MaineHousing’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Department has issued a request for proposals from qualified applicants in response to a national competition to award up to 1000 VASH vouchers to selected public housing authorities. The purpose of this allocation is to enable homeless veterans to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services.
The RFP was advertised beginning on Sunday in the statewide newspapers. It is available to interested applicants on the MaineHousing homepage. http://www.mainehousing.org/data/rfp. The due date for proposals is April 11 by 5 pm. The MaineHousing homepage also includes a question and answer opportunity. Any potential applicant who has a question about the RFP should use this format so that questions are answered and that all interested applicants have the benefit of the answers.
Please click on the link, below, to review the minutes from the 2-20-14 MCOC Meeting (Thank you Paula!).
There are also links to two lists of Tandberg Teleconferencing sites; one for Library locations, and one for School locations, to facilitate discussion of adding more connections for MCOC meetings. (The Tandberg system does not have a built in ‘call-in only’ option, and it is not compatible with Go To Meeting software due to audio feedback issues.)
Also, the Governance Ad Hoc Committee will be meeting on 3-20-14 from 12:00 to 1:00, immediately prior to the full MCOC meeting that day from 1:00 to 3:00. With this in mind, we have arranged to expand the reservations of the rooms and equipment at the Maine State Library in Augusta, the Portland Public Library, and the Bangor Public Library for the Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, and flowing directly into the MCOC meeting without interruption. Anyone who is interested is welcome to participate on the Ad Hoc Committee.
This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, 2-20-14, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM via the Tandberg Teleconferencing System at 5 locations: Portland, Augusta, Farmington, Bangor and Presque Isle. Please click on the link below to the Agenda for more details. There are also links to the minutes from the last two meetings.
We greatly appreciate all of the efforts across the State to make the Point-in-Time night successful. Now that the data is collected, we want to remind you to send your collection forms into us as soon as possible, so that we can begin the data entry and reporting process. Please return the forms to us at:
Mail: Maine Housing
Attn: Homeless Initiatives – HMIS Team
353 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Deliver in person to Maine Housing:
Attn: Homeless Initiatives – HMIS Team
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the HMIS Team at . Thanks!
This is just a reminder that the annual Point-in-Time count is on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014. Please reach out to the contact in your area should you want to get involved. Contacts can be found here: PIT Outreach Contacts
Maine’s 2014 Point-in-Time is the last Wednesday in January
How many people are currently homeless in Maine? How many of them are families, youth, or veterans? The answers to these questions and more can be answered by the annual Point-in-Time count. A point-in-time count is an unduplicated count on a single night of the people in a community who are experiencing homelessness that includes both sheltered and unsheltered populations.
Point-in-time counts are important because they establish the dimensions of the problem of homelessness and help policymakers and program administrators track progress toward the goal of ending homelessness. Collecting data on homelessness and tracking progress can inform public opinion, increase public awareness, and attract resources that will lead to the eradication of the problem.
On the local level, point-in-time counts help communities plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs, measure progress in decreasing homelessness, and identify strengths and gaps in a community’s current homelessness assistance system.
If you are interested in participating in the unsheltered count or getting further information about efforts in your community, please contact the following Point in Time point people.
(Note- the following list is as of 1/23/2014 and will be updated as more PIT leads are identified.)
IMPORTANT – NEW LOCATION AND CONNECTION INFORMATION
The Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 to review and finalize sections of this year’s NOFA Application.
We will NOT be using the library meeting rooms or equipment for this meeting. We will have ONE meeting location in the board room at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta, and a Go To Meeting connection for those not able to attend in person. There is also a conference call number so that you will be able to hear and be heard at the meeting.
If you are not able to come to Augusta tomorrow, please join the meeting by clicking on the following link and calling in to the number below. If you have not used Go To Meeting before, you will need to download a small software program that will allow you to participate – this will pop up on your screen when you try to log in and will take only a minute or two to install.
2. Join the conference call: Call in to 1-866-316-1519
When prompted, enter code 9284295#
Please see links below for the most recent PDF version of the materials, an agenda for tomorrow, and minutes from our meeting last week. Please check back tomorrow in case there are additional last minute postings here!
Below is the draft CoC application. The Steering Committee is meeting on 1/21/14 to continue working on completing the application. Your feedback and suggestions for the application, especially Section 3 and 4 Narratives is welcomed and encouraged. Please direct this information to me at ppaladino@mainehousing and I will share this with the committee.