should be prevented from securing appropriate shelter or accessing the services provided by the CANs solely because they are not able to access 2-1-1 in advance.  To do so could result in people in need seeking shelter on the streets or places not meant for human habitation.  That is not acceptable.

DOH encourages CANs to develop protocols that will allow the small number of individuals and families who may not be able to access 2-1-1 in advance to be accepted for emergency shelter without first contacting 2-1-1.  As always, if such individuals or families present in person at a provider, and if there is another short-term housing resolution available for that individual or family, providers should always seek to route them through the normal Coordinated Intake process.  However, it there is no short-term housing option available to that individual or family, then emergency shelter should be made available.  Following that entry into shelter, shelter staff should identify these individuals and families and assist them in contacting 2-1-1 to gain entry into the Coordinated Access system as soon as possible.  At that point the individual or family can contact 2-1-1 to complete the brief diversion screen as well as set up the more in-depth intake screening with assistance, as needed, from shelter staff.

It is the goal of DOH to continue to work in close cooperation with providers to create a system that is both coordinated at the front end, by using 2-1-1, but is also flexible enough to address the urgent needs of people who need shelter immediately and cannot contact 2-1-1 without assistance.  In no way does DOH want to see unsheltered homelessness increase due to the implementation of Coordinated Access.  If you have any further questions related to this matter, please contact Steve DiLella at 860-418-6845 or steve.dilella@ct.gov.

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